Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

Here’s a shot of Clifford the Big Red Dog (or maybe it’s puppy Clifford) in his doghouse staring forlornly at an empty bowl. It’s a little display set up by, I’m guessing, our Community Engagement Department in one of the hallways here at UNC-TV. It’s cute, most definitely, but it always makes me a little sad. Someone fill his bowl already!

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Sounds Familiar

“Sounds like the noise a deer makes when it is being slaughtered.” – Prince Albert (Tom Hughes), after being awakened by the sound of bagpipes while on holiday in Scotland, Victoria

My Top Five: Dogs

It’s now the Year of the Dog according to Chinese astrology and there have been loads of loyal canine companions on shows UNC-TV has broadcast over the decades. From Wellard on EastEnders to Barkley on Sesame Street, these memorable mutts have dug holes in our hearts and buried bones in our souls (if you’ll forgive the very disturbing and messy metaphor). But which pooches are my personal faves? I thought about it and came up with MY TOP FIVE DOGS from PBS shows and other public television fare we’ve aired here at UNC-TV.

5) MARTHA (Martha Speaks) Wagstaff City’s most vocal canine gained her power of human speech when she was fed alphabet soup and it went to her brain instead of her stomach. Not the most scientific of origins but it’s a dandy comedic premise for a kids show. Continue reading

Hail To The Chief!

It’s Presidents’ Day here in the US. So in celebration of the highest office in the land you might want to head to the AMERICAN EXPERIENCE website and relive their Peabody Award-winning Presidents Collection. But do it soon because the Presidents are bidding adieu at the end of the month.

Check out the series’ extensive presidential biographies and peruse additional features, including interviews, articles, image galleries and more. Plus – enter The Presidents Collection Giveaway (five lucky winners will receive The Presidents 17-disc DVD set, copies of our two most-recent presidential bios JFK and Murder of a President, and a Presidents Series Bobblehead).

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE has long been delivering exceptional historical documentaries and their Presidents Collection is a highlight. Enjoy the best of the best before term limits expire.

Monday Montage

What’s happening, what’s on and what’s interesting this week …

Examine the dangerous rivalry that has plunged the Middle East into sectarian war. Join FRONTLINE for part one of Bitter Rivals: Iran and Saudi Arabia – Tuesday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

John Cleese’s new situation comedy, HOLD THE SUNSET, debuted last night in the UK. Unfortunately, it didn’t get the best reviews. Continue reading

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

I’m very excited. I recently unearthed a cache of archival photos from the station’s 60+ year history. Many of these go back long before my time and I cannot even be certain who or what is pictured. Still, they are extremely interesting and a snapshot of UNC-TV during its early, formative years.

This week’s photo: a shot of an Open House held in 1983 at our Raleigh studios. Way back in the day, UNC-TV (at that time the UNC Center for Public Television) was spread out across the Triangle in various locations (NC State, UNC-CH, Chatham County). In 1989, all forces were assembled in the RTP in the then newly-constructed Joseph and Kathleen Bryan Communications Center, where we reside today.

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I think you’ll recognize some familiar faces from our programming perched atop the Raleigh studios. If you happened to visit this Open House in the early 80s, drop me a line and let me know (I was but a viewer at the time).