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NEW WQED PRODUCTION UPDATES VIEWERS ON A LEGACY NEARLY LOST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 17, 2011

CONTACT:
George Hazimanolis
412-622-1366
ghazimanolis@wqed.org

NEW WQED PRODUCTION UPDATES VIEWERS ON A LEGACY NEARLY LOST

PITTSBURGH— On Monday, January 24, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. WQED expands its award-winning feature on Maxine Beachy Broadwater, of Grantsville, Maryland, updating viewers on her continued efforts to preserve her uncle’s remarkable photographs in a new documentary episode of EXPERIENCE - Leo Beachy: A Legacy Nearly Lost.

A native of Garrett County, Maryland, Leo Beachy was a teacher turned photographer in the early 1900s. Even after multiple sclerosis took over his body, Mr. Beachy continued to take pictures of life in the Appalachian region of Western Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. After his death in 1927, relatives thought there was no value in his work, and “threw out” thousands of Beachy’s glass plate negatives. Decades later, some of the plates miraculously found their way back to Mrs. Broadwater. And so began her tireless efforts to preserve the negatives and share the unforgettable, historic images.

WQED writer/producer David Solomon and photographer/editor Paul Ruggieri first told the Beachy story in a short 2008 “OnQ” feature. The WQED story was a viewer favorite, won a Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award, and caught the attention of the Naylor Foundation, which in turn awarded the Garrett County Historical Society a $40,000 grant to preserve the priceless negatives and make them available world-wide for educational purposes. Solomon and Ruggieri have now expanded the story to show the intricacy of the preservation process, reveal newly-printed, rare historic photos, and include memorable new interviews with Mrs. Broadwater and others involved in the project.

EXPERIENCE is a half-hour, locally-produced documentary series that airs on WQED-TV Mondays at 7:30 p.m. Additional episode information, links and past episodes of EXPERIENCE may be found online at wqed.org/experience. For updates on EXPERIENCE viewers may “Like” the show’s fan page on Facebook.

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. The people of WQED create, produce and distribute quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within their 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; Classical 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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