Tech TV plays matchmaker

September 27, 2007

by Mary Nash

In need of some fun and a night on the town?

Tech TV has just the solution, introducing a new reality dating show to its lineup.
“Must Love Dawgs,” the brainchild of Lyndsey Lovelady, producer of the show and a junior journalism major, will follow one couple per episode on a blind date to see if sparks fly or crickets sound.

“We want to make this an enjoyable experience for all of the participants by striving to cater to common interests and activities,” Lovelady said.

The application to appear on the show, which can be picked up in Harris Hall or accessed on the Tech TV Web site, contains information as trivial as a student’s favorite restaurant to fundamental beliefs like political and religious affiliations.

Lovelady said all of these elements are used to determine which couple is best suited for the episode.

Jarrod Richey, station manager for Tech TV and a senior music major, said he is excited about the show.

“Tech TV wants to keep introducing fresh ideas to students and entertain them as much as possible,” Richey said.

Kyle Adams, a senior computer information systems major, thinks the show is a good idea.

“It’s an interesting idea to take Tech students and try to pair them up and see what happens,” Adams said.

Lovelady said students can expect a variety of activities incorporated into the date, ranging from movies to bowling, depending on their interests.

“Our idea is to get different restaurants and area businesses to sponsor the show,” Lovelady said. “That way students can go to each of these activities and have everything paid for.”

Lovelady is hoping that by recruiting local businesses to foot the bill, students will be able to spend more time getting to know each other and have a good time rather than worry about the cost of each activity.

“It’s not only a great way for businesses to promote themselves but also a unique way to inform students of different activities available in Ruston,” Lovelady said.

Lovelady also said the show, which will air twice each month, is hoping to have follow-up episodes to update students on the successes and failures of each date.

Lovelady said Tech TV is also looking to continue revamping the show in order to keep it fresh in the eyes of the viewers.

“Next quarter we are looking at giving the show a new name and new concept,” Lovelady said.

The new show, to be called “Date My Roommate,” will follow a roommate as he or she chooses from three potential students to narrow the field to who the roommate thinks will be the best candidate for his or her roommate.

Lovelady also said this show is loosely based off MTV’s “Date My Mom.”

Lovelady does offer a word of caution with this show.

“Watch out. If your roommate and you do not get along, it is probably not the best idea to have your roommate choose who you will be dating,” Lovelady said.

Lovelady said the overall idea of the show is a lighthearted good time for the students and a chance to do something different.

To catch the premiere episode of “Must Love Dawgs,” check the Tech TV Web site at techtv.latech.edu for air dates.