KTXT-TV Plans Festival 2006

Date: Feb. 27, 2006
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 March 4-19.

“Festival 2006” will air on Channel 5/Digital 5.1, (Cox Cable Channel 4 in Lubbock). The theme of the fundraiser is “Support KTXT-TV--Your Most Valuable Resource!”

Station officials have set a goal of $100,000 for the two-week event, giving South Plains residents ample opportunity to support local public television as an essential community resource. Funds raised during the event will support the broadcast of quality television programming and station outreach activities.

“Public television is a unique cultural and educational resource that can never be replaced by commercial television, either broadcast or cable,” said Tim Chambers, KTXT-TV’s development officer. KTXT-TV has provided educational television to the people of the South Plains for more than 43 years.

The Festival 2006 schedule will feature “Jay Boy Adams: 20 Years Later,” a concert at the Cactus Theatre produced by KTXT-TV and Rollin’ Films Productions, and “Decisions of the Heart-The Stories and Art of Future Akins,” produced by KTXT-TV.

Musical specials include: “Daniel O’Donnell: Rock & Roll,” “Andrea Bocelli: Amore,” “Chris Botti and Friends,” “Barry Manilow: Music and Passion” and Carly Simon: Moonlight Serenade.”

Nostalgic concerts to be featured include: “Great Performances: Cream Reunion Concert from Royal Albert Hall,” “Moments to Remember: My Music-50’s Pop,” and “Great Performances: Barbra Streisand”

Other musical presentations include “Benise: Nights of Fire,” “Johnny Cash: Live from Montreaux,” “The Four Tops: 50th Anniversary Celebration,” and an encore airing of “Doo Wop Cavalcade.”

“Monty Python’s Personal Best” will be presented featuring Terry Jones and Michael Palin reliving their favorite moments from the comedy troupe. Regular programming favorites such as “The Lawrence Welk Show,” “Rick Steves’ Vive la France Travel Special” and “Masterpiece Theatre: Sherlock Holmes-The Case of the Silk Stocking” will be a part of the Festival 2006 schedule.

Weekday mornings will focus on fundraising around children’s programming, such as “Clifford’s Puppy Days” and “Sesame Street.” An emphasis will be placed on asking parents, grandparents and care-givers to maintain the tradition of providing quality children’s programs by making a pledge of support to their local public television station.

The station will offer KTXT-TV caps, tote bats and thermal tumblers as thank you gifts at various giving levels. In addition, DVDs, VHS tapes, books and CDs from select programs will be offered as giving incentives 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 Festival 2006, or to make a donation, call Chambers at (806) 742-2209. The 24-hour donation line is (806) 742-5555.