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“The Klondike Gold Rush” to air Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. EST on PBS

WNED-TV Buffalo-Toronto presents a new historical documentary, “The Klondike Gold Rush coming to PBS Tuesday, Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. EST (check local listings). The film explores the history, hope and hardship in search of fortune in Canada’s Yukon Territory.

Still renowned as the richest gold strike in North American mining history, the Klondike Gold Rush (1896-1899) set off a “stampede” of over 100,000 people on a colossal journey from Alaska to the gold fields of Canada’s Yukon Territory. It’s an incredible story of determination, luck, fortune and loss. The boomtown, Dawson City, emerges as the heart of the story. During the gold rush, it’s known as the “Paris of the North,” and is one of the largest cities in Canada. Filled with banks, saloons, stores and hotels, for the stampeders and the outside world, it confirms itself as a place where lives can in fact be revolutionized.

“This is truly a fascinating era in North American history,” said Donald K. Boswell, WNED | WBFO president and CEO. “We are honored to tell this powerful story of human struggle and triumph that took place over 100 years ago in the Canadian Yukon. Furthermore, we are pleased to continue our tradition as a binational producer.”

Award-winning Author Charlotte Gray and Historians Terrence Cole and Michael Gates bring new insights and perspective to the event. Harper’s Weekly correspondent Tappan Adney—is brought to life through excerpts from his celebrated book The Klondike Stampede (1900). Present-day characters reveal the Klondike is still alive with the frontier spirit. “The Klondike Gold Rush” confirms that the stories and legends of the Klondike Gold Rush continue to inspire us. In the end, we learn that it isn’t all about the gold, but rather the journey to the Klondike, itself, is what matters.

“As a story, ‘The Klondike Gold Rush’ is symbolic of this desire to ‘become’ and it's emblazoned in the Stampeders' ultimate drive toward the unknown,” said film director Douglas Arrowsmith. “The vast geographical obstacles of Alaska and the Yukon were just one part of this arduous quest to beat all odds and discover better lives.”

“The Klondike Gold Rush” is produced by Gold Rush Productions Inc. in association with Rogers Broadcasting Limited and WNED-TV Buffalo/Toronto.

“The Klondike Gold Rush” is made possible by The Wilson Foundation, The Cable Public Affairs Channel, with additional funding provided by the Rogers Documentary Fund, and The Rogers Cable Network Fund. With the participation of The Province of British Columbia Film Incentive BC, and the assistance of the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit.

About WNED-TV

WNED-TV long ago established itself as an originator of television content for PBS; WNED-TV was the founder of the Emmy Award winning “Reading Rainbow” series and was the producer of the popular Mark Russell Comedy Specials for PBS. In recent years, WNED-TV has expanded its position by becoming a significant producer of original high-definition television and online content for local and national distribution. 

National productions broadcast on PBS include: “Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America,” “The Shaw Festival: Behind the Curtain,” “The War of 1812,” “Underground Railroad: The William Still Story,” “Chautauqua: An American Narrative,” “Window to the Sea,” “The Adirondacks,” “The Marines,” “Niagara Falls,” “Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buffalo,” and “Elbert Hubbard: An American Original.”


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Additional press materials and full-length press screener available at PBS Press Room.

 

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Megan M. Wagner
WNED ǀ WBFO Director of Corporate Communications
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Billy the Kid and the Regulators, finalists in the 2014 International Blues Challenge, to headline

 

BUFFALO, N.Y. – WNED ǀ WBFO Buffalo-Toronto is pleased to announce the 2014 WBFO’s Buffalo Blues Bash on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. in the WNED ǀ WBFO studios.

Headlining WBFO’s Buffalo Blues Bash is Billy the Kid and the Regulators, a high powered, guitar driven, rhythm and blues band based in Pittsburgh. Lead singer Billy Evanochko is widely-known across the Steel City for his impassioned lyrics, seductive vocals, and stinging guitar riffs. Together with his band, The Regulators, they deliver a well-balanced dose of funky rhythm and blues, with heart and soul being the main ingredient.  Billy the Kid and the Regulators were finalists at the 2014 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn.

Opening for the event is local favorite the Tommy Z Band. Tommy Z is a contemporary blues guitarist/singer/songwriter/producer. Though he is a guitar-driven electric blues-based stylist onstage, in the studio Tommy composes a variety of music.

“Last year’s Buffalo Blues Bash was a huge success,” said WNED ǀ WBFO president and CEO Donald K. Boswell. “It’s a testament to how deeply rooted blues music is in our community and we’re thrilled to bring this event back again in 2014.”

WNED | WBFO continues its commitment to bringing top performing acts to the event, along with fostering local talent. Headlining last year’s sold-out event was the Selwyn Birchwood Band, winners of the 2013 International Blues Challenge, and the opening performers were Buffalo blues favorite, Dive House Union. 

Tickets are $18 for WNED ǀ WBFO members and $20 for advanced purchase. The price increases to $25 when bought at the door the night of the event, if the event isn’t sold out.  Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

 For tickets, visit wbfo.org, wned.org or call WNED ǀ WBFO at 1-800-678-1873.

About WNED ǀ WBFO Buffalo-Toronto

Through WBFO-FM 88.7, WNED-TV, ThinkBright and Well/WORLD TV and Classical 94.5 WNED, member-supported WNED ǀ WBFO Buffalo-Toronto provides high quality programming and services to local, regional and national audiences that enlighten, inspire, entertain and educate Western New York and Southern Ontario communities. Additional information about WNED ǀ WBFO can be found at wned.org.

 

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Twitter:  @WBFO to host #BuffaloBluesBash on 10/18 at 7 p.m. with @BtkbluesKid and
@GuitarTommyZ!


Event hashtag: #BuffaloBluesBash

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Billy the Kid and the Regulators, finalists in the 2014 International Blues Challenge, to headline

BUFFALO, N.Y. – WNED ǀ WBFO Buffalo-Toronto is pleased to announce the 2014 WBFO’s Buffalo Blues Bash on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. in the WNED ǀ WBFO studios.

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Friday, 03 October 2014 13:04

Inspector Lewis Series 7

Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox return for a seventh season of the beloved Inspector Lewis series. Hathaway has been promoted to inspector after an extended break from the force, and Lewis is enjoying retired life until he's asked to team up with his old colleague again. With their partnership renewed under altered circumstances, the duo continues to solve crime in the seemingly perfect academic haven of Oxford. Inspector Lewis airs Sundays, October 5, 12 & 19 on WNED-TV.

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Brad Mazon, Ph.D. has been named as director of foundation and community development at WNED ǀ WBFO Buffalo-Toronto. Mazon, of West Seneca, has previously served as the dean for resource development for the College of the Marshall Islands (CMI) where he developed, monitored, and promoted all phases of external funding activities, including public and private funding relationships. He raised approximately $3.75 million in public and private sector support in Asia and North America for the college.

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