KCET Celebrates 50 Years of 'Inspiring a Better State' as Southern and Central California's Leading Public Media Voice
KCETLink Embraces New Era as Publicly
Engaged Independent Network
The Year-Long Celebration will include an Evocative
Retrospective Television Special, Compelling Selections of Groundbreaking,
Archival Programming and Public Engagement Activities
Anniversary Hub Chronicles Station Milestones through Essays, Photo Galleries
BURBANK, CA - Aug. 27, 2014 - In his historic dedication of KCET in 1965,
television host and noted educator Dr. Frank C. Baxter called the fledgling
station a "strong and significant force" in public television. On Sept. 28,
2014, KCET celebrates 50 years of serving the interests of Southern and Central
California audiences with quality, award-winning programming that reflects the
vibrancy and unique cultural history of the region, as it moves--full
force--into its role as a leader in public media for the 21st
With its new tagline, "Inspiring a Better State," KCET marks the important
50-year milestone with a celebration that includes a variety of multi-platform
programming and public engagement opportunities. In addition, a compelling selection of new
and archival programming will pay homage to the station's historic past,
including specials from legendary television
personality Huell Howser, who played a unique role in shaping KCET's
"We are extremely proud of the legacy we've created as a powerful convener, storyteller, connector and collaborator for our diverse community in Southern and Central California," said Al Jerome,
KCETLink's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Moving forward with the
addition of Link TV, KCETLink will build upon that tremendous history and
continue to break new ground as a publicly engaged independent network by
lifting up hearts, minds and communities in increasingly innovative ways for
Key KCET 50th Anniversary Initiatives include:
Visitors can immerse themselves in KCET's rich
half-century of history at kcet.org/50. The online hub features archived
videos, photos and vibrant content by a host of columnists reflecting on KCET
and the city of Los Angeles. The site also features an expanding, interactive
timeline that allows visitors to learn about major milestones of the station by
the decade, in conjunction with important historical events in Los Angeles. A
community engagement component also complements the site, encouraging visitors
to share ideas on how they "envision a better state."
Community Kiosk Exhibit
KCET will launch an exciting public engagement activity that will give
residents the opportunity to become an active part of KCET's 50th
anniversary narrative. An interactive kiosk, designed by local artist Melissa
Castellano, will serve as a travelling arts and education exhibit, appearing at
cultural institutions and civic centers around Southern California. The kiosk will visually display historical
KCET touch points and prompt community members to answer the question: "How do
you envision a better state?" Led by
KCET's Community Advisory Board (CAB), KCET will collect community responses,
which will coincide with the online campaign that engages viewers around the topic.
On the air, audiences will enjoy an eclectic mix of inspiring, enlightening
and entertaining programs that embrace the spirit of the station:
CALIFORNIA MISSIONS WITH HUELL HOWSER
Sunday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m.
What better way to celebrate KCET's role in showcasing the beauty of the
region than with Huell Howser? For more than five hours, Howser introduces
audiences to all the missions along the California coast from San Diego to
north of San Francisco. This history-rich series details not only the individual
missions, but also the religious and political motivation of the Spanish
missionaries who developed the churches for the indigenous native peoples along
El Camino Real. The 10 episodes will
also be scheduled in the regular Huell Howser weeknight slots at 7:30 p.m.
following the broadcast.
PRIME SUSPECT (Reprise)
Monday, Sept. 15 through Sunday, Sept. 21 at 8 p.m.
KCET will air one week of acclaimed series, PRIME SUSPECT, featuring
the bold award-winning performance of actress Helen Mirren as Jane Tennison,
one of the first female Detective Chief Inspectors in the London's Metropolitan
Police Service. Featured on KCET's new schedule after the station's split from
PBS, the series blazed new trails for the portrayal of women in gritty
detective roles, as KCET forged a new independent path in public media.
Series Premieres Thursday, Sept. 25 at 9 p.m.
KCET's award-winning arts and culture series will join in the 50th
celebration by rebroadcasting several episodes of THE WORKS, a seminal
arts series which aired on KCET during the '80s and '90s. The series featured
local performances, exhibitions and groundbreaking productions from luminaries
like Peter Sellars, Lita Albuquerque, Bill Viola, Pat O'Neil, Karole Armitage
and Ed Ruscha, which helped to define Los Angeles as a leading
cultural capital of the world.
KCET: 50 Years at
Sunday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m.
Produced by KCETLink's Bohdan Zachary, SVP, Broadcasting, Programming &
Syndication, this original 50th anniversary special brings viewers
on a half-century journey through KCET's history, with footage of defining
moments from beloved specials and series and interviews from important voices
of KCET's past and present, including Mayor Eric
Garcetti, Bill Moyers, Val Zavala, Rubén Martínez, Patt Morrison, Taylor
Hackford, Jesús Treviño,
Jack Larson, Fritz Coleman and Dick Cook, among many others. The special also underscores
KCET's storied tradition of serving the local community through groundbreaking
programming and events.
A GOLDEN STATE OF MIND: THE STORYTELLING GENIUS
OF HUELL HOWSER
Premiering exclusively on KCET, this new documentary created
by Chapman University film professor Jeff Swimmer takes you on abehind-the-scenes tour of the amazing world of Huell Howser and his
Goldand Road Trip series. Audiences will discover how the show was
produced, with appearances by Howser's friends, colleagues and the production
team that helped him create his offbeat and unforgettable adventures.
KCETLink is the national independent
public transmedia organization formed by the merger between KCET and Link
Media. A viewer-supported 501c(3) organization, its content is distributed
nationally via satellite on DirecTV (375) and DISH (9410), in Southern and
Central California via broadcast, as well as through various digital delivery
systems. The combined organization reaches a wide broadcast audience that
includes Link TV's 33 million satellite subscribers and KCET's 5.6 million
households in Southern and Central California. KCETLink is committed to driving
public media innovation with smarter ways to access content that engages all
audiences with global storytelling. For additional information about KCETLink
productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events,
please visit kcet.org or linktv.org.