Dirt sheet goes solo

By Maryellen Anastasio
March 17, 2010

The entertainment portion of Loqation is now going solo.  The Dirt Sheet with Jake and Gianna is now bigger and better than before.  The new show includes more on fashion, television, movies and celebrities.

“I came up with the concept for Loqation two years ago and was really excited about it but over time it became less and less of what I had originally envisioned,” Jake Verterano, senior communication major, said.

“When we were just on Loqation there were too many restrictions and we could only have a one-minute segment, which wasn’t enough for us to showcase entertainment,” Gianna Shikitino, junior communication major, said.

The new show is now nine to 10 minutes in length and only focused on entertainment.  It covers a wide range of topics happening in music, movies, fashion, celebrities and at Cabrini.

“We wanted it to be strictly entertainment and play off of the features and entertainment section of the Loquitur,” Shikitino said.

The Dirt Sheet also has some new faces as well.  Michelle Costa hosts a segment on fashion.   In this past week’s episode she gave viewers a taste of what they can expect by evaluating celebrities apparel on the red carpet.

“Jake saw my fashion articles in the Loquitur and came up with the idea of adding the segment to the show,” Michelle Costa, sophomore communication major, said.

“We have some great ideas for the segment, like a red carpet review at formal, look for less, and fashion for the upcoming bathing suit season,” Costa said.

Also Jamie Santoro, a current news anchor for Loqation, and Danielle McLaughlin, a remote anchor for Loqation, now host a trending topics segment on the Dirt Sheet as well.  They discuss the hot topics of the week in entertainment.

Verterano has a show on Cabrini’s radio station, 89.1 WYBF-FM, on Sunday’s from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. where he does the radio version of the Dirt Sheet as well.

“Jake really pioneered the idea to make The Dirt Sheet a show.  He came up with it and took the initiative,” Shikitino said.  “He is very creative and works well behind the camera too.”

For Costa it is her first time being involved with video but with her passion for fashion she feels confident.

“It’s a great experience for me because I would like to work in fashion as a career,” Costa said.

A new episode of The Dirt Sheet appears every Thursday and can be watched on The Loquitur’s Web site.

“We’re really trying to take on an innovative approach with The Dirt Sheet. We create a high quality professional show while having some fun with it,” Verterano said.

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