Telecomm student’s rebooted “Penguin Rundown” heads into second season

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Lincoln Williams

Telecommunication Studies major Lincoln Williams has been getting plenty of on-camera experience as host of Youngstown State University’s “Penguin Rundown,” a YouTube program showcasing YSU athletics.

Students created the YouTube show several years ago, focusing on general YSU news, but the program faltered. Last year, Williams and a team of other telecommunications students decided to “reboot” the concept, concentrating on all Penguin sports in a weekly format, and the new format has been successful.

Now a cooperative venture involving YSU’s Telecommunications Studies program and YSU Sports Information, Penguin Rundown returns on Fridays this Fall.

Williams was also an early participant in #Ytakeover, a YSU Marketing and Communications program that uses social media – such as Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram – to show prospective students what a typical day might be like for a YSU student.

“I know it’s a cliché to say to get involved, but it’s the truth,” Williams said, describing his philosophy as a student. “When it comes to what you want, what you’re passionate about, keep your nose to the ground and work for it. Take a leap of faith. I know it’s scary. Just get involved and keep trying. If you work hard you will be successful.”

A 2011 graduate of Liberty High School, Williams is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications Studies, with a minor in Communications Studies. He plans to go on to graduate school at YSU, pursuing a master’s degree in a communications field, and hopes for a career as a sports broadcaster.