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CHANGES ARE MANY FOR MPTV IN SEPTEMBER

August 31, 2010


- New channel creates shuffle, New video web pages appear, Community Cinema starts, Alamelu is cooking again, A furry new face comes to kids programming, Circus parade reappears, ITV returns, Local productions premiere, Charlie Rose adds a slot, and the Ken Burns' 10th Inning begins -

Milwaukee, WI (August 9, 2010) - Major changes at MPTV during September mean more services for public television viewers in southeastern Wisconsin in the areas of programming and community engagement.

Over-the-air antennas will have an easier time receiving MPTV 10.1 HD with a new simulcast of the "VHF signal for 10.1 HD" on "UHF signal 36.2 SD" starting September 1. Since the digital transition in July of 2009, some viewers found it difficult to receive 10.1 HD in southeastern Wisconsin without subscribing to a television service. This dual broadcast should remedy the reception gap if television sets have a VHF&UHF antenna. Viewers will need to rescan their converter boxes and television sets to find the channels. Additionally, the shift recreates space for 36.1 to evolve from standard definition to high definition in 2011. Lastly, a new improved weather service replaces the current weather service on September 1.

Schedule on September 1, 2010
10.1 HD WMVS
10.2 World
10.3 V-me
10.4 Weather (new)

36.1 SD WMVT
36.2 SD Simulcast of 10.1
36.3 Create
36.4 Classical music
36.5 Jazz music
36.6 Traffic

The local pages for the mptv.org website have been completely redesigned to enable visitors to find local program information and view show videos easily for I REMEMBER, ¡ADELANTE!, BLACK NOUVEAU, OUTDOOR WISCONSIN, INTERCHANGE, 4TH STREET FORUM, HEALTHFUL INDIAN FLAVORS, COOKING RAW, ARTS DIGEST, TRACKS AHEAD, and special documentaries.

Community Cinema kicks off its 4th season on September 2 with REEL INJUN: ON THE TRAIL OF THE HOLLYWOOD INDIAN, an intriguing documentary about the evolution of the image of North American Native people in famous Hollywood movies, from the silent era to today. Community Cinema brings a thoughtful premiere to Discovery World, 500 N. Harbor Drive, on the first Thursday of the month from September through May. Admission is free and underground lot parking is $1. The 30 to 60 minute screenings are followed by an open discussion with a panel of experts.

On Saturday, September 4 at 11:00 a.m., HEALTHFUL INDIAN FLAVORS WITH ALAMELU, the MPTV produced cooking show featuring dishes like lemon rice and eggplant Masala, returns to the line-up twice each week for six weeks. The repeats are Friday nights at 6:00 p.m. Episodes can also be viewed online at http://www.mptv.org/shows/alamelu/.

Coming to the children's program line up on September 6 is Dr. Seuss's infamous CAT IN THE HAT at 8:30 a.m. This moves SID THE SCIENCE GUY to 10:00 a.m., CAILLOU shows up at noon, CURIOUS GEORGE gets to play at 2:00 p.m., and CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG bounces in at 5:00 p.m.

The Great Circus Parade of 2009, which wheeled through the streets of Milwaukee, will march across the screen twice at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Labor Day, Monday, September 6. Two other local favorites back for the day are the MIDSUMMER NIGHT MCGIVERN at 8:00 p.m. and BUD SELIG, BASEBALL BARON at 9:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, September 7, ITV (instructional programming) returns to the schedule on 36.1 from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. This will replace several how-to programs which run during the summer break.

Three local productions kick off new seasons in September: BLACK NOUVEAU's 19th on Wednesday, September 15 at 6:30 p.m.; 4th STREET FORUM's 9th on Friday, September 17 at 10:00 p.m.; and ADELANTE's 12th on Tuesday, September 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Acclaimed interviewer and broadcast journalist Charlie Rose will find a new timeslot at 4:00 p.m. on Channel 36.1 beginning September 17. He also airs on 10.1 HD and 10.2 World without time changes.

Just in time to set the mood for the 106th World Series is Ken Burns' and Lynn Novick's two-part TENTH INNING. The "Top of the Tenth" airs twice on Tuesday, September 28 at 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. and the "Bottom of the Tenth" airs on Wednesday, September 29 at 8:00 p.m. and again at 9:30 p.m. The pair brings the 1994 PBS series BASEBALL up to the present and explores baseball's new Golden Age.

Since its inception, MPTV has educated, entertained and inspired. Today MPTV offers viewers a family of nine (10 on September 1) digital channels to choose from, 24 hours a day, seven days a week: 10.1 HD (Time Warner Cable 1010) 36.1 (TWC 16 or 1016), 36.2 Vme (TWC 975), 36.3 World (TWC 976) 36.4 Create (TWC 977), 36.5 Classical (TWC 978), 36.6 Jazz (TWC 979), 36.7 Weather (TWC 980), and 36.8 Traffic (TWC 981). MPTV is a viewer-supported service of Milwaukee Area Technical College.
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