Multimedia is commited to serving its community through local
programming on both radio and television, and through PITTSBURGH
tv 13's locally produced programs reflect our region's diverse
with the Pittsburgh
On Q Magazine
and Black Horizons,
the longest-running minority affairs program in the history
of public broadcasting.
produces topical programming tied to public affairs and current
events, like "The County Executive Debates," "The
Search for a New Superintendent for Pittsburgh Schools," and
other debates and current affairs shows that have an impact on the
Pittsburgh History Series
is the home of the local history programming phenomenon. Dozens
of stations have copied this concept and produced their own "Things
That Aren't There Anymore." The programs in this series are
some of the most watched and supported television ever aired on
public television anywhere.
of these programs, "Downtown Pittsburgh," premiered to
a 13.7 rating, a very close second only to "Seinfeld"
that night. More remarkable is that "Downtown" was hardly
a sitcom, it was an architecture history of our city, based on a
tour given by the American Institute of Architects.
style of these programs makes the history accessible and real.
programs in the WQED Multimedia Pittsburgh History Series are "The
Mon, The Al and O" on Pittsburgh's three rivers, "Holy
on our churches and synagogues, "Kennywood Memories" on
an amusement park, "Wylie Avenue Days," the story of
Pittsburgh's Hill District in the 30's, 40's and 50's.
WQED took the series statewide with the Pennsylvania Public Television
Network statewide productions "The Pennsylvania Road Show"
and "Pennsylvania Diners."
interesting sidenote: For many days after "Downtown Pittsburgh"
first aired, there was no available parking in downtown lots --
they were filled! People were seen walking all over the city looking
up at the extravagant cornices and stopping to walk into a building
lobby they had walked past thousands of times before.
History and Landmarks Foundation subsequently honored WQED for helping
preserve what is important in Pittsburgh buildings.
there are dozens of stations who have tried this local production
model to great success. It is local television, not studio talk
shows, but documentaries that stations find they can't afford not
like us, have discovered that there is a very special magic in helping
a community to understand what it values through its history and
the shared memories of its people.
programs hold up a mirror to our community and say, "This is
what is good and important and valuable and sometimes funny and
often sad about the place that I live."
Side" premiered in December 1998. It showcased this remarkable
neighborhood from its glory days as an area dependent on steel mills
through its funky makeover -- as a place filled with specialty shops,
nightlife and an eclectic mix of residents.
Side Story" premiered in December 1997 during a rousing pledge
evening in the WQED studios. The program showcased one one Pittsburgh's
most diverse neighborhoods. Video sales for the holiday season broke
Strip Show" premiered in fall 1996 and was a celebration
of Pittsburgh's unique Strip District. Thanks to major underwriting
from PNC Bank and many Strip merchants, the program was a huge
success. Posters for the program were displayed in store windows
the Strip, and the program garnered impressive ratings when it
was shown on WQED tv 13.