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THE WAIT IS OVER! PITTSBURGH FROM THE AIR II PREMIERES ON WQED AND ONLINE ON OCTOBER 4 AT 8 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 25, 2012

CONTACT:
George Hazimanolis
Senior Director of Corporate
Communications
412-622-1366
ghaziman@wqed.org

THE WAIT IS OVER!
PITTSBURGH FROM THE AIR II PREMIERES ON WQED AND ONLINE ON OCTOBER 4 AT 8 PM

PITTSBURGH -- It’s MORE of Pittsburgh like you’ve never seen it before! WQED is proud to present PITTSBURGH FROM THE AIR II in partnership with UPMC – the second installment in WQED’s hugely popular aerial journey of western Pennsylvania.

Hot on the heels of last year’s Pittsburgh from the Air, this new documentary premieres on Thursday, October 4 at 8 p.m. on WQED-TV. DVD and Blu-Ray copies of the program will be available for $19.95 and $24.95, respectively, by calling 1-855-883-0524 or by going to shopwqed.org. Viewers can give comments and feedback on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #PGHAIR. Those using the #PGHAIR hashtag on Twitter or texting PGHAIR to 94253 on their mobile phone will be registered-to-win their choice of a DVD or Blu-Ray copy of Pittsburgh From the Air II.

WQED will stream Pittsburgh From the Air II LIVE at wqed.org during the television premiere on October 4. This is in response to requests from viewers around the country last year who wanted the chance to see the high-definition documentary at the same time it aired in the Pittsburgh television market.

“We’re excited to distribute Pittsburgh From the Air II through multiple platforms,” said Deborah L. Acklin, President and Chief Executive Officer of WQED. “The response to the first documentary last year caught us off guard. We knew it would be popular, but we didn’t expect the overwhelming response we received. Pittsburghers and everyone in the region love the beauty and majesty of western Pennsylvania.”

“We are proud to have UPMC as the major partner in this production. They are active in just about all of the communities in western Pennsylvania that are featured in the documentary.”

Shot with a high-definition gyroscopic camera from an AStar helicopter, the documentary captures stunning images as its swoops over mountains, valleys, rivers, gorges, skyscrapers and towns to showcase the natural beauty of our region.

WQED producers flew over seven western Pennsylvania counties to showcase some favorite landmarks and some often unseen places.

Counties and selected sites included in Pittsburgh From the Air II:

Allegheny County
• Pittsburgh International Airport
• North Park
• McKeesport
• Oakland

Beaver County
• Baden
• Beaver Falls
• Raccoon Creek State Park

Fayette County
• Connellsville Airport

Lawrence County
• McConnells Mill State Park

Somerset County
• Flight 93 National Memorial
• Salisbury and Keystone Viaducts, Great Allegheny Passage Bike Trail
• Confluence

Washington
• Finleyville
• California
• Washington (city)
• Avella

Westmoreland
• Smithton

DVD and Blu-Ray extras titled, “Bonus Flight” will include 29 minutes of footage highlighting the four seasons of western Pennsylvania.

Additional support for Pittsburgh From the Air II was made possible by First National Bank of Pennsylvania, Carlow University and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

WQED Pittsburgh has a proud history of honors, including 134 National and Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Awards, an Academy Award, and many, many others, including two Emmy® Awards for Station Excellence. WQED was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. The people of WQED create, produce and distribute quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within their community and around the world. WQED Pittsburgh is one of the first broadcasters in the country to be fully high-definition (HD) in its studio and field production capabilities. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online at www.wqed.org/fm; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and iQ: smartmedia, WQED’s Educational initiative (www.wqed.org/edu).

NOTE TO WORKING PRESS:
Interviews with Darryl Ford Williams, WQED Vice President of Content; David Solomon, Supervising Producer; or Frank Caloiero, Producer, Editor and Sound Engineer may be scheduled by contacting George Hazimanolis at 412-622-1366 or ghaziman@wqed.org.

Full-press kits including a DVD screener are also available by request.


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George Hazimanolis
Senior Director of
Corporate Communications
412.622.1366
ghazimanolis@wqed.org

 

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Marketing Associate
412-622-1459
mpisano@wqed.org

 

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