Sep. 22, 2011 at 1:32pmNot As I Pictured


National Lymphoma Awareness Month is commemorated each September to help raise public attention for this type of blood cancer.  Lymphoma is not a single cancer but a group of many related cancers.  In fact, there are nearly 30 different types of lymphoma.  They are grouped under two categories: Hodgkin Disease and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. These two broad groups may be similar in their symptoms and the tests that are required, but they behave differently when they affect a person.

While other cancers have shown a decline, Lymphoma is on the rise -- according to the American Cancer Society, it is estimated that there will be 65,980 new cases of Lymphoma in the United States this year.  But with early diagnosis it is often a very treatable cancer with good prognosis.

On Tuesday, September 27th at 7:00 PM Pacific Time KSPS-TV (7.1) will present the one-hour documentary “Not As I Pictured:  A Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographer’s Journey Through Lymphoma.”  The documentary follows John Kaplan ‘s experiences as he deals with life afflicted with lymphoma.  John is a Pulitzer Prize photographer who once worked for the Spokesman-Review.  This Sunday, the S-R will feature a story about John and the documentary.

Although the topic is serious, NOT AS I PICTURED is upbeat, very positive, and ends with John’s remission and return to health.

The documentary is scheduled for a repeat on Sunday, October 2nd at 1:00 PM on KSPS.

Aug. 30, 2011 at 3:05pmBetween the Lions

PBS Kids

For the past decade, Between the Lions has entertained while helping children acquire basic reading skills and a love of reading.  Rights to the series will expire at end of August.

The series has earned 10 Emmy awards.  Independent studies have shown the series has boosted children’s early reading skills in key areas, such as phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency and vocabulary.  But the true success of a series lies with you the viewer.  On behalf of Theo, Cleo, Leona, and Lionel, I would like to thank you for your support of this series.

May. 11, 2011 at 8:27amNorma Zimmer

Lawrence Welk Show

Norma Zimmer, the "Champagne Lady" on national television's The Lawrence Welk Show, died at her home in Brea, CA on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at the age of 87. Norma was a featured soloist on The Lawrence Welk Show weekly series on commercial television from 1960 to 1982. In 1987, the weekly series moved to public television where it continues to air today on 276 PBS stations.

Before joining The Lawrence Welk Show, Norma was part of a quartet called The Girlfriends, a legendary group much in demand by singing stars such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Perry Como and others.  Norma's group sang with Bing Crosby on his recording of White Christmas, which has sold more copies than any other song in history. Norma also appeared with Crosby in the 1950 film, Mr. Music, and was the voice of the White Rose in the 1951 Disney film, Alice in Wonderland.

Religion was an important part of Norma's life and she often appeared with her friend, Billy Graham, on his evangelistic tours. She also appeared many times as a guest soloist at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA.

Norma Larsen Zimmer was born on July 13, 1923 in Larson, Idaho.  She grew up in Seattle, WA, married builder and property developer Randy Zimmer in 1944, and settled in Los Angeles.  They had two sons, Ron and Mark, and were married for 64 years, until Randy's death in 2008.

The Lawrence Welk Show is the longest-running weekly series on national television. It premiered on KTLA in Los Angeles in 1950, moved to ABC in 1955 where it aired until 1971. In 1971, Lawrence Welk took it into syndication until 1982 when he retired. In 1987, OETA-The Oklahoma Network, brought it to public television where it will celebrate its 25th year beginning September, 2011.

May. 5, 2011 at 12:09pm2011 Student Freedom Ride

Freedom Riders

On Friday, May 6th a group of 40 college students will gather in Washington D.C. to participate in the 2011 Student Freedom Ride.  The ride will retrace the route planned for the original ride that occurred fifty years ago and culminate in New Orleans on May 16th.  American Experience’s Student Freedom project received over 1,000 applications. Those chosen represent the unique diversity that is America.

We have a unique opportunity to participate with these students.  Among those selected was Benjameen Quarless, a philosophy major at Whitworth University (Spokane) and Rachael DeMarce, a political science and communications major at Carroll College (Helena.)  Benjameen and Rachael will be sharing daily dispatches from the ride via blogs on the KSPS web site.
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May. 3, 2011 at 1:52pmGLOBAL VOICES

Asian - Pacific American Heritage Specials

In May KSPS-WORLD celebrates Asian-Pacific American Heritage month with four unique documentaries. Originally presented in October 2007 as part of the series Independent Lens, Please Vote For Me, directed by Weijun Chen, features an elementary school in the city of Wuhan in central China, where three eight-year-old students campaign for the coveted position of class monitor. This is the first election for a class leader to be held in China, and the candidates hold debates, campaign tirelessly, and show their intellectual and artistic skills, until one is voted the winner. Please Vote For Me airs on Sunday, May 8 as part of the Global Voices series.

Global Voices “Please Vote for Me “is scheduled for broadcast on KSPS-World (over-the-air channel 7.2, Comcast Cable of Spokane channel 108) Sunday, May 8th at 6:00 AM (Pacific) with repeats slated later in the day at 12:00 PM, 7:00 PM, and 11:00 PM (all times are Pacific.)

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May. 3, 2011 at 11:04amThe Space Age: NASA's Story

Space Exploration

The Space Age: NASA's Story premieres Tuesday evening May 3rd at 7:00 PM on KSPS-TV.  This four part series from the BBC is a unique look at the space agency and man’s quest to explore the universe.  The series offers restored footage along with interviews of the astronauts, their families and the journalists who covered the triumphs and tragedies of space exploration.

The series highlights the iconic moments but also reveals the lesser known, and sometimes humorous events of man’s adventures in space. The Space Age: NASA’s Story is a complete history of mankind's journey into space and is scheduled for Tuesdays at 7:00 PM (Pacific) with repeat broadcasts Wednesdays at 10:00 PM (Pacific) and Saturdays at 2:00 PM (Pacific).

May. 3, 2011 at 9:59amFreedom Riders


Freedom Riders is the powerful harrowing and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever. From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives-and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment-for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South.

Filmmaker Stanley Nelson (Wounded Knee, Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple, The Murder of Emmett Till), along with the original Freedom Riders, will be featured on Oprah Wednesday, May 4th.

Freedom Riders: American Experience premieres on Monday, May 16th at 9:00 PM Pacific on KSPS-TV.

May. 3, 2011 at 9:14amFRONTLINE

Fighting for Bin Laden

Tonight on KSPS-TV at 9:00 PM Pacific Time FRONTLINE's "Fighting for bin Laden"; 

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Apr. 28, 2011 at 12:47pmSalmon: Running the Gauntlet


Nature takes a timely look at the salmon crisis in the Pacific Northwest.   “Salmon: Running the Gauntlet” airs on Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 7 p.m. (PT) on KSPS-TV.  

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Apr. 13, 2011 at 4:19pmRoyal Wedding Coverage


On Friday, April 29th beginning at midnight Pacific time, KSPS-TV (7.1) will provide live coverage of the Royal Wedding of HRH Prince William and Catherine Middleton as presented by the BBC.  Our coverage, presented in high definition, will last five and one-half hours.  For years our programming has been closely associated with Britain and the BBC.  We have the unique opportunity to provide our viewers the opportunity to witness the event from the British perspective.   

Leading the coverage for BBC One and BBC News will be Huw Edwards, who will be based outside Buckingham Palace and joined by fellow anchors Fiona Bruce and Sophie Raworth, who will be situated at key locations in central London. 

As a courtesy to our viewers, KSPS-TV will repeat the coverage on Saturday, April 30th beginning at 10:00 AM Pacific time. 

With the exceptions of Ask This Old House and the Victory Garden, the life style programs preempted on Saturday, April 30th will be presented on Saturday, May 7th in their regular time periods.

 The repeat of Antiques Roadshow “Billings, MT – Part 3” shifts to Sunday, May 1st at 12:00 PM PT. 

Hidden Fire: The Great Butte Explosion will air on Thursday, May 5th at 7:00 PM and repeat on Sunday, May 8th at 12:00 PM.  There is an earlier broadcast of this special on Sunday, May 1st at midnight.

Daylight: The Most Beautiful Train in the World moves to Sunday, June 19th at 12:00 PM PT.

Coverage of The Royal Wedding is made possible through the generous support of the Friends of KSPS.  Our Friends really do make a difference!


Apr. 11, 2011 at 2:58pmOutnumbered

British Comedy

The Brockman’s make their debut on KSPS-TV Monday evenings at 7:00 PM Pacific Time beginning April 11th. Pete, played by Hugh Dennis (My Hero), and Sue, played by Claire Skinner (Chef!), find themselves outnumbered raising three children in a not so large West London home.

In 2009 Outnumbered won three awards at the British Comedy Awards, Best British Comedy, Best Situation Comedy, and best female newcomer for Ramona Marqeuz (Karen). The series is scripted, but a large portion of the dialogue between the children is improvised – with interesting results.

There’s never a dull moment with misplaced keys and missed phone messages. There’s a lot going on at the Brockman’s!

Outnumbered repeats on Saturdays at 5:30 PM Pacific Time.

Mar. 4, 2011 at 3:29pmHustle

Scheduling Update

Due to technical difficulties, the Thursday, March 3rd presentation of Hustle was not broadcast in its entirety. The technical center did everything possible to restore the program but was forced to select an alternative program. The episode (series one, episode 6) has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 5th at 8:00 PM Pacific Time.

Feb. 24, 2011 at 2:36pmTriangle Fire

American Experience

On March 25, 1911, a fire broke out in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York’s Greenwich Village. Workers tried to make their way out of the congested loft, but the doors on their floor were locked and the fire escape soon crumpled.

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Feb. 4, 2011 at 2:24pmDownton Abbey

Masterpiece Classic

Viewer feedback related to Masterpiece Classic’s “Downton Abbey” has been favorable. The first season of Downton Abbey concluded on Sunday, January 30th. 

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Jul. 23, 2010 at 12:21pmFarewell to an Old Friend

British Comedy

The production of the series Last of the Summer Wine came to a conclusion earlier this month. The following is a link to the BBC Comedy page that pays tribute to the series.

We are working with the BBC to bring the final series to North America as quickly as possible.

Mar. 22, 2010 at 10:16amNorthwest Profiles Story Update

Challenging Vision

In January Northwest Profiles featured a segment titled “Challenging Vision” the story of Bernard Vinther, a visually impaired machinist. On March 17th Mr. Vinther was involved in a pedestrian-automobile accident in Kennewick, Washington. Mr. Vinther suffered minor injuries but Kaber, his guide dog, did not survive the accident.

From reports of the incident, the loss of Kaber has created a tremendous void within the Vinther family. We extend our best wishes to those involved and hope for a speedy recovery from the physical and psychological trauma that has occurred.

I’ve included a link to the Tri-City Herald’s online story of the incident and a quick link to the Northwest Profiles segment on Mr. Vinther.


Feb. 26, 2010 at 1:25pmIsland At War

Masterpiece Theatre

In January of 2005 Masterpiece Theatre presented a five-part mini-series titled “Island at War.” This period drama followed the experiences of three British families living in the German occupied Channel Islands during World War II. You may recall that when the series ended there were many questions left unanswered. There was talk of another season of “Island at War.” Unfortunately, the series did not garner much interest when broadcast in the UK and the passing of writer Stephen Mallatratt in 2004 pretty much assured that the loose ends of the story would be left to the imagination of the viewer.

I’ve included a link to an article presented by The Times that you may find interesting, and perhaps it will provide a sense of closure for “Island at War.”

Feb. 10, 2010 at 2:55pmJulia Child

French Chef Debut

The French Chef debuted on February 11, 1963 on WGBH in Boston. The series had a successful run of ten years on NET (National Educational Television) making Julia Child the first celebrity in the PBS world.

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Feb. 3, 2010 at 1:30pmKen Burns Film


The encore presentation of Ken Burns’ The National Parks: America’s Best Idea is airing Wednesday evenings at 8:00 PM Pacific / 9:00 PM Mountain on KSPS-TV. The next project that Florentine Films is working on is an indepth look at Prohibition. I’ve included a family photo taken in the 1920’s. The location is presumed to be just north of Seattle. My mother-in-law is the small child resting in the basket. Each time the picture re-surfaces from the family’s photo archive the story behind the family gathering becomes more intriguing. English tea was not the beverage of choice in the boneware cups and the rosy cheeks were not the handiwork of a photographer’s art brush. And the smiles? They are the result of Nettie, the young woman holding the tea cup, a child of the Alberta prairies and in her later year’s my wife’s grandmother, who was held in high regards as a “home brewer.”

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