By: Carolyn Collins
Myself along with many other students, professors and colleagues, were lucky enough to be present for the Dedication of the Rick Ludwin Studio in Williams Hall.
Rick Ludwin, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, graduated from Miami University in 1970 with a masters in mass communications. His career in television started while he was at Miami University producing his own talk show and sitcoms in the studio that is now dedicated in his name. After he graduated, Ludwin worked at NBC for 32 years. While working as vice president for NBC, Ludwin managed The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and Saturday Night Live. Ludwin also helped promote Seinfeld and The Office.
High regards were spoken at the ceremony by a few prominent people who were a part of Ludwin’s career, including Conan O’Brien himself. Conan O’Brien sent a congratulations video and explained how Ludwin is one of the reasons he is still in the entertainment business today. A Miami alumni spoke on Ludwin’s behalf and talked about advice he had learned from him over the years. One thing that stuck out to me was it’s called teleVISION, make it a vision because radios can’t. Ludwin is very influential to the Inside Hollywood program and has donated equipment, scholarships and endorsements to Miami.