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Photo: dolanh via Flickr
Photo: dolanh via Flickr

Can TV make kids better readers?

More than two decades ago, the Federal Communications Commission enacted the Children's Education Act. The goal was to increase the amount of children's educational programming on television.

Since then, the airwaves have offered a variety of children's television programs that aim to educate as well as entertain. Some shows even try and use television to make better readers.
But have they succeeded? For Front & Center, our collaboration with WBEZ Chicago, Anthony Martinez has the story.  Go to full article

SLU hosts screening of "Mrs. Goldberg" documentary

She won the first "Best Actress" Emmy Award, garnered a Tony Award and was a broadcasting pioneer. Gertrude Berg is credited with inventing the first television sitcom in 1949. She was principal writer and star of "The Goldbergs", a popular radio and TV show in the 1940's and 50's. Todd Moe talks with filmmaker Aviva Kempner, whose work investigates non-stereotypical images of Jews in history and celebrates the under known stories of Jewish heroes. Kempner says Berg was the Oprah of her day, but many of her contributions to show business have been forgotten. Aviva Kempner will host a screening of the documentary film "Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg," at St. Lawrence University tonight at 7 p.m. in Room 218 of Hepburn Hall. Free admission.  Go to full article
Martha Byrne
Martha Byrne

Preview: An Adirondack Affair

Soap opera fans will gather in Long Lake for a meet-and-greet with stars of "As the World Turns" this weekend. "An Adirondack Affair" will also include acting, writing and directing workshops with professionals in the television industry. Todd Moe talks with Emmy-winning actress Martha Byrne, who played Lily Walsh Snyder on As the World Turns about the soap opera business, how it's changed and where it's going.  Go to full article

WPBS back on cable TV in Ottawa

The Watertown public television station is now back on Canadian cable in Ottawa.  Go to full article

The shaky future of news: who pays?

Auto manufactures aren't the only industry in crisis. There's also a near melt-down in news media. The ways people get information--who pays? and how?--have all changed dramatically. With ad revenue in a severe slump, there's a mad scramble for a funding formula that lets news as we know it survive. The story is much the same in Canada, although some details differ. The latest revenue skirmish in Canadian broadcasting pits TV stations against cable companies over something called fee-for-carriage. Lucy Martin has more.  Go to full article

?Primetime? lawsuit settlement reached

An out of court settlement has been reached in an Adirondack woman's lawsuit against ABC News. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Jack LaDuke (Courtesy WCAX-TV)
Jack LaDuke (Courtesy WCAX-TV)

Jack Laduke, veteran TV newsman, retires

One of the most visible faces in the North Country is retiring this month. Veteran newsman Jack LaDuke, a reporter for WCAX-TV in Plattsburgh, will end a career that put him on the front lines of North Country history for six decades. LaDuke, who grew up in the North Country, is seventy-four years old. He sat down with Brian Mann to talk about a life in newspapers and television.  Go to full article

Getting ready for digital TV

Digital TV is coming early next year even for folks with rabbit ears and rooftop antennas. On February 17, 2009, television networks will turn off their analog broadcasts and switch to digital. Experts say viewers can expect clearer pictures, better sound and more channel choices. If you have a TV not connected to a cable or satellite service, it will need a converter box. Todd Sedmak, a spokesman for the TV Converter Box Coupon Program, through the Commerce Department, explains. For more info: 1-888-388-2009.  Go to full article

Naturalist Ed Kanze says "The Adirondacks" will show Americans a complex portrait

Naturalist and writer Ed Kanze, who lives in Bloomingdale north of Saranac Lake, partnered on the Adirondacks documentary. His nature essays frame each of the four chapters of the film. Kanze says he hopes Americans will grasp some of the complexities of life inside the Blue Line.  Go to full article

Plattsburgh public television toppled in Plattsburgh

One of the North Country's largest public television stations will be off the air for at least a week following the collapse of a 400-foot tower on Lyon Mountain. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

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