WQED PREMIERES FIVE NEW LOCAL PROGRAMS
WQED PREMIERES FIVE NEW LOCAL PROGRAMS
PITTSBURGH – WQED (www.wqed.org) premieres a new local programming lineup beginning November 1. The lineup includes a series of five new programs each weeknight at 7:30pm and the kick off to the second season of Filmmakers Corner Saturday evenings at 10pm.
“The new programs are the result of extensive research and feedback from our audience, the community at large, Community Advisory Board; WQED producers and staff; funders; and Board of Directors,” said Deborah L. Acklin, president and chief executive officer of WQED.
“People told us that they value and expect a strong local programming presence and civic journalism from WQED, and this new lineup delivers a diversity of programming to suit all tastes and interests.”
Research shows that viewers are interested in programs and stories about the environment; arts and culture; education; and health. Other content areas that viewers’ valued and which will be focus areas in the coming season are community affairs; ethnic/cultural tradition; diversity and inclusion; and history and landmarks. WQED producers and staff have worked through the spring and summer to launch the new programs beginning November 1.
All of the new programs will be available after broadcast at www.wqed.org. Facebook pages for the new programming lineup can be accessed from the WQED page at www.facebook.com/WQEDPittsburgh with links in the lower left corner in the "favorite pages" box.
Below is WQED’s new local programming lineup:
Experience – Mondays at 7:30 pm
Experience is a documentary style program with a regional focus on a single subject each week. It is shot on location and produced to tell a story. Topics might include—a focus on a particular neighborhood (what’s unique about it, businesses, people and amenities that distinguish the community), a story of medical advances told through the experience of a patient and his/her personal relationship with the physician, or stories detailing the experiences of mountain climbers and why they do it.
Following in the longstanding tradition of Black Horizons which focused on the African American community, Horizons is a more contemporary offering. The show recognizes and celebrates the many facets of our diverse community. Through studio interviews and on-location stories, we will share many ethnic customs, challenges and celebrations. Horizons will talk about new immigrants, matters of diversity and inclusion for all ethnicities, genders and lifestyles. Hosted by Chris Moore.
It’s Pittsburgh…and a lot of other stuff – Wednesdays at 7:30 pm
On Wednesdays Rick Sebak brings his fans a new weekly program for the first time.
It’s Pittsburgh…and a lot of other stuff will feature a variety of stories about the history and charms of the Pittsburgh area and the tri-state region. It will include new stories about our city's surprises, as well as Rick's take on aspects of local culture, organizations, individuals and quirky details that distinguish this part of the world. It will highlight some of the joys of living around here, focusing on factors that make this an endlessly fascinating and surprising place to live.
Pittsburgh 360°- Thursdays at 7:30 pm
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Pittsburgh 360 is a full circle look at our region and the stories that capture who we are as a community. With a focus on arts and entertainment, education, health, technology and civic issues, Pittsburgh 360 will create an interactive dialogue with viewers. 360 will have an active online presence where viewers may find a survey or a chat space. This show will be shot both on location and in the WQED studios. Hosted by Michael Bartley and Tonia Caruso.
4802 – Fridays at 7:30 pm
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4802 makes WQED’s Fifth Avenue address the central point for a lively conversation about the events making the news of the week. Hosts will moderate a panel of guest journalists to talk about what’s in the news. Each week, guests will be different: perhaps a writer from a local or regional newspaper, a reporter from television, a news manager from radio, or a local blogger. 4802 will feature their photographs and video clips along with their opinions on the stories making news in our region and around the world. Hosted in rotation by Chris Moore, Michael Bartley and Tonia Caruso.
Filmmakers Corner – Saturdays at 10:00pm
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Returning for a second season and rounding out WQED’s local programming lineup is Filmmakers Corner, an hour-long showcase of independent films by local producers. Each week, a new independent film will be showcased that include interviews with the producers to provide background on each documentary. Hosted by Minette Seate.
Other local programming favorites that have been staples of the lineup continue:
QED Cooks – Saturday at 10:00am
WQED’s long-running series of cooking shows with Chris Fennimore that is really about local heritage.
WQED’s Dave Hallewell and Dave Rhodes take an offbeat look at local and statewide people and places.
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. 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; WQEX-TV (A ShopNBC affiliate); Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org); and The WQED Education Department.
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