Friday, April 24, 2009

PBS Unveils Its Fabulous New Video Playback Site

So what happens if you look up and it's 10 o'clock on Tuesday night and you realize you forgot to watch Frontline? Or you got home late on Sunday and missed the Masterpiece Theater you had intended to watch. Now you'll be out of order on that fabulous 6-part series you've been watching. What the heck can you do?

Do this: watch it online. PBS has now unveiled their new video portal. It's really quite fabulous, with searches by subject matter, title, even topics. If that layout looks a little familiar, it bears a certain resemblance to what you might find in your ipod. I'd file that under "Why Re-Invent the Wheel?"

If you're wondering whether KLRN programming will be there, yes it will. The PBS portal is still in its test phases. Once it passes those tests, we'll be back to add KLRN Productions to the PBS mix.

And a last-minute reminder: KLRN's Fresh Cut 2009 high school student documentary contest is still taking votes online through midnight this Sunday night--that's the 26th. You can watch the top 14 entrants now by clicking on the above link. Vote for your favorite and give that high school "doc jock" some positive re-enforcement. 'Til next time...

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

A Conversation about your brand spankin' new River Walk!

That's one of San Antonio's most-revered TV personalities, Tanji Patton at left, and Kim Abernethy at right. You may not know Kim, but she plays a major role in a project that's going to put the Alamo City on the Art Map like never before. She's raising the money for the Extreme Makeover that the San Antonio River is undergoing. The phase nearing completion is the Museum Reach portion of a fabulously huge project that will change the face of San Antonio forever.

I won't detail what's in the show, but I'll invite you to watch it instead: Catch it Thursday, May 7th at 8PM on KLRN. Can't remember when Conversations is on? Then check out the KLRN web site and look at bottom left where you see the words KLRN schedules. Our entire schedule is there, including those hard-to-find program details that you find handy. Hint: you could mark it as a favorite and zip there daily to see if what we're showing is must-see TV. If you do, I think you'll be surprised at how much you'll feel you must see!

Reminder: Tomorrow night's Conversations with Father David Garcia, and next Thursday night's with Filmmaker Ken Burns. Great stuff!

The time has come to VOTE for CHANGE!

Are you a student, parent, faculty, admin, alumni or friend of any of the following schools: Churchill High School, Communication Arts High School, East Central High School, Film School of San Antonio at Harlandale, Jefferson High School, MacArthur High School, North East School of the Arts, or Reagan High School?

If so, it is TIME to VOTE for CHANGE! Introducing the Viewer's Choice Award for Fresh Cut 2009! Student projects from these schools have made it into the finalist round for Fresh Cut, KLRN's annual student film competition! So grab the popcorn, sit back and click here to cast your vote for CHANGE!

And make sure to send this link on to everyone you know such as grandparents, aunts and uncles and neighbors, too. Let's see if we can get 1,000 votes before the polls close on Sunday, April 26 at midnight!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Become a fan of Earth

So, I'll admit it. I'm a big fan of our Earth...and I know that I am not alone. I am at the pinnacle of my happiness when I am outside, and I believe that my 3-year old is the same way. The fresh air, green grass and never ending exploration is enough to fuel my fire. That said, you can probably imagine just how much I love Earth Day.

I want to encourage all parents to remember to teach our young ones (and not-so-young ones) to be kind to our planet...on Earth Day and beyond.

Here are some links to help you start the conversation:
Fun Earth Day projects for your kids:
Your kids can post their favorite Earth Day idea:
Of course, Earth Day programming:
(0-6 yrs)

What ideas have you and your kids come up with?