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Local game show host and Union professor to be featured on ABC’s 20/20 this Friday

JACKSON, Tenn.Jan. 3, 2001 – Steve Beverly, assistant communications professor at Union University, and host of Jackson's local game show "I've Heard That Song," will be featured in an ABC's "20/20" segment to air this Friday, Jan. 5 at 9 p.m. (CST).

In November, Beverly was flown to New York along with four of the biggest game show winners in history for an interview with producers of the national news show.

Steve Beverly being videotaped by 20/20 crew

A camera crew sent by 20/20 captured one of Steve Beverly's advertising classes.

When he's not teaching class or covering Bulldog Basketball, Beverly hosts a daily information and news website (www.tvgameshows.net) that includes updates of all game shows, industry news, and interviews with contestants. The website, which has been in operation since July of 1999, has logged more than 1.2 million hits, and has brought much attention to Beverly by media all over the country for his expertise on the game show phenomenon.

During the interview, which lasted four hours, Beverly offered insight into the game show craze. "People love to play games and when the stakes are raised to a million, no one has seen that kind of money offered before and that gets people's attention," said Beverly.

Shortly after the interview in New York, a producer and camera crew for the show paid a visit to Union's Jackson campus, filming one of Beverly's advertising classes that he teaches.

The university will celebrate Beverly's accomplishment along with the national attention for the university with a viewing party Friday night from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the McAfee Commons, which will be open to students, staff and faculty.

Media contact: Sara B. Horn, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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