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PITTSBURGH, PA - It’s made for local teenagers, so it’s fun, edgy, fast…and smart? Indeed. “Teens On Q” is a new half-hour program made for local teens, with in-depth stories and local relevance. The show premieres Thursday, September 9 at 8 p.m. on WQED tv13.

In the tradition of tv13’s flagship program OnQ magazine, this pilot explores local issues and stories you won’t find anywhere else using a long-form, documentary/story-telling format. “Teens On Q” incorporates the quality production and content value that viewers expect from public television with the high-energy look and feel of other shows teens watch on popular cable stations like MTV. It’s fast-paced and entertaining, with topics that are thought provoking and substantive to address the big issues that are on teens’ minds.

“‘Teens On Q’ is produced in the spirit of its parent program, OnQ magazine,” said Producer Gina Catanzarite. “The stories provide an in-depth look at Pittsburgh people, local topics, and fascinating places. The information may be most relevant to teens, but adults will enjoy too. It’s a program the entire family can watch, learn from and talk about.”

In this first episode, hosts Regina DiCarlo of Fox Chapel and Tim Bickel of Hampton Township, guide viewers through five segments, including one about two local young women who reveal what it is like to be a Muslim teen in our area.

The women address some of the stereotypes and frequently asked questions they receive. Later in the show, a panel of teens from urban, suburban, and rural schools in our region—each representing a different faith—discuss the significance of religion in teen life.

“Teens On Q” also helps young adults explore career choices with a segment that goes behind the scenes for a look at the variety of jobs available in health care, the industry with the fastest job growth nationwide. The pilot episode presents a profile of Reizenstein Middle School, and follows teens volunteering to clean up the city of Duquesne to make way for an urban garden.

“ Teens On Q” is still just a pilot. WQED is looking for funding with hopes of it becoming a continuing series. It was developed by WQED Multimedia’s Education Resource Center. “Young people in our region have more choices about education, career and lifestyle than ever before,” says Vice President of Education Karen Farmer White. “They deserve a smart television show that highlights their issues, concerns and questions.”

Farmer White and the ERC also produced “BrainFood,” the Emmy-award winning show for middle school aged children that teaches math and science concepts through cooking and experiments in the kitchen. “BrainFood” airs at 8:30 p.m., following the premiere of “Teens On Q.”

“Teens On Q” repeats on Sunday, September 12 at 6 p.m., followed by a rebroadcast of “BrainFood” at 6:30 p.m. on WQED tv13.

“ Teens On Q” is funded by The United States Department of Education and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Labor & Industry, Bureau of Workforce Investment. For more information on the show, log onto
WQED Multimedia, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2004, provides educational, cultural and informational products and services that enhance and engage the community. It is the parent company of WQED tv13, WQED fm89.3, WQEJ fm89.7/Johnstown, a publishing division that includes PITTSBURGH magazine, local and national television and radio productions, and the WQED Education Resource Center.

Regina DiCarlo Age: 18 Hometown: Fox Chapel School: Sophomore at Duquesne University with a major in Political Science

Tim Bickel Age: 17 Hometown: Hampton Township School: Sophomore at Pittsburgh CAPA.


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