Salute to 'Citywatchers' | KCET
Salute to 'Citywatchers'
"Citywatchers" was a local interest and public affairs program that ran between 1969 and 1976. The hosts, Art Siedenbaum and Charles Champlin, both L.A. Times writers, took to exploring Los Angeles by foot with a microphone and a whole lot of questions. Through the majority of the '70s, the duo highlighted such topics as the Venice Canals, Dodger Stadium, the Bradbury Building, and other landmarks and neighborhoods around Los Angeles. Many considered this show the precursor to such shows as CBS's "2 On The Town" and "California's Gold" featuring our very favorite man-on-the-street, Huell Howser.
This clip from 1972 features Siedenbaum, Champlin, and their "father figure/boss," KCET's Programming Director, Chuck Allen, sipping on red wine and reminiscing on their Emmy-award winning program.
Local Television ought to really connect to people on a local level and it seems to me that that's what we've tried to do. - Art Siedenbaum
The great thing about having a show like "Citywatchers" in Los Angeles is that you never run out. - Charles "Chuck" Allen
Today, KCET continues the tradition of exploring the city on a hyperlocal level with its award winning web series Departures.
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Martin begins his journey in Hawaii, the only US state made up entirely of islands. After leaving touristfilled Oahu, he explores the active volcanoes of the Big Island, the largest island in all US territory, and the ancient traditions of Molokai Island.KCET Original
She's called the unstoppable woman. Meet one the world's top virus hunters, who travels to the most remote parts of the planet to identify and stop pandemics.KCET Original
American history has long been told as a triumphant march westward from the Atlantic coast, but in southern California, our history stretches back further in time.KCET Original
Huell visits the Olympic pool at the L.A. Coliseum, the stunning " Neptune Pool" at Hearst Castle and more.KCET Original
Test cook Ashley Moore makes host Bridget Lancaster perfect Fish and Chips.KCET Original
The candy recipes of Mary See started selling in a little shop and are now famous around the world.
Mikael Colville-Andersen lands in Toronto to meet the urban heroes working to make Canada's largest city more livable.
Martin enjoys salsa dancing lessons and rum tasting in Puerto Rico before heading to the Sea Islands off the coast of Georgia, where the inhabitants attempt to preserve the traditional practices of African slaves.
The gothic world of the Magdalene Laundries - a halfway house for pregnant and wayward girls, run by Catholic nuns - sets the scene for the tragic death of an escaping teenager.