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Season two of locally-produced 'By the River' to premiere September 5

September 5, 2019 - Posted in SCETV
By the River

COLUMBIA, S.C. – “By the River” – a weekly show that features discussions with authors from South Carolina and around the Southeast – is returning for season two Thursday, September 5, at 8 p.m. on South Carolina Educational Television (SCETV). Produced in partnership between SCETV and the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB), season two of “By the River” will feature 14 episodes.

Cassandra King Conroy, the widow of Pat Conroy, will be the featured guest in the first episode. Among the other authors to appear in season two are Patti Callahan Henry, Sallie Ann Robinson, Robert Hicks, J.C. Sasser, George Singleton, Bren McClain, Rebecca Bruff, F. Rutledge Hammes, Larry Rowland, Debbi Convington, Lisa Ann Cullen, Randy Spencer and Kim Michele.

As part of the collaboration with USCB, students in the school’s communication studies program are heavily involved in the production of “By the River.” This season, a new set was designed and constructed, with assistance from those students. 

Season two of “By the River” received support from the Pat Conroy Literary Center, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at USCB, Hargray Communications, SC Humanities, the Sea Islands Institute at USCB, the Research Initiative for Summer Engagement at the University of South Carolina and other individual contributors.

“By the River” airs Thursday nights at 8 p.m. on SCETV. For more information, visit


“We’re proud to partner with USCB to bring ‘By the River’ back for a second season. South Carolina has a rich literary legacy, and this project allows us to highlight that legacy while also giving students a chance to learn firsthand all that goes into creating a television show.” –SCETV President and CEO Anthony Padgett

“This opportunity embodies everything that USCB and SCETV bring to our students and the community: experiential learning and quality programming. These students are getting hands-on experience in every aspect of show production. The fact that they can go to a potential employer with the knowledge of what goes into a production before, during and after is an advantage in the hiring process.” –USCB Professor and “By the River” Producer Dr. Caroline Sawyer

FIVE FAST FACTS:                                           

  • “By the River” is returning for season two on Thursday, September 5 at 8 p.m. on SCETV.
  • “By the River” is a weekly interview-style show that highlights authors from South Carolina and around the Southeast.
  • The show is achieved through a collaboration between SCETV and USCB.
  • Cassandra King Conroy, the widow of Pat Conroy, is the featured guest in the first episode of season two.
  • For more information on “By the River,” visit

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