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Making It Possible

Making a television show is never easy, but it should look that way to the audience. If people are watching and saying — "My goodness, that looks like it was a lot of work!" — well then, we are not doing our jobs very well. Nothing in this business is terribly easy and none of it happens in a vacuum. When you watch the credits roll past at the end of a program, you should know that each of those names represent a great deal of work and passion. I suppose it's why I always sit in darkened theaters and watch the long list of names roll past as everyone else files out. Making these two World War II programs has meant a lot of people working hard over nearly two years. When you see their names, remember that. And also remember our underwriters, the people who paid for these programs to be made.

Wal-Mart stepped up to the plate with generous support for The Idaho Homefront: World War II. They made this production possible. They also gave us the funding to create a content rich educational component. It means Idaho students will have a wonderful resource when doing research. Along with copies of the program, they will be able to access all of our interviews and listen to first-person accounts of history.

The Idaho Homefront: Of Camps and Combat came to life when we received a grant from WETA Public Broadcasting and CPB, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting. This was in concert with the Ken Burns series, The War. We rely on our local underwriters as well. Countryside Care and Rehab, a Service of Minidoka Memorial Hospital in Rupert, Idaho contributed to this production as well.

So as you watch your favorite shows, pay at least a little attention to those names as they cruise past. And remember those sponsors. In Public Television we don't run commercials, but we do need funds to keep the cameras rolling. We need corporate support from folks like Wal-Mart, and we need your support. Without it, there will be much less of what you want to watch.

Jim Peck
Idaho Public Television