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Ted KennedyWTVP Pays Tribute to Sen. Edward Kennedy with Encore Broadcast

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009


The Passing of Senator Edward M. Kennedy brings to a close a chapter in American history and a generation of Kennedy statesmen that few will soon forget. In tribute to Ted Kennedy’s influence on American politics, WTVP will pre-empt its regular schedule to air a special broadcast of "AMERICAN EXPERIENCE presents The Kennedys," tonight at 7:00pm on WTVP-HD 47.1.


Last year, just two months after undergoing surgery for a malignant brain tumor, "The Lion of the Senate", the late Edward M. Kennedy, surprised attendees with an unscheduled speech at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado.


"As I look ahead, I am strengthened by family and friendship. So many of you have been with me in the happiest days and the hardest days. Together we have known success and seen setbacks, victory and defeat," Kennedy said.


American Experience LogoAn American story unlike any other, "The Kennedy’s" is a saga of ambition, wealth, family loyalty and personal tragedy. Edited down to three hours from its original four, The Kennedys draws on a wealth of still photographs, archival footage, and home movies, and features extensive interviews with family members, friends, and first-hand witnesses to the many chapters of the Kennedy story.


The programs originally schedule for tonight, GREAT PERFORMANCES "Harlem in Montmartre" and WIDE ANGLE "Once Upon a Coup" will be rescheduled at a later date.



For further information contact Linda Miller, WTVP Vice President of Programming, at (309) 495-0591 or linda.miller@wtvp.org



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