CSULB Featured on KABC-TV
By Rick Gloady
Some 150 students from CSULB braved the early morning hours and camped it
up with KABC-TV weatherman Garth Kemp on Oct. 21, as the campus was one of
four featured during the network affiliate's second annual "College Week"
In a parody of "The Beach" life, students donned wet suits, brought
surfboards and boogie boards and even put a few donuts "on the barbi"
(unlit, of course) to show the wackier side of the 49er spirit. Even Kemp
got into the act, at one point putting on a wig for the long-haired surfer
look and laying down on a long skate board to show how low he could limbo.
"This was fun. It was a lot more Southern California nutty (compared
to the other campuses)," said Kemp, after wrapping up the filming at
about 7:30 a.m. "There were a lot more local (Southern California) students
here, and it was definitely the nuttiest school I've gone to yet."
The segments began airing live on Channel 7, KABC-TV, at 5 a.m. during its
morning newscast. About every 10 minutes, the show would go live to the campus
for Kemp's weather report or a tease for the next segment coming from the
university. Kemp also took time to talk with students and gave them an opportunity
to say hello to their families and friends.
After the live segments, Kemp and his cameraman taped several other segments
with CSULB students that were shown later during Channel 7's two-hour coverage
(7-9 a.m.) of "Good Morning, America." The taped segments
were shown during "Good Morning, America" breaks for the local weather.
The two-and-a-half hour event included performances by the university's award-winning
dance team and national champion cheer teams as well as an interview with
men's volleyball coach Alan Knipe, the 2004 National Coach of the Year, and
members of his 2004 NCAA runner-up champion team.
Other Southern California campuses featured during the station's "College
Week" presentations were Loyola Marymount, UC Irvine and the University
of Redlands. Cal State Northridge was also scheduled, but Wednesday's inclement
weather forced KABC to postpone its appearance.