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CMU Board of Trustees sells PBS station in Flint for $14 million

WCMZ Tower Courtesy Mark Brown

WCMZ Tower
Courtesy Mark Brown

Central Michigan University announced today that it has sold its television station in Flint as part of the FCC’s broadcast spectrum auction. The station, which was purchased by CMU in 2009 for $1 million, sold for $14 million.

University President Dr. George Ross said, “This was a difficult decision. Two facts, however, greatly influenced our conversation. First, nearly all viewers will continue to have access to PBS through other sources. If that weren’t the case, we wouldn’t have participated in the auction. Second, our students are our core mission. Our mandate. We must focus our resources on their success. This decision was made to benefit Michigan families, including those in Flint.”

Additionally, Ross said said the Board of Trustees will discuss and determine how the auction revenue will be invested.

The station was sold in a historic auction conducted by the Federal Communications Commission to  gain spectrum for the nation’s mobile wireless companies.

CMU will continue to operate 8 radio stations and 4 TV stations throughout central and northern Michigan.

CMU invests more than $3 million a year in its public broadcasting system

 

24/7 PBS kids channel

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If you’re feeling frazzled because yours kids favorite tv show went off, relax. On Monday, PBS is launching a new 24/7 kids channel.


The new channel, which is strictly for kids, will include shows like Daniel Tiger, Sesame Street, and Ready, Jet, Go!

Tanya Schripsema is the program director for CMU Public Television. She said the new channel will keep the same educational mission as the primary channel.

“It is very exciting for us to give children the opportunity to watch quality programming with their families,during the primetime hours, after school, and during the weekend.”

Schripsema said improved technology allows CMU Public TV to offer the new children’s channel AND CONTINUE to offer the main channel – with shows like Poldark, Masterpiece and Nova, that they’ve been running for nearly 50-years.

For information on the new TV offerings, you can contact CMU PUblic TV at 800-727-9268. Or go online to WCMU dot org for the full program schedule.

24/7 PBS Kids Program Schedule

A documentary about an Indian family looking to find love for their son airs Monday on CMU Public Television

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Meet The Patels was filmed by Geeta Patel, and follows her brother Ravi on his – and their parents – quest to find him love.

The Patel’s parents fly him around the world in hopes he will get married soon. Continue reading

PBS doc to examine history of the Black Panthers

PanthersA new documentary exploring the history of the Black Panther Party premieres tonight on PBS stations nationwide.

‘The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution’ is the first feature-length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party and its significance in American culture and to the cultural and political awakening of black people. Continue reading

Downton Abbey Series Finale

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Downton Abbey Season 6.


A show that has given PBS many record breaking nights and is loved by many around the world, nears it’s final season.

PBS is ready to close the door on Downton Abbey. The show debuted in 2010. The 6th and final season will premier in January. Continue reading

Opera “Silent Night” to be aired on PBS


Composer Kevin Puts photographed by Gregory Downer of the Opera News.

Composer Kevin Puts photographed by Gregory Downer of the Opera News.


Tis the season for holiday cheer, and what better way to celebrate than with the family and a holiday tale.

Tonight, an opera created by a Michigan native will be aired on CMU Public TV.

The opera is titled Silent Night, and it’s about a Christmas Eve truce during World War One between the French, Germans and the Scots.
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