“Lots to Like” at WKAR

Posted on: March 5, 2013

There is a great deal to appreciate about WKAR this month as we kick off our annual WKAR TV March membership campaign with plenty of entertaining specials. The campaign started on Friday and runs until Monday, March 11 on WKAR, WKAR Create and WKAR World.

WKAR TV is featuring some unique musical specials, including “Hullaballoo,” a ‘60s flashback special featuring favorite moments from the popular music series; and “Aaron Neville: Doo Wop – My Life Story,” featuring singer Aaron Neville, Paul Simon, Joan Osborne, Eugene Pitt of the Jive Five and Dickie Harmon from the Del-Vikings. Other music specials include a new offering with tenor Andrea Bocelli, Barbra Streisand’s intimate performance at the Village Vanguard and “Love for Levon,” a tribute concert honoring the late Levon Helm.

We’re also airing “An Evening with Jerry Lewis,” and other new programs including Rick Steves' newest travel special, and health specials on Alzheimer’s disease and improving the immune system. To my surprise, one of the runaway hits “Blenko Glass: Behind the Scenes” also returns, taking a look at the popular collectible.

More than half of WKAR’s budget comes directly from viewers and members who support public television programming through their contributions. Without a successful membership campaign, WKAR can’t continue to bring the wide variety of quality television shows its viewers expect.

For many children, the non-commercial, award-winning educational programs are their personal head start to prepare for school. People of all ages can learn something new from the documentaries, science and nature programs. For others who appreciate the arts, but may be unable to attend a performance in person, WKAR offers a front row center seat to performances by some of the most renowned artists in the world.

But WKAR offers more than just on-air viewing. The station regularly welcomes the community to free Evening at WKAR and Community Cinema events, which allow guests the opportunity to have an advance screening of a program supplemented by a related talk or discussion featuring local experts. Ready To Learn workshops offer local families strategies and ideas to help children increase early literacy skills.

Individuals or businesses may give to WKAR by calling during breaks between shows or visiting online at WKAR.org. And, for those who love Downton Abbey, a contribution will help us to continue to air this series, though we can't guarantee the survival of characters in future episodes. This last comment serves as an inside joke for WKAR viewers...

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