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New MPTV Program Travels to King Drive

February 15, 2012

A new Milwaukee Public Television series, AROUND THE CORNER WITH JOHN MCGIVERN, will preview an episode about King Drive at HeartLove Place, 3229 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The series looks at life in 13 southeastern Wisconsin communities, exploring what it is like to live, work and play in each area. The King Drive episode premieres Thursday, March 1, on MPTV HD 10.1 at 7:30 p.m. and is repeated Friday, March 2, on MPTV HD 36.1 at 8 p.m.

McGivern, one of Milwaukee's most popular comic actors, goes behind-the-scenes to find the unique aspects of each community. The 30-minute episodes feature area residents, businesses and favorite pastimes as well as some background information from historian John Gurda.

The King Drive show features icons such as Fein Brothers, Northern Chocolate, Crown Hardware and Readers Choice. Also introduced are newer businesses like Flair Hair Design and Sogals Café. McGivern also spends time at All People's Church, Hope School, Clinton Rose Senior Center and some of the other unique places in the area once known as Third Street.

McGivern will be on hand for questions and comments after the show. Seating at the preview will be on a first-come basis.

Other communities featured in the series are Riverwest, Cedarburg, Sheboygan, Burlington, Brady Street, Racine, Third Ward, Greendale, Lincoln Village, Wauwatosa, and East Town.

John McGivern is the author of several one-man plays and public television productions including the Emmy Award-winning "Early Stories of John McGivern."


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