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Meet the ‘Helen Thomas’ of ‘Dateline: RIT’ Dateline: RIT, News hits, Podcasts

Do you know who Helen Thomas is? In case you don’t, I’ll tell you in just a moment.

First, in the past week, while planning the first episode of Dateline: RIT – The Podcast for the 2007-2008 season, I pondered, “Who should be the first guest on the first podcast of the new season?”

As a “newscast” highlighting RIT In the News, each Dateline: RIT podcast typically features two RIT experts (usually professors) who’ve recently appeared in the news—and there are always plenty of RIT In the News “news hits” from which to choose. I decided to invite E. Philip Saunders College of Business professor Gene Fram for his podcast-leading fifth appearance. (Dr. Fram was also on the first-ever Dateline: RIT podcast a year ago.)

Which brings me back to Helen Thomas—the longtime UPI White House correspondent who for many years had the honor and distinction of being the first reporter called upon at presidential news conferences. Now with Hearst Newspapers, she has covered every U.S. president from John F. Kennedy through George W. Bush (though, because she’s no longer with the wire service, she now doesn’t receive the privilege of asking the first question at news conferences).

In inviting Dr. Fram, RIT’s venerable marketing expert, as the first one ‘called on’ for the first segment on the first Dateline: RIT podcast of the new season, I thought, “If anyone deserves the distinction of being the ‘Helen Thomas’ of Dateline: RIT, it’s Gene Fram!” So, Dr. Fram leads us into a new school year with remarks about back-to-school shopping (appropriately enough). He was quoted in a story originally appearing in The Palm Beach Post and distributed nationally via Cox News Service.

Joining Dr. Fram is cyber-crime expert Sam McQuade (making his third podcast appearance). Dr. McQuade recently appeared on the public-television show Need to Know to discuss his research into cyber-crime and victimization among schoolchildren and the Rochester Regional Cyber Safety and Ethics Initiative, which he has spearheaded.

Also on this week’s Dateline: RIT – The Podcast, hear details about the upcoming inauguration of RIT President Bill Destler and News & Events highlights. Also available at www.rit.edu/news are podcasts of this week’s announcement of a $10 million gift to RIT from Tom Golisano to create The Golisano Institute for Sustainability, President Bill Destler’s first Address to the Community, and our newest regular podcast, RIT NEWSMINUTE. All University News-produced podcasts are free and available on the University News Web site (see “Latest Podcasts”), via RSS feed and through Apple iTunes.

Lastly, as we begin season two of Dateline: RIT – The Podcast, for the record, here are the guests with the most appearances (including this week’s 21st overall episode):

Gene Fram: 5
Ron Hira: 3
Sam McQuade: 3
Amit Batabyal: 2
Steve Jacobs: 2
Bob Manning: 2
C.J. Wallington: 2

Have a great weekend! See you on the pod!


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