Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

I spied this poster in a hallway a few months back (I think there was a bit of clearing out when some folks were moving offices). It was used during a past on-air fundraiser to celebrate one of our community partners, the North Carolina EastEnders Fan Club. I know the club is a great supporter of their beloved series and of UNC-TV in general. Each year, they actively help us raise the funds to pay for the British soap they so crave and, as such, stand as a model of fan support for public broadcasting. Kudos, EE Fans!

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Sounds Familiar

“Oliver Twist was an orphan, which meant he was sort of like a stray with no collar and no ID tag.” – Wishbone (Larry Brantley), explaining the Charles Dickens classic on WISHBONE

My Top Five: Life-Changing Programs

UNC-TV has often used the slogan “life-changing television” because we believe the programming we offer can indeed alter a person’s life. It doesn’t have to be in a major way; the smallest thing can make a difference and change a life, whether it’s receiving a GED by watching telecourses, building something with your bare hands after viewing a how-to program or making the most of your Italian honeymoon after seeing Rick Steves show you how.

So I got to thinking: What shows have changed my life? There were more than a few that sprang to mind but I narrowed it down to the usual quintet. So here they are – MY TOP FIVE LIFE-CHANGING SHOWS. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Ken Burns explores the life of Samuel Clemens, from his early days along the Mississippi to his evolution as a writer and American icon. Don’t miss part one of MARK TWAIN – Tuesday night at 8 on UNC-TV.

Great news for Whovians: A TARDIS-full of DOCTOR WHO actors will team up for a series of audio plays next year. To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Big Finish will offer six new hour-long stories featuring characters from the entire history of Doctor Who. Continue reading

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

Viewers of UNC-TV will no doubt have encountered signs of our August fundraiser, currently in progress. All week long, we’ve been presenting special programming along with the usual entreaties for your support. Last night, the folk duo Chatham Rabbits joined us in the UNC-TV studios for an evening of music and fun. Hope you had a chance to tune in.

Here’s a quick peek at a behind-the-scenes sight used to keep track of the evening’s fare. When engaging in live television, it’s important for everyone involved – staff, producers, talent, volunteers – to be on the same page and a handy guide like this is invaluable.

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Rain Rain Fade Away

I’ve received reports that many EASTENDERS fans missed some of this week’s episodes due to rain fade and other problems caused by the tremendous storms plaguing our state Sunday night. The good news is we always repeat the previous week’s episodes in the wee hours of Sunday morning (3am on UNC-TV). However, I’ve been told by some of the folks with the NC EastEnders Club that the early morning repeat is inconvenient for those without recording devices. I get that however I warn you that these are a couple of not-to-miss episodes so I personally would suggest going to sleep an hour early Saturday night at setting the alarm for 3am to catch these two shows. Of course, I don’t think for a second that’s a remedy which will suit every single viewer so I’ve taken it upon myself to write up detailed synopses for the two eps. It won’t make up for missing them but it will get you ready for the next two episodes Sunday at 11pm.

Click on Continue Reading to play a little catch up… Continue reading