KCET Airs Special Live On-Air Fundraiser 'Wings Across the Channel: Catalina Island's Aviation History, 1946-Present' Sept 13 at 8 PM

KCET AIRS SPECIAL LIVE ON-AIR FUNDRAISER 'WINGS ACROSS THE CHANNEL: CATALINA ISLAND'S AVIATION HISTORY, 1946-PRESENT' SEPT 13 AT 8 PM

Special Presentation Hosted By Daisy Torme and 'Wheel of Fortune' Announcer Jim Thornton; Guests to Include Bruce Belland of The Four Preps, and Writer/Producer/Director Jim Watson.

 

Los Angeles - August 24, 2011 - KCET, the nation's largest independent public television station serving Southern and Central California presents "Wings Across the Channel: Catalina Island's Aviation History, 1946-Present" September 13, 2011 at 8 p.m.

The two-hour on-air fundraiser will be hosted by Daisy Torme (daughter of jazz legend Mel Torme) and Wheel of Fortune announcer, Jim Thornton, with guest appearances by Bruce Belland of The Four Preps and Jim Watson, writer/producer/director of the film.

Featuring stunning footage of seaplanes from post-war Catalina, "Wings Across the Channel: Catalina Island's Aviation History, 1946-Present," features the "Knights of Avalon" who tirelessly flew their Grumman Goose G-21s and the mighty Sikorsky VS-44 Mother Goose to the island.  However, due to the rising air fares, and the increasing number of accidents, the seaplanes were grounded in the 1980s ending a unique era in America's aviation history. 

Those wishing to donate during KCET's presentation of "Wings Across the Channel: Catalina Island's Aviation History, 1946-Present," will receive round-trip tickets to Catalina Island on Catalina Express and all-access passes to 'Weekend 1' of the 25th Annual Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival (October 7-9).

For more information on "Wings Across the Channel: Catalina Island's Aviation History, 1946-Present," visit www.kcet.org/catalina.

About KCET

On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET currently produces the Emmy®, duPont-Columbia and Peabody Award-winning SoCal Connected, a hard-hitting prime-time weekly television news program that examines the issues and people of Southern California. Throughout its 47-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children's programs, its outreach and community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution. More than half of the funds raised to support KCET's operating budget come from individual support. For additional information about KCET productions, Web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org.

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