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TV Notes: MTV visits Punxsutawney

Saturday, October 25, 2003

Amanda Story, 17, of Punxsutawney submitted an essay for an MTV "Fight for Your Rights: Protect Yourself" contest and won the town a concert by rockers Good Charlotte and a forum on sexual health that will be taped in Punxsutawney Tuesday.

In addition, MTV plans to film an episode of its series "Crashing With" in Punxsutawney. In that show a band crashes with a regular family. This week, producers were still trying to line up a family for the band to visit.

Both programs are expected to air before the end of the year.

(Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor)

Radioactive waste on '60'

Tomorrow on CBS's "60 Minutes" (7 p.m.), reporter Steve Kroft reports on the transportation of 70,000 tons of radioactive waste to Nevada. Transportation experts say that to get there, the waste will move along roads and rails through several large cities, including Pittsburgh.

(R.O.)

Local student's PSA

Elizabeth Bensink, a 2003 graduate of Quaker Valley High School, developed "Something You Have," a 30-second public service announcement distributed to TV stations across the state by the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Television Academy.

Bensink worked with WTAE-TV creative services editor Rodney Johnson to create the spot, which urges viewers to vote by showing images of people around the world living without voting rights and contrasting them with a wealthy young man who takes the right to vote for granted.

Local stations airing the spot include WTAE, WPGH and WCWB.

(R.O.)

WQED plans 50th

In preparation for its 50th anniversary in 2004, WQED Multimedia has put out a call for items from the past five decades -- old program guides, photos, home movies, anything pertaining to the station's history -- to be housed in a permanent collection at the Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center.

To donate, call 412-622-1400.

(R.O.)

Radio and TV legends

Doug Hoerth of WPTT-AM (1360) will interview two well-known figures in local TV and radio this week.

At 3 p.m. Monday, Hoerth's guest will be longtime talk radio host Perry Marshall. Marshall started out in the 1950s as a rock DJ on the former WEEP-AM and later worked at WJAS-AM, WTAE-AM, KQV-AM and KDKA-AM.

At 3 p.m. Tuesday, Hoerth talks to former WPXI news director By Williams, who wore a variety of hats there -- from children's show host and weatherman to reporter and manager.

(Adrian McCoy)

Channel surfing

New episodes of FX's "The Shield" are expected to air in January. ... CBS has shut down production on "The Brotherhood of Poland, N.H." and yanked the low-rated drama from its schedule for November sweeps. ... Daily Variety reports Pittsburgh native Jeff Goldblum has signed a development deal with NBC for a series. ... "FBTV," a show produced by the Funny Bone Comedy Club that airs on PCNC, will move to a new time. Beginning next week "FBTV" will air at midnight Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

(R.O.)

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