Say what you want about public broadcasting but one thing is indisputable – we got great swag! I am often amazed at the awesome gift baskets I see around the building that I assume will be given out as prizes at special events. Below are a couple of these baskets containing t-shirts, DVDs, plush toys and other chotchkes.
I don’t know if these were prizes or something just made up for decoration but I’m sure this would be a welcome gift for any UNC-TV viewer (or staffer).
Recently, UNC-TV staffers were invited to a Dine & Design. What’s that? According to the spiel: A Dine & Design combines the fun and relaxation of a party with the challenge of a class. Guided by a professional artist, you and your group will work at individual easels to create a masterpiece that is suitable for framing. The emphasis is on the fun, with conversation and laughter encouraged rather than serious focus.
The practical upshot of this is that many of my co-workers took part and painted some very interesting pieces. I happen to notice one of the creations in a nearby workspace.
The above artistic piece was created by UNC-TV’s Princess Wallace, who took part in the Dine & Design (I was unable to attend). I saw it by her desk and thought it was really neat. She gave me permission to share so there it is. Enjoy!
Another forgotten piece of PBS history this week, folks. I was digging through some old cassette tapes recently and discovered this promotional sampler for a PBS Kids show called The Puzzle Works. Never heard of it? That’s because the title of the series was changed before it was broadcast in 1995 to The Puzzle Place. Same graphic design – just a different name.
The beach towel pictured below was a giveaway at a PBS convention as promotion for a Nature mini-series called “Triumph of Life.” I neither recall the series nor do I recall the convention. It’s possible the towel was something a colleague brought back for me. I’d forgotten I even had it until I discovered it in the back of a closet recently. Nonetheless, it’s very cool. I like the baby sea turtle making it’s way to the ocean. Triumph of life indeed.
[Update: I looked up the title in our database and the mini-series was six episodes and first broadcast in early 2001.]
During UNC-TV’s long and storied history, our facilities have been housed in different locations. Currently, we are in the Joseph and Kathleen Bryan Communications Center in the Research Triangle Park. In the past, we have had studios on the both the North Carolina State campus in Raleigh and the University of North Carolina campus in Chapel Hill. The watercolor pictures below are by Chapel Hill artist Kip Gerard and showcase the present locale in RTP and the original UNC studios in Swain Hall – complete with the remote truck used for off-site productions at the time. They are most likely reproductions but I spotted them hanging in our technical operations center and thought they were very cool.