Wednesday Trivia Question

What was the original title of the PBS NEWSHOUR?

The NEWSHOUR is PBS’ premier news program, airing seven nights a week on over 350 member stations. It has the distinction of being the country’s first hour-long nightly broadcast of national news, having expanded from 30 to 60 minutes in 1983. Over the decades, the title has changed and updated to reflect the arrival (and sometimes departure) of anchors. Currently, Judy Woodruff sits in the anchor chair on weeknights with Hari Sreenivasan as PBS NEWSHOUR WEEKEND anchor.

The show began in 1975 after Jim Lehrer joined forces with Robert MacNeil to cover the Watergate hearings. According to the NEWSHOUR website: “The team earned an Emmy Award and initiated one of the most respected journalistic partnerships in television history.” Shortly thereafter, WNET debuted a half-hour weeknightly news program and that show went national just a few months later. The NEWSHOUR has continued to this day and remains committed to serious journalism, on-air and online.

So what was the original title of the PBS NEWSHOUR when it debuted nearly 45 years ago? Continue reading


O Mister, Where Art Thou?

Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of Fred Rogers’ historic and legendary appearance before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Communications to challenge proposed cuts for public broadcasting. If you haven’t seen it, you owe it to yourself. If you have seen it, please take a few minutes to renew your connection to this amazing man and what may possibly be the only real and valuable moment on Capitol Hill in the past five decades.

Monday Montage

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

NATURE presents an incredible live event that celebrates the season of rebirth. Don’t miss the spectacular a three-night AMERICAN SPRING LIVE – beginning tonight at 8 on UNC-TV.

Ian McKellen gave a free show to an audience of 80somethings. Sir Ian, an octogenarian himself, performed the one-off free solo show at the Norwich Playhouse for 80 people aged 80 and their guests. Continue reading

Good Work, Mr. Peabody!

Earlier this month, winners of the 78th Annual Peabody Awards were announced. Unsurprisingly, PBS programs were winners in several categories. The Peabody Awards honor the most compelling and empowering stories released in broadcasting and digital media. Congratulations to all the deserving Peabody recipients!

Here are the PBS Peabody winners…


Documentary Winners

AMERICAN MASTERS “Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart”  (Co-produced by ITVS)

FRONTLINE “The Facebook Dilemma”


INDEPENDENT LENS “The Judge” (Co-produced by ITVS)


POV “Minding the Gap” (Co-produced by ITVS)

POV “The Apology”


News Winners

FRONTLINE “Separated: Children at the Border”

PBS NewsHour “The Plastic Problem”


Radio/Podcast Finalist

PBS NewsHour “Kept Out”

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

A few years back, PBS started these annual events related to seasonal happenings and such shows are presented live in prime time. BIG BLUE LIVE debuted in 2015 and focused on the annual migration of sea life in Monterey Bay. WILD ALASKA LIVE premiered in 2017 and featured the Kratt Brothers experiencing the wildlife of the Last Frontier. This year, NATURE is presenting the three-night showcase AMERICAN SPRING LIVE. Airing over three nights, AMERICAN SPRING LIVE gives you a front row seat to the season of renewal and rebirth. The standup promotional banner below has been in our lobby for a few weeks now to promote this fantastic live event.

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