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Case Study Four

                                         Healing Words Foundation

The Healing Words Foundation (HWF) is an original Yeager Media Center client from the fall of 2011. Services that the Yeager Media Center provide include: episode planning, field production, pre-production, post-production, live broadcast, repackaging with captions (DVD & YouTube), and hands on learning for student employees. A result of this ongoing partnership, HWF gets their health information out to the masses through South Dakota's public television network and the Prairie Doc® YouTube channel. SDSU students gain real world experience working on a live TV program as a reporter or technical crew member on the broadcast in a safe learning environment.

The On Call with the Prairie Doc® television program is one of the outlets the HWF utilizes to provide honest, science-based medical information to the greater South Dakota region. Each hour-long episode centers on a specific medical topic with the goal of providing patient education. For 18 Seasons, the late Dr. Rick Holm, the Prairie Doc®, hosted various guests to discuss relevant medical issues and answers questions from viewers. To support and continue this mission, Holm and his life partner Joanie established HWF as a 501c3 in 2011. Four physicians, Andrew Ellsworth, Kelly Evans-Hullinger, Deb Johnston and Jill Kruse, have agreed to take on the volunteer role of hosting the On Call with the Prairie Doc® television program. Rick wanted everyone to know that, while he originally developed the Prairie Doc® program and had been known to many as “THE” Prairie Doc®, he felt he was always surrounded by a “team of Prairie Docs.”


Brady Nicolaus, Broadcast Journalism Major
Brady Nicolaus, Broadcast Journalism Major




Brady Nicolaus, Journalism Major states. “I have been working with Yeager Media and I have loved every minute of it. I have met several great people who have helped me to develop as a professional, as well as a better person overall. I have also developed many skills in production work both on and off set. I cannot wait to take these skills with me further into my professional career.






                                                   Broadcast Television Capabilities