Robert L. (Bob) Shepherd, former vice president and general manager of WDCN-TV (now Nashville Public Television) died on Thursday, November 21 at home in Nashville after a short illness. He was 80. Shepherd was involved in public television for 40 years as a leader on the local, regional and national levels, serving two terms on […]
We’re proud to announce that the inaugural televised series of Music City Roots: Live from The Loveless Cafe, will premiere right here on NPT, on Sept. 13, 2013 at 7 pm central. After that it will be made available to public television stations throughout the nation. What this means is probably best summed up by […]
We are proud to announce that two documentaries in our Tennessee Civil War 150 series picked up Emmy® Awards last night when the Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards were announced at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Crisis of Faith won in the DOCUMENTARY/CULTURAL category, earning statuettes for Justin Harvey, Paul Mojonnier and Kevin Crane, while No Going Back: […]
Sesame Street celebrates its 43rd season this September. For over 40 years, it’s been harnessing the power of media to educate children, and there have been hundreds of studies that demonstrate the show’s effectiveness. Here are some of the research highlights: Many studies with differing methodologies have highlighted the cognitive and academic benefits of viewing […]
Several of us here at NPT recently spent four days at the PBS Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida, where we caught previews of the upcoming season, discussed public broadcasting business and took part in professional development sessions with representatives from PBS, public broadcasting organizations and representatives for public television stations around the nation. A wrap-up […]
[youtube="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iPruMGfUiw"] Special thanks to local actor Josh Childs for donating his time, talent and wit to this fun new NPT promotional spot, a parody of the popular “Slap Chop” commercials. Co-written by Childs with Hugh Brian O’Neill, creative director/writer/director/producer and Joe Delmerico. Jim DeMarco, videographer and lighting; Ed Jones, editor.
Raise a toast to Saint Joe Strummer I think he might have been our only decent teacher So sings Craig Finn of the band The Hold Steady on “Constructive Summer,” from its 2008 album Stay Positive. They may be the two best lines in one of the best rock songs of last year (at least […]
The Tennessean reports that census figures, out this week on America’s foreign-born population, “show Tennessee — and particularly Middle Tennessee — becoming an increasingly popular destination for immigrants.” “Since 1990, the state gained nearly 200,000 foreign-born residents,” writes Chris Echegaray, “an increase that moved Tennessee’s ranking from 31st to 24th for the number of immigrants […]
Cue the funk. It may have been the coolest show about reading ever, and it’s coming back. The Electric Company, “Refitted for the age of hip-hop and informed by decades of further educational research on reading,” according to the New York Times, will return to public television in 2009. “It’s the old one mixed with […]
This wooden eagle — carved entirely with chainsaws and personalized for us — was the handiwork of Crossville’s Ben King and John Teeple, “Masters of the Chainsaw.” The woodsmiths will be featured on an upcoming episode of Tennessee Crossroads.