The program features interviews with members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Guests for the season include Tamu Smith and Zandra Vranes, authors of the book “Diary of Two Mad Black Mormons” and founders of the website SistasinZion.com, Chris Heimerdinger, author of the Tennis Shoes Among the Nephites Series; and more.
Latter-day Profiles is a collaborative effort of students, faculty and staff at BYU-Idaho. Brian Howard, a communication instructor, was one of the founders of the program.
“The concept originally was we wanted to produce a program that could be a professional program that could be produced for an outside entity, like BYU television,” Howard said.
Howard said the program was created in 2007 and has produced 22 seasons.
“Every semester is a season for us,” Howard said. “Every semester we produce eight episodes.”
Steve Vest, a senior studying communication, has worked with Latter-day Profiles for four seasons and will be the producer for this coming season.
“I oversee all aspects of production,” Vest said. “When we go on a shoot, whether we are filming here in our studio or whether we go on location, I make sure we have all the equipment. … I also edit all the episodes and prepare to broadcast them on BYUtv.”
Vest said the coming season will be good because a lot of great people participated.
“I think the purpose of Latter-day Profiles it is to showcase anybody that has a story,” Howard said. “We have a lot of guests on the show and some of them are pretty prominent, like business leaders and CEOs. We’ve also had a lot of local people here from Rexburg that we’ve had on the show because they have an interesting background.”
Vest said that from a global standpoint, many of the people that have been interviewed were interesting people; they share stories about becoming successful business people, overcoming life’s challenges or sharing experiences they have had.
“The goal for the actual show is to interview those who are LDS. We say ‘noteworthy’ because they don’t actually have to be famous to tell their stories,” Howard said. “We all want to see stories about how people balance success or how they do things if they have an extraordinary situation because we have a commonality with members in the Church.”
Howard said there have been a lot of students involved with the production of the program.
“The deadlines are real,” Howard said. “The pressure is real because there has to be a certain quality attached to the program.”
Howard said working with the students has been a good experience. Because of the three-track system, he works with different students who possess different gifts.
“A lot of people don’t know that a television show is produced at BYU-I,” Vest said. “We are trying social media things like a Facebook page, Twitter and press releases, but it’s hard to get a lot of viewers.”
Vest said that something can be learned from every episode.
“For me it has been a unique experience because I’ve got to meet a lot of fantastic people,” Vest said. “If more people knew about the program, I think they would realize how neat it is.”
According to the Latter-day Profiles press release, each season includes leaders in business and education as well as musicians, authors and others who share lifting experiences.
Vest said BYU recently reconstructed their programming, leaving Latter-day Profiles a convenient time for a large audience to enjoy. Latter-day Profiles airs Sunday afternoons at 2:35 p.m. on BYUtv.
“We have a few faithful watchers who like the show and [are] wanting to know where we are at,” Howard said. “If people know where they can find us, then they can decide for themselves whether we are worth it.”