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Ms. Lucie M. Houle
Public Information and Outreach Manager
WSBE Rhode Island PBS
50 Park Lane Providence, RI 02907
T: 401-222-3636, ext. 216
F: 401-222-3407
E: lhoule@ripbs.org

 

PBS KIDS GO! Introduces First-Ever WINTER POP-UP-PALOOZA
December 16 starting at 4:30 p.m. on Rhode Island PBS

Alexandria, VA and Providence, RI (December 5, 2005) - PBS KIDS GO! celebrates the holiday season on December 16 with its first-ever "PBS KIDS GO! Winter Pop-Up-Palooza." The two-hour event includes the one-hour special, "Arthur's Perfect Christmas;" MAYA & MIGUEL's "Miguel's Wonderful Life;" and CYBERCHASE's "Starlight Night," with seasonal facts popping up on the screen throughout the block.

"Through PBS KIDS GO! Winter Pop-Up-Palooza, PBS is not only sharing some diverse cultural traditions with early elementary school kids, but also encouraging kids to think about the interactive questions on the screen and teaching them interesting facts in a fun, creative context," said John F. Wilson, Senior Vice President, Programming, PBS.

Throughout each episode, fun facts about holiday traditions, the winter season and other details related to the PBS KIDS GO! shows will pop-up on the screen to engage and entertain kids. For example, during ARTHUR, kids will find out the first place the sun rises on Christmas Day and in MAYA & MIGUEL, viewers will learn what "Nochebuena" means.

Facts are extended online with additional themed activities and games such as online polls and making holiday cards and recipes at pbskidsgo.org.

PBS KIDS GO! Winter Pop-Up-Palooza Episode Descriptions

ARTHUR

Arthur's Perfect Christmas

All of Arthur's friends celebrate Christmas differently and in fact, some don't celebrate Christmas at all. Will Arthur be able to handle a Christmas that's not quite like what he's used to? The stress of making Christmas perfect is getting to both Buster and his mom. Maybe what they need is a holiday all to themselves, "Baxter Day." Elwood City is a melting pot of holiday celebrations. There is Kwanza and Chanukah, some celebrate by feeding the homeless and some practice a traditional Swedish celebration. Arthur and his friends realize that the differences in celebrating are what make the holiday so special.

MAYA & MIGUEL

Miguel's Wonderful Life

It's Christmas, and the Santos family is getting ready for the festivities. Maya, in her enthusiasm, manages to mess things up for Miguel: she spills juice on his book report, volunteers him to hang a piñata in class (a task which makes him take a humiliating fall), volunteers him to wear a too-big Santa suit and follow her around wishing their neighbors happy holidays (his pants fall down in front of everyone), and smudges a painting he was making as a gift to his parents. Frustrated, Miguel angrily declares that he wishes he never had a sister. The next day, he awakens to find his wish has come true; Maya doesn't exist, and nobody's ever heard of her. Paco (who has inexplicably become incredibly articulate) follows him around, commenting as Miguel takes in how the world has changed. At first, it seems like all his Maya-made troubles are over... but then Miguel sees how the lack of Maya's influence has adversely affected the world: Maggie and Chrissy aren't friends because they had a difference of opinion (which Maya had previously helped them overcome), Mr. Nguyen isn't their teacher because he felt unappreciated (Maya had made him feel appreciated), Jimmy McCorkle became a bully, etc. Finally realizing how much worse everything is without Maya, Miguel regrets he ever made the wish, and wishes it all to be reversed. Poof! The world goes back to normal. Maya is back, Miguel's painting is still ruined, and Miguel couldn't be happier to have a twin sister.

CYBERCHASE

Starlight Night

It's Starlight Night, the annual holiday when all the stars in Cyberspace are refreshed for the New Year. But Hacker concocts a scheme to darken the stars of cyberspace forever. He sends Buzz and Delete to stop all production of the new star circuits and take inventor Archimedes away to the Northern Frontier. With the ceremony only hours away, the kids and Digit must find a simple way to make the complex circuits and rescue Archimedes - all before Hacker turns out the lights in cyberspace! If you can spot an easy problem inside a hard one, the simpler solution can help you solve the harder problem.

With a 360-degree approach towards learning and reaching children, PBS KIDS leverages the full spectrum of media and technology advancements as well as community to build knowledge, critical thinking, imagination and curiosity. PBS KIDS encourages children to interact as respectful citizens in a diverse society. By involving parents, teachers and caregivers as learning partners, PBS KIDS helps to empower children for success in school and in life.

About PBS KIDS

PBS KIDS is committed to providing the highest quality non-commercial content and learning environment for children across the country. Providing age-appropriate, diverse programming for kids, PBS KIDS' programs consistently earn more prestigious awards than any other broadcast or cable network. Only PBS KIDS has earned the unanimous endorsement of parents, children, industry leaders and teachers. With additional PBS resources to complement its programming, including PBS KIDS online (www.pbskids.org), PBS KIDS GO! (www.pbskidsgo.org), PBS Parents (www.pbsparents.org), PBS TeacherSource (www.pbsteachersource.org), PBS Ready To Learn services and literacy events across the country, PBS KIDS is providing the tools necessary for positive child development. PBS is a nonprofit media enterprise owned and operated by the nation's 348 public television stations, serving nearly 90 million people each week and reaching 99% of American homes.

Contact: Jill Corderman, PBS KIDS, 703.739.5788 / jcorderman@pbs.org




NEW PRESIDENT NAMED AT RHODE ISLAND PBS
Former Broadcast Executive Assumes Position on January 1


PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND (December 1, 2005) - Former broadcast executive Robert E. Fish has been named president and CEO of WSBE Rhode Island PBS. Fish, 60, assumes the position on January 1, replacing Susan L. Farmer, who retired in May 2004 after 17 years.

Fish was approved on November 16 by the Rhode Island Public Telecommunications Authority, a quasi-public agency of the State of Rhode Island that owns and operates the public television station.

Sheldon S. Sollosy, chairman of the authority, said the group looked at several candidates before choosing Fish. "We were impressed by his experience," Sollosy said. "He's owned radio and TV stations, and we thought a new perspective for Rhode Island PBS would be a good thing."

Fish, a Warwick native and Bryant College graduate, had his first broadcast experience in sales at WPRO in Rhode Island and then WRKO in Boston. From 1984 to 1989, Fish was president and CEO of Federal Communications Corp, which owned WHJJ and WHJY in Rhode Island and two radio stations in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1989, Federal Communications sold the stations to Merv Griffin.

Fish formed an investment and consulting company, then got back into broadcasting in 1992 with the purchase of two radio stations in Phoenix. Fish sold those stations in late 1994, and became chairman of the U.S. Broadcast Group, which owned seven television stations in medium-sized markets.

In 1999, Fish temporarily left broadcasting and bought an auto dealership in Wakefield, Rhode Island, although he said his participation was more about providing the capital than selling cars. Having sold that business about 18 months ago, Fish said he was looking for a new challenge.

"Sixty is not very old these days, and when you have broadcasting in your blood, you always want to get back," he said.

Rhode Island PBS has 35 full-time employees and another six part-timers, with an annual budget of $3.6 million.

WSBE-TV Rhode Island PBS is owned and operated by the Rhode Island Public Telecommunications Authority, a quasi-public agency of the State of Rhode Island. Rhode Island PBS is a viewer-supported member of the Public Broadcasting Service. As Rhode Island's most accessible learning resource, Rhode Island PBS is dedicated to the principle of lifelong learning and broadcasts family-oriented programs that educate, inform, enrich, inspire, and entertain viewers of all ages in Rhode Island, southeastern Massachusetts, and eastern Connecticut. For more information about the programs and services at Rhode Island PBS, visit www.RIpbs.org.




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Maxwell Mays and Mimi Sammis
Among Local Artists and Artisans Donating
Outstanding Works to the Rhode Island PBS Arts Auction
Public Television’s Fundraiser Airs Tonight Through Saturday

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND (November 2, 2005) - Stunning works by several well-known local artists and popular favorites top this year’s collection of art to be sold in the Rhode Island PBS Arts Auction. The four-evening event is underway this week, November 2 through 4 from 7 to 11 p.m., and on Saturday, November 5 from 5 to 9 p.m. on channel 36 / RI cable channel 8 (check local listings in Massachusetts).

An original 28”x36” oil by Maxwell Mays donor valued at $6,000, and a 15” bronze sculpture by Mimi Sammis donor valued at $6,200, are among the exceptional pieces that will be auctioned off to benefit Rhode Island’s only public television station. An original oil by Richard Grosvenor, giclée and artist’s proof by Armand La Montagne, giclée by Richard Benjamin, Priscilla Cane, lithographs by Thomas Kinkade, and beautiful vases and bowls by Anchor Bend Glassworks, are just a few of the outstanding works of art available to the highest bidder.

Celebrity auctioneers appearing during the four-evening event include Dan Soules, Richard Conti, David O’Brien and Mary Hood. Auctioneers present items in each gallery; viewers bid on the items by calling the telephone number that appears on the television screen. Bidding moves at a fast pace, and tables are closed after items have been presented a second time. Newcomers to Rhode Island PBS televised auctions can obtain an Express Bid Number by calling 401-222-3636, x0.

The Rhode Island PBS Web site – www.RIpbs.org – features photographs of the Major and Special works of art. This year, the Web site also includes each night’s auction schedule, so viewers can see the day and hour their favorite items will come up for bid. More information about the 2005 Rhode Island PBS Arts Auction, including Pick-Up and Pay hours and directions to the station, is online at www.RIpbs.org.

WSBE Rhode Island PBS is owned and operated by the Rhode Island Public Telecommunications Authority, a quasi-public agency of the State of Rhode Island. Rhode Island PBS is a viewer-supported member of the Public Broadcasting Service. As Rhode Island's most accessible learning resource, Rhode Island PBS is dedicated to the principle of lifelong learning and broadcasts family-oriented programs that educate, inform, enrich, inspire, and entertain viewers of all ages in Rhode Island, southeastern Massachusetts, and eastern Connecticut. For more information about the programs and services at Rhode Island PBS, visit www.RIpbs.org.




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Everyday Happiness is Found at Rhode Island PBS
Monthly Series Created by Providence Filmmaker

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND (October 31, 2005) - Everyday Happiness, a new six-part monthly television series, will air its second episode on Friday, November 18 at 7:30 pm on WSBE Rhode Island PBS, broadcast channel 36/RI cable channel 8. Produced by Hera Educational Foundation in Wakefield, the series focuses on several specific Rhode Island communities and their pursuit of happiness. The November 18 episode of Everyday Happiness looks at Rhode Island immigrants and happiness.

According to the 2000 census, Rhode Island has a total population of 1,048,319. Non-native born residents account for 11% of the population. Rhode Island immigrants are from: Latin America, 37%; Europe, 33%; Asia, 16%; Africa, 10%; North America, 3%; and Oceana, .3%.

In Everyday Happiness host Sandra Enos, associate professor of Sociology at Rhode Island College, leads a roundtable discussion with two scholars: Dr. Jon Lu of CCRI and Dr. Jose Itzigsohn of Brown. Dr. Lu explains the challenges of assimilation for Rhode Island immigrants, "You want to succeed, that means you have to integrate, merge, but you want to also preserve your multi-culturalism." Dr. Itzigsohn examines the tradeoffs immigrant communities face when pursuing the American dream, "The individualistic yardstick of achievement leads to the weakening of some forms of solidarity." Local Rhode Islanders from Senegal, Korea, the Azores, Italy, the Dominican Republic, China, Liberia, and Argentina share their recollections about leaving their country of birth, landing in Rhode Island, adjusting to a different culture, learning a new language…and pursuing happiness.

Everyday Happiness is produced by filmmaker Lisa Delmonico, a Providence-native and current resident, by Sandra Enos and by Hera Educational Foundation. Delmonico's short film Classical Differences was shown on Rhode Island PBS in January 2005. Her media art installation, Yellow Cottage Projections, using oral histories of former residents of the Rhode Island State Home and School, was presented on the grounds of the former orphanage in May 2005.

"Everyday Happiness" is made possible through major funding support from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

WSBE Rhode Island PBS is owned and operated by the Rhode Island Public Telecommunications Authority, a quasi-public agency of the State of Rhode Island. Rhode Island PBS is a viewer-supported member of the Public Broadcasting Service. As Rhode Island's most accessible learning resource, Rhode Island PBS is dedicated to the principle of lifelong learning and broadcasts family-oriented programs that educate, inform, enrich, inspire, and entertain viewers of all ages in Rhode Island, southeastern Massachusetts, and eastern Connecticut. For more information about the programs and services at Rhode Island PBS, visit www.RIpbs.org.




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Public Information and Outreach Manager
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lhoule@ripbs.org


Newport Jazz Festival 2005

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND (October 28, 2005) - With autumn leaves falling and a cool nip in the air, recapture the sweet sounds of summer with NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL 2005. The special premieres on Thursday, November 17, 2005, at 10 p.m. on WSBE Rhode Island PBS, broadcast channel 36 / RI cable channel 8 (Massachusetts cable subscribers, check local listings). Taped during the August 13-14 JVC Jazz Festival at Newport - the world's original jazz festival - NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL 2005 packs highlights of great performances into a one-hour program.

Every year since 1954, the festival hosts the biggest names in jazz and spotlights the hottest newcomers, performing on three seaside stages in Newport's historic Fort Adams State Park on scenic Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island. NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL 2005 includes performances by Wynton Marsalis, Patricia Barber, Dave Holland, Medeski Martin & Wood, and Joshua Redman.

NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL 2005 captures the sights as well as the sounds of the summer jazz celebration. With its focus on the music, this year's special gives viewers a real sense of the festival atmosphere, with scenes of the audience, the food, the vendors, and backstage shots intermingled with performance highlights.

NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL 2005 features these musicians performing the following selections (in order of appearance):

  • Wynton Marsalis Quintet - "Skipping" and "Big Fat Hen"
  • Patricia Barber Quartet - "Norwegian Wood"
  • Dave Holland Big Band - "Upswing"
  • Medeski Martin & Wood - "New Planet"
  • Joshua Redman Elastic Band - "Sweet Nasty

WSBE Rhode Island PBS is owned and operated by the Rhode Island Public Telecommunications Authority, a quasi-public agency of the State of Rhode Island. Rhode Island PBS is a viewer-supported member of the Public Broadcasting Service. As Rhode Island's most accessible learning resource, Rhode Island PBS is dedicated to the principle of lifelong learning and broadcasts family-oriented programs that educate, inform, enrich, inspire, and entertain viewers of all ages in Rhode Island, southeastern Massachusetts, and eastern Connecticut. For more information about the programs and services at Rhode Island PBS, visit www.RIpbs.org.




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Rhode Island PBS Exhibits Works of Local Artists and Artisans
Annual Arts Auction Airs November 2 – 5, 2005

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND (October 25, 2005) - For four evenings beginning Wednesday, November 2, Rhode Island PBS will showcase original works of art donated by hundreds of artists and artisans of local, regional and national prominence, all to benefit Rhode Island’s only public television station. The Rhode Island PBS Arts Auction will air Wednesday, November 2 – 4, 2005, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Saturday, November 5 from 5 – 9 p.m. on WSBE channel 36 / RI cable channel 8 (check local listings in Massachusetts).

Auction galleries feature drawings, etchings, giclee, photography, and oil, pastel and watercolor paintings, depicting a wide range of subjects and representing various art styles. Ceramics, blown glass, pottery, cast copper and masonry, jewelry, and wood crafts represent the tactile arts.

Newcomers to Rhode Island PBS televised auctions can obtain an Express Bid Number by calling 401-222-3636, x0. Auction proceeds support Rhode Island PBS programming. More information about the 2005 Rhode Island PBS Arts Auction is online at www.RIpbs.org.

WSBE Rhode Island PBS is owned and operated by the Rhode Island Public Telecommunications Authority, a quasi-public agency of the State of Rhode Island. Rhode Island PBS is a viewer-supported member of the Public Broadcasting Service. As Rhode Island's most accessible learning resource, Rhode Island PBS is dedicated to the principle of lifelong learning and broadcasts family-oriented programs that educate, inform, enrich, inspire, and entertain viewers of all ages in Rhode Island, southeastern Massachusetts, and eastern Connecticut. For more information about the programs and services at Rhode Island PBS, visit www.RIpbs.org.




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Acting President and CEO
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Issues Affecting Formerly Incarcerated Women and Their Families
Subject of Presentation at Roger Williams University
Round Table Discussion will be on Wednesday, October 26 at 6 p.m.
at the RWU Feinstein College of Arts & Sciences, Room 157


PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND (October 14, 2005) - It's been said that when you incarcerate a woman, you imprison her family. More than 90% of Rhode Island women in prison have at least one child. These women will complete their sentences and return to the community. Currently, 1 of 120 women in Rhode Island is on probation or parole.

The success or failure of their reentry into society depends on many factors, including finding the right combination of transitional support to fulfill emotional, physical, and spiritual needs. Beyond these challenges that formerly incarcerated men and women face in common, there is a host of special issues and challenges that are unique to women, especially women with children.

Children need continuous care and support, so who fulfills the children's needs during their mother's incarceration? How does an incarcerated woman maintain a relevant place in her child's life throughout the months and years of her confinement? After her release from prison, how can the woman resume the role as her child's primary caregiver? Are there alternative ways to "punish" a lawbreaking mother that don't also punish her children?

These and other related issues will be the focus of a round table discussion hosted by the Roger Williams University School of Justice Studies on Wednesday, October 26 at 6 p.m. at the RWU Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences, Room 157, Bristol. The presentation is open to the public.

Assistant Professor Yolanda M. Scott, Ph.D., will facilitate the discussion. As a sociologist with a specialty in criminology and deviance, Dr. Scott has a broad understanding of incarceration and reentry issues, and is particularly interested in how these issues affect women.

Joining Dr. Scott in the discussion will be Theresa Foley, professional service coordinator at the DOC Women's Facility; Robyn Frye, site coordinator for Making Connections Providence and a prison minister; Don Laliberte, case manager with Project Bridge; and Anna Maria Raimondo from Transformation House, a residential facility for incarcerated women who are near the end of their sentences and preparing for reentry.

Part of the ongoing Reentry Media Outreach Initiative, this presentation is the collaborative effort of Rhode Island PBS, Making Connections Providence, Rhode Island Family Life Center, Rhode Island Department of Corrections, and the Roger Williams University School of Justice Studies. Initiative goals are to raise public awareness and to motivate and mobilize community action, to foster public safety and support healthy communities. This initiative is funded by a grant to Rhode Island PBS from Outreach Extensions, funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, with additional support from the Roger Williams University School of Justice Studies.

Making Connections Providence, an Annie E. Casey Foundation initiative, works to strengthen the neighborhoods of Elmwood, South Providence and the West End by encouraging growth of local social networks. To support resident families and to help their children thrive, Making Connections Providence has developed core values, focus areas, improvement strategies and a unified team approach to addressing major issues facing neighborhood residents.

The Rhode Island Family Life Center (FLC) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to support and advocate for the reintegration of ex-offenders into the community. The organization's goals are to stabilize offenders returning to the community so that they are less likely to recidivate; to strengthen families to help offenders reintegrate and reconnect with their loved ones; and to remove barriers to reintegration for ex-offenders. The FLC's reentry program uses a holistic, family-based approach to support offenders as they prepare to leave prison, return home, and stabilize in the community. The FLC begins to work with clients while they are still incarcerated and then offers a one-stop center for them (and their families) as they reintegrate into the community.

The Rhode Island Department of Corrections (RIDOC) contributes to public safety by maintaining a balanced correctional system of institutional and community programs which provide a range of control and rehabilitation options for criminal offenders.

Roger Williams University is a regional, liberal arts university offering undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts and sciences, architecture, business, construction management, education, engineering, historic preservation, justice studies, legal studies, public administration, visual arts studies, and law. The university enrolls more than 5,000 students at the main campus in Bristol, R.I., The Ralph R. Papitto School of Law, and at the Providence Metropolitan Center for Education and Law, and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

WSBE Rhode Island PBS is owned and operated by the Rhode Island Public Telecommunications Authority, a quasi-public agency of the State of Rhode Island. Rhode Island PBS is a viewer-supported member of the Public Broadcasting Service. As Rhode Island's most accessible learning resource, Rhode Island PBS is dedicated to the principle of lifelong learning and broadcasts family-oriented programs that educate, inform, enrich, inspire, and entertain viewers of all ages in Rhode Island, southeastern Massachusetts, and eastern Connecticut. For more information about the programs and services at Rhode Island PBS, visit www.RIpbs.org.




RHODE ISLAND COUNCIL FOR THE HUMANITIES



385 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-273-2250
Fax: 401-454-4872
www.rihumanites.org

Contact: SueEllen Kroll
e-mail: sue@rihumanities.org

 

JOHNSTON FILMMAKERS CAPTURE STORY OF PERSEVERANCE AND HOPE
IN SHORT FILM TO AIR ON RHODE ISLAND PBS

 

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND (Wednesday, October 19, 2005) - On Thursday, OCTOBER 27, WSBE Rhode Island PBS (channel 36/RI cable channel 8) will broadcast the film P.O.V. 90 Miles and the local short video Mai: A Lesson in Courage, Passion, and Hope as part of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH) - Rhode Island PBS film series In the Pursuit of Happiness: What is the American Dream? Throughout 2005, occurring once a month, RICH and Rhode Island PBS are presenting films that explore varied notions of the "American Dream." Collectively, the series reflects critically on this cultural ideal from several perspectives (the immigrant experience, gender, sexual orientation, class) and includes both historical and contemporary events or issues. Directly following each feature film is a winning selection from In the Pursuit of Happiness: What is the American Dream? Short Film Initiative 2005. This initiative offers local filmmakers the chance to produce short videos that explore the Rhode Island angle to these national stories. October's selected short is Mai: A Lesson in Courage, Passion, and Hope produced by RI filmmakers Maria and Scott Saracen of 3rd Story Productions.

October's feature documentary P.O.V. 90 Miles is a probing and thoughtful personal memoir that offers a rare glimpse into Cuba, a country as mythologized to Americans as the United States is to the rest of the world. Cuban-born Juan Carlos Zaldívar recounts the strange fate that brought him as a teenage communist to exile in Miami in 1980 during the dramatic Mariel boatlift. Zaldívar uses news clips, family photos and home movies to depict the emotional journey of an immigrant father and son struggling to understand the historical and individual forces shaping their relationships and identities in a new country.

As a local companion piece to the feature documentary, Rhode Island filmmakers Maria and Scott Saracen have produced the short documentary Mai: A Lesson in Courage, Passion, and Hope. This short explores Barrington resident Mai Donohue's journey from rural Vietnam to Rhode Island and her dream for a better life through education. Little did she know how elusive her dream would be, or the remarkable journey her life would take on the road to achieving her aspirations. Today, after decades of helping her two brothers and her six children obtain an education, Mai has finally taken her turn. "The more children I sent to college, the more I felt left out, left behind....I have a good life, a good home, a good husband, good children, but I want more. There's nothing wrong with it. So I went to college." Hers is an extraordinary lesson in courage, passion and hope.

The full line-up for the film series can be viewed online at www.ripbs.org/AmericanDream.html. RICH and Rhode Island PBS are thrilled to work together to combine the goals of their missions and bring thought-provoking programming to the Rhode Island public. Funding for this film series was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities - We the People Initiative and the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities. For more information, please contact SueEllen Kroll, Program Officer at RICH at sue@rihumanities.org or by phone at (401) 273-2250.

 



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In a Stroke of Genius, Local Artist Brushes Aside
Standard "How-To" Programming Model
Mimi's Art Studio Opens on Rhode Island PBS in October

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND (October 3, 2005) - World renowned Narragansett, Rhode Island, sculptor and painter Mimi Sammis is raising the bar on "how to" programming. Her new Rhode Island PBS series, Mimi's Art Studio, blends the worlds of fine art and instructional television as skillfully as she blends her paint colors. In the series, Mimi visits locations and people that serve as a source of inspiration and then returns to her studio to work. Along the way, Mimi deftly reveals the creative process, making fine art accessible to public television viewers. Mimi's Art Studio airs Sundays at 3 p.m. on WSBE Rhode Island PBS, broadcast channel 36 and RI cable channel 8.

An exciting feature of the series is Mimi's use of mixed media and painting techniques. In the first season of thirteen 30-minute episodes, Mimi will demonstrate acrylics, watercolors and pastels. Mimi shares the dynamic creative process within the "rules" of composition - style, design, establishing balance and interest. In an easy-listening, conversational tone, Sammis explains - and shows - how each painting has its own energy, an energy that both comes from the artist and further inspires the artist. From this synergy between art and artist evolves a work that can differ from the artist's original vision.

"In creating art - music, writing or painting - people get engrossed and feel peaceful," she says.

Calling the artist a "shape maker," Mimi explains color values and the interplay of light and shadow in her demonstrations. Through the program, viewers peer into the creative process, understanding the "why" behind the strokes. Mimi hopes this insight helps viewers develop and refine their own creative style.

Calling the artist a "shape maker," Mimi explains color values and the interplay of light and shadow in her demonstrations. Through the program, viewers peer into the creative process, understanding the "why" behind the strokes. Mimi hopes this insight helps viewers develop and refine their own creative style.

The second episode begins at the RISD Museum, local home to works of the great Masters. In the studio, Mimi begins a reproduction of Monet. Episode three concludes her two-part Monet demonstration.

Although the series features a prominent Rhode Island artist and showcases local sites, the series certainly offers wide appeal beyond the Rhode Island borders. The premiere season will be broadcast exclusively on WSBE, the program's distributor. Plans are currently under consideration to distribute the series nationally to other public television stations in 2006.

About the Artist Anne Mimi Sammis started her artistic career in the medium of watercolors. From landscape painting, she expanded her artistic vision to bronze sculptures. Her exuberant pieces range in size from 1-22 feet and incorporate fountains and moveable figures. Represented in more than 300 public and private collections world wide, her local permanent exhibits include Dance of Peace, towering 21-feet on the green at Narragansett Town Beach. Other public art works are exhibited at The Children's Museum, Women and Infants Hospital and the Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery. In 2002, England's Queen Elizabeth unveiled Sammis's sculpture, He Has The Whole World in His Hands, a piece commissioned by the Archbishop of Canterbury to honor the queen's Golden Jubilee.

For more information about Mimi's Art Studio, contact Lucie Houle at Rhode Island PBS 401-222-3636 x216 or lhoule@ripbs.org. For more information about artist Mimi Sammis, visit www.mimisammis.com.

WSBE Rhode Island PBS is owned and operated by the Rhode Island Public Telecommunications Authority, a quasi-public agency of the State of Rhode Island. Rhode Island PBS is a viewer-supported member of the Public Broadcasting Service. As Rhode Island's most accessible learning resource, Rhode Island PBS is dedicated to the principle of lifelong learning and broadcasts family-oriented programs that educate, inform, enrich, inspire, and entertain viewers of all ages in Rhode Island, southeastern Massachusetts, and eastern Connecticut. For more information about the programs and services at Rhode Island PBS, visit www.RIpbs.org.




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A Lively Search Begins at Rhode Island PBS
Popular Weekly Political Affairs Program Needs New Host

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND (September 13, 2005) - As Steve Kass signs off the WPRO-AM weekday morning airwaves to begin a new career as communications director in Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri's administration later this month, he leaves another broadcast vacancy in his wake. Kass, longtime host of A Lively Experiment, the popular weekly political affairs program on WSBE Rhode Island PBS, will lead the discussion for the last time as host on September 15.

"We congratulate Steve and wish him success in his new position," said Rhode Island PBS Acting President and CEO David W. Piccerelli. "But our celebration for him is also mixed with sadness. We will miss him here at Rhode Island PBS."

A Lively Experiment, democracy with a Rhode Island accent, features spirited debate of a favorite local pastime, politics and government. For the show's entire 17-year run, Kass has hosted a changing panel of four guest news reporters and newsmakers - political scientists, pundits, elected officials, and Rhode Island personalities. The weekly feature, "Outrage of the Week," typifies the essence of the show's political commentary. Each guest is surveyed for his or her most significant issue in an eclectic compilation of failings and foibles, often by local officials. The program tapes Thursdays in the late afternoon and airs at 7:30 p.m., with re-broadcast the following Sunday at noon, on channel 36, RI cable channel 8; Massachusetts cable subscribers should check local cable listings.

Piccerelli said the public television station has put out an "open call" in search for a new host. Successful candidates must have on-air experience. Although members of the local media - radio, television, newspaper - with an interest in politics and political affairs are preferred, Piccerelli said the station will consider other qualified candidates. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and sample video tape to David Piccerelli, Rhode Island PBS, 50 Park Lane, Providence, RI 02907.

Piccerelli said that guest hosts will fill in until a suitable permanent host is named. "There's a lot of talent in this state, and there's no lack of political topics and issues to discuss. The show will continue without interruption," he said.

"We hope to have the process complete by the beginning of January, but we're prepared to carry it on until the right host can be found."

WSBE Rhode Island PBS is owned and operated by the Rhode Island Public Telecommunications Authority, a quasi-public agency of the State of Rhode Island. Rhode Island PBS is a viewer-supported member of the Public Broadcasting Service. As Rhode Island's most accessible learning resource, Rhode Island PBS is dedicated to the principle of lifelong learning and broadcasts family-oriented programs that educate, inform, enrich, inspire, and entertain viewers of all ages in Rhode Island, southeastern Massachusetts, and eastern Connecticut. For more information about the programs and services at Rhode Island PBS, visit www.RIpbs.org.




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2005 VIPS Battle of the Books Waged at Rhode Island PBS
Rhode Island PBS Airs Elementary School Competition Twice In June

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND (June 3, 2005) - Huddled together, three children whisper to each other, hurrying to come to a consensus in as little as 15 seconds. One young voice speaks for the rest, sometimes with assurance, sometimes more tentatively. Breath held, they await the judges' decision.

In a day of excitement tempered by tense concentration, the 2005 trophy was awarded by Providence Mayor David Cicilline to the team from Webster Avenue Elementary School, who bested the field of twelve other teams of Providence fourth and fifth graders in the fourth annual VIPS Battle of the Books. Second place went to Pleasant View Elementary School, and third honors were awarded to Asa Messer Elementary School.

The competition, held at Rhode Island PBS studios on June 3, will air on Rhode Island PBS on Wednesday, June 8 at 2:00 p.m. and re-broadcast on Saturday, June 11 at 9:30 a.m. on channel 36/cable channel 8 (Massachusetts cable subscribers should check local listings). Sponsors Shaw's Supermarkets and Sovereign Bank awarded individual prizes to the top three winning teams, and distributed gift bags to all participating students.

Earlier this spring, the Volunteers In Providence Schools (VIPS) challenged the capital city's fourth and fifth graders to read a list of nine books, chosen by Providence public school librarians. Children then competed with their classmates in intramural contests for a chance to represent their school on a team of three participants and one alternate during the televised interscholastic competition.

"The goal is of Battle of the Books is to encourage reading, but more importantly, to enhance comprehension by having the children apply critical thinking and analytical skills to what they read," said VIPS Executive Director Terri Adelman.

During VIPS Battle of the Books, the teams answered round after round of thought-provoking questions and tie-breakers, in a quiz show format hosted by Karen Adams, award-winning anchor at Eyewitness News, WPRI/WNAC. Judges were Rhode Island State Senator Juan M. Pichardo; Stacey Jordan, Mayor's Special Assistant for Education in Providence; Sue Stenhouse, Deputy Director of Community Relations in the Governor's Office; and Kathy Branca, Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) coordinator for VIPS.

The thirteen participating schools included the 2004 champions Edmund W. Flynn Elementary School, plus Anthony Carnevale Elementary School, William D'Abate Elementary School, Mary E. Fogarty Elementary School, Charles Fortes Academy, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, Harry Kizirian Elementary School, Laurel Hill Elementary School, Alfred Lima Sr. Elementary School, Asa Messer Elementary School, Pleasant View Elementary School, Webster Avenue School, and Windmill Street Elementary School.

Volunteers In Providence Schools is a not for profit organization that provides free academic support services to academically needy students in Providence. The mainstay of the organization is its Tutor Placement program. VIPS places over 1,000 tutors annually to work with students one-on-one or in small groups.

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Reentry of the Formerly Incarcerated Into Society
Subject of Conference at Roger Williams University

Open Discussion Features Panel of Experts
Thursday, April 28 at 6 p.m., Ralph R. Papitto Law School, Room 263

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND (April 21, 2005) - An estimated 4,000 Rhode Island men and women will be released from prison in 2005. The success or failure of their reentry into society depends on many factors, particularly finding the right combination of transitional support to fulfill emotional, physical, and spiritual needs.

These factors, as well as some of the public safety, financial and social impact reentry has on the community, will be the focus of a panel discussion presented by Rhode Island PBS on Thursday, April 28 at 6 p.m. in room 283 of the Ralph R. Papitto School of Law at Roger Williams University, Bristol. Panelists will be A.T. Wall, director of the Rhode Island Department of Corrections; Yolanda Scott, PhD, assistant professor at Roger Williams University; Sarah Gormley, discharge planner at the ACI through CCAP (Comprehensive Community Action Program); Judge Stephen Fortunato, Jr.; and Joe Buchanan, president of Project Basic and formerly incarcerated. Presented by Rhode Island PBS, the discussion will be moderated by Paul Zangari, host of Thirteenth State. The panel discussion is open to the public, and the audience is invited to participate.

Rhode Island PBS is working with Making Connections Providence, the Family Life Center, the Rhode Island Department of Corrections and Roger Williams University School of Justice Studies. The goals of the project are to raise public awareness and to motivate and mobilize community action, to foster public safety and support healthy communities. This project is funded by a grant to Rhode Island PBS from Outreach Extensions, funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, with additional support from the Roger Williams University School of Justice Studies.

Last fall, Rhode Island PBS launched the first phase of the multi-year community outreach project, presenting five workshops on general reentry issues and specific obstacles faced by formerly incarcerated men. From the workshops emerged a clear picture of common obstacles to success.

Now as phase two begins, the project will target one identified barrier - the difficulty finding a job - through presentations to small groups of business leaders.

A second theme during phase two will be addressing issues affecting formerly incarcerated women and their families. Through its Ready To Learn program, Rhode Island PBS will hold two workshops for parents and caregivers of children who have a parent in prison.

A third element of phase two will bring together various faith-based groups to discuss, plan, and share resources among groups.

Throughout the year, Rhode Island PBS will broadcast documentaries that explore themes relevant to the outreach project:

Red Hook Justice (Independent Lens)
July 2005
In 2000, an experimental court opened in Brooklyn's Red Hook, a neighborhood plagued by unemployment, poverty and crime. This film follows the ups and downs of several defendants and staffers involved in a legal revolution that has become a model for courts nationwide.
God and the Inner City
August 2005
This timely and compelling story relates the battle for the souls of our cities and our youth being waged by faith-based groups in three of America's most troubled neighborhoods, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
When the Bough Breaks
September 2005
The film explores the emotional impact on children whose mothers are imprisoned for non-violent crimes, particularly drug-related prostitution and theft.
A Hard Straight (Independent Lens)
October 2005
A gang member, a hustler and a small-time dealer served their jail sentences, and are on parole. Now they're about to discover that walking out the prison gates is just the beginning.
Girl Trouble (Independent Lens )
November 2005
The film takes a critical look at why current strategies are failing young women in the juvenile justice system and follows, over four years, three teenage girls in San Francisco's juvenile justice system.

Making Connections Providence, an Annie E. Casey Foundation initiative, works to strengthen the neighborhoods of Elmwood, South Providence and the West End by encouraging growth of local social networks. To support resident families and to help their children thrive, Making Connections Providence has developed core values, focus areas, improvement strategies and a unified team approach to addressing major issues facing neighborhood residents.
The Rhode Island Family Life Center (FLC) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to support and advocate for the reintegration of ex-offenders into the community. The organization's goals are to stabilize offenders returning to the community so that they are less likely to recidivate; to strengthen families to help offenders reintegrate and reconnect with their loved ones; and to remove barriers to reintegration for ex-offenders. The FLC's reentry program uses a holistic, family-based approach to support offenders as they prepare to leave prison, return home, and stabilize in the community. The FLC begins to work with clients while they are still incarcerated and then offers a one-stop center for them (and their families) as they reintegrate into the community.
The Rhode Island Department of Corrections (RIDOC) contributes to public safety by maintaining a balanced correctional system of institutional and community programs which provide a range of control and rehabilitation options for criminal offenders.
Roger Williams University is a regional, liberal arts university offering undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts and sciences, architecture, business, construction management, education, engineering, historic preservation, justice studies, legal studies, public administration, visual arts studies, and law. The university enrolls more than 5,000 students at the main campus in Bristol, R.I., The Ralph R. Papitto School of Law, and at the Providence Metropolitan Center for Education and Law, and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges

 

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PBS MEMBER STATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY JOIN THE PBS KIDS SPROUT LOCAL MARKETING AFFILIATION PROGRAM
-- Forty-five PBS Stations in Top 60 DMAs to Support and Present PBS KIDS Sprout in Local Communities Alongside Their Local Cable Provider --

National PBS Meeting, Las Vegas, NV (April 11, 2005) - Following the official launch of PBS KIDS Sprout, the first-ever preschool digital channel and video-on-demand service, PBS today announced that 45 local PBS stations in the Top 60 DMAs will participate in the PBS KIDS Sprout Local Marketing Affiliation Program (LMAP) -- representing nearly 50 percent of U.S. television households. The marketing affiliate program provides stations with an integral local cross-promotional and marketing role in expanding the reach of PBS KIDS programming through PBS KIDS Sprout. The announcement was made at the PBS Showcase in Las Vegas, a national meeting of more than 770 public television leaders

PBS KIDS Sprout, created in partnership with Comcast, Sesame Workshop and HIT Entertainment, is brought to individual communities through their local cable operator, or via satellite, in association with PBS stations around the country. In addition to offering 24-hour access to signature PBS station programs in their communities, the new service offers long-term revenue potential to be invested back into further strengthening the local PBS stations' commercial-free children's blocks - PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS GO! - delivered to American households free and over-the-air. PBS local member stations continue to be the primary home to the educational programs that children love and parents trust

The stations participating in the Local Marketing Affiliation Program take a more active role in the partnership through cross-promotion activities with PBS KIDS Sprout and their local cable operator. Under the terms of the agreement, these PBS stations will broadcast FCC compliant on-air spots to build awareness of PBS KIDS Sprout. In addition, PBS KIDS Sprout will run cross-channel spots and print ads promoting the association with local PBS stations. One station in each market will also receive co-branding presence on the VOD menu user interface initially in Comcast markets, with other operators expected to follow. When the technology is available, participating stations will have the opportunity to insert local spots on PBS KIDS Sprout cross-promoting their station. All local PBS stations have the option to work with their local cable provider to coordinate community announcements and events around PBS KIDS Sprout.

"PBS KIDS Sprout provides a second home to some of the best-known and most-loved preschool television shows available at any time families want to watch them," said Wayne Godwin, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, PBS. "The marketing initiative marks an unprecedented collaboration between local PBS stations' broadcast and cable systems making a powerful community impact that greatly benefits both partners and the viewers in each market. Having completed a successful first phase of this marketing initiative with a significant number of stations signing on, we look forward to opening up the program to more stations across the country."

"Comcast recognizes the importance and value of the relationship PBS stations have with their members, and we share a commitment to quality children's entertainment," said Amy Banse, Executive Vice President, Content Development, Comcast. "We are dedicated to making a successful local impact with PBS stations as a partner in presenting PBS KIDS Sprout to communities around the country."

In addition to the new PBS KIDS Sprout On Demand service that premiered on April 1, 2005, offering parents 24-hour access to the programs they trust most, a digital cable channel will launch this fall -- making PBS KIDS Sprout a great place for parents and their little ones to enjoy the wonders of early childhood any time they want.

Brought to viewers in association with local PBS stations, PBS KIDS Sprout On Demand now is available for no additional charge to digital cable customers in Comcast markets with VOD service, and will also be available in markets served by Insight Communications. The VOD service will offer 50 hours of programs a month, with twenty-five percent of the programs updated every two weeks, so families will always have a fresh selection of episodes to watch together. The new digital channel will launch this fall on Comcast, Insight Communications and DirecTV, and additional cable and satellite carriage will be announced later this year.

Among the popular and award-winning series that will be available anytime through PBS KIDS Sprout are Sesame Street®, Bob the Builder™, Barney & Friends™, Thomas & Friends™, Angelina Ballerina™. Sagwa: The Chinese Siamese Cat™, Caillou®, The Berenstain Bears™, Jay Jay the Jet Plane™, Teletubbies™, Dragon Tales™ and many others.

The stations participating in the Local Marketing Affiliation Program include:

DMA
Station
Los Angeles
KCET
Los Angeles
KOCE
Chicago
WTTW
Chicago
WYIN
Philadelphia
WHYY
San Francisco
KQED
San Francisco
KTEH
San Francisco
KCSM
Dallas
KERA
Washington, DC
WHUT
Atlanta
WPBA
Detroit
Detroit Public Television
Tampa
WEDU
Phoenix
KAET
Cleveland
WVIZ
Cleveland
WEAO
Miami
WPBT
Denver
Rocky Mountain PBS
Denver
KBDI
Sacramento
KVIE
Orlando
WMFE
Orlando
WBCC
Pittsburgh
WQED
Portland
Oregon Public Broadcasting
Indianapolis
WFYI
Indianapolis
WTIU
San Diego
KPBS
Hartford
Connecticut Public Television
Charlotte
WTVI
Kansas City
KCPT
Cincinnati
CET
Columbus, OH
WOSU
Greenville, SC
South Carolina ETV
Salt Lake City
KBYU
San Antonio
KLRN
West Palm Beach
WXEL
New Orleans
WYES
Albuquerque
KNME
Providence
Rhode Island PBS
Las Vegas
KLVX
Jacksonville
WJCT
Austin
KLRU
Albany
WMHT
Dayton
Think TV (WPTD)
Fresno
KVPT

PBS is a private, nonprofit media enterprise that serves the nation's 348 public noncommercial television stations, reaching nearly 90 million people each week through on-air and online content. Bringing diverse viewpoints to television and the Internet, PBS provides high-quality documentary and dramatic entertainment, and consistently dominates the most prestigious award competitions. PBS is the leading provider of educational materials for K-12 teachers, and offers a broad array of educational services for adult learners. PBS' premier kids' TV programming and Web site, PBS KIDS Online (pbskids.org), continue to be parents' and teachers' most trusted learning environments for children. More information about PBS is available at pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org Web sites on the Internet, averaging more than 30 million unique visits and 380 million page views per month in 2004. PBS is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia.

Contacts:
Stephanie Aaronson, saaronson@pbs.org, 703-338-6986 (cell)
Jan McNamara, jmcnamara@pbs.org, 301-922-5490 (cell)




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Tuesday Is Brit-Coms & Ballots Night On Rhode Island PBS
Public Invited to View and Vote

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND (March 11, 2005) - Despite what they may say on Broadway, sometimes the show just can't go on.

Last Tuesday night's icy snow storm forced a change in programming at Rhode Island PBS. Volunteers from MetLife were scheduled to staff the telephone bank and receive calls from viewers who were voting on their favorite British comedy. However, the live broadcast event was postponed until March 15 at 7 p.m., in hopes that Mother Nature cooperates in allowing volunteers to arrive safely at the station and return home.

"Driving was treacherous around 6 p.m., and the forecast indicated it would only get worse while we were on the air," said Acting President David Piccerelli. In making the decision to postpone the special broadcast event, Piccerelli said the safety of the volunteers and staff was of utmost importance. "Although our fundraising is very important, too," he quickly added with a smile.

Brit-Coms & Ballots Night will include 15 minutes of clips from four British comedy series, including two available to Rhode Island PBS but not currently airing on the station's weekly Tuesday night Brit-com line-up. Viewers will have several opportunities to call in to vote for their favorite Brit-com. The four candidates are Waiting for God, Barbara, Vicar of Dibley, and Next of Kin. The two-hour comedy extravaganza will also include the two full-length final series episodes As Time Goes By.

"This is our third 'Brit-Coms & Ballots' event," said Kathryn Larsen, Rhode Island PBS programming director. "Our Brit-com fans love the variety, and the interactive element is very popular with our viewers." Larsen added that viewers appreciate playing an active role in the station's programming. She said that, unlike other television stations, "we actually listen to what viewers have to say and we respond. It's a fun way to communicate."

WSBE-TV Rhode Island PBS is owned and operated by the Rhode Island Public Telecommunications Authority, a quasi-public agency of the State of Rhode Island. Rhode Island PBS is a viewer-supported member of the Public Broadcasting Service. As Rhode Island's most accessible learning resource, Rhode Island PBS is dedicated to the principle of lifelong learning and broadcasts family-oriented programs that educate, inform, enrich, inspire, and entertain viewers of all ages in Rhode Island, southeastern Massachusetts, and eastern Connecticut. For more information about the programs and services at Rhode Island PBS, visit www.RIpbs.org.




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Thirteenth State Chronicles
'Masonic Temple' Construction Project in Providence

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND (March 10, 2005) - It is a construction, reconstruction and restoration project, rolled into one. The 'Masonic Temple' building on Smith Hill, left uncompleted and deteriorating since the 1920s, is finally getting a new lease on life, literally. Thirteenth State, Rhode Island PBS's public affairs program, and host Paul Zangari welcome three guests who discuss the project and the building on Wednesday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m.

Michael Coolidge of Sage Hospitality Resources - the operation that is completing the building as a luxury hotel in 2006 - describes its future. Edward Sanderson of the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission and historian Dave Balfour shed light on the building's past and how it was saved from the wrecking ball. Today, the intricate steel framework clinging to the building's façade supports the granite and brick outer shell as the interior is being gutted. A new interior will be built following contemporary plans that pay respect to the original ornate architectural design.

Never-before-seen video of the building's pre-construction interior will also be featured on Thirteenth State.

This program will be the first of a number of future episodes about the 'Masonic Temple' building. Rhode Island PBS is interested in filming a documentary about the building. Viewers who may have film or photos or a special knowledge about the building throughout the years are invited to contact: Masonic History & Restoration Project, Rhode Island PBS, 50 Park Lane, Providence, RI 02907; e-mail: masonic@RIpbs.org.

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ANTIQUES ROADSHOW Is Coming To Providence
Free Tickets, Free Appraisals, Plus a Chance to be on the PBS Series

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND (February 28, 2005) - ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, PBS's top-rated primetime series, is coming to Providence, Rhode Island on June 18. The Providence ANTIQUES ROADSHOW event will be at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Top appraisers will offer the public free evaluations of objects, revealing the history and value of America's "hidden treasures." The most interesting finds of the day will be taped for broadcast as part of the three one-hour Providence episodes.

Providence is part of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW's five-city 2005 summer tour, and will comprise the ROADSHOW's tenth anniversary broadcast season, airing January 2006. ANTIQUES ROADSHOW airs on Rhode Island PBS (channel 36/Cox channel 8) every Sunday at 8 p.m., with rebroadcast on Monday at 2 p.m.

Admission to the Providence ANTIQUES ROADSHOW event is free, but tickets are required. Ticket holders are invited to bring up to two items for a free verbal evaluation by experts from the world's leading auction houses, including Bonhams & Butterfields, Christie's, Doyle New York, Skinner and Sotheby's, and by leading independent appraisers and dealers. All ticket holders are guaranteed an appraisal.

All tickets will be distributed in advance. Tickets will not be available at the Rhode Island Convention Center. For tickets by mail, postcards must be postmarked by April 23; online ticket registration closes May 6th. Full ticketing rules are available through the ANTIQUES ROADSHOW link at www.RIpbs.org or by dialing toll-free 1-888-762-3749.

Part adventure, part history lesson, and part treasure hunt, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW began its ninth season Monday, January 3, 2005, with host Lara Spencer. Episodes were taped last summer, when ANTIQUES ROADSHOW drew more than 30,000 participants on its cross-country tour. Along the way, ROADSHOW uncovered a wealth of amazing finds, including the most valuable object appraised on the 2004 Tour: a rare and historically important pocket watch valued at a whopping $250,000.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is seen by more than ten million viewers each week and is produced for PBS by WGBH Boston. ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is sponsored by Toyota, Liberty Mutual Insurance and Ameriquest Mortgage Company. Additional funding is provided by public television viewers.

Additional information about the Summer 2005 Tour is available through the ANTIQUES ROADSHOW link at www.RIpbs.org.

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Rhode Island PBS Announces Vehicle Donation for 2005
Lights… Camera… AUCTION!

New England Toyota Dealers offer 2005 Toyota Sienna CE

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND (February 23, 2005) - "Designed with kids in mind." That describes the 2005 Toyota Sienna CE.

It can also describe Rhode Island PBS, recipient of the vehicle donated by the New England Toyota Dealers. The 2005 Sienna CE will be featured in this year's Rhode Island PBS Lights… Camera… AUCTION!

The public television station's largest fundraiser will begin on Sunday, May 1 and culminate on Friday evening, May 6. Auction proceeds benefit the Rhode Island PBS program fund, which enables the station to air programs designed with kids in mind, children's favorite educational programs such as Sesame Street, Arthur, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Reading Rainbow, and Between the Lions.

"We are grateful to the New England Toyota dealers for their generous gift," said David Piccerelli, acting president of Rhode Island PBS. "Their support each year is a big part of our auction's success."

Loaded with conveniences and safety features, the Sienna CE, a seven-passenger family van, earned the highest possible crash test rating by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Its versatility is a real parent-pleaser, too, with 60/40 Split and Stow third row seats, power windows, auto door locks, keyless entry, deluxe AM-FM cassette CD with six speakers, cruise control, and a roof rack. The 3.3-liter dual overhead cam V-6 230 horse-power engine offers an EPA-estimated 19 miles per gallon city, and 26 mpg on the highway. The vehicle also has a five-speed automatic transmission, front-wheel drive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist. The winning high bidder will choose the vehicle's color from the eight available colors.

Each night of Lights… Camera... AUCTION! will feature a different theme, representing a wide array of goods and services ranging from whimsical to practical. Local celebrity auctioneers will initiate bidding action beginning at 6:30 p.m. nightly on broadcast channel 36/Cox channel 8.

Sunday, May 1: Celebrate Rhode Island!
Monday, May 2: House and Garden
Tuesday, May 3: Sports and Adventure
Wednesday, May 4: Home, Family and Holidays
Thursday: May 5: New England Lifestyles
Friday: May 6: Travel, Leisure and Entertainment

For more information about the auction or about the 2005 Toyota Sienna CE, visit the WSBE Rhode Island PBS Web site, www.RIpbs.org.

Major funding for the television broadcast of the 2005 Rhode Island PBS Lights… Camera… AUCTION! is provided by Amica Insurance, Bank of America, Coleman Realtors, Koch Eye Associates, Sovereign Bank, and Webster Bank. Additional support is provided by Coventry Credit Union, Dunkin' Donuts, Liberty Mutual, Piccerelli, Gilstein & Company, LLP, and Residential Properties.

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Preparing for Lights… Camera… AUCTION!
WSBE-TV Rhode Island PBS Seeks Donations and Volunteers for Annual Event

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND (February 23, 2005) - Without spending so much as a nickel in cash, area businesses can put their company name in the prime time television spotlight.

For six nights, beginning May 1, Rhode Island PBS (www.RIpbs.org) will present Lights… Camera… AUCTION! This highly anticipated annual event offers businesses and individuals exceptional opportunities to promote their merchandise and services, while supporting quality local programming on public television. In 2004, more than 400 businesses participated.

Each night of Lights… Camera... AUCTION! will feature a different theme, presenting a wide array of goods and services ranging from whimsical to practical, and broadcast into approximately 300,000 homes in Rhode Island, southeastern Massachusetts and eastern Connecticut. Local celebrity auctioneers will initiate bidding action beginning at 6:30 p.m. nightly on broadcast channel 36/Cox channel 8; Massachusetts cable subscribers should check their local cable listings.

Sunday, May 1: Celebrate Rhode Island!
Monday, May 2: House and Garden
Tuesday, May 3: Sports and Adventure
Wednesday, May 4: Home, Family and Holidays
Thursday: May 5: New England Lifestyles
Friday: May 6: Travel, Leisure and Entertainment

Donations with a minimum retail value of $75 receive live, on-air promotion, including specific donor acknowledgement and detailed description of items. Single donations valued at $1,000 or more are considered "Specials" and earn a higher degree of promotion by being presented several times over the six nights.

The Rhode Island PBS Lights… Camera… AUCTION! also offers a "combination" option, whereby a business owner may combine a donation of a single item with donations from five fellow businesses in the same retail location, and receive approximately four minutes of uninterrupted air time, accompanied by an image or graphic of the business or retail location as the items are auctioned off consecutively.

Donors of restaurant, membership, and service gift certificates can take advantage of a promotion designed especially for them: a donation of six or more certificates will be spread out over each of the six auction nights.

Donations are gratefully accepted until the deadline of April 8.

In addition, the Rhode Island PBS Lights… Camera… AUCTION! seeks volunteers to pick up donations, write copy, answer phones, and assist with many other tasks supporting the live broadcast event. Businesses and community organizations are encouraged to assemble a group to volunteer for a particular evening.

For more information about becoming a donor or a volunteer, please call the Auction Hotline at 401-222-3636, extension 327. Information for Lights…Camera… AUCTION! is also available on the WSBE Rhode Island PBS Web site, www.RIpbs.org.

Major funding for the 2005 Rhode Island PBS Lights… Camera… AUCTION! is provided by Amica Insurance, Bank of America, Coleman Realtors, Koch Eye Associates, Sovereign Bank, and Webster Bank. Additional support is provided by Coventry Credit Union, Dunkin' Donuts, Liberty Mutual, Piccerelli, Gilstein & Company, LLP, and Residential Properties. Proceeds from the auction - the largest fundraiser for the station - benefit the Rhode Island PBS Program Fund.

WSBE-TV Rhode Island PBS is owned and operated by the Rhode Island Public Telecommunications Authority, a quasi-public agency of the State of Rhode Island. Rhode Island PBS is a viewer-supported member of the Public Broadcasting Service. As Rhode Island's most accessible learning resource, Rhode Island PBS is dedicated to the principle of lifelong learning and broadcasts family-oriented programs that educate, inform, enrich, inspire, and entertain viewers of all ages in Rhode Island, southeastern Massachusetts, and eastern Connecticut. For more information about the programs and services at Rhode Island PBS, visit www.RIpbs.org.




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ALAN SHAWN FEINSTEIN INTRODUCES
'OUR GREAT KIDS!' ON RHODE ISLAND PBS

PHILANTHROPIST RECOGNIZES SCHOOLCHILDREN'S
GOOD DEEDS IN NEW SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT TO AIR WEEKLY

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND (February 7, 2005) - When Alan Shawn Feinstein launched his Good Deeds and Youth Hunger Brigade programs in Rhode Island schools in 1993, he was convinced that children could make a difference in this world. He was right.

Twelve years and ten million good deeds later, Rhode Island PBS launches Our Great Kids! a new 10-minute television program in which Mr. Feinstein will recognize and reward children from around the state who perform these quiet but important deeds of generosity and good will, as part of the Feinstein Junior Scholars Program.

Beginning Tuesday, February 8, and continuing on a weekly basis, Alan Shawn Feinstein will host Our Great Kids! at 7 p.m. on Rhode Island PBS, channel 36/Cox channel 8. Mr. Feinstein will announce the names of several girls and boys and describe their good deeds. Children who are named will be asked to call a telephone number on the television screen, to be eligible for a gift for themselves and a $100 gift certificate for their schools.

Schoolchildren of all ages and from all Rhode Island schools are invited to describe their good deed on a postcard. The postcard, including the child's name, school name, address and telephone number, should be sent to: OUR GREAT KIDS!, The Feinstein Foundation, P.O. Box 2065, Providence, RI 02905.

For more information, please call the Feinstein Foundation at 401-467-5155.

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Former Prisoners' Reentry Into Society Subject
of Rhode Island PBS Initiative

REENTRY Is A Complex Issue, But Its Success Benefits All of Society


PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND (October 4, 2004) - Across the country, more people are leaving prisons and returning to their families and communities than at any other time in our history. In Rhode Island, more than 3,700 men and women will leave the prison system in 2004. Where will they live? Where will they work? Are they reuniting with families? What readjustment issues face these individuals, their partners and their children? Where can a former inmate turn for transitional support to promote stable living conditions, encourage independence and self-reliance, and reduce recidivism?

Unless one is an inmate about to be released from prison, or a member of his or her immediate family, one may ask, "What does this have to do with me?"

Reentry of the formerly incarcerated into society is a complex issue, but the benefits of successful reentry have significant public safety, social and financial impact. What may initially seem an isolated set of problems affecting only the former inmate and his or her immediate family, in fact has wide-ranging impact on neighborhoods, cities and towns, the state - all of society.

These are just some of the issues to be addressed in a collaborative project in October and November, initiated by Rhode Island PBS. Under a grant from Outreach Extensions funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Rhode Island PBS is working with Making Connections Providence, Direct Action for Rights and Equality, the Rhode Island Family Life Center, and the Rhode Island Department of Corrections to raise public awareness and to motivate and mobilize community action, to foster public safety and support healthy communities. As part of the Reentry National Media Outreach Campaign, Rhode Island PBS will air three documentaries and host five Community Workshops (one of them televised) in the next two months.

The three documentaries will be shown on WSBE Rhode Island PBS on channel 36, Cox channel 8; Massachusetts cable subscribers should check cable listings for the local channel.

Road To Return - Thurs., October 7, 10 p.m. This film tells an emotional story of what happens when untreated and unskilled former prisoners are returned to society. Clearly attacking the vengeance approach long sustained by the criminal justice system, the film examines a more compassionate - and effective - approach to rehabilitation.

Manhood and Violence: Fatal Peril Thurs., October 14, 10 p.m. This documentary follows nine men of diverse ethnicities who return to their communities after participating in an intense 4-month violence prevention project in the San Francisco County Jail.

P.O.V. What I Want My Words To Do To You Thurs., November 4, 10 p.m. This film goes inside a writing workshop consisting of 15 women inmates - most of whom were convicted of murder - at New York's Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. The women delve into and expose the most terrifying places in themselves, as they grapple with the nature of their crimes and their own culpability.

Each of the four Community Workshops includes screening of relevant documentaries not seen on television, plus panel discussion among representatives from law enforcement, community and faith-based services, and former prisoners and their families, to encourage open dialogue and to answer audience questions.

Tuesday, October 12, 6-8 p.m.
Warwick Public Library, 600 Sandy Lane, Warwick
Introduction by Mayor Scott Avedisian

Tuesday, November 9, 7-9 p.m.
Martin Luther King Center, 20 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd, Newport
Introduction by Mayor Richard Sardella

Tuesday, November 16, 6-8 p.m.
The Met School (Metropolitan Regional & Technical Center), 325 Public Street, Providence Introduction by Mayor David Cicilline

Tuesday, November 23, 6-8 p.m.
Pawtucket Public Library, 13 Summer Street, Pawtucket
Introduction by Mayor James Doyle

The televised workshop will be conducted at Rhode Island PBS studios, 50 Park Lane, Providence, on Thursday, November 18 at 8 p.m. The format for this one-hour live broadcast includes screening of selected segments from the documentaries, followed by conversation among guest panelists and the studio audience. Audience seating is limited, and attendance is by advanced reservations only. Call 401-222-3636, x361.

Making Connections Providence, an Annie E. Casey Foundation initiative, works to strengthen the neighborhoods of Elmwood, South Providence and the West End by encouraging growth of local social networks. To support resident families and to help their children thrive, Making Connections Providence has developed core values, focus areas, improvement strategies and a unified team approach to addressing major issues facing neighborhood residents.

Direct Action for Rights and Equality (DARE) organizes low-income families in communities of color to fight for social, economic and political justice. The group's project entitled "Behind the Walls" works with ex-prisoners, families of prisoners and people currently in prison to put an end to Human Rights Violations in the Rhode Island prison system.

The Rhode Island Family Life Center (FLC) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to support and advocate for the reintegration of ex-offenders into the community. The organization's goals are to stabilize offenders returning to the community so that they are less likely to recidivate; to strengthen families to help offenders reintegrate and reconnect with their loved ones; and to remove barriers to reintegration for ex-offenders. The FLC's reentry program uses a holistic, family-based approach to support offenders as they prepare to leave prison, return home, and stabilize in the community. The FLC begins to work with clients while they are still incarcerated and then offers a one-stop center for them (and their families) as they reintegrate into the community.

The Rhode Island Department of Corrections (RIDOC) contributes to public safety by maintaining a balanced correctional system of institutional and community programs which provide a range of control and rehabilitation options for criminal offenders.

WSBE-TV Rhode Island PBS is owned and operated by the Rhode Island Public Telecommunications Authority, a quasi-public agency of the State of Rhode Island. Rhode Island PBS is a viewer-supported member of the Public Broadcasting Service. As Rhode Island's most accessible learning resource, Rhode Island PBS is dedicated to the principle of lifelong learning and broadcasts family-oriented programs that educate, inform, enrich, inspire, and entertain viewers of all ages in Rhode Island, southeastern Massachusetts, and eastern Connecticut. For more information about the programs and services at Rhode Island PBS, visit www.RIpbs.org.



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Meet Rhode Island's Amazing Women on Rhode Island PBS
New Television Program Premieres October 6th


PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND
(October 1, 2004) - Private accomplishments of Rhode Island's amazing women go public starting next Wednesday, announced David W. Piccerelli, acting president of Rhode Island PBS. The new local production, called Rhode Island's Amazing Women, celebrates what Ocean State women accomplish, legislate, educate, live and love. Rhode Island's Amazing Women profiles women who successfully lead, challenge, motivate, encourage, and inspire other women.

"We're proud to introduce Rhode Island's Amazing Women to our viewers," Piccerelli said. "This program is the latest in an increasing line-up of shows being produced by Rhode Island PBS with a prominent local focus," he added.Deb Ruggiero

Rhode Island's Amazing Women premieres Wednesday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m. on WSBE-TV Rhode Island PBS, broadcast channel 36, Cox channel 8. Massachusetts cable subscribers should check local listings for channel.

Each episode of Rhode Island's Amazing Women will also feature an 'unsung heroes' corner, spotlighting women whose quiet, day-to-day contributions might not otherwise be recognized.

"There are so many incredible stories out there waiting to be told," said Kathryn Larsen, programming director at Rhode Island PBS. Some of the guests will be well known, others will be introduced for the first time; all of them make a difference in the lives of other women and in the community.

Local radio personality and Jamestown resident Deb Ruggiero will host this new television series. Deb hosts a Sunday morning radio show, Amazing Women. Although the two shows share similar titles, the television series differentiates itself by emphasizing the aspects of the women's stories that help or affect other women.

"These amazing women are true role models," Larsen said. "They're vibrant examples and will inspire and empower women."

Deb Ruggiero agrees. "I'm so blessed to be able to share the stories of so many amazing women who make a difference every day," Ruggiero said. "It's inspirational to learn how many women contribute to this state in terms of economic, educational, professional and social achievements," she added.

The format for the show will include in-studio interviews with the guests on the set designed to resemble a comfortable living room. Relevant video footage shot on location will further illustrate the narrative. At the end of each show, the 'unsung heroes' will be introduced.

The first show, "90 Turning 60," delivers a message about positive aging, and features three nonagenarians who continue to live life with youthful exuberance. Anna Pryor, 95, is a former teacher and lobbyist who spent over 30 years fighting for teacher's rights. Eleanor Slater, 95, is a Rhode Island political icon and was the oldest delegate to the Democratic National Convention. Gladys Bassler, 92, still teaches and entertains seniors with her tap dancing. The show airs October 6 at 7:30 p.m.

In the second program, "Breast Cancer Awareness," survivors will share their special stories, and Jennifer Gass from Women's Oncology and Breast Care Center discusses the high incidence of breast cancer among Rhode Island women, on October 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Rhode Island's Amazing Women will air twice a month on Wednesdays.

WSBE-TV Rhode Island PBS is owned and operated by the Rhode Island Public Telecommunications Authority, a quasi-public agency of the State of Rhode Island. Rhode Island PBS is a viewer-supported member of the Public Broadcasting Service. As Rhode Island's most accessible learning resource, Rhode Island PBS is dedicated to the principle of lifelong learning and broadcasts family-oriented programs that educate, inform, enrich, inspire, and entertain viewers of all ages in Rhode Island, southeastern Massachusetts, and eastern Connecticut. For more information about the programs and services at Rhode Island PBS, visit www.RIpbs.org




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Rhode Island PBS 'Ready To Learn' Granted Education Award
from Pawtucket Credit Union

Young Children To Receive First Reading Books


PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND
(September 29, 2004) - The Rhode Island PBS Ready To Learn project of the Department of Educational Services received a $1,350 grant from the Pawtucket Credit Union to purchase up to 500 books and bookmarks for young children to age six.

"We're pleased to announce this partnership with the Pawtucket Credit Union, one that puts important first reading books into the hands of pre-schoolers," said David W. Piccerelli, acting president of Rhode Island PBS.

"Pawtucket Credit Union has a solid, long-standing history of community involvement and support for education. We are proud to contribute to the ongoing success of the Rhode Island PBS Ready To Learn project," said Karl A. Kozak, President and Chief Executive Officer at Pawtucket Credit Union.

The Ready To Learn (RTL) education project targets young children from pre-school to age 6, and is funded in part by a PBS grant through the U.S. Department of Education. The project develops fundamental learning and reading skills by using the Learning Triangle: Viewing, Reading, Doing. The triangle starts with responsible and guided television viewing of children's programs, like Sesame Street, Between The Lions, Clifford The Big Red Dog, and Reading Rainbow, programs that nurture a child's natural curiosity and promote values of cooperation, sharing, and creative problem solving. The triangle combines this viewing with reading a good story, and then completing a developmentally appropriate and relevant activity to illustrate and reinforce a specific concept.

Rhode Island PBS RTL conducts free training workshops for parents, teachers, and daycare providers. Workshops focus on basic school readiness skills such as physical and motor coordination, critical thinking, problem-solving skills, as well as social, language and media literacy. Workshops include an explanation of the child development philosophy woven into PBS children's educational programs, and instruction for parents and childcare providers on how to use television effectively. Content used in the workshops include goals and objectives that match the state and national curriculum standards, making the CEU-eligible workshops a valuable, highly-sought professional development tool for early childhood teachers.

Launched on August 26,2002, Rhode Island PBS RTL served more than 2,600 children in 2003-2004. The program runs year-round, from September to August.

WSBE-TV Rhode Island PBS is owned and operated by the Rhode Island Public Telecommunications Authority, a quasi-public agency of the State of Rhode Island. Rhode Island PBS is a viewer-supported member of the Public Broadcasting Service. As Rhode Island's most accessible learning resource, Rhode Island PBS is dedicated to the principle of lifelong learning and broadcasts family-oriented programs that educate, inform, enrich, inspire, and entertain viewers of all ages in Rhode Island, southeastern Massachusetts, and eastern Connecticut. For more information about the programs and services at Rhode Island PBS, visit www.RIpbs.org



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Rhode Island PBS Receives Education Award from MetLife Foundation
Annual Gift Funds Station's First-Ever ITV Program Guide on CD-ROM


PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND (September 24, 2004) - Rhode Island PBS Acting President David Piccerelli announced a $7,000 donation from MetLife Foundation for the publication and distribution of the 2004-2005 Rhode Island PBS Instructional Television Program Guide. The ITV guide lists broadcast dates and times for programs used by educators in Rhode Island K-12 classrooms, as well as the broadcast listings of professional development programs.

This year's $7,000 grant will also fund production of the catalog for the first time on CD-ROM. In addition to the broadcast schedule, the CD-ROM version includes complete program descriptions, as found online through the educational services link at RIpbs.org.

Educators can obtain copies of the 2004-2005 Rhode Island PBS Instructional Television Program Guide by calling the Educational Services Department at Rhode Island PBS, 401-222-3636.

The MetLife Foundation has been a strong supporter of Rhode Island PBS, and has funded the ITV Program Guide since 1997. In addition to the MetLife Foundation's charitable contributions, local MetLife management and employees volunteer their time to Rhode Island PBS events such a membership drives and auctions.

WSBE-TV Rhode Island PBS is owned and operated by the Rhode Island Public Telecommunications Authority, a quasi-public agency of the State of Rhode Island. Rhode Island PBS is a viewer-supported member of the Public Broadcasting Service. As Rhode Island's most accessible learning resource, Rhode Island PBS is dedicated to the principle of lifelong learning and broadcasts family-oriented programs that educate, inform, enrich, inspire, and entertain viewers of all ages in Rhode Island, southeastern Massachusetts, and eastern Connecticut. For more information about the programs and services at Rhode Island PBS, visit www.RIpbs.org.




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Local Food Show Premieres on Rhode Island PBS
New Weekly Series Explores Local Restaurant Scene


PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND
(July 9, 2004) - It’s not your typical cooking show!

COSTANTINO’S ROUND TABLE offers an inside look at Rhode Island’s booming restaurant scene, from the popularity of Italian food, to good service, to what it’s like to be a restaurant critic. Hosts Alan Costantino and Joe Zito welcome chefs, restaurant owners, vintners, and other Rhode Island experts from the food and tourism industry to discuss tips, tricks and trends in Rhode Island.

The show is produced in association with Rhode Island PBS. Enjoy the local flavor every Saturday at 4:30 p.m., beginning July 10, on broadcast channel 36/Cox 8 (check local listings for channel number on other cable systems). Weekly topics are listed below; guest appearances, taping dates and airdates are subject to change.

Hosts Alan Costantino and Joe Zito are available for interviews with members of the media to discuss the program’s concept and content in general or an episode in particular.

Please contact Lucie Houle at 401-222-3636 x 216 for weekly program content updates, to arrange interviews with the show’s hosts, or to obtain publicity photos.

Meals in the modern-day American family
Planned Guests: Silvia Bianco, widowed mother of two, cookbook author and former Restaurant Owner, TBA Stay At Home Mom, TBA Father Raising Children Alone, TBA
Airs October 9

Personal chefs
Planned Guests: Normand Leclair and Ed Gierhart
Airs October 16

WSBE-TV Rhode Island PBS is owned and operated by the Rhode Island Public Telecommunications Authority, a quasi-public agency of the State of Rhode Island. Rhode Island PBS is a viewer-supported member of the Public Broadcasting Service. As Rhode Island's most accessible learning resource, Rhode Island PBS is dedicated to the principle of lifelong learning and broadcasts family-oriented programs that educate, inform, enrich, inspire, and entertain viewers of all ages in Rhode Island, southeastern Massachusetts, and eastern Connecticut. For more information about the programs and services at Rhode Island PBS, visit www.RIpbs.org.



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'Ciao Italia' Host Mary Ann Esposito
Invites You Nella Cucina - Into Her Kitchen

Rhode Island PBS Hosts Open House of Studios


PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND (June 7, 2004) - Every week, millions of television viewers nationwide invite Mary Ann Esposito into their homes to watch her prepare mouthwatering recipes from various regions of Italy. In the Providence area, thousands of loyal fans do the same when they tune in to Ciao Italia on Rhode Island PBS every Saturday at 5 p.m. Now, Mary Ann invites the public nella cucina - into her kitchen right here in Providence!

Ciao Italia is back in Rhode Island for a brand new season of shows, this year featuring the vibrant cuisine of Southern Italy. To celebrate the return home of the longest continuously running cooking show on PBS, co-production partner Rhode Island PBS is holding an open house and tour of the set of Ciao Italia on Wednesday, June 16, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., at Rhode Island PBS studios, 50 Park Lane, Providence.

Mary Ann will be in her television kitchen to meet the public and sign cookbooks. Visitors can see up-close what it takes to produce a cooking show, explore the inner workings of a television studio, learn some fascinating facts and anecdotes about the series and be eligible for a giveaway raffle of Ciao Italia gifts, including an autographed cookbook, apron and T-Shirt. Costantino's Venda Ravioli will donate a special gift basket. Scialo Brothers Bakery will provide refreshments. Floral arrangements are courtesy of Federal Hill Florist.

A limited number of Ciao Italia in Tuscany cookbooks will be available for purchase and autographs. Orders can also be taken for Mary Ann's newest cookbook, Ciao Italia Pronto! to be published in the autumn of 2005.

Reservations are not required for the open house, but visitors should plan to arrive no later than 7:00 p.m. The studio will close to the public at 7:30 p.m. For more information or directions to the Rhode Island PBS studios, call 401-222-3636, extension 0, or visit www.RIpbs.org.

Please note: The show will not be filming during the open house.

WSBE-TV Rhode Island PBS is owned and operated by the Rhode Island Public Telecommunications Authority, a quasi-public agency of the State of Rhode Island. Rhode Island PBS is a viewer-supported member of the Public Broadcasting Service. As Rhode Island's most accessible learning resource, Rhode Island PBS is dedicated to the principle of lifelong learning and broadcasts family-oriented programs that educate, inform, enrich, inspire, and entertain viewers of all ages in Rhode Island, southeastern Massachusetts, and eastern Connecticut. For more information about the programs and services at Rhode Island PBS, visit www.RIpbs.org.



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Vice-President & Chief Financial Officer Named Acting President
of Rhode Island PBS

Rhode Island Public Telecommunications Authority Appoints David W. Piccerelli


PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND
(April 27, 2004) - The Rhode Island Public Telecommunications Authority named David W. Piccerelli Acting President of Rhode Island PBS at its April 26th meeting, as announced today by Authority Chairman Sheldon Sollosy. The Authority is the governing board that holds the FCC license for the station and oversees its operations.

Mr. Piccerelli's appointment will be effective May 1st, the same date outgoing President and CEO Susan L. Farmer officially retires after a 17-year career at the public television station.

"We're fortunate to have someone as dedicated and capable as David at Rhode Island PBS," said Chairman Sollosy. "He has a proven track record in management and operations of the station. The Authority has every confidence that the station is in good hands under David's leadership."

Chairman Sollosy said a selection committee would be appointed shortly to conduct a nation-wide search for a new president. The process is expected to take several months.

Mr. Piccerelli, who joined Rhode Island PBS six years ago as the director of finance and administration, was promoted to vice-president and chief financial officer last June. During his tenure, Mr. Piccerelli has assumed a progressively responsible role in the management of the station. He has also performed functions as diverse as human resources direction and contract negotiations with the station's three unions, to appearing on the air as co-host during Rhode Island PBS auctions.

A lifelong Barrington resident, Mr. Piccerelli graduated from Bryant College with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting.

WSBE-TV Rhode Island PBS is owned and operated by the Rhode Island Public Telecommunications Authority, a quasi-public agency of the State of Rhode Island. Rhode Island PBS is a viewer-supported member of the Public Broadcasting Service. As Rhode Island's most accessible learning resource, Rhode Island PBS is dedicated to the principle of lifelong learning and broadcasts family-oriented programs that educate, inform, enrich, inspire, and entertain viewers of all ages in Rhode Island, southeastern Massachusetts, and eastern Connecticut. For more information about the programs and services at Rhode Island PBS, visit www.RIpbs.org.



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'Big Bird' at Rhode Island PBS Leaves The Nest
Rhode Island PBS President & CEO Susan L. Farmer Announces Retirement
House of Representatives Congratulates Susan L. Farmer


PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND
(March 16, 2004) - After a 17-year broadcast career punctuated by landmark accomplishments and national recognition, Susan L. Farmer will retire as the president and chief executive officer of Rhode Island PBS WSBE-TV, effective May 1. The announcement was made today by Rhode Island Public Telecommunications Authority Chairman Sheldon Sollosy.

"Susan has been an outstanding leader, shepherding WSBE through many milestones," Mr. Sollosy said. "Susan has been a powerful advocate of public television in this state and nationally. It's been a pleasure to work with her during my years on the board."

"After seventeen years, it is difficult to let go, but it is time for the reins to be turned over to someone else," said Mrs. Farmer. "It's been an incredible experience to take a fledgling station from the brink of extinction - several times - to the brink of the digital age and beyond. The digital transmitter and antenna are being installed now, and digital broadcasting is set to begin in late summer. I leave with a good feeling about the future of public television in this state."

Chairman Sollosy said a selection committee would be appointed to conduct a nation-wide search. The process is expected to take several months, during which time Rhode Island PBS Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer David Piccerelli will manage day-to-day station operations.

During her tenure, Mrs. Farmer annually faced stiff negotiations with governors and legislators to preserve state funding for station operations. State funding for Rhode Island PBS decreased from 70% of the operating budget when Farmer was first appointed, to less than 30% currently. In 1987, Mrs. Farmer established the Channel 36 Foundation (now the Rhode Island PBS Foundation) to enable the station to raise and manage program funding from community sources. Fundraising has increased more than 600% under Farmer's leadership.

Rhode Island PBS has also experienced an 807% growth in viewership during Mrs. Farmer's tenure, from about 47,000 in 1991 to 339,000 households currently, according to Nielsen. Besides being the highest number of viewers in the station's history, the increase is even more remarkable because it contravenes the trend of decreased or flat viewership experienced by other television stations.

"In this age of cable and satellite where viewers can choose from hundreds of channels, it says a lot about Rhode Island PBS' quality, value and relevance to the community when viewers choose to watch us," Mrs. Farmer observed.

Educational services have burgeoned from over-the-air instructional programs for K-12 classrooms to a broad array of broadcast, on-line and community outreach services benefiting hundreds of thousands of Rhode Islanders of all ages. "Our commitment to lifelong learning has never changed," said Mrs. Farmer. "However, emerging technology has dramatically changed the way we meet our objectives."

Mrs. Farmer combined her experience and fondness for politics with the station's educational mission when she launched A Lively Experiment some 16 years ago. The weekly public affairs program assembles a changing panel of former and current TV, radio and newspaper reporters, political scientists, political figures, and Rhode Island personalities, to discuss and debate the latest events in Rhode Island politics and government. "There was no other show like this on public television at the time. I felt Rhode Islanders needed a forum for their newsmakers and news reporters from all media to get together. After sixteen years, we still need it," Farmer said, referring to the strong public outpouring of support to return A Lively Experiment to the station line-up after it was cancelled in early 2003.

Mrs. Farmer's commitment and service to public television extended beyond the range of the WSBE broadcast signal. She was elected to the board of the National Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) for six years; she has chaired the National Forum for Public Television Executives (NFPTE); Mrs. Farmer has served as a board member of the National Educational Telecommunication Association (NETA), Organization of State Broadcasting Executives (OSBE), and the executive committee of the Program Resources Group (PRG).

Throughout her broadcast career, Mrs. Farmer received several honors and awards, bringing national attention to public television in the smallest state in the union. In February, she received the 2004 National Advocacy Award from APTS, presented during the group's annual Capitol Hill Day in Washington, D.C. The National Advocacy Award highlights the extraordinary efforts and tangible achievements of individuals in advancing public television's legislative goals.

"No one has ever enjoyed a job more than I've enjoyed this one," Mrs. Farmer said. "I am grateful for my 17-year opportunity to lead Rhode Island PBS through its growth and changes, from television tubes to microchips, from analog to the digital age. This station and its mission are part of my blood and will remain so forever."

WSBE-TV Rhode Island PBS is owned and operated by the Rhode Island Public Telecommunications Authority, a quasi-public agency of the State of Rhode Island. Rhode Island PBS is a viewer-supported member of the Public Broadcasting Service. As Rhode Island's most accessible learning resource, Rhode Island PBS is dedicated to the principle of lifelong learning and broadcasts family-oriented programs that educate, inform, enrich, inspire, and entertain viewers of all ages in Rhode Island, southeastern Massachusetts, and eastern Connecticut. For more information about the programs and services at Rhode Island PBS, visit www.RIpbs.org.



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RHODE ISLAND PBS PRESIDENT SUSAN L. FARMER
RECEIVES NATIONAL ADVOCACY AWARD
Executive Is Honored For Her Efforts To Secure Public Television Funding


PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND
(March 4, 2004) – John Lawson, President and CEO of the Association of Public Television Stations (APTS), recently honored Rhode Island PBS President and CEO Susan L. Farmer and two other colleagues with National Advocacy Awards for their exemplary work in helping America’s public television stations fulfill their missions. The presentation was made during the annual Capitol Hill Day in Washington, D.C.

According to Lawson, “The 2004 National Advocacy Awards highlight the extraordinary efforts and tangible achievements of these three individuals in advancing public television’s legislative goals.”

The National Advocacy Award is presented annually to a station or stations that have demonstrated leadership skills in organizing, maintaining or enhancing a grassroots government advocacy program, resulting in an important contribution to that station or the public television system. The award recognizes the significant commitment of time and effort toward shaping the future of the public television system.

Lawson called Farmer an ardent public television leader and a natural at advocacy. “Susan has brought all of her considerable skills to bear in her role as the general manager, including her political acumen,” Lawson said. Throughout her career, including her term as Secretary of State, Farmer has found herself in the middle of some very passionate disputes between competing factions over the years, and has survived some bruising battles over state funding.

Lawson cited one legendary episode from 1991, when Farmer actually blocked the door to then-Rhode Island Governor Bruce Sundlun’s car after she was denied an opportunity to discuss with him proposed budget cuts to WSBE. While blocking his car door, Mrs. Farmer briefly made her funding case to Governor Sundlun, a former broadcaster himself. Assenting to meet with her, the governor ultimately agreed not to zero out support for the public station the following year. Later, in reply to a reporter’s query about her persistence, Mrs. Farmer said, “Drastic times call for drastic measures.”

Farmer has a long track record of working tirelessly to preserve funding for public broadcasting. Mr. Lawson said, “Susan’s tenacity has paid off ever since that famous incident. Recently, she enjoyed another success in July 2003, when the Rhode Island state legislature returned $3.5 million previously rescinded for the station’s digital conversion.”

The Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) was established to support the continued growth and development of a strong and financially sound noncommercial television service for the American public. As broadcasters make the transition to digital, APTS is working to ensure the federal government continues its commitment to universal public television services. APTS Action, Inc. is an affiliated organization of APTS.

Rhode Island PBS is owned and operated by the State of Rhode Island, and is a viewer-supported member of the Public Broadcasting Service. As Rhode Island’s most accessible learning resource, Rhode Island PBS is dedicated to the principle of lifelong learning and broadcasts family-oriented programs that educate, inform, enrich, inspire, and entertain viewers of all ages in Rhode Island, southeastern Massachusetts, and eastern Connecticut. For more information about the programs and services at Rhode Island PBS, visit www.RIpbs.org.

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Newport Jazz Festival 2003 Premiers on PBS in November
Program Features Performances by Jazz Greats

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND (October 1, 2003) - Newport Jazz Festival 2003 features performances taped at the world's longest-running jazz festival, held annually in Newport, Rhode Island. The hour-long program will air on public television stations across the nation beginning November 1 (check local listings). Known as the JVC Jazz Festival at Newport, this year's August 9-10 jazz celebration marks the nineteenth consecutive year that public television stations have aired a program from the festival.

This year's program features highlights of performances by Pat Metheny, Terence Blanchard, Stanley Clarke, Eddie Palmieri, Lizz Wright, and The Bad Plus, on the stages at Newport's historic Fort Adams State Park on Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island.

Artists in order of program appearance are:

Lizz Wright (photo), a 23-year old Atlanta-based vocalist, conveys a degree of spirituality not often encountered among young jazz artists. With her penchant for leisurely tempos, soulful interpretations and gloriously resonant low notes, Wright easily justified the buzz she has been generating in the jazz world. Uniquely gifted with a full-bodied contralto, emotionally-intuitive phrasing, and a yen for quiet drama, she sings with an articulate maturity that surpasses her youth. Her selections in Newport Jazz Festival 2003 include The Eagle and Me and Open Your Eyes, You Can Fly. She concludes the program with Love Will Lead The Way and the title cut of her new release, Salt.

Pat Metheny started on trumpet at the age of 8 and switched to guitar at age 12. By the age of 15, he was working regularly with the best jazz musicians in Kansas City, receiving valuable on-the-bandstand experience at an unusually young age. His trademark playing style blended the loose and flexible articulation customarily reserved for horn players with an advanced rhythmic and harmonic sensibility - a way of playing and improvising that was modern in concept but grounded deeply in the jazz tradition of melody, swing, and the blues. He reinvented the traditional "jazz guitar" sound for a new generation of players, performing with artists as diverse as Steve Reich to Ornette Coleman to Herbie Hancock to Jim Hall to Milton Nascimento to David Bowie.

In addition to being an accomplished musician, Metheny has also participated in the academic arena as a music educator. At 18, he was the youngest teacher ever at the University of Miami. At 19, he became the youngest teacher ever at the Berklee College of Music, where he received an honorary doctorate more than twenty years later, in 1996. He has also been a true musical pioneer in the realm of electronic music, and was one of the very first jazz musicians to treat the synthesizer as a serious musical instrument. He has won fourteen Grammy Awards spread out over a variety of different categories including Best Rock Instrumental, Best Contemporary Jazz Recording, Best Jazz Instrumental Solo, Best Instrumental Composition. The Pat Metheny Group won an unprecedented seven consecutive Grammys for seven consecutive albums. In Newport Jazz Festival 2003, Metheny performs two of his signature compositions, Change of Heart and James.

Eddie Palmieri's musical career spans 40 years as a bandleader of salsa and Latin jazz orchestras. His discography includes more than 32 titles, and he has been awarded seven Grammys, including the first presentation in the Best Latin Album category. In 1988, the Smithsonian Institution recorded two of Palmieri's performances for their catalog of the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., a rare public honor. His solid interpretation of Afro-Caribbean music and its confluence with jazz is evident in Palmieri's astute arranging skills, which assemble those components in dramatic and compelling compositions. Palmieri remains a powerhouse of brilliance and sound that has stirred audiences for more than 37 years, continually and successfully seeking to captivate and elevate the senses, and taking them down paths of intensity to a place where there are no musical boundaries. Palmieri performs Tu Tu Tu Ta Ta in Newport Jazz Festival 2003.

Terence Blanchard (photo) is one of the most important musician/composer/bandleaders of his generation, and winner of Down Beat magazine's Artist of the Year, Trumpeter of the Year and Album of the Year in 2000. He has also enjoyed success at the top of the Billboard jazz charts. He is a multi-Grammy Award nominee, most recently in 2002 for Lost in A Fog from his Sony Classical Release Let's Get Lost. He is also a Golden Globe nominee for his work on the film, The 25th Hour. Terence has been touring with his new band, pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Brandon Owens, drummer Eric Harland, guitarist Lionel Loueke and saxophonist Brice Winston, in preparation for the release of his next CD in the fall of 2003. In Newport Jazz Festival 2003, Blanchard performs a stirring solo version of Amazing Grace and Fred Brown with the ensemble.

The Bad Plus features bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson, and drummer David King, three post-modern jazz iconoclasts who combine keen wit, dynamic musical contrasts, and an original sensibility in what's been called "the loudest piano trio ever." Drawing inspiration from the worlds of dance, pop, and rock, The Bad Plus apply their influences in a steadfastly pure jazz idiom all their own. "We think you should only be limited by imagination, not by style," say band members. The group has been collecting a portfolio of rave reviews for their live shows and 2001's The Bad Plus, which found its way onto many critics' Top 10 lists for the year. Theirs is a balance of styles: Iverson has a dry touch and a classical-sounding technique, Anderson is the swinging, deep-toned fulcrum, and King is the mischief-maker. The group's original compositions run the gamut of style and mood, a roaring smorgasbord of rhythms and sections. In Newport Jazz Festival 2003, they perform Big Eater.

Stanley Clarke exploded into the jazz world in 1971 as a lanky teenager from the Philadelphia Academy of Music. He arrived in New York City and immediately landed jobs with famous bandleaders such as Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Joe Henderson, Pharaoh Saunders, Gil Evans, Stan Getz, and a budding young pianist composer named Chick Corea. All of these musicians recognized immediately the ferocious dexterity and complete musicality the young Clarke possessed on the acoustic bass. The word "legend" was used to describe Clarke by the time he was 25 years old. By this tender young age, Clarke was already a celebrated pioneer in fusion jazz music. He was also the first bassist in history to double on acoustic and electric bass with equal virtuosity, power, and fire. Clarke's musicality and command of these instruments clearly define him as the greatest living bass virtuoso in the world. Experiencing one live performance crystallizes everything Clarke has accomplished and his full musical greatness as a composer, producer, arranger, and performer. His performance in Newport Jazz Festival 2003 includes the hit School Days.

Newport Jazz Festival 2003 is available in High Definition Television (HDTV) as well as in the standard broadcast format, NTSC. Produced by award-winning videographer Stephen Reed, in conjunction with executive producer and festival impresario George Wein and his Festival Productions Inc., the program is presented by Rhode Island PBS in Providence, Rhode Island, and distributed by American Public Television (APT) in Boston, Massachusetts.

Producer Stephen Reed, president of SDR Films since its inception in 1988, has produced live performances and documentaries for Paul McCartney, Lena Horne, Sadé, Tony Bennett, Michael Jackson, John Mellencamp, Mel Tormé, B. B. King, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter and others. His production, An Evening with Lena Horne, resulted in a Grammy-winning live album and a Cable Ace Award nomination. This is the eighth consecutive year that he has produced the Newport Jazz Festival program for public television.

Newport Jazz Festival 2003 is made possible by JVC, whose ongoing support of jazz - the defining American music of the 20th century - has showcased the music around the globe for nearly two decades. JVC, innovators in audio and video products, is a worldwide consumer electronics company.

Rhode Island PBS is owned and operated by the State of Rhode Island, and is a viewer-supported member of the Public Broadcasting Service. As Rhode Island's most accessible learning resource, Rhode Island PBS is dedicated to the principle of lifelong learning and broadcasts family-oriented programming that educates, informs, enriches, inspires, and entertains viewers of all ages in Rhode Island, southeastern Massachusetts, and eastern Connecticut. For more information about the programs and services at Rhode Island PBS, visit www.RIpbs.org.

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Rhode Island PBS Makes An Executive Decision
Finance Administration Director Promoted to Vice President and CFO


PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND (June 10, 2003) - David W. Piccerelli has been promoted to vice-president and chief financial officer of Rhode Island PBS, as announced today by Susan L. Farmer, president and CEO, and by Sheldon Sollosy, chairman of the Rhode Island Public Telecommunications Authority. The Authority is the governing board that holds the FCC license for the station and oversees its operations.

Mr. Piccerelli joined Rhode Island PBS five years ago as the director of finance and administration. During his tenure, Mr. Piccerelli has assumed a progressively responsible role in the fiscal management of the station. He has also accepted diverse functions ranging from human resources direction and contract negotiations with the station's three unions to co-hosting Rhode Island PBS auctions.

"We're very fortunate to have someone as dedicated and capable as David at Rhode Island PBS," said Mrs. Farmer. "It's a long-deserved promotion. David has taken on additional responsibilities over time, and is now being duly recognized for it."

A lifelong Barrington resident, Mr. Piccerelli graduated from Bryant College with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting.

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Rhode Island PBS Is Site of the 2003 VIPS Battle of the Books
Providence Grammar School Competition Airs Twice In June

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND (June 4, 2003) - Teams of Providence fourth and fifth graders will compete in the second annual VIPS Battle of the Books. The competition, taped at Rhode Island PBS studios in late May, will air on Rhode Island PBS (check local channel listings) on Thursday, June 5 at 2:30 p.m. The program will be re-broadcast on Saturday, June 7 at 9:30 a.m.

Earlier this spring, the Volunteers In Providence Schools (VIPS) posed a reading challenge to the capital city's fourth and fifth graders by giving schools a list of eight books, chosen by Providence public school librarians. After the children read the books, they competed with their classmates for a chance to represent their school during the televised interscholastic competition. Participating school teams will answer thought-provoking questions in a quiz show format, hosted by WPRI-12 News Anchor Karen Adams, and sponsored by Verizon SuperPages.

"The goal is to encourage reading, but more importantly, to enhance comprehension by having the children apply critical thinking and analytical skills to what they read," said VIPS Executive Director Terri Adelman.

Judges will include Rhode Island's First Lady Susan Carcieri. Twelve schools are participating this year. 2002 champions Kennedy Elementary School will defend their title. The other eleven schools participating in the 2003 competition are Bailey Elementary School, Carnevale Elementary School, Flynn Elementary School, Fogarty Elementary School, Fortes Academy, Kizirian Elementary School, Lima Elementary School, Messer Elementary School, Reservoir Avenue Elementary School, Veazie Street Elementary School, and Webster Avenue Elementary School.

A VIPS Battle of the Books trophy will be awarded to the first place school. Members of the teams who finish first, second and third will receive individual prizes.

Organizers hope to make next year's competition a statewide event.

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There's A New Weapon In The War Against Addictions in the Workplace
Three Local Organizations Roll Out Grant-Funded Partnership Project on May 12

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND (May 5, 2003) - Rhode Island PBS, Roger Williams Medical Center and Providence Business News announce the roll-out of their comprehensive, community-based campaign to raise awareness of the high cost of addictions in Rhode Island workplaces. The first part of the multi-faceted project is a one-hour film entitled, Addictions In The Workplace: The Price We All Pay. The special will premier on Rhode Island PBS on Monday, May 12 at 8 p.m.

Last autumn, the three organizations were awarded grants from Sound Partners for Community Health, a national project of the Benton Foundation funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. These grants funded the video production, plus publication of a companion Resource Guide for Rhode Island employers. The Resource Guide is an insert to the May 5 issue of Providence Business News. Grant funds will also support dissemination of the information to the target community through workshops and distribution of the Resource Guide and 500 copies of the video to employers, Chambers of Commerce, libraries, and hospitals across the state.

In what is ordinarily considered a personal issue, Addictions In The Workplace: The Price We All Pay illuminates addictions' high economic impact on business through low productivity, absenteeism, theft, and embezzlement, as well as the less quantifiable but very real social cost. The film focuses on addictions to alcohol, drugs and gambling, and the entire project offers tools and best practices to help employers find help for their addicted employees.

Rhode Island PBS will re-broadcast the film on Wednesday, September 17 at 7:30 p.m. During this broadcast, a panel of experts in the field of addiction treatment will answer questions from viewers during live call-in segments. The film will be aired a third time, on Sunday, September 21 at 1:30 p.m.

Providence Business News will sponsor a summit featuring experts in the field of addiction who will discuss specific addictions, the impact of the disease, and tools to assist employees. The summit, taped earlier at Rhode Island PBS studios, will be broadcast on Thursday, September 25 at 8 p.m. .

As part of its role in the project, Roger Williams Hospital will host four separate workshops on various addictions at its facility. The workshops target businesses, but the public is invited to register. The workshops are scheduled for Thursday, October 30, 8-9 a.m., Wednesday, October 22, noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, November 5, 5:30-6:30 p.m., and Wednesday, November 12, noon-1 p.m. Workshops are free of charge. The phone number to call for registration is 401-456-2323. More information will be available on the Roger Williams Medical Center Web site later this year.

Roger Williams Medical Center, with nearly 1,800 employees, is a comprehensive health care institution offering a broad range of adult health care services to residents of Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. It is affiliated with Boston University School of Medicine.

Providence Business News is the leading local and regional business publication serving Providence, Rhode Island, and southeastern New England since 1986. The publication is regarded as the primary source of business news by local executives. PBN's editor appears every Monday morning on the top-rated NBC TV station. Providence Business News has won regional and national awards for high quality reporting. PBN also publishes Technology Monthly as a supplement, the annual Book of Lists, operates pbn.com and produces a variety of special events.

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'Ghost and Vampire Legends of Rhode Island' Earns
Boston/New England Emmy Nomination

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND (May 2, 2003) - It started out as casual interest. But one fascinating discovery led to another. Then another. It soon burgeoned to full-scale research.

That's how producer and writer Maria Patsias created the documentary Ghost and Vampire Legends of Rhode Island. Now the film is a Boston/New England Emmy nominee. The award ceremony takes place on Sunday evening, May 4.

Maria's partner in the project, director and editor Scott Saracen, is also her chosen life-partner. The two will be married on Sunday, May 4 - the day of the Emmy Awards ceremony.

"We're unable to attend [the award ceremony] because of a 'previous engagement'," she quips.

The Emmy nomination is particularly impressive, considering this is the duo's first independent effort. Both are full-time employees at Rhode Island PBS, but conducted this project on their own time. Their Rhode Island PBS colleagues strongly supported the effort.

"Maria and Scott are highly creative individuals. Together, they make a powerful, talented team," said Kathryn Larsen, programming director at Rhode Island PBS.

The film features local historians and experts on the supernatural in Rhode Island, as well as eyewitness and anecdotal accounts of spectral apparitions, particularly those at Belcourt Castle in Newport.

The film premiered on Rhode Island PBS last October - in time for Halloween - and has been re-broadcast several times since. The next two airdates are Monday, May 5th at 9 p.m., and Thursday, May 29th at 1 p.m.

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Ocean State's Own Public Television Station Takes Wing With New Name Rhode Island PBS Celebrates By Airing Local Documentaries

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND (April 29, 2003) - Beginning May 1, 2003, Rhode Island's only public television station, WSBE-TV Channel 36, will have a brand new look and name - Rhode Island PBS.

"We're very excited to announce our new name - one that says more about who we are," said President and CEO Susan L. Farmer.

To celebrate the announcement of its new identity, Rhode Island PBS will broadcast locally-produced programs and documentaries and programs with strong local themes, beginning May 1 and continuing throughout the month.

Why the new name?

"Few people use our call letters - WSBE," Mrs. Farmer replied. "Cable subscribers watch us on different channel numbers, depending on the cable provider. Digital technology will put us on yet another channel number. Digital technology will also enable us to deliver programs over more than one 'channel' at the same time," she noted.

"These technological advances make continuing to identify ourselves as 'Channel 36' less and less relevant. Facing such a challenge, we saw a unique opportunity," said Mrs. Farmer. "'Rhode Island PBS' more accurately defines just who we are in the community and what we represent to our viewers."

Along with the new name, the station unveiled its new corporate logo, designed at no charge by the East Providence agency Stauch Vetromile and Mitchell. The logo includes a bird in flight over the words 'Rhode Island PBS' and the PBS symbol. It is fitting that the announcement comes in the year WSBE celebrates 36 years on the air.

"We are proud of our history, and look forward to a soaring future," added Mrs. Farmer. "To paraphrase Jonathan Livingston Seagull, they see farthest who fly highest. Our new symbol captures the essence of our forward and upward vision for ourselves and for our viewers," she said.

Rhode Island PBS remains steadfast in its mission to be the state's most accessible learning resource, and its viewers' trusted source for commercial-free family programming. As a public television station, Rhode Island PBS programming is free to viewers within its broadcast area. Approximately 25% of the area's population cannot afford or cannot receive cable television.

"We're proud to present high-quality locally-produced programs and documentaries that might not otherwise find a market in the commercial sector," said Kathryn Larsen, programming director at Rhode Island PBS. "That's what makes public television - and Rhode Island PBS, in particular - unique."

To illustrate the point, Rhode Island PBS will premier or encore a flock of programs with strong local themes throughout May.

On Thursday, May 1st, the Rhode Island Marathon begins at 7:30 p.m. with its local public affairs program, A Lively Experiment.

8 p.m. Air Providence - a behind-the-scenes look at a day at T. F. Green Airport.
8:30 p.m. Wooden Bats and Dusty Hands: The Grays - This wonderfully shot documentary chronicles a group of guys who recreate the game of baseball the way it used to be.
9:00 p.m. Summer Day - Filmed by more than 20 videographers from the Rhode Island PBS viewing area then edited to create a video patchwork of local activities during a typical summer day.
9:40 p.m. Rhode Island! - A scenic tour of our state.
10:30 p.m. Part 1 of The Souls of Rhode Island - Ordinary Rhode Islanders with extraordinary jobs.
Friday, May 2, 9:30 p.m. Part 2 of The Souls of Rhode Island
Sunday, May 4 and 11, 8 p.m. Antiques Roadshow visits Providence.
Monday, May 5, 9 p.m. Ghost and Vampire Legends of Rhode Island -New England Emmy-nominated documentary of the Ocean State's fascinating hauntings.
Thursday, May 8, 8 p.m. Wake of '38 - Survivors describe the devastation left by the Hurricane of 1938.
Monday, May 12, 8 p.m. - Addictions In The Workplace: The Price We All Pay - Experts discuss addictive behaviors across a diverse population in "blue-" and "white-collar" work environments and culture. Employer policy, effective enforcement and best practice for identification and treatment of employees are also examined.
Sunday, May 18 and 25, 8 p.m. Antiques Roadshow visits Boston.
Monday, May 26 at 9 p.m. American Experience "War Letters"

In late May, these additional programs with local themes will air each weekday beginning at noon:
May 26 - Warwick Symphony Orchestra
May 27 - Dean of Thin Air and First Steps To Freedom
May 28 - Working Waters and Steamboats: The Fall River Line
May 29 - The Cape Cod Canal
May 30 - On Frozen Pond

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'Winter Day' Brings A Refreshing Chill To Summer

Special One-Hour Program Filmed Entirely by
Rhode Island PBS Viewers Premiers on the 'Big Screen' August 13th

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND (July 29, 2003) -Escape the dog days of summer with a refreshing glimpse of the winter wonderlands of Southern New England.

Winter Day, a one-hour video scrapbook filmed entirely by aspiring videographers from across the Rhode Island PBS viewing area, premiers on the 'big screen' at Cable Car Cinema & Café, 204 South Main Street in Providence, for one night only, Wednesday, August 13 at 6:30 p.m. Admission to the premier event is $5 per person; proceeds benefit the Rhode Island PBS Program Fund.

Reservations for the premier event are by telephone only, by calling Rhode Island PBS at 401-222-3636, extension 0. Seating is limited; advanced payment guarantees seating. Checks, payable to Rhode Island PBS, should be mailed to Rhode Island PBS, 50 Park Lane, Providence, RI 02907. Unpaid reservations will be honored until 6:15 p.m. Open seating will be available on a first-come, first- served basis after 6:15 p.m.

After success of last year's creative project, Summer Day, Rhode Island PBS initiated this second installment of "The Seasons of Rhode Island PBS." The community-outreach project gives local amateur videographers the chance to capture on tape their favorite seasonal pastime and to share their work with viewers in the region.

Rhode Island PBS provided the videotape to the participants and did not place any restrictions on age or experience. Winter Day's twenty volunteer filmmakers attended one pre-taping training workshop to discuss the project goals and to ask any questions. Filmmakers chose their own winter-themed subjects, everything from their treasured local hideaways to the unique professions that help to shape southern New England.

In the true spirit of a Winter Day, volunteers completed all of their filming on one February day. Videographers then discussed their choice of subject in a brief interview, to put the images into the context the storyteller had in mind when the video was shot. The compiled footage was then edited together by Rhode Island PBS under the work of the show's producer, Maria Saracen. Videographers selected a broad spectrum of subjects including:

Blacksmith's Forge Newport Statues
Glass Making Roger Williams Park Zoo
Woonsocket Museum of Work and Culture Tattoo Parlor
Snow Plowing Art in the Snow

Following its 'big screen' debut on August 13th, the documentary will air on Rhode Island PBS (check local listings) on August 21st at 9 p.m., with encore broadcasts on August 25th at 2 p.m., and on August 27th at 10 p.m.

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