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"I would just like to thank WTVP for coming into our classrooms and helping to teach parents about educational programming for our young children." - Mary, Peoria
"I can’t imagine live without WTVP. You provide valuable programming to central Illinois. Thank you." - Brenda, Peoria
"Your HDTV quality is outstanding – I can’t believe how superior it is to other HD stations! I feel it was well worth the additional money you put into it and hopefully the rest of this community will feel as strongly as I do!!" - Mary Beth, Peoria
"I now live in Minneapolis, but grew up watching WTVP from my parents’ home in Brimfield. WTVP is a great station and an important resource for the community." - Erika, Minneapolis
"At a time when so many are working so hard to improve the education of our children, improve the quality of life in central Illinois and encourage a knowledgeable electorate the loss of public television would be a terrible loss." - Brian, Peoria
"I value having a station for my children to watch where I don’t have to worry about the commercial content – or worry about the kids’ programming!" - Kiersten, Bloomington
"I don’t know what my three-year-old would do without PBS Kids, and I love Ken Burns documentaries." - Aaryn, Peoria
"Channel 47 is our main source of TV watching and would be truly missed…from it’s programming we are entertained, educated, and kept informed…wishing you the best for the sake of the station and all those it serves." - Leo, Washington
"We truly enjoy your programming and look forward to many more years of the same excellent entertainment." - Bert & Donna, Toulon
"We very much appreciate your quality programming. It enriches our lives and would be very much missed if the lights go out." - Janice & Robert, Normal
"I can’t imagine not having public television in this community. It is a very important part of our lives. - Duane, Princeton
"I loved to watch Washington Week, Frontline, and Illinois Adventure. Thank you for all the great programming throughout the years. All of our family watches and enjoys WTVP." - Tim, Peoria
"I grew up on WTVP, and I want the high quality programming around for my daughter to grow up on it too." - Rebekah, Peoria
"WTVP is like oxygen. You won’t miss it until you don’t have it." - Kevin & Kim, Bartonville
"If I could, I would give more. I appreciate WTVP and its’ valuable contribution to the enrichment of its viewers. Thanks!" - Carol, Galesburg
"I am a full time student, I appreciate the station and the programming greatly, this pledge is not easy to afford, but it is easy to make." - Dennis, St. David
"I have enjoyed watching several of your programs for years and I decided that it was about time I gave you some support!" - Cathy, Macomb
"WTVP offers programs that are not available anyplace else. I especially enjoy the current affairs programs where participants actually discuss a topic without shouting at one another. The music, the history and the entertainment programs are without peer." - Joyce, Bloomington
"Thank you for great programming for our kids. We also enjoy dramas and news. WTVP is an important community asset." - John & Elise, Washington
"Thank you for giving us something WORTH watching." - Elizabeth, Bloomington
"I look to WTVP to keep me up to date on the world as well as in supporting my hobbies." - Cindy, East Peoria
"WTVP offers programming unlike no other station. I watched all of the classics while growing up, like Miser Rogers, Sesame Street, etc. When I grew older I came to love the musical productions like “Live at Lincoln Center and the various specials that featured many of the greatest musicians of our time. Today, I am a performing musician working in the central Illinois area. WTVP is an immeasurable influence on my success. The ideas I was regularly exposed to early on inspired the artistic endeavors I know pursue. Thank you, WTVP for your great effort in providing truly meaningful television to this area." - Anne, East Peoria
"Thank you for all the years of providing quality children’s and educational programming to central Illinois. WTVP is an asset to our community." - Steve, Peoria
"I enjoy so many of the programs on WTVP that aren’t available anywhere else, such as Antiques RoadShow, Nature, Illinois Adventure, At Issue, Tavis Smiley, Great Performances, American Masters and Ask This Old House. Thank you WTVP, for lighting up my world!" - Vicki, Secor
"Although I live in Chicago now, I watched many many hours of great programs on WTVP when I was growing up. Thanks!!" - Stephen, Chicago
"I have been watching WTVP since the age of three and this is the first time that I have pledged my support. It is very overdue and I only hope that it is enough to help save the station." - Kate, Peoria
"Our family has grown up with WTVP and now our grandchildren are growing up with it. Thanks and Good Luck!" - Patty, Wyoming
"Our family gets great enjoyment from your station’s programming. Since we do not have cable or satellite, your channel is on a good 80% of our TV viewing area time." - The Logan Family, San Jose
60's Pop, Rock and Soul (My Music)
The 1960s was an era of peace, love, and social change. The music of the 1960s was no exception. Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits and Davy Jones of the Monkees cohost an evening of music from the 1960s. They are joined by popular acts spanning pop, rock, and soul, including The Kingsmen, The Miracles, and Jefferson Starship.
In the span of time between Judy Garland's first performance and her last, she amassed a repertoire with wide range, astounding power and which was timeless in theme. This program incorporates observations by experts, which at times include Garland herself. Garland's legacy encompasses artistic ability that remains unsurpassed by many of her peers and successors.
This new documentary from WTVP tells the true tale of the "American Dream," by describing the lives of 80 children from 15 families who grew up in the boxcar communities of Galesburg, Ill. These families, consisting of Mexican immigrant workers impoverished and displaced by the Civil War, were provided box cars as shelter by the American rail companies. This documentary goes beyond the basic description of the living conditions by incorporating historic film, photos, and testimonies to fully show what these families experienced.
This performance, filmed in 2007, between beloved singer-songwriters Carole King and James Taylor, celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Los Angeles' famous nighclub, The Troubadour. It was at this same club 40 years earlier where Taylor urged King to develop herself as an artist. This concert includes 12 of King and Taylor's hits, such as King's "So Far Away, " and Taylor's "Carolina in My Mind."
This documentary, produced by Ken and Ric Burns, tells the story of the Civil War, the bloodiest war in American History, through the voices of those who actually it, through photography, a new medium at the time. The Civil War blends photographs, modern cinematography, music and narration to make this historic event come alive.
In a live performance from Iowa, the Hawkeye State, Irish crooner Daniel O'Donnell combines his passion for performing and a unique sense of humor to capture the audience in this 60 minute concert special. This show includes rarely heard recordings, such as "Distant Drums" and "Farside Banks of Jordan" as well as tributes to some of the greatest artists like Loretta Lynn and Andy Williams. O'Donnell doesn't forget the fan favorites, performing hits such as "Stand Beside Me" and "Rivers of Babylon."
The Ed Sullivan Show was the birthplace of some of the great comedians such as Richard Pryor, Joan Rivers, Bob Hope, George Carlin, and Carol Burnett. The Ed Sullivan Comedy Special features comedians from standup to slapstick, and highlights some of the best and funniest comedy routines the Ed Sullivan Show has ever seen. This special also features contemporary comedians such as Jerry Seinfeld and Lisa Lampanelli as they reflect on how the Ed Sullivan Show has impacted their comedic careers.
Italian pop-opera trio Il Volo performs in Miami Beach, Florida to celebrate the fall release of their album "We Are Love." The performance includes their hit single of the same name as well as Aerosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing," U2's "Beautiful Day," and more.
Sixty-year-old Kathy Smith has been in the fitness and health industry for 35 years. In her new show, Smith shares her tips and tricks for staying energetic, fit, healthy and vibrant, as well as her four pillars of success for getting in the best shape of your life.
Twelve living legends from the '50s and '60s come together in Atlantic City to perform their greatest hits from this time. Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell and Fabian host this event which will take you back to the time of record hops, drive-ins, poodle skirts, and beehives.
This program features Motown hits and classics from 1959 to 1967 from top Motown artists such as The Temptations, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, the Supremes, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Martha and the Vandellas, and more. This special features highlights from past PBS Motown specials, as well as enhanced, extended, and archival footage.
Hosted by "Glee" star Matthew Morrison, this film pays tribute to Oscar Hammerstein, the most acclaimed lyricist and librettist of the 20th century. Hammerstein worked in theater for over 40 years, writing over a thousand musical works for operettas and musicals performed on Broadway, in London, and in Hollywood films. His works include Rose-Marie, Show Boat, Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music.
Iconic filmmaker Ken Burns has done it again with his three-part series on the nation's struggle with Prohibition. This program highlights what went into making the series, as well as clips from the 6-hour documentary.
Travel across Europe with Rick Steves as he samples from the wonderful and varied cuisine. Europeans pride themselves on their decadent food. From elegant dining to rustic dishes and fine wine, Steves will enjoy the very best that Europe has to offer. This program celebrates the wide variety and tradition of European cuisine.
In this special celebrating European culture, Rick Steves highlights the essential parts of traveling across Europe: the food, the people, and the experiences. From sampling seafood to dancing the Flamenco, Steves inspires us to get the most out of our lives by showing us how Europeans embrace their lives with abandon.
Combine ten talented singers with a touch of humor, and you get Straight No Chaser. This special is a journey through the history of pop music. The lineup includes everything from doo wop to contemporary pop, and everything is given the Straight No Chaser twist. This performance includes classic hits from the '50s and '60s, Motown classics, as well as contemporary pop hits.
The longest running primetime news and public affairs program on television has been delivering the most interesting conversation of the week for more than 40 years. This program features a group of journalists participating in a roundtable discussion of major current news events.
WTVP has captured much of Peoria's and central Illinois' history over its 40 years on air. Sample some of the station's most popular local documentaries - Main Street Memories and Grandview Drive to name just two -- and learn how to make them part of your own collection.
Active with Arthritis with Vijay Vad, M.D.
Dr. Vijay Vad, sports medicine specialist at the Hospital for Special Surgery and faculty member at Weill Cornell medical college in NYC, describes the symptoms and causes of arthritis. Vad provides information on how to manage arthritis while still maintaining and enjoying an active lifestyle. He describes many different techniques to accomplish this, including minimizing drug dependency as well as medical interventions.
This program is a "must-see" for fans of British situation comedies, or "Britcoms." Hosted by Moira Brooker and Phiilip Bretherton from As Time Goes By and featuring the cast and creators of Vicar of Dibley, Blackadder, Keeping Up Appearances, Last of the Summer Wine, As Time Goes By, Good Neighbors, Are You Being Served?, and Mulberry, this program provides the inside story on your favorite British comedy series.
Burt Bacharach established himself as a celebrated composer in the 1960s. He created some of the most beloved pop music to grace radio, TV, and film. This special includes all the original artists performing Bacharach's hits, along with clips and footage from the 1960s-1980s. Bacharach has composed many popular hits, including "The Look of Love" by Dusty Springfield, "What's New, Pussycat?" by Tom Jones, and Herb Alpert's "This Guy's In Love with You."
Vocalists Lisa Kelly, Chloe Agnew, Lynn Hilary, and Alex Sharpe, along with violinist Mairead Nesbitt perform at Ireland's historic Powerscourt House and Gardens. This performance features Irish classics and contemporary covers as well as original compositions. A six-piece band, the Aontas Choir, a film orchestra, the Discovery Gospel Choir, the Extreme Rhythm Drummers, and a bagpipe ensemble are also featured with Celtic Woman.
In this reunion hosted by country music legend Roy Clark, country pop sensations such as Glenn Campbell, Crystal Gayle, Hank Locklin, and BJ Thomas united for a trip down memory lane as they perform their biggest and most memorable hits from the '50s, '60s, and '70s.
Best-selling author and teacher Dr. Wayne Dyer combines humor with the teachings of some of the most innovative 20th Century American philosophers in this lecture based on Dyer's book Wishes Fulfilled: Mastering the Art of Manifesting. Dyer shares his five Wishes Fulfilled Foundations, which means living from your highest self and attracting your deepest desires. Dyer's main message is that everyone can manifest what they desire most by honoring their inner divinity, consciously choosing to live for their highest self and practicing the five foundations he describes in his lecture.
Great Performaces Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy
The Broadway musical has seen a lot of success among Jewish artists. The Golden Age produced names like Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, the Gershwin's and Stephen Sondheim. Today, Stephen Schwartz, Marc Shaiman, and Andrew Lippa are leaving their mark on musical theater. This documentary combines interviews with performance footage to answer the question of why Broadway is such a fertile environment for Jewish peformers.
John Denver is arguably one of the 20th Century's most beloved performers. He has sold over 40 million albums and won numerous awards, including Grammy's, AMA's, Emmy's, and CMA's. Rocky Mountain High: Live in Japan is a concert from Denver's 1981 seven-show tour of Japan, and features some of his most popular hits like "Annie's Song," "Calypso," and "Thank God I'm a Country Boy."
This two hour special is sure to lift your spirits with the sound of spiritual hymns, inspirational songs, and gospel melodies. Viewers will be reminded of the shared family values of the past based on heartfelt beliefs with promises of a brighter future. This special was taped before a live audience at the Welk Resort Theatre in Branson, Missouri and features 15 stars from the Welk Musical Family.
Matthew Morrison: Where It All Began Live From the Bushnell
Matthew Morrison, the Emmy, Tony, and Golden Globe nominated star of the hit television series Glee, performs from the Bushnell theatre in Hartford, Connecticut. Morrison, who is known for his role as Mr. Schuester on Glee, puts his own unique spin on popular tunes such as "The Lady is a Tramp," "Younger than Springtime," "It Don't Mean a Thing," and more.
In November 1981, the Rolling Stones arrived in Chicago prior to playing three shows in Rosemont during their huge American tour. Since the Chicago blues had a big influence on the band, the Rolling Stones visited Buddy Guy's club, the Checkerboard Lounge. It wasn't long before Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Ian Stewart joined Buddy Guy and Lefty Dizz on stage. This was a very unique performance, one fortunately caught on camera!
For 35 years, the solid, trusted reporting on PBS NewsHour has made it one of the most reliable news programs on television. Each episode features in-depth news coverage, including segments of interviews and news conferences.
Has your mind ever just gone blank when trying to remember a colleague's name or where you last left your car keys? Forgetfulness is more common than most realize. Dr. Neal Barnard confronts the problem of memory loss, providing information on how to boost cognitive function and protect your memory.
This all new, two-hour pledge special was filmed on location along Steves' "Best of Europe" loop, which includes Amsterdam, Germany's Rhineland and Bavaria, Italy's Riviera, Siena and Venice, the Swiss Alps, Paris and London. These two hours are packed with up-to-date tips on itinerary planning, dealing with the language barrier, transportations, traveling on a budget, and more!
Dr. Vijay Vad is back, this time describing the most common causes for back pain, disc injuries and spinal stenosis. Vad stresses the importance of having a balance between the body and mind, along with a healthy diet, exercise, and supplement regimen as a method to self-manage this pain.
The Hollies were one of the most successful groups of the British Invasion during the 60's and early 70's. Throughout the band's peak years, they earned 27 UK Top 40 Singles, 17 of those being top 10 hits. This special includes interviews with band members Allan Clarke, Graham Nash, Tony Hicks, and Bobby Elliott as well as The Hollies' hits such as "Bus Stop," "On a Carousel," "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother," and "Carrie Ann."
In this special centennial celebration of the birth of Wood Guthrie, artists such as John Mellencamp, Jackson Browne, Tom Morello, Donovan, Ani DiFranco, Roseanne Cash, and Ole Crow Medicine show join forces to honor America's greatest folk singer/songwriter. This performance focuses on both the man and his music with performances of many of Guthrie's hits such as "This Land is Your Land," and "This Train is Bound for Glory."