Catron Booker, Adjunct Instructor

Catron Booker has an MFA in Film/Video production from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and an MFA in Acting for Theatre, Film and Television from UCLA. As a filmmaker her work has screened at Anthology Film Archives in New York and at the Local Sightings Festival in Seattle, Washington. As an actor, professional credits include guest starring roles on NBC's Days of Our Lives.   She currently resides in Oaxaca, Mexico and has also worked in Chiapas as a translator and editor for La Vaca Napux , a children's television series.

Dan Brown, RTVF Advisor
(423) 439-4171

Dan Brown, a native of Western North Carolina, earned a BS degree from North Carolina State University and a master's degree from Western Carolina University. After leaving a career in public school teaching and coaching, he earned a doctoral degree in the processes and effects of mass communication from the University of Massachusetts. After leaving the University of Evansville, he joined the faculty of the Department of Communication at East Tennessee State University in 1984. In 1989, he was appointed as Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, a position that he still holds. In July 2010, he began serving as the Graduate Coordinator for the Master of Professional Communication. His hobbies include movies, books, and golf.

Candy Bryant, Multimedia Specialist & Equipment Room Manager (423) 439-6099

Bryant is a 1985 ETSU alum, cum laude with a degree in Mass Communications.  Bryant has over 15 years of professional broadcasting experience and was one of the first women to become prominent on-air talent in the region.  Candy tackled the on-air position, overcoming many obstacles to become one of the most popular disc jockeys in the Tri-Cities.  She has won many awards for her work, including Ad Awards, “Best Ears in the Business”, and multiple service awards for her continuing involvement with community and non-profit service work.  Her television works include, “Nowhere to Sit”, an interview program with Rosa Parks, “The Lost Generation”, a magazine program, and a series of teaching videos for those who work with autistic children.  She has over twenty years of teaching experience at both the secondary and post-secondary levels.  She joined the ETSU RTVF program in 1995.

Crystal Carter, Adjunct Instructor

Crystal Carter has spent 15 years in the broadcasting industry as talent, producer, writer, anchor, and technician in both broadcast and government television and radio.   Her work has been heard nationally on NPR and The Mike Gallagher Show and seen on TLC.  Crystal received her degrees from ETSU...she resides in Johnson city with her husband and two children.

Steve Hawkins, Adjunct Instructor

Steve grew up in Rogersville, Tennessee and is a 1977 graduate of East Tennessee State University.  He began working at WCYB-TV as a news reporter during his junior year of college and remained there for 35-years, as News Anchor, Producer and, for 25-years, as News Director.  Steve left WCYB in 2011 and joined the Bristol Broadcasting radio group, where he is News Director for their four Tri-Cities radio stations and also hosts The Steve Hawkins Show, a news/talk program weekday mornings on NewsTalk 92.9 WFHG.  Along with Dr. Teresa Keller from Emory and Henry College, Steve is the author of the book, Television News Writing and Reporting, which has been adopted for use at 40 colleges and universities in 20 states; the textbook was released in a third edition in 2009.  Steve also teaches two courses at ETSU: News Writing in the fall and News Reporting in the spring.

Tammy Hayes, Assistant Professor

Hayes is a graduate of ETSU and Indiana State University.

Shara K. Lange, RTVF Program Head & Assistant Professor

Shara K. Lange of Light Projects Films, completed her MFA in film production at the University of Texas at Austin's Radio/TV/Film department.  Her thesis film, THE WAY NORTH (Student Academy Award Regional Semi-Finalist) tells the story of North African immigrant women in southern France. She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to make the documentary, THE DRESSMAKERS (UVFA Faculty Documentary Feature Award Winner, 2013). Her current project, Banjo Romantika, produced with Lee Bidgood, has screened at the Virginia Film Festival, the Nashville International Film Festival and will screen at IBMA's first film festival in FA2014 as one of two selected feature documentaries.

Jay Sandos, Adjunct Instructor

A 2000 graduate of ETSU with a degree in broadcasting, "The Voice of the Bucs" Jay Sandos enters his ninth season behind the microphone and in front of the camera.  A 15-year veteran of broadcasting, Sandos served as the radio voice for local high schools such as Tennessee High and Dobyns-Bennett, while also serving a stint with the Florida Gator Network from 2000-01. While in Florida, Sandos also worked play-by-play at the prep level and hosted a daily call-in show.

Daniel Santiago, Chief Engineer

Daniel Santiago, a problem solver and solution provider, is a 1987 graduate of East Tennessee State University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Electronic Engineering. He got his start in electronics at the age of ten assisting a close family friend with tube television repairs. His first computer was a TI-99-4A. He has had the opportunity of working with Dos, Windows, Unix, and Mac OS 2.0 – 10.7. Over the years he has worked with composite production systems using U-matic, Beta, and 1-inch. Today he works to build and maintain digital networked workflows for HD-video acquisition, HD-studio production, surround sound audio systems, and his latest endeavor electronic print media workflows.

Rustam Sheridan

Rusty Sheridan was born in Tehran, Iran and grew up in Charlotte, NC. He received Bachelor of Arts degrees in philosophy and mass media communications from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Master of Fine Arts degree in film/video production from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His creative interests include writing and directing short and feature length narrative films. Sheridan’s work has been featured in international film festivals, on television, webcast, and in art galleries. Sheridan is an Assistant Professor of Mass Communication at East Tennessee State University, where he teaches courses in film/video production and broadcast. When not shooting or teaching film, Sheridan enjoys spending time with his wife and son.

Martin Walters

Martin Walters is a top industry professional, studio musician, recording engineer and producer.   He has worked with artists such as Spyro Gyra, Dave Koz, Patti Labelle, Grover Washington Jr., Richard Elliot, Philip Bailey of Earth Wind and Fire, Sly Stone, Tina Marie, Kirk Whalum, Melissa Etheridge, Emmylou Harris, Sarah McLachlan, Stanley Turrentine, Najee and many others.   A multiple Grammy and Emmy nominee, Martin has produced audio for radio, television and film for large markets around the world.  

Stacy Whitaker, Assistant Engineer

Stacy is a graduate of Northeast State and George Brown College.  Stacy began his career in the Information Technology field working as an Internet Support Specialist for Prodigy Internet and IBM Global Network.  In January of 2000, Stacy entered into broadcasting by taking the position of Computer Technician/LAN Manager at WJHL-TV in Johnson City, TN.  Stacy moved over to the Engineering Department at WJHL-TV in 2006 where he remained until 2012.  Stacy has been with ETSU's RTVF Program since September of 2012.