KPTS Director of Marketing & Promotions, Jennifer Keller
Cell: 316-648-8554 / Office: 316-838-3090

KPTS and Libraries Host Poldark Screenings

Ross Poldark rides again! The new season of Poldark on MASTERPIECE will premiere on KPTS - Channel 8 on Sept. 30 at 8 p.m. Can’t wait until then? Join us, and other Poldark super fans, at an advance screening.

The Wichita Poldark Screening will be held, Thursday, Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m., at the Advanced Learning Library, 711 W. 2nd St., Wichita, Kan. Cookies by Reverie Roasters, drinks may be purchased from Reverie Café at The Library before the show.

The Hutchinson Poldark Screening will be held Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m., at the Hutchinson Public Library, 901 N. Main St., Hutchinson, Kan. Popcorn, water and tea will be provided by the library.

At both events, Poldark fans may take selfies with a cutout of Ross Poldark, and enter to win season 1-3 of Poldark on DVD. No R.S.V.P. is required for this event.
You’re invited to a special screening of The Daniel Tiger Movie: Won’t You Be Our Neighbor? at your local library. This is a special event for all Daniel Tiger fans!
In this movie, Daniel and his community welcome new friends to Daniel Tiger’s neighborhood. Daniel Tiger books are available for check out at your local library.
You can always watch Daniel Tiger on KPTS-Channel 8 weekdays at 8:30 a.m. or weekends at 6:30 a.m. Play games, read stories, watch videos, color or learn about Daniel Tiger Apps at
Here are the dates and times the movie is playing. Look for a library in your area:

Sept. 11 – 10 a.m. & 4:30 p.m.
Medicine Lodge Library, 201 N. Main, Medicine Lodge, KS 67104

Sept. 11 – 1 p.m.
Cunningham Public Library, 105 N. Main, Cunningham, KS 67035

Sept. 12 – 10:30 a.m.
Newton Public Library, 720 North Oak, Newton, KS 67114

Sept. 12 – 3:30 p.m.
Douglass Public Library, 319 S. Forrest, Douglass, KS 67039
Sept. 15 – 10:30 a.m.
Belle Plaine Public Library, 222 W. 5th St., Belle Plaine, KS 67013

Sept. 17 – 1:30 p.m.
Goddard Public Library, 201 N. Main St., Goddard, KS 67052

Sept. 18 – 10:15 a.m.
Advanced Learning Library, 711 W. Second St., Wichita, KS 67203

Sept. 18 – 6:30 p.m.
Hutchinson Public Library, 901 N. Main St., Hutchinson, KS 67501

Sept. 19 – 10:30 a.m.
anopolis Public Library, 221 N. Kansas, Kanopolis, KS 67454

Sept. 20 – 10 a.m.
Oxford Public Library, 115 S. Sumner St., Oxford, KS 67119

Sept. 20 – 10:30 a.m.
Clearwater Public Library, 109 E. Ross, Clearwater, KS 67026

Sept. 21 – 10 a.m.
Wellington Public Library, 121 W. 7th St., Wellington, KS 67152

Sept. 21 – 10:30 a.m.
Whitewater Memorial Library, 118 East Topeka, Whitewater, KS 67154
Sept. 22 – 10 a.m.
Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., Great Bend, KS 67530

Sept. 22 – 10 a.m.
Hillsboro Public Library, 120 Grand Ave., Hillsboro, KS 67063

Sept. 26 – 12:30 p.m.
Caldwell Public Library, 120 S. Main St., Caldwell, KS 67022

Sept. 27 – 10 a.m.
Bradford Memorial Library, 611 S. Washington, El Dorado, KS 67042

Sept. 28 – 2 p.m.
Pratt Public Library, 401 S. Jackson St., Pratt, KS 67124

Sept. 29 – 10 a.m.
Haven Public Library, 121 N. Kansas, Haven, KS 67543

Sept. 29 – 10 a.m.
Rose Hill Public Library, 306 N. Rose Hill Rd., Rose Hill, KS 67133

Sept. 29 – 10:15 a.m.
Salina Public Library, 301 W. Elm, Salina, KS 67401

Oct. 1 – 6:30 p.m.
Moundridge Public Library, 220 S. Christian, Moundridge, KS 67107


WICHITA, Kan. – The Wichita Eagle and KPTS - Channel 8 have teamed up to host the – KPTS - Channel 8 Democratic Gubernatorial Debate ahead of the Aug. 7, primary election.

Journalists Pilar Pedraza and Kirk Seminoff, and Russell Fox, professor of political science at Friends University, will question the five candidates on a wide range of issues in a prerecorded, unrestricted debate. Viewers will have the opportunity to ask questions via Facebook Live at 7 p.m. on July 17 on The Wichita Eagle’s Facebook page. The debate will air on KPTS-Channel 8 at 8 p.m., July 19.

Democratic candidates scheduled to participate include Arden Anderson, Jack Bergeson, Carl Brewer, Laura Kelly and Josh Svaty.

The debate will be hosted by former news anchor Susan Peters.

July 10, 2018

The Wichita Eagle and KPTS - Channel 8 Team Up to Host Democratic Gubernatorial Debate


The Democratic Gubernatorial Debate - Kansas 2018

Presented by and KPTS Channel 8. Five Democratic candidates for Governor of Kansas in 2018 address topics that matter to voters. Moderated by Susan Peters.

Jan. 17, 2018



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 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

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, key word KPTS. Or, contact Phil Richardson at KPTS, 316-838-3090 or

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.

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.

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