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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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Facebook: Learn about the history, hope and hardship in search for fortune in “The Klondike Gold Rush” airing Tuesday, Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. on PBS. http://to.pbs.org/1zIoTQH

#KlondikePBS

Twitter:  Learn about the history, hope & hardship in “The Klondike Gold Rush” airing 1/6 at 8p on@PBS.http://to.pbs.org/1zIoTQH#KlondikePBS

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Megan M. Wagner
WNED ǀ WBFO Director of Corporate Communications
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Tuesday, 15 April 2014 13:34

HSBC Water Programme

 

 

HSBC Water Programme - companion to "If Our Water Could Talk"

For HSBC, being sustainable means managing our business across the world for the long term. That means achieving sustainable profits for our shareholders, building long-lasting relationships with customers, valuing our highly committed employees, respecting environmental limits and investing in communities.

Protecting and preserving the environment is a key focus of our philanthropic and volunteer efforts. We are committed to finding ways to mitigate the effects of climate change, reduce our impact on the environment and make our communities healthier places to live. We support varied initiatives and organizations that focus on environmental policy development, public awareness and education, and scientific research to improve the sustainability and resilience of eco-systems. 

Water is critical to eco-systems, and water is a huge and growing global challenge. It is essential to all human activity and a fundamental driver of socio-economic growth but, as a resource, it is under strain from population growth, development and climate change. It is because water is vital to building healthy communities and developing national economies that HSBC has chosen to invest its time and resources in the HSBC Water Programme. Launched in 2012 and backed by an investment of US$100 million over five years, the HSBC Water Programme is a partnership with three NGOs – WWF (World Wildlife Fund), WaterAid and Earthwatch. The programme will benefit communities in need and provide information for more efficient management of vital freshwater resources. To learn more, visit thewaterhub.org.

 

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WNED ǀ WBFO to Begin Multifaceted Initiative Focusing on Area Waterways
“If Our Water Could Talk” seeking photos of local waterways for television event and website.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – More than 22 percent of the city of Buffalo is water and the region lies within the largest fresh water system in the world. The abundance of fresh water is one of Western New York’s greatest resources.  WNED ǀ WBFO Buffalo-Toronto is introducing a multimedia project, “If Our Water Could Talk,” which will go in-depth into our area’s most valuable resource – water.

“Very few cities in our country have the rich waterfront heritage that Buffalo is fortunate to have,” said Donald K. Boswell, WNED ǀ WBFO president and CEO. “The goal of this initiative is to bring vital topics of information and conversation surrounding water resources to the forefront.”

“If Our Water Could Talk” will include a television documentary and additional discussion on WNED-TV airing Monday, May 12 at 9 p.m., radio reports on WBFO-FM 88.7, educational materials, an extensive companion website and community engagement. WNED ǀ WBFO plans in-depth coverage over a period of time about critical water issues including conservation, environmental cleanup, community and public access, commercial and industrial development and economic growth.

“Our water defined our history and it will define our future,” said Jill Jedlicka, executive director of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper.

WNED ǀ WBFO is currently seeking area water photos from the public to possibly be used in the upcoming television event and on the project website, wned.org/ifourwatercouldtalk. Photos can be submitted through social media using the hashtag #wnywater.

“People love the renaissance,” said Peg Overdorf, executive director of Buffalo River Fest Park, LLC.
“Everybody’s got a new hope for Buffalo and it’s all about water.”

Funding for “If Our Water Could Talk” is provided by HSBC and Honeywell. With additional funding from The Joy Family Foundation and Lawley Insurance.

SUGGESTED SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS/TWEETS:

Facebook: Send your best photos of area waterways for WNED ǀ WBFO’s “If Our Water Could Talk” using the hashtag #wnywater!  http://bit.ly/1lhqzNu

Twitter:  Send your best photos of area waterways for @WNEDTV ǀ @WBFO’s “If Our Water Could Talk!” Use the hashtag #wnywater http://bit.ly/1lhqzNu

Through WNED-TV, ThinkBright and Well/WORLD TV, Classical 94.5 WNED and WBFO-FM 88.7, 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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Thursday, 27 March 2014 19:47

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More than 22 percent of the city of Buffalo is water and the region lies within the largest fresh water system in the world. The abundance of fresh water is one of Western New York’s greatest resources.  WNED ǀ WBFO Buffalo-Toronto is introducing a multimedia project, If Our Water Could Talk, which will go in-depth into our area’s most valuable resource – water.

Media Contact:


Megan M. Wagner
WNED ǀ WBFO Director of Corporate Communications
(716) 845.7155 • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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