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Entries for month: December 2011

Donate Now for Tax Benefits!

December 29 2011 by Peter Morrill

 I want to encourage you to make your tax-deductible calendar year-end gift now.  Idaho Public Television is committed to providing you superior programming for all ages and interests and it is all made possible because of support from people like you.


From news to entertainment…educational series to resources for children, Idaho Public Television offers something for everyone. 


Your contribution must be made (or postmarked) by December 31, 2011 to ensure tax benefits for calendar year 2011.


We hope you’ll support our mission by supporting IdahoPTV with a tax deductable gift during this holiday season.


By contributing today on-line or through the mail, you will help to ensure that our services and commitment to Idaho and the surrounding states remain strong throughout the coming year.

And of course, thank you for your support!


To pledge on-online:


Mail contributions payable to:

The Friends of Idaho Public Television


P.O. Box 4

Boise, ID  83707

Thank you!


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New Series WILLIAM & MARY Airs On Sundays

December 28 2011 by Peter Morrill


Airs Sundays at 6:00/5:00 p.m. MT/PT


                William Shawcross (Martin Clunes) is a widower searching for love, but his quest is complicated by his job. Not many women want to date an undertaker. Mary Gilcrest (Julie Graham) is a midwife and divorced mother of two boys who has a more ambivalent approach to the whole idea of dating. But she is cautiously prepared to give it a go to find the right man.

                WILLIAM AND MARY is the romantic comedy drama of how these two people meet and fall in love while life throws various challenges that test their devotion to each other. William has two daughters, one a teenager who is eager to explore her sexuality. Mary has issues with her mother and her ex-husband. And her oldest son is eager to help William’s oldest daughter explore her sexuality.

“This is a lovely series, filled with fully developed, flawed and believable characters; real world conflicts; unforced humor and true emotion,” writes a reviewer. “These are real people, basically good and decent, but equipped with the limitations and blind spots that hamper us all. … Martin Clunes has a genius for fully inhabiting his characters and his William is a delightful teddy bear of a man and a safe haven of generosity and kindness. Mary is prickly and demanding, but she is redeemed by her vitality, commitment, bravery and passion. They offset each other perfectly.”


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DIALOGUE’S Legislative Preview 2012

December 26 2011 by Peter Morrill

 Be sure to watch Dialogue’s Legislative Preview on Thursday, January 5 at 8:30pm/7:30pm MT/PT (repeats Sunday, January 8, at 5:30/4:30 p.m. MT/PT) as host Marcia Franklin and her guests preview the upcoming session on this live show, discussing issues such as the budget surplus, health exchanges and jobs.


Guests include Betsy Russell, Spokesman Review, Spokane, Washington; John Miller, Associated Press; Clark Corbin, Post Register, Idaho Falls; and Greg Hahn, host of IDAHO REPORTS.

 Franklin and her guests will take calls from viewers at 1-800-973-9800. Emails are accepted before the program at, and comments or questions may be posted at There is no call-in segment on the Sunday repeat.


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Go Change That Bulb!

December 11 2011 by Peter Morrill

Idaho Public Television’s technical crew go to great lengths to ensure you receive excellent digital television services all over our state.


In mid December, one of the strobe lights on top of our Deer Point tower, near Chair #1 at Bogus Basin, needed changing. Functioning lights are required by both the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

 So on Thursday, December 8, a tower crew snow machined into the site, climbed the 350 foot structure, with 25 mile an hour winds blowing and sub freezing temperatures.

 The replacement incandescent light bulb costs about $250 and last about two and a half years. In the future, perhaps as soon as next summer, we’re hoping to begin using new generation LED bulbs. The upside is that they last much longer, up to ten years, but cost much more…about four times as much plus needed high altitude electrical work. We think that it will be well worth the investment in tower crew climbing costs and hazards!


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IdahoPTV Meets DecemberFest Goal!

December 05 2011 by Peter Morrill

 With a programming lineup that included a new OUTDOOR IDAHO special and performances by Andrea Bocelli and Barbra Streisand, Idaho Public Television received 521 pledges that raised $70,544 during last weekend’s DecemberFest fundraising campaign.


“We are thrilled with the results of our DecemberFest pledge drive,” says Megan Griffin, IdahoPTV’s director of development. “The results are a true testament to the kind of programming we offer and the loyal, generous support of Idahoans and our audience in the surrounding areas. We also appreciate all of our volunteers, corporate and restaurant donors and viewers who helped make this weekend such a success.”


Program highlights included the airing of a GREAT PERFORMANCES presentation of Andrea Bocelli Live in Central Park on Friday night, and the premier of OUTDOOR IDAHO’s Salmon River Lodges & Legacies as well as Streisand’s One Night Only at the Village Vanguard on Sunday evening. Our phone bank was staffed on the Sunday night finale’ by Walmart volunteers.

(See pictures from the evening at: )


The amount raised during DecemberFest, part of Idaho Public Television’s calendar year-end fundraising campaign, surpassed its $67,000 goal for the weekend drive and keeps Idaho’s PBS affiliate on track to reach its June 30, fiscal year-end goal of $3.3 million in private and corporate donations.


“We have a long way to go to reach our fiscal year-end goal by June 30, 2012,” Griffin says, “but we believe the support we garnered during DecemberFest is indicative of the support we enjoy in Idaho and gives us reason to be optimistic.”


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