Continental, Ohio

Continental, Ohio is a multifaceted story: It’s about the lost art of letterpress printing. It's about the history of the traveling shows of the ’30s. It's about life and culture in small town America. And it’s about the work ethic of Nyle Stateler, who took a job 60 years ago, and except for time off to fight for his country, dedicated his entire life to his craft and his print shop. Produced in HDTV format, the 30-minute documentary encapsulates a century of Americana from an Ohio perspective.

The documentary was produced by Murphy & Associates, Inc. of Raleigh, NC, and WOSU.TV in Columbus. It received a 2005 Regional Emmy Award in the Documentary Program category.

Continental, Ohio was written, directed, and produced by Tom Murphy, a video producer in Raleigh, NC, and owner of Murphy & Associates. Associate Producer was Anita Murphy and the Director of Photography on the project was Warren Gentry, a cinematographer/videographer, also from Raleigh. WOSU TV’s Mike Matthews and Scott Gowans shot additional video and provided lighting. WOSU TV’s John Prosek assisted on the location shoot and WOSU TV’s Ed Clay provided music. The project was honored with a 2004 Silver Telly Award in that competition’s documentary category last year. The Silver Award is the highest award presented in the International Telly Awards competition.

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Beyond the Gridiron: The Life and Times of Woody Hayes

Beyond the Gridiron: The Life and Times of Woody Hayes Web site is a companion piece to the documentary produced by WOSU TV, Crouse Entertainment Group, and The Duncan Group. Woody Hayes was one of most gifted and complex coaches of the twentieth century. Luckily, he was also one of the most photographed. The site features images, letters, and media clips which give added insight into Woody's life away from the football field. The political figure, the military man, and the humanitarian who was also a lightning rod for controversy—browsing the site adds to your understanding of this revered figure in American sport.

“We were thrilled to hear Beyond the Gridiron: The Life and Times of Woody Hayes and Ohioana Authors received WebAwards in this year’s competition,” said WOSU Director of Communications Susan Meyer. “WOSU has a strong tradition of producing quality television and radio programs, and we are excited to add to our roster excellent web content. We all feel that the work we did on Beyond the Gridiron and Ohioana Authors proved to be a significant addition to the on-air material.”

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Ohioana Authors

2005 Ohio Public Broadcasting Awards , Producer of the Year, and Program of the Year.

The Ohioana Authors Web site ( is a companion piece to the Ohioana Authors radio series. Each week, WOSU Public Media, in partnership with the Ohioana Library, and with support from the Ohio Humanities Council and We The People, present 52 radio features celebrating Ohio's rich literary and historical heritage and Ohio's contribution to American culture through the written word. The Web site covers bibliographic information, the Ohio connection, the works of each authors, and various other Web-only contributions. Together, the series is as stimulating, exciting, challenging, and diverse as Ohio's literary and historical heritage. Ohioana Authors reflect the multicultural diversity throughout Ohio's history and the unique voices that have made the Ohio experience at once particular and universal.

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Many Happy Returns to Lazarus

Many Happy Returns to Lazarus, an hour-long documentary on WOSU TV, celebrates the end of the venerable store and examines what it has meant to the generations of Ohioans who have shopped and worked there.

Many Happy Returns to Lazarus tells how Simon Lazarus came to Columbus from Prussia and opened a store on High Street in 1851 and shows how the Lazarus building, in the heart of the city, would find a place in the hearts of generations of Central Ohioans. More than a department store, Lazarus became the place of milestones: first haircut, summer job, first bus ride alone, prom dress, interview suit. It’s even the place where countless men and women met—usually as workers in the store, though occasionally as customers—and became husband and wife.

The documentary, and this accompanying Web site, stands as a video scrapbook of the downtown store and features interviews with dozens of customers and former employees, many of them sharing photos and mementos. “I don’t think there’s one person who doesn’t have a happy memory. It was just the best place to be,” says shopper Jayne Bell. “It was just a classy place. I can remember only happy memories since I was a child.”

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