WSU Fans Pledge Funds for “Another Cougar First Down,” Fast Start for Campaign Supporting Murrow College of Communication

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Washington State University alumni promote campaign honoring broadcast Professor Glenn Johnson. As the Voice of the Cougars, it allows fans to pledge money for every time Johnson announces "Another Cougar First Down" at home football games.

Fans of Washington State University football pledged more than $14,000 during the first days of a new “Another Cougar First Down” program to honor WSU broadcasting Professor Glenn Johnson.

Johnson is in his 33rd season as Martin Stadium football announcer. He is best known for the trademark phrase, “And that’s another Cougar first down.”

The new program enables fans to make an online pledge of $1 or more at for every WSU first down at a 2012 home football game. The initial phase of the campaign seeks to raise $300,000 for The Glenn A. Johnson Endowed Professorship. The funding will enhance student education in the WSU college where Johnson teaches, The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication.

The campaign actually began as a grassroots effort by some of his former WSU students.
"Glenn Johnson is one of the reasons I went into broadcasting and had a successful 25-year career,” said Margo Myers, former KOMO TV news anchor, and one of the alumni behind the campaign. “Our group wanted to recognize Glenn’s contribution not only to our individual careers, but to the broadcasting industry as a whole, and we think this is a novel and exciting way to do it,” she said.

Johnson, who is also the Pullman mayor, has received many awards for his work preparing students for careers in broadcasting. On Sept. 27, he will be recognized for 34 years of teaching and professional excellence during The Edward R. Murrow Symposium awards ceremony at 7 p.m. in Beasley Coliseum. The many previous honors received by Johnson include the 2008 Edward L. Bliss Award for Distinguished Broadcast Journalism Education given by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. In 1993, he was the first educator to be inducted into the National Academy of Televisions Arts and Sciences-Northwest Chapter Silver Circle.

Johnson played an “instrumental role in mentoring and supporting the success of thousands of students,” said Lawrence Pintak, founding dean of the Murrow College. Johnson taught the first student-run daily cable television news program in Pullman and spearheaded efforts to convert broadcast teaching from film equipment to video.

Johnson’s former WSU students in television news and communications management are now working across the country. Among the many who still keep in touch with their former professor are Eric Johnson, news anchor at KOMO-TV, Seattle; Kathy Brock, co-anchor of the evening newscasts for WLS 7, Chicago; Pat Dooris, reporter for KGW 8 in Portland; Carl Click, KATU anchor, Portland; Dave Huddleston, WSBTV Atlanta reporter; Keith Shipman, Horizon Broadcasting chief executive officer in Bend; Rod Simons, a former Northwest news and sports anchor and now Minneapolis media consultant; and Cindy Brunson, ESPN Sportscenter weekend morning edition anchor.

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