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Local TV legends to judge New Orleans-themed spelling bee

Loyola press release - October 29, 2014

You may be able to recognize Tchoupitoulas Street, but can you spell it? Find out as Loyola University New Orleans' School of Mass Communication hosts its first-ever New Orleans-themed spelling bee, with retired TV anchors Norman Robinson and Dennis Woltering as the judges Thursday, Nov. 6. The idea for a college-level spelling bee actually came from Loyola senior and Radio Television Digital News Association chapter president Lucy Dieckhaus as a fundraiser for the student organization.

The spelling bee competition is set for 6:30 p.m. in room 402, Studio A of the Communications/Music Complex on Loyola’s main campus. It is open to the public and costs $3 to attend. The fee to compete in the spelling bee is $15 per person or $20 for two people. All money raised will be donated to Loyola's chapter of the Radio Television Digital News Association.

The grand prize for the spelling bee is a $150 gift certificate to Midway Pizza on Freret Street. There are also awards for second and third place and best spelling group, including a gift basket and gift cards to Raising Cane's. Loyola will also give away door prizes and other fun giveaways from nearby businesses.

Spelling bee judge Robinson anchored for WDSU-TV for nearly a quarter century before retiring this past May. He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award back in 2012 by the Press Club of New Orleans.

Woltering, another local celebrity spelling bee judge, is known for anchoring the evening newscast for WWL-TV for the past 20 years before retiring last May. He first started at the station in 1977 as a reporter and weekend anchor, hired by then-news director and alumnus Phil Johnson ’50.