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MPTV TO LAUNCH NEW SERIES "THE ARTS PAGE" ON DECEMBER 28

December 18, 2012


Program to Feature Both Local and National Arts and Culture Stories

MILWAUKEE, Dec. 18, 2012 - Milwaukee Public Television will debut a new series on December 28, 2012 at 9:30 p.m. THE ARTS PAGE will feature segments intended to delight and inform viewers, and spotlight the arts and creative community in the Milwaukee area, the state and the nation.

THE ARTS PAGE is a new endeavor for public television stations throughout the nation. Approximately 40 PBS stations, including MPTV, are participants in the initiative, each sharing with other stations segments produced locally. In that way, headline performers, exhibits, and stage shows appearing in one city will be featured on segments that may be aired on THE ARTS PAGE and similar programs in other cities around the country.

THE ARTS PAGE is a 30-minute weekly program and will be hosted by local personality, Sandy Maxx. Maxx is a Midwestern multi-media professional. She has been seen nationally on ESPN2 as a sideline reporter for the 2008 United States Bowling Congress Queens tournament and as a reporter for the 2009 The Great Circus Parade, which was broadcast on public television stations around the country. Maxx has also been a figure in Milwaukee radio, with shows on 99.1 WMYX, 96.5 WKLH, and 93QFM. She has been involved with MPTV as part of the 2011 Fall Arts Festival television specials, and as co-host of MPTV's Holiday and spring auctions and pledge drives.

Each episode of THE ARTS PAGE will feature 4 to 5 segments on the arts and culture - short performances, interviews, profiles of well-known and not-so-well-known artists, and much more. At least one segment each week will be produced by MPTV and focus on a local or regional talent, issue, exhibit, etc. These local segments will be augmented with similar pieces produced by other PBS stations that are of interest to the southeastern Wisconsin audience.

The series premiere on December 28 will be a one-hour special and will feature the Rembrandt Van Dyck Gainsborough exhibit at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Beginning January 12, following episodes will air every Saturday at 5:00 p.m. on MPTV 10.1 HD and 36.2.

About MPTV
Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV) is southeastern Wisconsin's premier non-commercial media organization. MPTV consists of two traditional television stations, WMVS and WMVT, and seven additional digital television services. The MPTV stations are the area's only over-the-air source for PBS and other national public television programs, and also offer a diverse schedule of their own award-winning local series and specials. The station is watched by over 900,000 viewers each week throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.
For more information, visit www.mptv.org.

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Contact:
Erin Eaton, Publicist/Grant Writer
E: eatones@matc.edu
P: (414) 297-8229

Darlyne Haertlein, Manager-Community Relations
E: haertled@matc.edu
P: (414) 297-7518