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November 4, 2013

George Hazimanolis


PITTSBURGH—In honor of American veterans who fought in past and present conflicts, WQED will air special television and radio programming leading up to Veteran’s Day. All of WQED’s previous programs regarding United States Veterans are available at http://wqed.org/veterans.

TV Programming will be as follows:

Thursday, November 7

Portraits For the Home Front: The Story of Elizabeth Black premieres at 8 p.m.
Elizabeth Black abandoned a promising Pittsburgh art career to join American Red Cross efforts during World War II. She proposed a unique project to sketch soldiers throughout Europe and send the treasured portraits to worried families back home. Seventy years later, Black’s son uncovered her fascinating memorabilia and shared it with WQED. The poignant story unfolds as we explore Black’s lost art career, seek out elderly veterans who encountered Ms. Black on the battlefield, and present to amazed and appreciative families – portraits that never arrived. (This program premieres Thursday, November 7 at 8 p.m. and will encore Sunday, November 10 at 2 p.m.).

Sunday, November 10

America’s Veterans: A Musical Tribute 2011 at 3 p.m.
Recorded in May 2011 at the Music Center at Strathmore, in Bethesda, MD., AMERICA’S VETERANS: A MUSICAL TRIBUTE 2011 salutes the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. Led by the United States Air Force Band, including The Singing Sergeants and a full orchestra, the 2011 lineup includes performances by chart-topping country singer Jo Dee Messina, renowned Irish tenor Ronan Tynan, Grammy- and Emmy-winning jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval and So You Think You Can Dance winner Sabra Johnson. In addition to performances of popular songs and patriotic classics, Chief of Chaplains for the United States Air Force, Maj. Gen. Cecil R. Richardson narrates moving tribute segments to heroes representing all five branches of the military. The honorees, seated in the audience, include Col. George “Bud” Day; the most highly decorated living American. A Medal of Honor recipient, Col. Day served in World War II, the Korean War, and survived more than five harrowing years as a Prisoner of war in Vietnam.

Dick Winters: Hang Tough at 4 p.m.
This special honors one of World War II’s most respected combat leaders – Major Richard D. Winters (1918-2011). Emmy –winning British actor Damian Lewis (Homeland) narrates the documentary and shares his thoughts on Winters, who he portrayed in the acclaimed HBO mini-series Band of Brothers. HANG TOUGH traces Winters’ formative years growing up in Pennsylvania, his development as a leader in the U.S. Army, the famed attack on Brecourt Manor on D-Day, and the dedication on June 6, 2012 of the Richard D. Winters Leadership Monument in Normandy, France. In addition to Winters’ own recollections, original members of Winters’ unit, Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne, speak of his commitment to his men, his heroism, and his legacy.

Wings for Maggie Ray at 5 p.m.
WINGS FOR MAGGIE RAY pays tribute to the remarkable life and legacy of Margaret “Maggie” Ringenberg (1921-2008), a U.S. Army Air Force WASP (Women’s Air Service Pilot) and renowned long-distance aviation racer. Re-enactments, archival photos and film, and insightful interviews from those closest to her shed light on Maggie’s fearlessness, confidence, competitive nature, drive and determination. The program covers the Indiana native’s numerous aviation adventures during and after World War II, including ferrying personnel and supplies, test-flying new planes, and serving as the lead pilot in around-the-world and London-to-Sydney races.

Classical WQED-FM 89.3 Programming will be as follows:

Monday, November 11
• Veteran’s Day Programming all day
Appropriate classical music for Veteran’s Day will be played throughout the day.

Reflective Music at 8 p.m.
Join host Anna Singer for an hour as she plays music to honor the men and women who served and sacrificed for our country.

WQED Pittsburgh has a proud history of honors, including 140 National and Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Awards, an Academy Award, and many, many others, including two Emmy® Awards for Station Excellence. WQED was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. WQED changes lives by creating and sharing outstanding public media that educates, entertains and inspires. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online at www.wqedfm.org; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and iQ: smartmedia, WQED’s Educational initiative (www.wqed.org/edu).

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George Hazimanolis
Senior Director of
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Maria Pisano
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