PBS announces 2013 fall primetime line-up

LINGTON, VA; MAY 9, 2013 – PBS announced today a fall primetime line-up featuring a strong roster of wide-ranging programs. New highlights of the season include a series of specials commemorating the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s death; programs exploring American heritage from diverse viewpoints; the first PBS Independent Film Showcase; and captivating new dramas. Fall also marks the second PBS Arts Fall Festival, as well as the return (and a premiere) of acclaimed science programs.

PBS pays tribute to President Kennedy on the eve of the 50th anniversary of his assassination with intriguing new takes on the president’s life and death, anchored by “JFK,” a new four-hour, two-part special from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE. A new episode from the science series NOVA, the history-focused SECRETS OF THE DEAD and other specials to be announced complete this special anniversary coverage.

A collection of programs focuses on the diversity of Americans’ ancestries and cultures, including the new unscripted, interactive series GENEALOGY ROADSHOW, which uses history and science to connect participants nationwide to their individual and family histories; LATINO AMERICANS, the first major documentary series for television to chronicle the rich and varied history of Latinos across 500 years; and from executive producer — and Harvard scholar — Henry Louis Gates, Jr. THE AFRICAN AMERICANS: MANY RIVERS TO CROSS, which chronicles the full sweep of black history in the United States.

The arts remain a staple of PBS programming, with the PBS Arts Fall Festival returning for a seven-week run celebrating music and Broadway classics, including NASHVILLE 2.0, a tribute to legendary country stars, a star-studded version of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Company and GREAT PERFORMANCES “Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn,” the superstar’s first Brooklyn concert since her childhood years. The PBS Independent Film Showcase airs this fall with documentaries from INDEPENDENT LENS and POV. GREAT PERFORMANCES premieres its ambitious four-part miniseries “The Hollow Crown,” combining Shakespeare’s Richard II, Henry IV (Parts I & II) and Henry V into a single chronological narrative.

PBS continues to stake out Sunday nights with enthralling dramas from MASTERPIECE, including “Foyle’s War, Series VII” for MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! and “The Paradise,” an adaptation of the beloved French novel by Emile Zola. 

Science remains strong this fall, delving into how things are made wilder, faster, colder and safer with the new multi-part NOVA series, “Making Stuff With David Pogue,” and the new four-part series RAW TO READY (w.t.), which takes viewers inside factories to learn how basic ingredients are transformed into powerhouse machines.

AMERICAN MASTERS premieres “Billie Jean King” (w.t.), a film about the tennis great on the 40th anniversary of the tennis world’s 1973 Battle of the Sexes and King founding the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), as well as “Jimi Hendrix” (w.t.) with never-before-seen performance footage, photos, drawings and more. In addition to “JFK,” AMERICAN EXPERIENCE premieres “War of the Worlds,” revisiting the infamous radio dramatization on its 75th anniversary.

“It promises to be an exhilarating fall on PBS, with a vast array of attention-grabbing programming designed to entertain, educate and inspire audiences,” said Beth Hoppe, PBS Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming. “Among our many new and returning programs and specials are exceptional programs on President Kennedy, in the 50th year following his assassination, from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, NOVA and SECRETS OF THE DEAD; comprehensive, specials on American heritage that closely examine the rich cultural tapestry of America; and a vibrant slate of arts programming. Our strong fall season covers topics that will be attractive to viewers across all of the genres that made PBS great in the first place.”

Read the full release here

Public Radio Capital 2012 Annual Report

The Public Radio Capital (PrC) 2012 Annual Report has just been released and everyone should read it. From the report:

In 2012, PrC helped clients in acquisition and financing transactions (including loans from the Public radio Fund) valued at $31.965 million. PrC consulted with 22 other clients providing a range of services including license valuations, operational assessments and expansion opportunity modeling. In addition, an end of year grant in 2011 of $150,000 from the Open Society Institute enabled PrC in 2012 to assist minority ownership organizations in business planning and service strategies, and a grant from FJC: A Foundation of Philanthropic Funds has established a $100,000 fund at PrC to spur growth and innovation in public broadcasting.

The full report is available here.

Someone should do a story on…

if being smart and (formally) well educated is as important as we believe? 

What got us thinking about this topic: 

  • Girls are smarter than boys, get better grades, and more go to and graduate from college, yet boys (men) run the world.
  • According to international tests and common wisdom, most of the industrialized world is better educated (some say smarter) than the US yet their economies pale in comparison, they continually look to us to innovate in market after market, and their best and brightest continue to come to our shores.

So:

  • Maybe being smart and/or well educated is not as important as we’ve always thought?
  • Maybe the powerful male ego and/or the even more powerful belief in American greatness trump intelligence and education?
  • Maybe all those international tests that show the U.S. lagging don’t men anything?
  • Maybe it is better to be American than smart or well educated?
  • Maybe none of this matters in the real world? 

Well, somebody should do a story on it! Are you that somebody?

Wonder how Lakshmi Singh, Sonari Glinton, and Yuki Noguchi Got Those Names? They Used the Public Radio Name Generator!

It’s almost a chicken-and-egg question. Do reporters and hosts with worldly or intellectual-sounding names naturally seek out public radio? Or are they drawn to this career after recognizing their fellow fancy-monikered peers on the air? Either way, among the staff at National Public Radio there are definitely a lot of fancy first-and-last-name combos like Ofeibea Quist-Arcton and Douali Xaykaothao.

So what would yours be? If you’re in South Florida, you may well have the kind of complicated or bookish name that would fit right in. But if you’d like to take things an extra step, check out this handy Public Radio Name Generator.

Figuring out your “NPR” name has been a meme on the Internet since about a social media century ago (2009,) but it’s still fun. Pop in your real name, (no matter how long or unusual) and your gender (caveat: available only in binary selections!) and voila.

Clck here to read the full article at WLRN.

My name is Kamal Fishbein-Walker.

See also http://fasthorseinc.com/blog/2012/05/07/there-can-be-only-one-vote-for-the-best-name-in-public-radio/

You can help secure public media’s future
Today, the President released his annual budget, which specifically included federal funding for public broadcasting. As you know, the President’s budget outlines the programs the Administration believes are of value to Americans and should receive federal support.
This is our first victory in our aim to secure federal funds for public media and the programs you love and trust.
While we celebrate this critical success, we need your help to prepare for potential challenges in Congress.
You can help secure public media’s future and safeguard continued federal funding for your local public broadcasting station.
Please contact your legislators today.  We also encourage you to invite your friends and family, who value their local public media, to join the campaign to act for the programs they love by clicking here. Finally, if you haven’t already, join us on Facebook and Twitter, and share our call to action with your social networks.
Thank you for being a public media activist. Together, we can make certain future generations will have access to the free educational television and radio programs enjoyed by more than half of all Americans.
Thanks for all that you do,
Stacey Karp and Colleen Vivori170 Million Americans for Public Broadcasting

You can help secure public media’s future

Today, the President released his annual budget, which specifically included federal funding for public broadcasting. As you know, the President’s budget outlines the programs the Administration believes are of value to Americans and should receive federal support.

This is our first victory in our aim to secure federal funds for public media and the programs you love and trust.

While we celebrate this critical success, we need your help to prepare for potential challenges in Congress.

You can help secure public media’s future and safeguard continued federal funding for your local public broadcasting station.

Please contact your legislators today.
 
We also encourage you to invite your friends and family, who value their local public media, to join the campaign to act for the programs they love by clicking here. Finally, if you haven’t already, join us on Facebook and Twitter, and share our call to action with your social networks.

Thank you for being a public media activist. Together, we can make certain future generations will have access to the free educational television and radio programs enjoyed by more than half of all Americans.

Thanks for all that you do,

Stacey Karp and Colleen Vivori
170 Million Americans for Public Broadcasting

Stumbled upon a series of posts that “outline what the next five years will look like for public radio and why.” Apparently John Sutton & Associates (“Radiosutton”) “was founded in 1997 to provide research, marketing, and management consulting services to public radio stations and organizations.”   

They believe that in 2018:

  • Public radio stations will still be, by far, the most significant source of listening to public radio content.
  • The largest cause of any station audience erosion will come from within the public radio industry, not from outside competitors. 
  • Public radio audiences will not be any younger or more diverse.
  • Most public radio stations will be losing money on their digital efforts.  
  • Network programming heard over the radio will still be the most significant source of income for stations and networks alike.
  • Local programming on most news stations will still be losing money and require subsidization to break even.
  • NPR will be raising money directly from listeners and doing it with the belief that is beneficial to its member stations.

Very interesting reading.

Go to the RadioSutton blog here.

*We are in no way affiliated with or did we even have any prior knowledge of RadioSutton before a Google search on the pre-classical WETA turned us onto them.

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pbsthisdayinhistory:

April 10, 1947: Jackie Robinson Signs with the Brooklyn DodgersOn this day in 1947, Baseball Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson was signed to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers, becoming the first African American to play for Major League Baseball. He smashed records and knocked down major social barriers on his way to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.  Test your knowledge of Jackie Robinson and his contributions off the field with PBS Black Culture Connection’s Jackie Robinson quiz.
Photo Credit: National Baseball Hall of Fame Library, Cooperstown, NY.

pbsthisdayinhistory:

April 10, 1947: Jackie Robinson Signs with the Brooklyn Dodgers

On this day in 1947, Baseball Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson was signed to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers, becoming the first African American to play for Major League Baseball. He smashed records and knocked down major social barriers on his way to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.  

Test your knowledge of Jackie Robinson and his contributions off the field with PBS Black Culture Connection’s Jackie Robinson quiz.

Photo Credit: National Baseball Hall of Fame Library, Cooperstown, NY.

Classical music was one of the first types of music created, it’s sweet and flowing. In the times of Mozart and Bach it flourished but now lately people look on classical music as old fashioned and boring. However, these people are missing out because in fact classical music is good for the human brain and body. Classical music makes people smarter and helps us do tasks more efficiently.

Read the article

Weekends on WETA 90.9

Not sure when they moved our favorite Jean Inaba to Sunday’s but you should tune into Classical Music with Deb Lamberton right now! She is dropping all the finest in phat classical beats for your Saturday morning enjoyment.

Tomorrow be sure to check out Classical Music with David Ginder. He has the deep cuts you need to get started on Sunday!


 

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Support WETA National Public Radio STATION March Madness National Champions!

Membership programs

WETA Member

$35

Support high quality television and classical music in your community while enjoying numerous membership benefits, including a subscription to the WETA Magazine.

Join/Renew

President’s Club

$100

In addition to membership benefits, also receive a newsletter and invitations to special WETA events.

Join/Renew

Founder’s Society

$250

Be part of a special group of WETA members and receive exclusive invitations to “Members Only” functions, receptions and previews.

Join/Renew

Philanthropic giving

Leadership Circle

$1,000

Donors at this level help sustain WETA’s broadcast and education mission and receive invitations to special insider events.

more/Join

Friends of Classical Music

$1,000

Join this dynamic membership group especially for classical music supporters.

more/Join

Elizabeth P. Campbell Legacy Society

Remember WETA in your will or other estate plans and leave a legacy for generations to come.

more

Monthly support for WETA

The Signal Society

Signal your ongoing support for beautiful music and great programs through easy monthly contributions. Enjoy the convenience of automatic gifts to WETA on your credit card.
Donate today »

Classical WETA 90.9 FM Culminates Their Sensational Public Radio STATION March Madness Tournament With a National Title

For Immediate Release: April 4, 2013

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Classical WETA 90.9 FM, the exclusive classical music radio station in the nation’s capital, survived an intradistrict showdown with WAMU 88.5 in the final four but saw little to no competition in beating San Francisco’s KQED in the first ever Public Radio STATION March Madness (#pubradiostnmm) national championship game.  WETA beat KQED by a surprising 87.85% to 12.15%. KQED had previously won against KPLU, home to Clever Ape/WBEZ alum Gabriel Spitzer.

The national champion WETA’s will appear as the featured station on Public Media Idea’s Tumblr page – http://publicmediaideas.tumblr.com/ - beginning April 5, 2013. This is the first time that Classical WETA 90.9 FM has appeared as the featured station.

Winning the national championship was a team effort, helped by their loyal fan base and use of Twitter and Facebook. 

Classical WETA 90.9 FM is the exclusive classical music radio station in the nation’s capital. Special features on Classical WETA include the following programs:

From the Top - Sundays at 6 p.m. — the hit NPR radio program featuring America’s best young classical musicians

Choral Showcase - Sundays at 9 p.m. — a wide variety of classical choral music from Washington and beyond

Front Row Washington - Mondays at 9 p.m. — classical performances by top local musicians and ensembles recorded at venues throughout the Washington area

NSO Showcase - first Wednesday of each month at 9 p.m. — an exclusive production from Classical WETA featuring the National Symphony Orchestra airing November through June

Classical WETA Opera House - Saturdays at 1 p.m. — Washington’s home for opera year round. From December through May, experience the power and passion of the Metropolitan Opera. The rest of the year features performances from leading opera houses around the world, including Washington National Opera.

VivaLaVoce is Classical WETA’s all-vocal classical music channel, available by live stream at VivaLaVoce.org and via the HD2 signal of Classical WETA.

Classical WETA and WETA Television are public broadcasting stations serving the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia with high-quality programming. As the leading PBS station in the nation’s capital, WETA Television broadcasts on four channels: WETA TV 26, WETA HD, WETA Kids and WETA UK. WETA Television productions and co-productions include PBS NewsHour, Washington Week with Gwen Ifill, and National Journal. Embracing the educational mission of public broadcasting, WETA creates leading public service websites such as ReadingRockets.org, LDOnline.org, AdLit.org and Brainline.org. WETA’s headquarters is located in Arlington, Virginia. Sharon Percy Rockefeller is president and CEO. For more information on WETA and its services, visit weta.org.

Public Media Ideas

loves public media – NPR, PBS, Pacifica, local, and college radio and TV stations. We want it to not only survive but thrive. We want public radio to be as good and as well known as it can be. So, every now and again, we offer up our ideas, thoughts, commentary, and curation of all things public media. Do with them what you will. For more information on Public Media Ideas and its services, visit us on Tumblr - http://publicmediaideas.tumblr.com/, Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/PublicMediaIdeas, and Twitter - https://twitter.com/PublicMediaIdea.This month, in addition to WETA, we’ll be celebrating Public Radio Music Month on Facebook.

Public Radio STATION March Madness will be back next year with a full 64 team field. Check Tumblr for 2013 tournament history.

Thanks to everyone who participated in 2013, particularly @wamuvolunteers, @_samchoo, @kplu, @charlesedwards1, @wabenews, @kingfm, @uwworldseries, @willpublicmedia, @memberposts, @kbyodancer, @brchicagoradio, @mariacarter, @connaghangross, @connaghangross, @cityjane, @kqed, @kplumehost, @gabrielspitzer, @jejohnson322, @peterkopp, @kkline09, @OPB and @classicalweta / @wetatvfm

Public Radio STATION March Madness Final Four Update

With less than 10 hours of voting left:

It looks like WETA has built a lead that WAMU can’t possible close:

19.28%  (1) WAMU – Washington, DC
80.72%  (8) WETA – Washington, DC

In our second Final Four game, everyone who wants their team to win needs to vote because a handful of votes will probably decide the winner:

49.41%  (2) KQED – San Francisco
50.59%  (6) KPLU – Seattle – Tacoma

Who will make it to tomorrow’s championship game? If you haven’t voted, vote now https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PublicRadioSTATIONMarchMadnessFinalFour. Share this link with your friends via Twitter or Facebook if you have ow.ly/jEUKc

Check out our new Facebook page where Public Radio Music Month is in full swing!