From Program Director Cary Balzer

Spring 2014

You may not realize that a quarter of our program schedule consists of shows from sources other than PBS: All of our British comedies… Rick Steves and other travel programs… Thursday night mysteries… Doc Martin and Larkrise to CandlefordBBC World News… many of our nature, science and history programs. We purchase rights to those programs ourselves, with your support.

Often, though, we simply don’t have the budget to take advantage of some excellent program opportunities. That is where we find ourselves now, and it is how you can help.

Will you please consider a gift for the Patty Starkey Programming Fund? When our long-time development director retired in 2011, the Patty Starkey Programming Fund was created in her honor. It provides dollars for programs outside our regular PBS schedule… and we have some great opportunities coming up!

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Thanks to past generous contributions to Patty’s Fund, we have been able to purchase rights to some great shows. For example, I hope you have seen the acclaimed Father Brown on Thursday nights. Or DCI Banks, Scott & Bailey, Twenty Twelve, Hebburn, and The Café.

These are all programs purchased with the help of the Patty Starkey Programming Fund. Now it’s time to replenish that fund… with your help.

And the time is now, because some excellent program offers are coming in the next few months:
Death in Paradise is a humorous whodunit, which centers around a quirky police force on an idyllic Caribbean island.
• The Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries follows a glamorous lady detective in 1920’s Melbourne, Australia.
• A third season of Father Brown is forthcoming and will be purchased with
dollars from the Patty Starkey Programming Fund.

These are just some of the new dramas. There are plenty of other exceptional programs from other genres coming. We want to be ready to pay for them… and that’s why your extra support is so important.

Thank you for supporting KSPS. We couldn't do it without you!

Cary B sig

Cary Balzer, Program Director