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What Makes Pittsburgh Pittsburgh?
WQED’s Emmy Award-winning producer Rick Sebak takes viewers on a tour of the city that was at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution and is now a leading center for medicine, education and science, while still retaining its old world charm.

WHAT MAKES PITTSBURGHPITTSBURGH? QUIRKY DOCUMENTARY FROM WQED

There are countless factors that make the Pittsburgh area unusual and charming, distinctive and unique. There are hills, valleys, Steeler fans, ethnic clubs, three rivers and the amazing hilltop views. And lots of people will say, “It’s the people!”

Viewers will be able to experience the often unseen joys of this unique city in What Makes Pittsburgh Pittsburgh?, which airs on WQED in March 2006.

WQED’s Emmy Award-winning producer Rick Sebak takes viewers on a tour of the city that was at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution and is now a leading center for medicine, education and science, while still retaining its old world charm.

What Makes PittsburghPittsburgh? looks at some of the factors that make this historic and surprisingly friendly city a fine place to live and a cool, unusual destination for tourists.

Sebak has been making unusual television programs for more than twenty years. His slightly wacky documentaries celebrate various aspects of modern American life and many of the unexpected charms of Pittsburgh. Audiences have learned to recognize his friendly narrative style and the unusual topics that he obviously loves.

Over the years, Sebak has produced national programs for PBS about hot dogs and hot dog shops across the United States. Another hour on flea markets. He’s put together programs about pre-Disney amusement parks, really good ice cream places, Stuff That’s Gone in western Pennsylvania, and, in a special called Shore Things, he documented some of the non-environmental reasons why people like to go to the beach.

Sebak’s next national project for airing on PBS will be To Market To Market To Buy A Fat Pig, which will air late spring 2007. It’s a fascinating look at traditional markets and market houses across the country.

WQED Pittsburgh, honored with the 2007 and 2006 Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award for Station Excellence, was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. WQED creates, produces and distributes quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within its 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-DT; WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED-HD; WQEX-TV (A ShopNBC affiliate); WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; a publishing division that includes PITTSBURGH MAGAZINE; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org); and The WQED Education Department.

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