Tuesday, June 16, 2015

[494] ‘MTSU On the Record’ spotlights student’s opposition to new state logo

MURFREESBORO — The uproar over the state of Tennessee’s new marketing logo is the focus of the next “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Kyle Elliott will air from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, June 15, and from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Sunday, June 21, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and www.wmot.org).

Elliott, an electronic media communication major from Hermitage, Tennessee, solicited comments on Twitter at #SavetheTristar regarding the logo.

Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration paid $46,000 for a Nashville-based public relations firm to create the logo, which is a red square emblazoned with the letters “TN” in white and a blue bar underneath.

While the logo does not replace the figure of three stars on a blue field on the predominantly red state flag, statewide and national reaction to the new logo has been overwhelmingly negative and full of ridicule.

“I’ve talked to some friends about it, and they’ve said, ‘You know, that money could have been put toward my college tuition,’” Elliott said. “It’s just government spending that’s not necessary.”

Elliott has discussed the reaction to the logo on WMTS-FM, MTSU’s student radio station. He also promoted a petition on www.change.org calling for the logo to be dumped. Elliott said more than 2,500 people have signed the petition to date.

To listen to previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, go to www.mtsunews.com and click the “more” link under “Audio Clips.”

For more information, contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.

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