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KPTS Hosts Judicial and Senate Race Forums

WICHITA, Kan. –KPTS – Channel 8 is hosting two, on-air forums to introduce viewers to the candidates in three contested races for district judges in Sedgwick County, and in the important race for U.S. Senate, with the winner replacing the seat being vacated by Senator Pat Roberts.

“At KPTS, we take our mission of educating and informing the community very seriously, because KPTS is seriously good TV,” said KPTS President and CEO Victor Hogstrom. “We see it as KPTS’ role to host candidate forums to help our viewers make informed choices at the polls this November, especially in these times of COVID-19 where people cannot gather at in-person events”

Watch KPTS – Channel 8 at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15 for the Sedgwick County District Judges Forum 2020 moderated by Chris Frank. This show will feature the following candidates running for contested judges’ seats in Sedgwick County Judicial District 18: Joni Cole (D) and Phillip Journey (R); Monique Centeno (D) and Quentin Pittman (R); and James Thompson (D) and Sean Hatfield (R). This program is supported by: Hite, Fanning & Honeyman, L.L.P.; The League of Women Voters; Martin Pringle Attorneys at Law; and the Wichita Women Attorneys Association.

Watch KPTS – Channel 8 at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22 for the U.S. Senate Race: Interviews with the Candidates hosted by Susan Peters. It’s the political race that could swing the balance of power in Washington. Susan Peters goes one-on-one with the two candidates vying for Kansas’ open U.S. Senate seat. No questions are off the table as the veteran journalist asks the tough questions you want answered from Republican Roger Marshall and Democrat Barbara Bollier.

Sedgwick County Judges Forum 2020, Complete Episode

This show will feature candidates running for contested seats in Sedgwick County.

2020 US Senate Race

An on-air forum to introduce viewers to the candidates in the 2020 U.S. Senate race.


KPTS Hosts Riverfront Call-in Show & Interviews with Mayoral Candidates

WICHITA, Kan. –KPTS – Channel 8 is proud to present programs in the coming weeks that educate viewers about the new Riverfront Plan impacting downtown Wichita, and allow viewers to meet both mayoral candidates to help citizens make an informed choice as they head to the polls on Nov. 5. KPTS also presents our Call the Mayor: Wichita show each month to help engage and educate the community about issues facing the City.

WICHITA’S RIVERFRONT: PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE
7 to 8 p.m. – Thursday, Oct. 10 on KPTS – Channel 8
This will be a live, public call-in program, hosted by KPTS’s Chris Frank, with a panel of four representatives of the booster organizations, which are part of the seven coalition groups funding and promoting the Riverfront Legacy Master Plan. Panelists include: Jeff Fluhr, Greater Wichita Partnership; Susie Santo, Visit Wichita; Darryl Kelly, W / A Community of Young Professionals; and Wayne Bryan, Music Theatre Wichita. The umbrella group, ‘Opportunity Wichita,’ includes five local economic development organizations: Downtown Wichita, the Greater Wichita Partnership, Visit Wichita, the Wichita Community Foundation and the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce. The coalition also includes the City of Wichita and Sedgwick County with each group contributing $100,000 for a total of $700,000 to fund creation of the new master plan.

Wichitans are being asked to envision what the next 100 years of the downtown riverfront area should look like. It is known as the river’s east bank including where Century II, Expo Hall, the former Library, the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Water Walk are located. Wichitans are asked to weigh in on whether that future should include Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center and the Expo Hall in their current state or if those should be renovated or replaced. Any changes will impact citizens here and KPTS - Channel 8 wants to give our viewers a chance to get answers to the important questions about the Riverfront Legacy Master Plan. Viewers may call (316) 491-5787 to ask questions or participate via Facebook Live on KPTS’s Facebook Page.

Wichita's Mayoral Race: Interviews with the Candidates

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Get to know the candidates for Wichita mayor, Thursday night at 7pm on KPTS.

WICHITA MAYORAL RACE: INTERVIEWS WITH THE CANDIDATES

7 to 8:30 p.m. – Thursday, Oct. 24 on KPTS – Channel 8
The general election on Nov. 5 will decide who will lead Wichita’s City Council as Mayor for the next four years. KPTS - Channel 8 gives you a chance to see and hear the candidates discuss issues they believe are important to the citizens of Wichita. Learn how these candidates would work to bring improvements to the quality of life in our city. Watch an interview with challengers Lyndy Wells at 7 p.m., Rep. Brandon Whipple at 7:30 p.m., followed by an interview with incumbent Mayor Jeff Longwell at 8 p.m. on October 24.

CALL THE MAYOR: WICHITA
8:30 p.m. – Thursday, Oct. 24 on KPTS – Channel 8 KPTS-Channel 8 has established a new show, Call the Mayor: WICHITA. This show airs the last Thursday of every month at 8 p.m. The goal of Call the Mayor: WICHITA is to give residents an opportunity to share thoughts and concerns with the Mayor in a public forum each month. This show enhances understanding between the City and the public. Call the Mayor: WICHITA is hosted by Craig Andres, a KSN reporter. As different topics arise throughout the year, other City officials may join Andres as guests on the show.

Viewers may call (316) 491-5787 to ask questions or participate via Facebook Live on KPTS’s Facebook Page.


KPTS and Roxy’s Host Les Misérables Screening

WICHITA, Kan. – Les Misérables comes to KPTS – Channel 8 at 8 p.m. on April 14. This six-part MASTERPIECE production stars Dominic West (The Affair, The Hour) as Jean Valjean, and David Oyelowo (Selma) as Javert in this landmark drama adaptation. They are joined in this epic drama by Lily Collins (Rules Don't Apply, Love, Rosie), in the role of Fantine. Can’t wait until then? Join us for a FREE advance community screening.
The KPTSLes Misérables Screening will be held at 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 2 at Roxy’s, 412 E. Douglas in Wichita’s Old Town. There will be a cash bar and food available for purchase. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the film begins at 7:30; half-price drinks during Happy Happy Hour from 6 to 6:30 p.m.
Les Mis fans are encouraged to dress in costume, and can enter to win fun prizes. No R.S.V.P. is required for this event.

Where there is love, there is hope. An epic new adaptation coming to MASTERPIECE on PBS. Beginning Sunday, April 14 on KPTS @ 8PM.


Brown v. BOE Mural Documentary Screening & Discussion
Screening Event: Feb. 16, 3 - 5 p.m., The Kansas African American Museum, 601 N. Water
Air Date: Feb. 22, 8:30 p.m. on KPTS – Channel 8

Wichita, Kan. - Join us for a FREE screening of the new KPTS – Channel 8 documentary, Brown v. Board of Education Mural at the Capitol, hosted by the Kansas African American Affairs Commission, The Kansas African American Museum and KPTS.
Last May, the new Brown v. Board of Education Mural was unveiled on the third floor of the Kansas State Capitol. It's an important addition to the Capitol because it illustrates the key role Kansas played in the integration of our nation’s schools. To celebrate this new mural, the Kansas African Affairs Commission worked with KPTS to create a documentary about how the mural came to be, including community advocacy, fundraising, and creation and installation of the mural.
At this event, we will screen the 30-minute film, then there will be a panel discussion about the project moderated by Kenya Cox, executive director of the Kansas African American Affairs Commission. Panelists include: Charles Baptist, former NAACP State Conference President; Michael Young, Mural Artist; and Senator Oletha Faust-Goudeau, Senate Minority Whip and District 29 Representative.

Light refreshments will be provided. This event is FREE and open to the public. No R.S.V.P. is required, but seating is limited. Free parking is available in the garage across the street from the museum.
If you are unable to attend this event, “Brown v. Board of Education Mural at the Capitol,” will air on KPTS - Channel 8 at 8:30 p.m., Feb. 22, 2019. Also go to www.kpts.org for a listing of many, other great Black History Month programs.
The Kansas African American Affairs Commission (KAAAC) works to devise strategies to address public policy concerns of the African American community. The Commission serves as a conduit for programs, grants, research, and policy advice for state and local organizations while addressing needs for change that are unique to the African American Community in the state of Kansas. Learn more at www.kaaac.ks.gov.
The Kansas African American Museum (TKAAM) endeavors to make the Kansas African American experience resonate with every Kansan. The vision of TKAAM is to be the premiere place where people come to learn about or tell the Kansas African American story. Learn more at www.tkaamuseum.org.


BTK's Daughter Speaks Out

An Exclusive Interview with Susan Peters

Wichita, Kan. - From 1974 to 2005, the BTK Serial Killer Dennis Rader terrorized Wichita and the surrounding area, as he murdered strangers and eluded capture. Now, his daughter Kerri Rawson, breaks her silence and talks with Susan Peters in this exclusive, local interview at
7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 4 on Public Television Station, KPTS - Channel 8.
Catching BTK provided some closure for the Wichita community and his victims’ families. But, it was just the beginning of a real-life nightmare for Rader’s family. In this exclusive, local interview, Peters talks with Rawson about her childhood and what it was like the day an FBI Agent knocked on her door to tell her that BTK was her father. They also discuss what it has been like to reconcile the two different Dennis Raders that Rawson knew -- the father she loved with the man who murdered 10 people in the Wichita area. Rawson’s first-hand account of growing up with a serial-killer father promises to be riveting.

Kansas Public Telecommunication Services (KPTS) - Channel 8 is our community-owned public 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. Learn more at www.kpts.org.