Date: Nov. 28, 2005
CONTACT: Sally Logue Post, sally.post@ttu.edu

LUBBOCK -- Texas Tech University’s educational television station, KTXT-TV, the Public Broadcasting (PBS) affiliate for the South Plains, will conduct an on-air fundraising event Dec. 3-10.

The December Festival 2005, titled “Support KTXT-TV--Your Most Valuable Resource,” will air on Channel 5 (Cox Cable Channel 4 in Lubbock). Station officials have set a goal of $30,000 for the nine-day event. KTXT-TV is now in its 43rd year of providing educational television to the people of the South Plains.

“KTXT-TV is a non-commercial public television station and, as such, it relies on the public for the funds necessary to purchase programs and broadcast them into your home,” said Tim Chambers, the station’s development officer. “The festival gives South Plains residents ample opportunity to support local public television as an essential community resource. Funds raised during the event will go directly to the purchase and broadcast of quality television programming.”

The December Festival schedule will feature several music specials including: “Michael Buble: Caught in the Act,” “Doo Wop Cavalcade,” “Paul Anka: Rock Swings: Live in Montreal,” “Ricky Nelson Sings” and “Jim Brickman at the Magic Kingdom: The Disney Songbook.”

Other specials to be presented include: “Lawrence Welk Family Christmas,” “Rick Steves’ European Christmas,” “Rondo Veneziano: Live in Las Vegas,” “Fawlty Towers Revisited” and “As Times Go By Reunion.”

Many of the regular programs such as “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” “Washington Week in Review,” “Antiques Roadshow” and “This Old House” will be part of the programming schedule along with encore airings of two Nova episodes, “Einstein’s Big Idea” and “Newton’s Dark Secret.”

The station will offer DVDs, VHS tapes and CDs from select programs as thank you gifts throughout the fundraiser. Pledges also can be sent via KTXT-TV’s Web site at www.ktxt.org.

For more information on KTXT-TV’s December Festival 2005, or to make a year-end donation, call Chambers at (806) 742-2209.