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Ron Pisaneschi Named General Manager

July 25 2013 by Peter Morrill

The State Board of Education today announced that Ron Pisaneschi has been selected as the new General Manager of Idaho Public Television.


Mr. Pisaneschi has served Idaho PTV since 1985, most recently as Director of Content. He has worked in educational filmmaking, radio programming, public relations and marketing.  Mr. Pisaneschi attended the University of San Francisco and Lone Mountain College, graduating with a fine arts degree in film and photography.


During his 28 years at Idaho Public Television, he has served as Director of Public Information, Director of Marketing, and Director of Programming before taking on his current duties.  Under his leadership, Idaho Public Television regularly attracts the largest viewership, per capita, in the PBS system.  He served on the Board of Directors of the Public Television Programmers Association from 2002-2007, serving as President in 2006, the PBS Children’s Advisory Committee, Corporation for Public Broadcasting Research Advisory Panel, and numerous other national funding and programming advisory panels.  He was named the 2005 Programmer of the Year by his colleagues in the PBS system.  From 2002-2012 he was on the Board of Directors of the Idaho Humanities Council, where he served for two terms as Chairman.


“Idaho PTV is fortunate to have someone with Ron’s passion for public television and expertise in programming and operations ready to step up and lead the organization,” said Don Soltman, President of the Board. “We are confident that Ron will provide the vision and leadership needed to ensure that Idaho PTV continues to provide people with excellent programs and high-quality learning opportunities.”


Pisaneschi assumes the General Manager position effective August 5. Former General Manager Peter Morrill announced his retirement in March but has stayed on to assist in the hiring and transition process.


“I am privileged to work with an amazing group of people who are dedicated to serving the public by providing engaging, educational programs and resources.” said Pisaneschi. “This is an exciting opportunity, and I look forward to building on the successes and strengths of Idaho Public Television.”


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"Idaho Geology" wins Emmy from NATAS NW

June 17 2013 by Peter Morrill

 On Saturday night, June 15, in Seattle, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Northwest Chapter, honored Outdoor Idaho: Idaho Geology, A Convergence of Wonders, an Emmy in the Science/Health Program category. What makes me most proud of this program is the fact that it benefited from the contributions practically our entire production team in one way or another including Bruce Reichert, Pat Metzler, Jay Krajic, Hank Nystrom, Jeff Tucker, John Crancer, Sauni Symonds, Marcia Franklin, Aaron Kunz, Joan Cartan-Hansen, Ricardo Ochoa, Dave Butler and Chuck Cathcart. In addition, geologist guides Bill Bonnichsen and Marty Godchaux, and all the recreation adventurers, helped us tell the amazing geological story of Idaho.


Congratulations to our very talented team!


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IdahoPTV Garners 24 Idaho Press Club Awards

May 24 2013 by Peter Morrill

Idaho Public Television captured 24 Idaho Press Club Best of 2012 Awards at the IPC’s recent annual banquet in Boise.


The statewide public television system received seven first place awards and swept one category, taking first, second, third and honorable mention in Outdoor/Environment Report-TV.


The categories, awards, programs and individuals are:


Magazine Cover, Third Place, Channels Magazine October, Lisa Sommer, Jim Hadley, Jay Krajic.


Series — TV, Second Place, IDAHO REPORTS “Idaho’s Economic Front,” Greg Hahn, Seth Ogilvie, Ricardo Ochoa, Kara Veit, Bruce Reichert.


Public Affairs Program — TV-Studio, Second Place, IDAHO REPORTS, Greg Hahn, Seth Ogilvie, Ricardo Ochoa, Kara Veit, Bruce Reichert; Third Place, D4K “Galaxies,” Joan Cartan-Hansen, Al Hagenlock, Cassandra Groll.


Public Affairs Program — TV-Field, First Place, OUTDOOR IDAHO “Idaho’s Salmon,” Aaron Kunz, Bruce Reichert, Pat Metzler, Seth Ogilvie, Jay Krajic.


Documentary — TV, First Place, OUTDOOR IDAHO “Palisades by Season,” Kris Millgate, Bruce Reichert, John Crancer, Jay Krajic, Hank Nystrom; Second Place, OUTDOOR IDAHO “Idaho Geology, A Convergence of Wonders,” Bruce Reichert, Pat Metzler, Jay Krajic, Hank Nystrom, Jeff Tucker, John Crancer, Sauni Symonds, Marcia Franklin, Aaron Kunz, Joan Cartan-Hansen, Ricardo Ochoa, Tim Tower, Dave Butler, Chuck Cathcart.


Outdoor/Environment Report — TV, First Place, OUTDOOR IDAHO “Horse Packers and Wagon Masters,” John Crancer, Jay Krajic, Chuck Cathcart, Bruce Reichert; Second Place, OUTDOOR IDAHO “Climbing Idaho,” Sauni Symonds, Pat Metzler, Jay Krajic, Bruce Reichert; Third Place, “EarthFix: Coho Salmon,” Aaron Kunz; Honorable Mention, OUTDOOR IDAHO “Winter Grit,” Sauni Symonds, Jay Krajic, Jeff Tucker, Bruce Reichert.


Government/Political — TV, Second Place, IDAHO REPORTS “Wind Turbines,” Aaron Kunz; Seth Ogilvie, Greg Hahn; Third Place, IDAHO REPORTS “Redistricting,” Greg Hahn, Seth Ogilvie.


Television Writing — TV Program Length, Second Place, OUTDOOR IDAHO “The Foothills,” Joan Cartan-Hansen.


Videography — TV Program, First Place, OUTDOOR IDAHO “A Sawtooth Celebration,” Jay Krajic, Pat Metzler, Hank Nystrom, Chuck Cathcart; Third Place, OUTDOOR IDAHO “The Foothills,” Jay Krajic, Hank Nystrom, Pat Metzler.


Video Essay, Second Place, OUTDOOR IDAHO “Miles From Nowhere,” Sauni Symonds.


Best TV Graphics, Second Place, D4K “Composite,” Cassandra Groll.


Website-General Excellence — TV, First Place,, Rick Penticoff, Stephanie Dickey.


Website-Special Purpose — TV, First Place, D4K, Joan Cartan-Hansen, Kris Freeland, Peggy Hurd, John Britschgi, Rick Penticoff, Stephanie Dickey; Second Place,, Kris Freeland, Karen Byers, Stephanie Dickey, Ben Bibikov, Aubrey Ellis, Gens Johnson.


Best Use of Social Media, First Place, IDAHO REPORTS, Greg Hahn.


Best Online Only Program — General, Second Place, D4K “Web Only: Galaxies,” Joan Cartan-Hansen, Al Hagenlock, Cassandra Groll.


Best Online Only Program — Public Affairs, Second Place, DIALOGUE “Web Extra: Reporters’ Roundup,” Joan Cartan-Hansen, Ricardo Ochoa, Alison Sweet.


Best Blog, Third Place, D4K “Joan’s Blog,” Joan Cartan-Hansen.


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7 Emmy Nominations & Silver Circle for IdahoPTV

April 13 2013 by Peter Morrill


On April 12, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced the 2013 Northwest Emmy Nominations.

IdahoPTV received 7 nominations including Station Excellence, and it was also announced that our own Joan Cartan-Hansen will be honored with a Silver Circle Award for her 25 years of distinguished service in broadcasting!

Last year, IdahoPTV received 5 nominations.

The following are the IdahoPTV related nominations. Please keep in mind that given NATAS rules, the names mentioned are not the complete list of individual program producing, directing, videographer and editing talent. The complete 2013 nominations list is available at:

Congrats to our outstanding IdahoPTV colleagues!



Historical/Cultural Program/Special

Outdoor Idaho: A Sawtooth Celebration,

   Idaho Public Television                                                              

    Bruce Reichert, Pat Metzler


Health/Science Segment

D4K: Animal Migration, Idaho Public Television 

    Joan Cartan-Hansen, Marc Morris


Health/Science Program/Special

Outdoor Idaho: Idaho Geology,

   A Convergence of Wonders , Idaho Public Television 

     Bruce Reichert, Pat Metzler


Public/Current/Community Affairs Program/Special

Outdoor Idaho: Idaho Salmon, Idaho Public Television

   Aaron Kunz, Producer



Outdoor Idaho: 30th Anniversary Campaign, Idaho Public Television

     Jim Stoner


Community/Public Service (PSAs)
Single Spot

Go Online @ Your Library, Idaho Public Television

   Jim Stoner


Station Excellence

Idaho Public Television


Silver Circle Award

Joan Cartan-Hansen, Idaho Public Television



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Idaho Holocaust Rememberance 2013

April 12 2013 by Peter Morrill

Idaho Public Television was proud to provide live streaming of the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony in the Lincoln Auditorium at the Idaho Statehouse on Tuesday, April 9th, 2013.


An archived video of the event can be viewed at:


Some of the people tuning in live included Dana Lough, a student at NYU in Prague, who wrote on her Facebook page, “Despite an eight hour time difference and being over 5,000 miles away, I'm currently watching the live broadcast of the Idaho Holocaust Remembrance ceremony.”


The service included a proclamation from Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, designating April 7-14, 2013 as “Days of Remembrance Week” in Idaho, and included comments from Lt. Gov. Brad Little, Rep. Elliot Werk, Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and Boise City Councilmember Lauren McLean.


IdahoPTV producer and host Marcia Franklin also read an essay entitled “Why Remember?”


Gov. Otter also recognized two World World II veterans—Charles W. “Chick” Blakley of the Army Air Corps, who was the recipient of a Purple Heart in 1943 after his plane was shot down and he evaded capture with the aid of the French Resistance; and Perry Eric “Dave” Davis, Jr. of the U.S. Navy Reserve, the recipient of an Air Medal and Gold Star.


Coverage of the event included:

Boise Weekly article

KIVI television piece

and an “Eye on Boise” blog post


In addition to the estimated 210 people in attendance, the live stream was viewed by people across Idaho and in Washington, New York, Virginia, Ohio, Texas, Florida and Prague, the Czech Republic.



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