Hawai'i Public TV to seek viewer dollars
By Wayne Harada
Advertiser Entertainment Editor
Hawai'i Public Television will turn to the public for financial support with its pledge drive Aug. 3-12. As usual, the station will offer a series of special shows to woo viewers to tune in and perhaps open their checkbooks in the process.
"On July 1, we celebrated our first anniversary as an independent nonprofit organization," said Mike McCartney, president and CEO of Hawai'i Public TV. "Thanks to the generous support from people of this community, we were able to meet our financial goals for our first year."
But the station no longer dependent on state money needs to bolster its treasury with support and financing from viewers.
To kick off the pledge drive, the station will air "Charlotte Church Live From Jerusalem," at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3, with the support of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, which is presenting the teen singer in concert at 8 p.m. Aug. 11 at Blaisdell Arena. The evening also will feature a live mini-concert by a Honolulu Symphony ensemble.
Other specials planned for the station's pledge drive, seen on KHET-11 (Oceanic 10, Americast 11):
- Aug. 4: "In the Clear Blue Sea" and "Voices of the Rain-forest," at 4 p.m.; "Dinosaurs: Lifestyles of the Big and Carnivorous," 6 p.m.; "Great Performances: Recording 'The Producers,'" 7:30 p.m.; "AndrÚ Rieu: La Vie Est Belle," 9:30 p.m. (violinist performing with the Johann Strauss Orchestra).
- Aug. 5: "Feng Shui: Creating Environments for Success and Well Being," 6 p.m.; "Great Performances: Three Mo' Tenors in Concert," 7:15 p.m., featuring Victor Trent Cook, Rodrick Dixon and Thomas Young; "In the Spotlight: Electric Light Orchestra," 9 p.m.
- Aug. 6: "The Big Band Sound of World War II," 8 p.m.; "Lawrence Welk's Songs of Faith," 9:30 p.m.
- Aug. 7: "Suse Orman: The Road to Wealth," 8 p.m.; "Magnificent Lovemaking: Seven Dimensions of Sexual Connection," 10 p.m.
- Aug. 8 and 9: "The Johnny Cash Anthology," 9 p.m.
- Aug. 11: "Drum Corps International Competition 2001," 7:30 p.m.
- Aug. 12: "Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth," 1 p.m.