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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 17, 2018

pbs kids ANNOUNCES NEW SERIES

PREMIERING FEB. 19 ON KPTS – Channel 8

Families inVITED to ScreeningS aT libRARIES
Produced by WGBH Boston and Based on the Best-Selling Books, New Multiplatform Media Property Encourages Kids to Explore the Creative Arts and Self-expression

Wichita, Kan., 1-17-18 On Monday, February 19 at 8 a.m. on KPTS – Channel 8, PBS KIDS will premiere PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC (watch a sneak peek here), a new animated series that will encourage children to explore the arts and spark creativity. Produced by WGBH Boston and based on the best-selling HarperCollins Pinkalicious book series by Victoria Kann, this new multiplatform media property will be available nationwide by PBS. PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC is designed for pre-school children ages 3-5. It encourages kids to engage in the creative arts and self-expression, covering areas such as music, dance and visual arts.

PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC follows the adventures of Pinkalicious and her brother Peter. Pinkalicious imagines creative possibilities everywhere she looks. She is an artist at heart—and, like most creative people, she sees the world differently from others. She knows what she likes, and she’s not afraid to express herself—though she sometimes needs help from her brother, Peter, and her neighborhood friends.

“KPTS-Channel 8 is excited to offer families throughout South Central Kansas a new series that focuses on the arts,” said Victor Hogstrom, President & CEO, KPTS. “Through PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC, we hope to encourage Kansas kids to follow their passions and express themselves creatively, while building important skills and having fun.”

KPTS is pleased to partner with nine libraries in South Central Kansas to offer PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC screenings. The screenings will feature episodes of the new series and other fun, pinkalicious activities for pre-school-aged kids and their families.

Participating Libraries:

Arkansas City Public Library
Burford Theatre
114 S. Summit
Arkansas City, Kan. 67005
Pinkalicious Screening: Jan. 27, 2 p.m.at the Burford Theater
Contact: Mendy Pfannenstiel
(620) 442-1280

McPherson Public Library
214 West Marlin
McPherson, Kan.
Pinkalicious Screening: Saturday, Feb. 3 at 10 a.m.
Contact: Jennifer McCulley, 620-245-2570

Augusta Public Library
1609 State St.
Augusta, Kan. 67010
Pinkalicious Screening: Monday, Feb. 5 at 6:30 p.m., Community Room

Contact Kristie Sojka, (316) 775-2681

Derby Public Library
1600 E. Walnut Grove
Derby, Kan. 67037
Pinkalicious Screening: Feb. 10 at 10 a.m.
Contact: Carri Fry, 316-788-0760

Wichita Public Library – Central Branch
223 S. Main
Wichita, Kan. 67202
Pinkalicious Screening: Feb. 10 at 2:30 p.m., Auditorium

Contact: Erin Howerton, 316-261-8512

Wichita Public Library – Rockwell Branch
5939 E. 9th Street
Wichita, Kan. 67208
Pinkalicious Screening: Feb. 13 at 11 a.m.

Contact: Helen Rigdon, 316-688-9361

Wichita Public Library – Westlink Branch
8515 Bekemeyer
Wichita, Kan. 67212
Pinkalicious Screening: Feb. 14 at 11 a.m.
Contact: Eva Caudill, 316-337-9456

Bradford Memorial Library
611 S. Washington
El Dorado, Kan. 67042
Pinkalicious Screening: Feb. 15 at 10 a.m., Clymer Room
Contact: Mica Hunter, 316-321-3363

Andover Public Library
1511 E. Central Ave.
Andover, Kan. 67002
Pinkalicious Screening: Feb. 15 at 6 p.m.

Contact: Jenn Clark, (316) 558-3500

Hutchinson Public Library
901 N. Main St.
Hutchinson, Kan. 67501
Pinkalicious Screening: Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m.
Contact: Amy Johnson, (620) 663-5441



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 23, 2018
Take a Trip to England with KPTS Hosted by Larry Hatteberg
WICHITA, Kan. – While watching your favorite shows on KPTS – Channel 8, have you ever imagined taking a trip to the beautiful locations where these shows are filmed? Now’s your chance. Join KPTS for the English Masterpiece Tour Aug. 12 - 22, 2018, hosted by Phil Richardson, KPTS’ Director of Development and Larry Hatteberg, local journalist whose long-running Hatteberg’s People can now be seen every Thursday night at 7 p.m. on KPTS.

This amazing trip includes visiting London, Highclere Castle featured in Downton Abbey; Oxford & Bletchley Park; Bath & Devon; Port Isaac & Cornwall featured in Doc Martin & Poldark; Stonehenge and Windsor Castle. KPTS has partnered with Holiday Vacations to offer this trip for $5,599 (double occupancy) or $6,999 (single occupancy). A $200 deposit reserves you a space, with the full amount due by May 10, 2018. Space is limited to 44 participants, reserve now. Learn more at www.holidayvacations.com, key word KPTS. Or, contact Phil Richardson at KPTS, 316-838-3090 or prichardson@kpts.org.




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 5, 2017

KPTS Creates Show Celebrating the Holidays – Christmastime in Wichita
WICHITA, Kan. – Make plans now to watch Christmastime in Wichita this Thursday night, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. on KPTS-Channel 8 – your local public television station. This Christmas special highlights everything that makes Wichita unique at the holidays.

The Wichita area is an oasis of music, lights, shopping and good cheer during the holiday season. Christmastime in Wichita is a one-hour television event that showcases Wichita’s joy and reverence for this festive time of year. The special features Prairie Pines Christmas Tree Farm; top musicians like organist Brett Valliant and the Friends University Singing Quakers; local chefs; Victorian Christmas at the Old Cowtown Museum; Illuminations at Botanica; The ARC’s Lights on St. Paul; Wichita’s first Christmas; a trip down memory lane with Santa Claus and Toy Boy, and much more.

“It has been a joy to put together Christmastime in Wichita this year,” said Victor Hogstrom, KPTS President & CEO. “It is our gift to the community and we hope everyone enjoys this new special.”
Christmastime in Wichita is made possible by Visit Wichita and Friends University Division of Fine Arts. This special will repeat on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 8:30 p.m. If you are interested in purchasing a DVD of the program, contact the station at (316) 838-3090.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 5, 2017

PBS and WNET Announce New Late-Night Public Affairs Programming
WICHITA, Kan. – On Monday, Dec. 4, PBS and WNET announced that the acclaimed, nightly global affairs interview program Amanpour, hosted by Christiane Amanpour, will be presented on an interim basis by PBS stations nationwide. Amanpour on PBS will air on our local KPTS-Channel 8, at 11 p.m. on weekdays starting Dec. 11. This program will continue to air on CNN International weekdays at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern. PBS is finalizing plans for a second public affairs program to follow Amanpour on PBS in the 11:30 p.m. half-hour time slot.

Featuring conversations with global leaders and decision makers on the issues affecting the world today, “Amanpour on PBS adds to the long tradition of quality public affairs programming that has been a hallmark of public media for decades,” says PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger.

“Christiane Amanpour is a fearless and uncompromising journalist,” said Neal Shapiro, President and CEO of WNET. “We are pleased to welcome her to the PBS system and are gratified to offer this thorough and responsible news program to viewers nationwide.”

CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour has earned every major television journalism award, including eleven News and Documentary Emmy Awards, four Peabody Awards, two George Polk Awards and the Courage in Journalism Award. She has received nine honorary degrees, has been named a CBE and was this year inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame. She is an honorary citizen of Sarajevo and a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Freedom of the Press and the Safety of Journalists.

KPTS-Channel 8 is a locally owned media organization whose mission is to educate, engage, entertain and enrich Kansans. KPTS' vision is to be a primary influence for a thriving, engaged community.