in May, A Lively Experiment - democracy with a Rhode Island accent
- will undergo the biggest changes in the show's 24-year history.
local political affairs program, produced by WSBE Rhode Island PBS,
moves to a new day and time - Friday nights at 8:30 p.m., beginning
May 13. This move creates a one-hour block of political punditry,
with Washington Week, the national political affairs show, leading
at 8 p.m. Re-broadcasts of A Lively Experiment on Sundays at noon
on WSBE Rhode Island PBS, and Saturdays at 7 p.m. on WSBE Learn
will remain unchanged.
Lively Experiment will feature a new moderator, Dyana Koelsch. Ms.
Koelsch is a former award-winning political and investigative journalist
for NBC 10, and the former RI Assistant State Court Administrator
for the Rhode Island Judiciary. Ms. Koelsch owns DK Communications,
a PR and strategic communications firm in Cranston, RI.
the new host, new day, and new time will be a new look and a new
set. The sharply curved horseshoe desk will be reshaped to permit
more face-to-face discussion. Murals of Rhode Island landscapes
against a photogenic blue field will provide the backdrop for more
dynamic camera work. The opening sequence and music will also be
new, and the format may also incorporate short taped segments or
news footage to establish an issue's context.
Koelsch is only the third permanent moderator in the show's 24 years,
and the first woman. Former radio broadcaster Steve Kass moderated
the show from 1987 until 2005, when he accepted a position in the
Carcieri administration. James Hagan, former president of the Greater
Providence Chamber of Commerce, has moderated the show since 2006.
all of these changes, one thing will remain the same: fast-paced
analysis of the week's political events by news makers and opinion
leaders. A Lively Experiment will continue to ignite spirited debate,
opinion, and commentary about Rhode Islanders' favorite local pastime:
politics and government. Representing independent and partisan viewpoints,
a revolving panel of television, radio, print, and online journalists,
political scientists, pundits, economists, elected and appointed
officials, and other Rhode Island personalities will examine local
and state issues.
staple: the popular "Outrage of the Week." Typifying the essence
of the show's political commentary, this segment features an eclectic
collection of each guest's single most significant issue, often
under-reported failings and foibles of Rhode Island officials.