"By The River" on SCETV

USCB Students Produce Award-Winning National TV Show "By The River" 

By the River students on set

“By The River” is a collaborative production between USCB and SCETV, showcasing regional authors. Now in its 4th season, it is distributed nationally by American Public Television to public television affiliates around the country. A love letter to Southern authors, the program is an interview-style show hosted by Holly Bounds Jackson, Director of Operations at ETV Lowcountry. "BTR" is produced by Dr. Caroline Sawyer, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, and includes USCB students as production staff. Each 30-minute episode is recorded at ETV Lowcountry studios and features an in-depth interview with Southern authors followed by a Lowcountry Poet's Corner poetry reading by Southern State States Poet Laureates. By The River has garnered a Southeast Emmy Nomination (Interview/Discussion), 1 Silver Telly Award (Cultural Series), 4 Bronze Telly Awards (Set Design, Cultural Series, Nature & Wildlife for TV, & D&I for TV), 1 Excellence Communicator Awards (Cultural Series), 1 Distinction Communicator Award (Interview Series), and 1 Anthem Award (Education, Arts, & Culture Series). "By The River" is nationally distributed by American Public Televsion.

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Featured author and host

Meet the Producer of "By the River" 

Caroline E. Sawyer, Ph.D.


  • Associate Professor, Communication Studies
  • Director, Sand Shark Center for Innovative Media
Office: 843-208-8223
Library Building • Room 147
One University Boulevard
Bluffton, SC 29909
Caroline E. Sawyer, Ph.D.


Jeremy Smalls
““I’ve worked on ‘By the River’ for the past 3 seasons. I want to pursue production as a career. It’s great that USCB gives students the opportunity to get work experience like this while they are in college.”
Jeremy Smalls
Class of 2022, Major in Communication Studies