Thinking Inside the Box

Great MPTV Productions Premiering in Early 2014

by Ellis Bromberg, General Manager of MPTV

Hi, Ellis Bromberg, Thinking Inside the Box on and MPTV Mobile. In these early weeks of 2014 I wanted to tell you about a few of our local productions that are either returning to or new on our schedule for the new year. We produce many local programs here at Milwaukee Public Television -- it's part of our mission and our DNA to do that -- and beyond that to offer programs you won't find on commercial stations or cable networks.

So now entering its 30th year on the air, the award-winning OUTDOOR WISCONSIN is back with a new season of programs, Thursday nights at 9 on Channel 10. Dan Small continues as host, and we're delighted to welcome broadcast veteran Maryann Lazarski as the series' new producer. Devoted to the outdoor enthusiast, OUTDOOR travels around the Badger State covering a variety of activities, the great hunting and fishing opportunities in our state, environmental issues, and the like. Please tune in! Also, every year we have a big OUTDOOR WISCONSIN banquet -- this year at the Country Springs Hotel in Pewaukee, February 26 starting at 5:30. If you'd like more information about it, call us at 414-297-8006 or get tickets right here at

Back for its third season on MPTV is the wildly popular AROUND THE CORNER WITH JOHN McGIVERN, Thursday nights at 7 on Channel 10 -- the program has now won a couple of Emmy Awards! John and his sidekick, historian John Gurda, along with producer Lois Maurer, are back with new episodes, uncovering how folks live, work, and play in 13 communities around Wisconsin. Among the cities, towns, and neighborhoods featured this year are Hartford, Milwaukee's Westown, Geneva Lake, Sheboygan Falls and Kohler, Cudahy, Wausau, West Allis, Oconomowoc, and more. One other thing about AROUND THE CORNER: before the premiere TV broadcast, we offer a free community screening of each episode, including opportunities to buy AROUND THE CORNER DVDs and other gifts. The best place to find out about the screenings and the series: right here on the website.

Also back for a new season is our weekly town hall meeting on issues of substance, 4th STREET FORUM, hosted by Marcus White and produced by Deidre Martin. Every week a lively and knowledgeable panel presents detailed information which goes way beyond the headlines. In coming weeks, 4th STREET will tackle early childhood education, the debate about common core standards in our schools, veterans issues, concerns of our older citizens, and much more. 4th STREET is broadcast Friday nights at 9 on Channel 36, but you can be a part of the interactive studio audience at the tapings, Thursdays at 12 noon at historic Turner Hall on 4th Street in Milwaukee.

Finally heads up on a special coming in early February, MEMORIALIZING KOSCIUSZKO, a new MPTV documentary which brings the story of Polish General Tadeusz Kosciuszko to our viewers. This special tells the story of the involvement of the local Polish community in restoring the iconic statue of the general to a south side Milwaukee park. It's a great story about a group of dedicated volunteers working to raise funds to return the statue to its former glory -- and its importance to the community. We will be having a pre-screening of the program at the Polish Center of Wisconsin in Franklin on the evening of January 28. I hope you can join us for that, and be sure to look for MEMORIALIZING KOSCIUSZKO when it premieres on Channel 10 in February.

As always, thanks for watching and supporting Milwaukee Public Television. And I'll be back soon with more Thinking Inside the Box.