Southeastern Channel Staff
The General Manager of the Southeastern Channel is Rick Settoon, an international and Emmy Award-winning producer, writer, and director of prime time network television programming. In a period of only five years, Settoon has guided the Southeastern Channel to recognition as one of the elite university television stations in the country. Under Settoon’s leadership, the channel has won over 70 national and international awards, including four Emmys, more than any other commercial or non-commercial television station in the state or region. During that time the channel has produced over 600 hours of new original programming each year and expanded its footprint to cover the entire North Shore area with roughly a quarter of a million viewers. Also, the Southeastern Channel has trained and produced television production graduates which have landed jobs at large market New Orleans and Baton Rouge television stations upon graduation. Settoon’s more than 250 productions have aired on the Fox Family Network and the ABC Family Network and been viewed by a national audience of more than one million daily in the U.S. and in 90 foreign countries. As director of the special projects division at CBN and producer for a live daily news magazine/talk show, he wrote and directed prime time specials, documentary programs and series, dramatic programs, feature segments, and commercials both in film and video and in 35 states and overseas. Settoon's productions have been honored with national Emmy and George Foster Peabody Award recognition along with multiple 1st place national and international awards in Telly Award, Videographer Award, New York Festivals, U.S. International Film and Video Festival, and WorldFest International Film and Video Festival award competitions against the best in the television industry. His award winning documentary Ground Zero: After the Fall, produced for Coastal Video Productions in Virginia Beach, VA has aired internationally. A 1980 Southeastern graduate with a Master's in Television and Film from Regent University, Settoon brings 26 years of experience to the Southeastern Channel.
Jamie Bass is the Telecourse Producer/Editor for the Southeastern Channel where he coordinates, produces, directs, shoots and edits all original telecourses for broadcast, ranging from Chemistry and Business Management courses to American History. In the past two years, Jamie has produced over 400 hours of original telecourses airing on channel. Jamie’s recent production of Career Planning 104, taught by Lorett Swank, was honored with a 2008 Communicator "Award of Distinction" in the Education category. He also actively maintains telecourse archives on a network server for students to view through the channel's website. Prior to arriving at the Southeastern Channel, Jamie served as a production assistant for Highwire Advertising and Design in New Orleans where he recorded and edited radio packages and training resources for local and national clients. At Highwire Jamie also assisted in the design of promotional materials for Whitney Bank and Austin Wranglers and served as voiceover talent for clients such as Barnett Industries and Bruno and Bruno Law Firm. Prior to working at Highwire Advertising, Jamie was an intern in the audio/video department of the Louisiana State Medical Center in Shreveport. There he managed communications between LSUMC and regional hospitals utilizing state-of-the-art video conferencing resources. Jamie received his Associate of Arts in Telecommunication from Bossier Parish Community College in 2001 and his Bachelor's from Southeastern in Mass Communication in 2005.
Producer, anchor, reporter, and editor for "Northshore News", a student news program about the North Shore. Produced a "Northshore News" broadcast which won a first-place 2008 Mark of Excellence Award in the "Television Newscast" category given by the prestigious Society of Professional Journalists at their Region 12 student competition. John also received a first-place Mark of Excellence Award in the "Television News Reporting" category for his "Laptop Initiatives" story.
Steve Zaffuto is the Operations Manager for the Southeastern Channel where he's responsible for day-to-day master control, studio and technical operations. Steve also directs studio shows such as "Lion Tracks", "Southeastern Times", and "The Big Game" and produces, directs, shoots, edits, and creates graphics and animation for selected channel productions. He recently won a pair of 2007 Emmy awards in the "Commercial" and "Director-Postproduction" categories for "Tomorrow's Leaders", an image spot campaign for the university. He also received an Emmy nomination for his "Native Sounds" promo, which earlier won a Telly Award along with his "Current Events" promo. A 16-year television veteran, Steve was previously the Chief Editor and Postproduction Supervisor at Robert Berning Productions in New Orleans. There he helped produce broadcast, multi-media, and corporate productions for several national and international entities such as Northrop Gruman, Kerr-McGee, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and the New Orleans Saints. Earlier, Steve served as the Production Manager for WVLA NBC33 and WGMB Fox 44 in Baton Rouge, managing all production activity at two network affiliates, including news, sports and the annual MDA telethon. A graduate of Louisiana State University with a B.A. in Journalism, Steve has also won ADDY awards and was a semifinalist in HBO's "Project Greenlight" scriptwriting competition in 2000.