WQED UNVEILS PATRIOTIC PROGRAMMING FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 25, 2013
WQED UNVEILS PATRIOTIC PROGRAMMING
FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY
PITTSBURGH— WQED-TV will air several patriotic programs July 2-7 to celebrate Independence Day. Also, WQED-FM will broadcast patriotic and American music all day on the Fourth of July, as well as a special at 7 p.m. called The March King: John Philip Sousa.
Weaving stories, musical information and historical anecdotes around Sousa’s compositions, this two-hour show pulls back the curtain on the adventure-packed life and music of one of America’s most prolific composers. Music selections include his famous marches, such as "The Stars and Stripes Forever" and “The Washington Post," plus dances, concert pieces, a fantasy for band, a humoresque, a suite and an operetta overture. Hosted by Ted Sohier.
Tuesday, July 2
• The Statue of Liberty at 8 p.m.
A film chronicling the creation and history of the Statue of Liberty, as well as what the statue represents to all Americans
• Mount Rushmore: American Experience at 9 p.m.
This program tells of the bizarre and wonderful story of the creation of Mount Rushmore.
Wednesday, July 3
• Nature “American Eagle” at 8 p.m.
After being pushed to the brink of extinction, bald eagles have made a comeback in a big way. Photographer Neil Rettig gives an intimate look into the drama of the nest in the first ever High Definition hour on bald eagles.
Thursday, July 4
• A Capitol Fourth (2013) at 8 and 9:30 p.m.
Live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, Tom Bergeron host an all-star cast of acts which include Jackie Evancho, Scotty McCreery, and the National Symphony Orchestra.
Sunday, July 7
• Gettysburg’s New Battle: Saving the Stone Soldiers at 3 p.m.
While Gettysburg battlefield has over 1300 monuments, it also has a problem. That problem is degradation and it is caused by time, nature, and sadly enough, vandals. This WQED produced documentary explores efforts to protect, repair and raise funds for the monuments while also telling the fascinating stories behind these “stone soldiers.”
• T. Moffat Burris and the Crossing at 4 p.m.
Moffat Burris, a paratrooper from the famed 82nd Airborne Division, talks of his harrowing experience of crossing the Waal River to secure a bridge in Nijmegen, Holland during World War II. Burris and his men crossed the river in a swift current in a canvas boat with a limited number of paddles, all while they were vulnerable to attacks from the Germans. This experience alone has inspired a film starring Robert Redford called, “A Bridge Too Far.”
• Charles Murray, Defining a Hero at 4:30 p.m.
Charles P. Murray joined an elite class with his heroics during World War II, he became one of less than 3,500 that had been awarded the congressional medal of honor. This program tells of Charles’ heroic action during World War II and his life after, which include involvement in the Korean and Vietnam conflicts.
• LaFayette: The Lost Hero at 5p.m.
This program tells of the story of Marquis de LaFayette, who after fighting for independence in America, returned to France to help start the French Revolution.
• Anthem at 6 p.m.
Anthem tells the story behind Francis Scott Key’s creation of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Featured in this program are musical performances and interviews with historians and music experts from the United States and Great Britain.
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