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April 12, 2010


Rosemary Martinelli



Maria Pisano




PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania – It’s not truly summer until you do three things: Eat a hot dog, visit the shore and go to Kennywood. Thankfully, the award-winning Rick Sebak is here to explore these summer delights with June’s programming theme: “Time for Summer Fun.” Tune in on WQED: The Neighborhood Channel (13.3 digital), the Pittsburgh region’s only broadcast channel devoted to locally produced programming 24 hours a day.

Kennywood Memories – A favorite of local and national audiences alike, “Kennywood Memories” finds Rick rediscovering the legendary Pittsburgh amusement park. Since it was founded as a trolley park in 1898, Kennywood has had a great ride. It was designated as a national landmark in 1987 and was recently the setting for the movie “Adventureland.” Rick explores its history in this award-winning documentary, which was honored as a winner of the Matrix Award, the Ed King Memorial Award, a Golden Quill Award, and was a finalist in the Houston International Film Festival

Great Old Amusement Parks – The thrills keep coming in this fun-filled romp through pre-Disney parks. Some parks still thrive, some are gone and you can visit them all in this one-hour documentary starring Rick, old wooden roller coasters and vintage bumper cars.

Shore Things – This “scrapbook documentary” explores the unique experience of the seashore. It’s the only place where horseshoe crabs, metal detectors and giant elephant buildings are all part of the fun. From traditional treats, like salt water taffy, to more eccentric creations, like the giant elephant building in New Jersey, Rick collects everything that makes the beach a one-of-a-kind summer getaway. But if you can’t take off for a week, just sneak off for an hour to enjoy “Shore Things.”

An Ice Cream Show – Ice cream come in an almost infinite variety of flavors, but Rick does his best to capture them all in this documentary of the best ice cream spots in the country. If you remember how cool it was to get “a malted,” you’ll love Rick’s talks with ice cream enthusiasts, as well as his visits to specialty stores like the giant cone-shaped building in Florida. Plus, the trivia might help you answer some questions you never knew people were asking, like “What was Jackie O’s favorite flavor?” This program is like the Neapolitan of programs: something for everyone.

A Hot Dog Program – If you thought hot dogs couldn’t be delicacies, be prepared to eat your words … smothered in ketchup and mustard. In this one-hour feature, Rick travels across the United States in search of the Great American Hot Dog. He dines on hot dogs and papaya juice at the Papaya King in New York City. He eats gourmet reindeer dogs at the Iditarod in Anchorage, AK. He visits the renowned Nathan’s Famous, home of the World Hot Dog Eating Championship, on Coney Island. He even finds a half-pound hot dog out in Las Vegas, and that’s just the start.

Between his adventures, Rick Sebak has won a host of awards, including a Telly Award, numerous Mid-Atlantic Emmys®, a Matrix Award and the Gregory M. Franzwa Award for his 2008 national production for PBS called “A Ride along the Lincoln Highway.” In 2009, Rick was named the Pennsylvania Communication Association’s Speaker of the Year. He is currently working on his new show, “Breakfast Special,” set to air July 2010.

WQED Pittsburgh, honored with the 2007 and 2006 Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award for Station Excellence, was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. WQED creates, produces and distributes quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within its community and around the world. WQED Pittsburgh is one of the first broadcasters in the country to be fully high-definition (HD) in its studio and field production capabilities. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQEX-TV (A ShopNBC affiliate); Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org); and The WQED Education Department.

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