Press Releases

MPTV's 50th Programs, Events

May 17, 2007


A visit from Paula Kerger, the new PBS president, and a public appearance by Jim Lehrer, host of the NewsHour on PBS, will be among the highlights of Milwaukee Public Television's 50th anniversary celebration this year.

Kerger will be in Milwaukee Wednesday as a 50th anniversary special guest to visit MPTV and meet with representatives of arts and cultural organizations.

"Dinner and Conversation with Jim Lehrer" will feature Lehrer and Mike Gousha in an informal, on-stage conversation about journalism, public broadcasting, and his newest book at the Milwaukee Art Museum Oct. 12. Gousha, now a Distinguished Fellow in Law and Public Policy at the Marquette University Law School, was a broadcast journalist for more than 25 years at WTMJ-TV.

Other 50th anniversary events include:
Premiere of a one-hour special, Jon Faddis Quartet Plus 2, on MPTV-10 Wednesday, May 23, at 8 p.m.

PBS Kids Day with Lori Holton-Nash, Milwaukee County Zoo, Saturday, June 2, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. "Miss Lori" hosts the PBS weekday block of children's programs.

Premiere of a two-hour program, Kennan Forum: Israelis and Palestinians-- Sunday, June 3 at 3 p.m. on MPTV-36--presenting the insights of two internationally known scholars, Amos Guiora and Nadia Hijab. The George F. Kennan Forum is a nationally recognized symposium that addresses foreign policy questions sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Premiere of a two-hour special, Doc Severinsen's Farewell Weekend, on MPTV-10, June 11, 8 p.m.

Premiere of a one-hour special, Summerfest Stories, on MPTV-10, June 21, 9 p.m.

A Midsummer Night McGivern, a special performance at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, Tuesday, June 26, at 7 p.m. (Televised premiere also is planned later in summer.)

Premiere of American Masters: Les Paul--Chasing Sound on MPTV-10, July 11, 8 p.m.

Premiere of Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Mahler Symphony No. 2 (Resurrection) on MPTV-10, date and time TBA.

Premiere of Michael Pink's Romeo & Juliet: The Milwaukee Ballet on MPTV-10, date and time TBA.

Premiere of the Antiques Roadshow Milwaukee episode in fall on MPTV-10, details TBA

Lydia's Family Table, a special event with Lidia Bastianich, Dec. 1, details TBA

Additional events, including an MPTV alumni reunion, will be added to the schedule during the year. Details will be announced as soon as they are available.

The station first began broadcasting on WMVS (Channel 10) Oct. 28, 1957, offering four hours of programming, Monday through Friday. The station's second channel, WMVT (Channel 36), began service in January, 1963. Today they are known as MPTV-10 and MPTV-36.
The advent of digital television has brought a 24-hour high definition channel into the MPTV line-up (MPTV-HD), as well as a delayed broadcast of WMVS, children's programming, a classical music channel, MPTV Create, and the Spanish language channel, V-me.
Dedicated to inspiring, entertaining, educating and stimulating viewers, MPTV brings programs of the highest quality to its audiences. It continues to look for new ways to fulfill its mission as a community television station, serving the needs and special interests of its audience. MPTV is a viewer-supported service of the Milwaukee Area Technical College.