“Why do you keep looking at your watch?” I asked my caddy.
“It’s not a watch. It’s a compass.”
Your search for great programming doesn’t need to be like my
golf game nor does it require a compass. Your best tool for locating television worth
watching is right here in your hand: the May WTVP Program Guide.
Season 3 of Downton Abbey has concluded and the 40th
WTVP Auction is history, but television worth watching continues unabated. Series like
Call the Midwife and Mr. Selfridge are well worth your time, and they
continue through May. Wednesdays continue to be the smartest nights on television
with Nature and NOVA. And Tuesdays in May celebrate the 225th anniversary
of the ratification of the United States Constitution with
Peter Sagal of National Public Radio fame mounts a red, white and blue Harley Davidson
motorcycle and travels across the USA in search of the impact and meaning that the
Constitution holds for the average citizen (including a stop in Havana, IL). The month
ends with the ever popular National Memorial Day Concert from the National Mall in
If you are using your computer to view archived programs,
I especially invite you to search out one of my favorites -- Live from Lincoln Center
with classic performances by Chita Rivera and Joel Gray during
“Ring Them Bells!”, the tribute to the
Broadway songwriting duo of Kander and Ebbs.
While watching the Live from Lincoln Center performances with
their stage settings overlooking Columbus Circle in New York City, and the traffic radiating
out from the roundabout, I thought it would be terrific if we could do something like that
on our air. We neither have Columbus Circle nor NYC traffic (thank goodness), but we do
have a river and bridges. Watch for our version of dramatic staging from Central Illinois
during our June membership drive.
Meanwhile, thank you for watching and supporting WTVP, your local
public television station.