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It's time for Festival 2010!

March 3, 2010

Iowa Specials, Collectibles, Music, Red Green,
Lifestyle Programs, and More During Festival, March 6-21

(Johnston, Iowa)- Iowa Public Television will invite Iowans to be more involved by showing their support for outstanding programming during Festival, March 6-21. This celebration of Iowa Public Television’s best programming showcases the statewide service enjoyed by Iowans all year long.

This year, as always, IPTV will provide a unique slate of programming designed to entertain, enlighten, and inform Iowans, featuring several special guests in IPTV’s studio. The complete list of programs can be found at here. Highlights of these programs include:

Programming About Iowa

Iowa Public Television is committed to telling Iowa’s stories, and Festival provides an opportunity to showcase local programming. On Thursday, March 11 at 8 p.m., IPTV will premiere Iowa’s Radio Homemakers: Up a Country Lane. In this heartwarming documentary, Evelyn Birkby, famed radio homemaker, shares her knowledge about Shenandoah, Iowa’s radio homemakers and offers personal stories about rural life in the 1950s.

On Monday, March 15 at 8 p.m., Dan Kaercher returns to IPTV with Iowa’s Simple Pleasures. This new IPTV documentary explores fun things for Iowans to do, see, and taste, right here at home. From exciting activities and destinations to mouth-watering food, this program showcases Iowa’s treasures.

When television was first becoming popular, it was common for local television stations to host afternoon shows for children. In Iowa, kids spent their afternoons watching TV programs hosted by space commanders, river boat captains, clowns, and puppets. On Sunday, March 14 at 7 p.m., IPTV takes a trip down memory lane to this era in television history during TV Iowans Grew Up On.

Each of these programs has substantial opportunities for interaction and feedback online, including ways for viewers to provide favorite Iowa dishes, great places to visit, and memories of watching kids’ programming in Iowa.

Lifestyle Programming

Dr. Michael Roizen will be in the IPTV studio on Saturday, March 6. His special YOU: Steps for Extending Your Warranty with Dr. Michael Roizen airs at 2 p.m. Dr. Roizen provides an easy action plan to combat the forces that cause the most damage to the aging body. Then at 3:30 p.m., YOU on a Diet with Dr. Michael Roizen, features an easy plan of action to re-program the body to fight fat and control weight and waist gain.

In Dr. Wayne Dyer: Excuses Begone!, Dr. Dyer’s goal is simple, though not easy: to help viewers learn how to overcome lifetime thinking habits that keep them from maximizing their human potential. Tune in on Sunday, March 14 at noon for this new special.

On Tuesday, March 16 at 7 p.m., Dr. Neal Barnard will be live in the IPTV studio during Taking Control of Diabetes with Dr. Neal Barnard. A nutrition researcher, Dr. Barnard reveals groundbreaking research and scientifically proven methods for turning back the clock on diabetes.

Viewer Favorites

Fans of Red Green will be glad to learn the Red Green “Wit and Wisdom Tour” will be coming to Des Moines in May. On Saturday, March 6 at 9 p.m., It’s Red Green Live…Again! will provide viewers with the unique opportunity to get tickets to the event through a special invite from Red just for Iowans.

New programs from Red Dwarf premiere Friday, March 12. First up, Red Dwarf: Back to Earth – The Making Of at 10:30 p.m., followed by Red Dwarf: Back to Earth at 11:10 p.m.

And Doctor Who fans won’t be disappointed with an all-new special, Doctor Who: Voyage of the Damned, airing Saturday, March 13 at 9 p.m.

Music Specials

There will be plenty of great music on IPTV during Festival. For a complete listing, visit www.iptv.org.

Daniel O’Donnell will be live in the IPTV studio on Tuesday, March 9 at 8 p.m. for the premiere of The Best of Daniel O’Donnell on Film. This musical retrospective showcases two decades of Daniel O’Donnell’s career, including many videos that have never been televised.

Fans of The Moody Blues will want to tune in on Wednesday, March 10 at 6:30 p.m. for The Moody Blues Live at Royal Albert Hall. This concert special was taped in May 2000, on the last date of a triumphant tour of the U.K.

On Wednesday, March 17, tune in at 8:30 p.m. for When Irish Eyes Are Smiling: An Irish Parade of Stars. Hosted by Patty Duke, and written by Malachy McCourt, this nostalgic journey back to the 1950s and 1960s presents rare footage of beloved performers singing some of the greatest songs from and inspired by Ireland. Then, at 10 p.m., stay tuned for Celtic Thunder: It’s Entertainment. This new musical review features the popular all-male Irish group Celtic Thunder performing beloved classics and contemporary hits.

Iowa native, and member of the popular a capella group Straight No Chaser, Tyler Trepp, will be live in the IPTV studio on Thursday, March 18 at 9 p.m. during Straight No Chaser—Live in New York. The concert special features the group performing classics from the 1950s and 1960s as well as contemporary pop hits.

Polka fans will want to be sure to tune in on Friday, March 19 at 8:30 p.m. for Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra which features a 2009 performance by this Grammy-winning polka band during the Polkapalooza Festival in Canada.

Celtic Woman: Songs from the Heart, a new concert special from the five-woman Irish group known as Celtic Woman premieres on Sunday, March 21 at 4:30 p.m. The music featured in the show ranges from spirited Celtic fiddle and bodhran pieces to lush arrangements of Irish classics, contemporary covers, and original compositions.

Arts and Crafts/How-To Programs

On March 8 at 6:30 p.m., Blenko: The Spirit of American Stained Glass returns to examine the influence Blenko glass has had on American stained glass and art glass. Walter Blenko will be in IPTV’s studio to help present this program and discuss the company’s glass creations. This program will be rebroadcast on Saturday, March 13 at 11:30 a.m.

Also on March 8, at 8:30 p.m., Antiques Roadshow: Roadshow Remembers provides viewers with the opportunity to pledge for tickets to the August 7, 2010 taping of the series in Des Moines. Antiques Roadshow also airs Thursday, March 11 at 6:30 p.m., and Monday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m.

Love of Quilting Live 4 will air on Satuday, March 13 at 2:30 p.m. In its fourth year, this live event is a favorite among quilters all over Iowa. This year, it will be hosted by Marianne Fons and her daughter, Mary.

A full list of Festival thank-you gifts is available here.

To request a copy of our Festival Advance program guide, either visit our Web site or call IPTV at 800-728-2828.

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Iowa Public Television is Iowa's statewide public broadcasting network. IPTV provides quality, noncommercial programming to make a difference in the lives of Iowans. As one of the last locally controlled media enterprises in the state, IPTV is committed to telling Iowa's stories like no one else can. Our mission to educate, inform, enrich, and inspire Iowans enables IPTV to present an unequaled array of programs of lasting value to Iowans regardless of where they live or what they can afford. More than 1.4 million viewers a week turn to IPTV for programming that reflects a range of interests for Iowans in all demographic categories. Iowa Public Television stations include: Channel 11, Des Moines; Channel 12, Iowa City; Channel 21, Fort Dodge; Channel 24, Mason City; Channel 27, Sioux City; Channel 32, Waterloo; Channel 32, Council Bluffs; Channel 36, Davenport; Channel 36, Red Oak.

For immediate release:
March 3, 2010

For information contact:
Tonya Weber Dusold
Communications Manager
(515) 725-9705

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