Saturday, May 01, 2010

New LZ Lambeau Event Details Announced: Appearances by Bart Starr, Ben E. King and More...

Help Wisconsin Public Television ensure that every Vietnam and Vietnam-era veteran in Wisconsin knows about LZ Lambeau! Share this message with any veterans you know and download printable fliers at LZLambeau.org to post in your community.

New details and schedule information are now available for the LZ Lambeau: Welcoming Home Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans weekend and tribute event in Green Bay, Wis. May 21-23.

The Saturday evening, May 22 tribute inside Green Bay's Lambeau Field will honor and thank Wisconsin's Vietnam and Vietnam-era veterans, while offering a warm welcome home that many never received. The ceremony will include music, aerial fly-bys, presentations and premiere segments of the forthcoming Wisconsin Vietnam War Stories documentary. The event will also include a special memorial to the 1,244 people from Wisconsin who were killed in action in Vietnam or are still missing in action.

Participants in the event will include Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr, soul and R&B legend Ben E. King, Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle, country musicians Rockie Lynne and Paulette Carlson, rock artist and Vietnam veteran Kimo Williams and many others.

"I am honored to have the opportunity to welcome Wisconsin's Vietnam veterans to Lambeau Field," Starr said. "My family and I have always recognized and appreciated the service and sacrifice made by the brave men and women who serve our country. It will be a privilege to say 'thank you' and 'welcome home' at LZ Lambeau."

A music stage on the Lambeau Field grounds will feature performances by Groove Hogs, Beaker Street, Red White and Blues and many others. On Friday night, She 5, a girl group that toured Vietnam in the 1960s, will reunite onstage for the first time since they were teenagers.

The full weekend of LZ Lambeau will also include the presence of The Moving Wall(TM), opportunities for veterans to reunite with their fellow service men and women, a new original exhibit featuring artifacts, photographs, and other items from the vast Vietnam War collection of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum and educational exhibits from the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, a book signing of the Wisconsin Historical Society Press Wisconsin Vietnam War Stories book with veterans interviewed for the project, a portrait exhibit of Wisconsin Vietnam veterans from photographer James Gill, Vietnam-era military vehicle displays, an exhibition of static and aerial aircraft at Green Bay's Austin Straubel Airport, fellowship opportunities, and more.

Find full schedules of weekend events, atrium presentations and artists appearing on the LZ Lambeau music stage by visiting LZLambeau.org.

Tickets for the LZ Lambeau: Welcoming Home Wisconsin's Vietnam Veterans tribute ceremony in Lambeau Field Saturday night, May 22 are available now. Ensure your place at this important event by securing tickets for yourself, friends and family now.

Tickets are only necessary for the Saturday evening event inside Lambeau Field. All other LZ Lambeau events and activities around Lambeau Field, exhibits in the Lambeau Field Atrium and aircraft displays at Austin Straubel airport are free and open to the public.

The Saturday evening tribute ceremony in the Stadium seating bowl is a ticketed event due to limited-seating capacity. Early ticket purchases are recommended.

Everyone is welcome at this special event. All Vietnam and Vietnam-era veterans are eligible for one free ticket each. Tickets for friends, family members and members of the public are $10 each. There also is a $2 shipping and handling charge for all tickets to help cover administrative costs.

Tickets are available by visiting LZLambeau.org.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Tim Janis Works With Wisconsin High School Choirs on WPT...

Award-winning composer and performer Tim Janis took time late last year to visit WPT's studios to work with high school choirs from throughout the state. The resulting program, Tim Janis: Celebrate America brings together 500 students from Wisconsin high school music programs in a celebration of music that uplifts and inspires. The program airs on WPT at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 18.

The program features high schools from Appleton, Brookfield, Chippewa Falls, Fond du Lac, Green Bay, Hudson, La Crosse, Mayville, Middleton, Oshkosh, Sun Prairie, Waunakee, Wausau and Waupaca.

Watch the video below to see Tim Janis talking about the project, his music and how public television inspired his own musical path. Then, click here to pledge your support to WPT and receive a CD or DVD copy of the program as a thank you gift.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Garden Expo is this weekend!

Garden Expo
Feb. 12, 13 and 14, 2010
Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center, Madison

Make plans now to attend this year's event! All proceeds support WPT programming.

* Hundreds of exhibitor booths selling seeds, plants, books, tools, lawn equipment and other exciting merchandise for gardens and yards of all sizes.
* More than 100 free educational seminars and demonstrations on topics including lawns, gardens, landscape design and more.
* A 1,200-square-foot central-garden display sponsored by the Wisconsin Landscape Contractors Association.
* A chance to meet Master Gardener Shelley Ryan, producer and host of WPT's The Wisconsin Gardener.
* UW-Extension horticulture experts will be available to offer insight, plant identification and tips to gardeners and amateur landscapers of all levels.
* Nonprofit groups specializing in mulching various plant species, rain gardens, rock gardens, conservation efforts and more will have booths to share their information.
* An exciting Garden Expo raffle for prizes including landscape packages, equipment, decorations, tools and more. The nominal raffle ticket price supports WPT programming.

Tickets for Garden Expo cost $6 in advance and $7 at the door. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Two-day passes are available for $10 both in advance and at the door.

To find information about advance ticket locations and all of Garden Expo's educational offerings, hands-on workshop registration and details on the Garden Expo raffle and available prizes, please visit wpt.org/gardenexpo.

Enjoy a video look back at last year's event below:

Monday, January 11, 2010

Wisconsin Young Artists Compete: The Final Forte is this week...

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, WPT will tape the final round of the 2010 Bolz Young Artists Competition for the broadcast of Wisconsin Young Artists Compete: The Final Forte. WPT will broadcast Wisconsin Young Artists Compete: The Final Forte at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16. The program will encore at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20.

The competition features four finalists performing with Maestro John DeMain and the Madison Symphony Orchestra. To attend the live competition at Overture Hall in Madison, click here to register online. Admission is free. Audience members must be seated by 6:45 p.m.

Wisconsin Public Radio listeners may hear the competition during a live radio broadcast of the competition at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12.

In Wisconsin began airing a series of profiles of the four young artists competing for the prize last week. Watch the first installment -- a profile of pianist Joel Weng -- below. Tune into In Wisconsin in coming weeks to meet the other three competitors.



Broadcasts of Wisconsin Young Artists Compete: The Final Forte are made possible, in part, by principal gifts from the John and Carolyn Peterson Charitable Foundation, the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation and James F. Crow. Additional gifts are provided by Diane Ballweg, the Wisconsin Education Association Council and the Friends of Wisconsin Public Television.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Gwen Ifill visits the Daily Show...

Gwen Ifill, PBS NewsHour correspondent and moderator of Washington Week, visited Jon Stewart on The Daily Show Thursday night to talk about PBS seating arrangements, President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech and the changes to NewsHour.

Watch the interview below:
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WPT Behind the Scenes -- David Brancaccio, host of NOW on PBS

While we await NOW on PBS's return to WPT on Dec. 20, enjoy a WPT-exclusive interview with host and reporter David Brancaccio below.

An award-winning journalist, Brancaccio has a long history in public media. After working on public radio's Marketplace, he joined NOW on PBS in 2003, where he has been host and reporter since Bill Moyers left the show.

We caught up with Brancaccio when he visited Madison for the Society of Environmental Journalists annual conference and he talked with us about his impressions of today's journalism, why public media journalism matters and the upcoming Copenhagen Climate Summit.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Jim Lehrer answers questions about NewsHour changes...

As the NewsHour With Jim Lehrer prepares to make changes to its name (PBS NewsHour) and its online and broadcast content, show producers provided a Q&A with the venerated journalist about the new look and content of television's most respected news program.

How does the new PBS NewsHour fit into what you and Robert MacNeil originally envisioned?
The goal of "MacNeil Lehrer journalism" has always been to give our audience the news beyond the headlines -- more in-depth reporting, thought-provoking analysis, engaging newsmaker interviews and more international news.

We plan to continue that mission, only expand it. Originally, the program was created to supplement the evening network news programs. Now, each week night we will be a key on air and online destination for a deeper dive into the most important news of the day presented in a thoughtful and objective way. Our goal is to be THE source for the best journalism available anywhere, anytime -- on line, on air, morning, noon or night.

So, why change? And why change now?
The explosive growth of cable news, the internet and a 24-hour news cycle has led to huge changes in the media industry. Newspapers are going out of business, blogs and talks shows proliferate. Serious news is on the decline. Our change is a coordinated response from The NewsHour and PBS to lead the way in providing Americans with the serious news and information they need. We have both an opportunity and an obligation to respond.

The new program title reflects our expanded mission -- to be the hub of public affairs programming on PBS. In addition to our own reporting, the PBS NewsHour will showcase the best reporting in public television both online and on air.

What will viewers see that's different?
Our correspondents will be more prominent. Each night one of them will co-anchor the program with me. They will also report more, especially from the field.

Plus, we will introduce a new member of the team who will deliver the daily news headlines on the PBS NewsHour broadcast AND provide online news updates throughout the day. This correspondent is just one example of our attempt to create a seamless connection between the web site and the broadcast.

By taking greater advantage of the Online NewsHour web site, we will be more responsive and more versatile. You know, we're fortunate to have a really talented team of journalists. They have a wealth of knowledge and skills. Our expanded operation means viewers will be able to see more of what they have to offer.

What are your thoughts on new media and technology?
The NewsHour has been available via podcast and on Facebook and Twitter for some time now. But in the end, technology is just a tool to deliver stories. I don't care if you get your news on TV or on a pink iPod, it's the information and the story that matters and it's important that information comes from a source you can trust.

How does The PBS NewsHour fit into the current media environment?
Ironically, by adamantly adhering to our principles, we've become more distinct. Now more than ever, The PBS NewsHour is needed as a trusted, independent source of news and civil discourse.

What do you hope to offer new PBS NewsHour viewers? Web site visitors?
In addition to the work of our own talented team of journalists, The PBS NewsHour will feature reporting from PBS' many award winning public affairs programs like Frontline and NOVA, as well as reporters from local PBS stations around the country. The PBS NewsHour is also collaborating with other trusted media partners: NPR, Climate Central, Global Post, and Time Magazine just to name a few.

The Online NewsHour will have many new features. I mentioned the video news summary. We're also going to offer viewers more insight into our editorial thinking. Our daily news blog will include discussion of how we plan to cover the top stories that night on the broadcast. And when our correspondents are out in the field, they'll post video dispatches online, again, to constantly update viewers on the stories they are following, as they happen.

What are you doing outside of The PBS NewsHour?
I love to write, it's what got me into the news business. But my writing is not limited to news. I also enjoy fiction and make it a habit to write every morning. My 20th novel is due to be published this coming April.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

WPT photographer James Gill talks to WISC-TV about Vietnam veteran portraits...

In the video report below from WISC-TV in Madison, WPT photographer James Gill describes his Vietnam veteran portrait exhibit to Susan Siman. The Back in the World exhibit is now open at the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison until Jan. 3. Then, it will travel to La Crosse, Superior, Oshkosh and LZ Lambeau. Visit LZLambeau.org for full details and touring dates.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Big Bird Answers Fan Queries For Sesame Street's 40th Anniversary...

This week, Sesame Street begins its 40th season on public television. The celebrated children's program airs at 8 a.m. weekdays on WPT.

In recognition of this milestone anniversary, Caroll Spinney -- the puppeteer of Big Bird -- answered questions from The New York Times Arts Beat blog readers about the life of a five-year-old yellow bird during the past four decades.

Read the insightful answers to a selection of heartwarming answers at NYTimes.com.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Behind the Scenes at WPT with UW Hockey Coach Mike Eaves...

We head behind-the-scenes at the Kohl Center to talk to University of Wisconsin Hockey Coach Mike Eaves as the Badger Hockey season approaches.

The Badgers first game of the season airs at 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16 on The Wisconsin Channel. It will repeat at 6 p.m. the following day.

In this video, Coach Eaves talks about his outlook on the 2009-2010 Badger Hockey season, why an experienced team is a benefit in college hockey and what Badger Hockey fans mean to the players and coaches.

Watch Badger Hockey all season long on Wisconsin Public Television and The Wisconsin Channel. For a full schedule, visit wpt.org/sports.

For more information about UW Badgers Hockey, visit uwbadgers.com.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Behind the Scenes at WPT with composer Tim Janis...

Tim Janis is an internationally acclaimed composer who has appeared in a number of public television specials and has worked with world-renowned artists, including Paul McCartney and Billy Joel.

He visited WPT's Madison studios this week, inviting 14 high school choirs from around the state to participate in his Celebrate America project. Each choir joined Janis and his ensemble in songs written or arranged by Janis. The work will appear in a WPT special in 2010. In this interview Janis talks about his work, the origins of the Celebrate America project and how public television fostered his own talent.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Watch National Parks: Wisconsin on-air and online...

If you have been enjoying Ken Burns' National Parks: America's Best Idea, take the opportunity to learn about Wisconsin's four National Park System areas -- the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and the North Country National Scenic Trail.

National Parks: Wisconsin airs at 7 p.m. tonight (Friday, Oct. 2). Or, take the opportunity to watch it online now in the video box below:

Monday, September 28, 2009

Ken Burns takes on Colbert...

If you are watching WPT this week, it is hard to miss Ken Burns' The National Parks: America's Best Idea. And, that's a good thing, because the program's rich historical information and lush high-definition video takes viewers across the United States and through the amazing vistas of the National Park System.

Last week, Ken Burns sparred with humorous TV personality Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report to talk about the nation's great places and the importance of their protection.
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Ken Burns
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And, if you missed the documentary's first installment Sunday night, PBS has made it available for free viewing online for a limited time. Watch it by clicking this link.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

In Memory of Mary Travers...

Mary Travers, vocalist from the groundbreaking folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, passed away Sept. 16 of complications from cancer.

In addition to her worldwide musical career and her work for numerous social causes, Travers often lent her voice in support of public television during the past decades.

Her singing partners -- Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey -- share their memories in touching statements on marytravers.com.

The video clip below captures beloved performances of "Puff the Magic Dragon" from their 1988 Holiday concert on PBS.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Quilt Expo is this week!

The fifth-annual Quilt Expo is coming this week -- Sept. 10-12 in the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. Quilters and quilt enthusiasts from all over the country will come together to peruse the artistry and diverse techniques of fellow quilters, and to learn and draw inspiration from quilting experts.

WPT and Nancy Zieman ProductionsTM present this premier quilting event, which offers a 10-category juried and judged quilt contest, lectures and workshops with leading educators, appearances by Nancy Zieman from Sewing With Nancy© and a 75,000-square-foot vendor mall brimming with quilting supplies, notions and innovative equipment. Throughout the event, stage presentations provide practical advice, tips and techniques.

For complete Quilt Expo details, and information on tickets and registration for lectures, workshops and evening events, visit wiquiltexpo.com or phone 866-297-6545.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

All new WPT.ORG...

The all-new WPT home page has been launched. At the newly designed wpt.org, visitors will find robust video offerings from local and national shows, television schedules for all three of WPT's broadcast services, program highlights, links to exciting Web features -- blogs, podcasts, video extras and more -- and notifications of important WPT events.

Let us know what you think about the new site by leaving a comment below or emailing comments@wpt.org.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Ghost Players Come to The Wisconsin Channel...

For the past decade a group of ballplayers have brought good will and reverie to baseball fans from around the world. These athletes -- known best as the "Ghost Players" from Field of Dreams -- have made the film's famous phrase, "If you build it, they will come," come true from the baseball diamond built in a corn field in Dyersville, Iowa.

In addition to entertaining thousands of fans visiting that movie set/baseball field, the Ghost Players have toured around the world, spreading the good will of America's favorite past time. Now, a very special Ghost Players documentary comes to The Wisconsin Channel, a digital channel from WPT that is available over-the-air on WPT-2 and on many cable providers. Ghost Players will air at 6 p.m. Sunday, August 9; 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 11; noon, Wednesday August 12 and 6 a.m. Thursday, August 13.

Enjoy a preview clip from the documentary film below and tune in to watch the full program from independent producer Joe Scherman on The Wisconsin Channel.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Behind the scenes at Antiques Roadshow's Madison Visit...

The crew from Antiques Roadshow visited Madison on Saturday, July 12 and were met with a treasure-trove of antiques, collectibles, furniture and memorabilia from viewers throughout the state and region.

A new slide show takes viewers behind the scenes to experience the excitement of an Antiques Roadshow production day. Visit this Web site to see the day in photos.

The three programs that will result from the show's visit to Madison will air as part of the new season in the first part of 2010. Keep reading Be more Tuned In to be the first to know about the specific air dates.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Neil deGrasse Tyson talks Nova ScienceNOW on the Colbert Report...

The new season of Nova ScienceNOW premieres at 9 p.m. tonight on WPT. In anticipation of the new season, host and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson visited Comedy Central's The Colbert Report to talk science with Stephen Colbert.

Enjoy some laughs in the video below...

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Free previews of Wisconsin Hometown Stories: Manitowoc-Two Rivers... And ice cream, too!


Wisconsin Hometown Stories: Manitowoc-Two Rivers premieres at 8 p.m. Monday, July 6 on WPT. But viewers can get an advance look at the history documentary during two free public screenings in the Manitowoc and Two Rivers area.

On Wednesday, July 1. At 2 p.m., an ice cream social and community screening will be held at the J.E. Hamilton Community House in Two Rivers. At 7 p.m., a community screening will be offered at the Capitol Civic Centre in Manitowoc.

The program follows the evolution of two cities whose culture, commerce and recreation have been shaped by neighboring Lake Michigan.

The Wisconsin Hometown Stories series is produced by WPT through a partnership with the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Get Daily Program Updates Via Twitter

You can now follow WPT on Twitter at twitter.com/wispublictv to receive daily program updates and last-minute schedule changes.

Each day, WPT will provide you with a program highlight for that evening, updated information about WPT events and helpful links that will take you around the Web for more information about your favorite WPT programs.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

It's Auction time...

It's Auction time again on WPT! The frenzy of the live televised WPT Auction picks up at 7 tonight with Sports Night and will offer bidding and buying excitement as well as good deals on merchandise from local individuals and businesses through Sunday.

Articles up for bid each weeknight at 7 and Saturday and Sunday beginning at noon include art, jewelry, vacations, things for home and businesses, gardening tools and equipment, sports tickets and equipment, and items for families and children.

For the full schedule of nightly Auction themes and to view and bid on Major and Showcase items, visit wpt.org/auction. There are also great deals to be had on that Web site with the Deals of the day.

Now in its 34th year, the WPT Auction is one of the largest community fundraising events in the state. Proceeds support WPT's programming and outreach events. If you'd like to volunteer for this year's Auction -- either on- or off-camera -- there are still opportunities available.

Visit wpt.org/volunteer for more information. The video below shows some of the roles you can take on!

Monday, May 18, 2009

A summer preview from PBS...

It is going to be an exciting summer on WPT! The video below from PBS previews just a few of the new programs coming this season from History Detectives, Nature, American Experience and Masterpiece Mystery!

Visit wpt.org/schedule to see what's on tap for the next two weeks. Or, pledge your support to WPT and start receiving Airwaves in the mail. In the member magazine you will find all of the program information you need to satisfy your summer public television viewing.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

WPT "White Deer" Video Finds Internet Fame...

The segment below from WPT's In Wisconsin, about a herd of rare white deer in Northern Wisconsin, has been viewed online more than 1.5 million times, becoming an Internet hit.

The segment, which features stunning footage of a white deer herd in Boulder Junction and interviews with Mercer wildlife photographer Jeff Richter and Manitowish naturalist John Bates, originally aired on In Wisconsin in March.

Soon after, a visitor to In Wisconsin's Web site shared the link on StumbleUpon, an Internet community that allows users to suggest Web sites to other Internet users who have similar interests. From there, the video's link spread via email, was shared on other environmental-and outdoor-themed Web forums and was the top ranked video on the PBS homepage, pbs.org.


You can also watch full episodes of In Wisconsin by visiting wpt.org/inwisconsin.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

WPT Behind the Scenes -- UW Band Director Michael Leckrone

In anticipation of this years University of Wisconsin Varsity Band Spring Concert on WPT, we headed to the Kohl Center in Madison to talk with Director of Bands Michael Leckrone. He discussed the work that goes into creating each year's Spring Concert, how the tradition of his "flying" entrances began and why this annual show means so much to the band members and its die-hard fans.

Watch the University of Wisconsin Varsity Band Spring Concert: 35th Anniversary Special on Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 2, and again at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 3.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Participate in the Quilt Expo Quilt Contests...

Quilters are invited to enter quilts in this year's 10-category juried and judged contest. The contest awards first-, second- and third-place cash prizes in each of the 10 categories.

The first-place winner in each category receives $500, second-place $300 and third-place $200, plus a Best of Show winner is awarded $1,500. From the entries, a special Viewers' Choice winner is selected by Quilt Expo attendees and receives $500. The 2008 award-winning quilts may be viewed at the Quilt Expo Web site.

The Kids' Quilt Challenge for youth age 15 and under is sponsored by Nancy Zieman Productions and awards gift certificates to the top three quilts -- a $200 certificate for first place, $100 for second place and $50 for third place.

Both quilt contest entry forms are available for download at the Quilt Expo Web site. For more information, call 800-253-1158.

The 2009 Quilt Expo is presented by WPT and Nancy Zieman Productions 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10 through Saturday, Sept. 12 in the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. The event includes the quilt contest exhibits, additional special quilt exhibits, Sit & Sew, and hands-on workshops taught by leading quilting educators, stage presentations with innovative tips and techniques, a vendor mall with national and local businesses, two special evening events, appearances by Nancy Zieman of public television's Sewing With Nancy and prize drawings.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Last chance to apply for Antiques Roadshow Wisconsin tickets...

The ticket application period for Antiques Roadshow's visit to Madison closes next Monday, April 20. Apply now for your chance to attend!

Antiques Roadshow producers want WPT viewers to dig out their hidden treasures as the favorite show brings its lights, cameras and appraisers to The Alliant Energy Center in Madison Saturday, July 11.

Roadshow fans can apply to be part of a random drawing for a limited number of free tickets. Complete ticketing rules are available online at pbs.org/antiques or by dialing toll-free 1-888-762-3749. Ticket recipients will be selected at random from all eligible entries.

For more information about the other cities that join Madison for Antiques Roadshow's 2009 tour and to sign up for the show's e-newsletter that will provide up-to-the-minute updates on the show's Wisconsin event, visit the show's official Web site.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

WPT Stations End Analog Broadcasts April 5...

WPT will end analog broadcasts on the six transmitters around Wisconsin on this Sunday, April 5. After that date, WPT will transmit only digital signals, which are already on the air. Many TV stations in Wisconsin ended analog broadcasts on Feb. 17.

WPT will continue to offer viewer support Digital TV phone lines to answer questions about Digital TV, over-the-air reception, the federal converter box coupon program and other topics. Toll-free calls can be made to 800-422-9707.

If you or any of your friends, family and neighbors are having trouble setting up converter boxes, adjusting antennas or otherwise preparing for the switch, please call or visit wpt.org/digitaltv. WPT is here to help.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

WPT wins prestigious Cronkite Award...

For the fourth biennial election cycle in a row, WPT has been awarded the University of Southern California Annenberg Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.

The 2009 award recognizes the expansive body of work WPT produced during the 2008 election season. Election news, information, candidate statements and more were offered to viewers via WPT's weekly news and public affairs programs, campaign and election specials, on-air debates and Web sites. WPT previously won the prestigious national award in 2007, 2005 and 2003.

In bestowing the award, judges called WPT's campaign stories "as good as political coverage can get."

The award is presented every two years by the Norman Lear Center at USC's Annenberg School of Communication.

Learn more about this award by clicking here.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Catch Up on Public TV Shows Online...

Miss an episode of one of your favorite WPT programs? Trying to recall something you saw on Frontline last week? PBS is now offering a large number of their quality programs online for free in one convenient place.

Visitors to pbs.org/video will find a portal to more than two dozen PBS programs that have episodes and past program content available for viewing online.

These choices include episodes of American Experience, NOVA, NOW on PBS and Nature. There are also classic segments from Julia Child's cooking programs and archival collections from The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Garden Expo Starts Friday!

It's Time to Think Green!
Feb. 13, 14 and 15, 2009

Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center, Madison

Make plans now to attend this year's event! All proceeds support WPT programming.
  • Hundreds of exhibitor booths selling seeds, plants, books, tools, lawn equipment and other exciting merchandise for gardens and yards of all sizes.
  • More than 100 free educational seminars and demonstrations on topics including lawns, gardens, landscape design and more.
  • A 1,200-square-foot central-garden display sponsored by the Wisconsin Landscape Contractors Association.
  • A chance to meet Master Gardener Shelley Ryan, producer and host of WPT's The Wisconsin Gardener.
  • UW-Extension horticulture experts will be available to offer insight, plant identification and tips to gardeners and amateur landscapers of all levels.
  • Nonprofit groups specializing in mulching various plant species, rain gardens, rock gardens, conservation efforts and more will have booths to share their information.
  • An exciting Garden Expo raffle for prizes including landscape packages, equipment, decorations, tools and more. The nominal raffle ticket price supports WPT programming.

Tickets for Garden Expo cost $6 in advance and $7 at the door. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Two-day passes are available for $10 both in advance and at the door.

To find a list of advance ticket vendors around the state, information about all of Garden Expo's educational offerings, hands-on workshop registration and details on the Garden Expo raffle and available prizes, please visit wpt.org/gardenexpo.