July 6, 2011
With regard to the piece on state-run public TV, David Zurawik gets to the heart of the matter when he says, "the community-based formula, as practiced at WETA in Washington, is vastly superior in terms of guaranteeing editorial independence and community access. " ("Chris Christie's take on state-run public TV outlets — like MPT," July 5.) While Gov. Martin O'Malley may be completely blameless, the door is wide open for the abuse of power by less-then-honorable officials.
April 16, 2012
"The Maryland Harvest," a new documentary exploring the partnership between Maryland farmers and chefs, debuts Tuesday night at 9 p.m. on Maryland Public Television. You can watch a teaser for the documentary here . Produced by Hoopla, Inc. and hosted by Al Spoler, "The Maryland Harvest" follows the seasons as it chronicles several chef-farmer partnerships. Among the chefs are Spike Gjerde (Woodberry Kitchen), Cindy Wolf (Charleston) and David McCallum (Tilghman Island Inn)
February 22, 2012
Maryland Public Television said Wednesday that Steven J. Schupak, its senior vice president, has been named chief content officer. Schupak, who joined MPT in 2003, oversees the development, production, licensing and national distribution of the station's programs, among other responsibilities. Schupak is responsible for the station's local productions, including "Outdoors Maryland" and "State Circle. " During his tenure, MPT has earned 26 Emmy Awards and other industry honors for its productions.
February 17, 2013
Fourteen-year-old Caitlyn Fernandes of Dayton has dreams of one day being an actress, but when she landed a role in a television special that will air this week on Maryland Public Television, it wasn't the bright lights that attracted her attention. It was the dolphins. Filming for the show, "The Great Aquarium Treasure Hunt," took place after hours over several days at the National Aquarium in Baltimore . For the Glenelg High School freshman, it was a dream come true. "I'm really into animals, so seeing all of the aquatic life was my favorite part," she said.
March 13, 1993
Maryland Public Television is overwhelmed by the success of a children's show, "Barney and Friends," on which it is basing a new fund-raising effort. After airing six hours of the show last Sunday, pledges totaling $40,000 poured in. That's $10,000 more than MPT received the final night of the acclaimed Civil War series a few years back.Barney is a show about a big, imaginary purple dinosaur. The character has become so popular so fast it has eclipsed the internationally recognized Big Bird in popularity; "Barney" marched in the presidential inaugural parade and kindergartners trapped in the World Trade Center last month sang his theme song while awaiting rescuers.
August 28, 1991
Viewers of Maryland Public Television may complain about on-air fund-raising drives, but they respond to them.In its first on-air campaign in a year, MPT received pledges this month of $548,000, an increase of 40 percent over last year and a record amount for an August campaign, officials announced yesterday.In addition, 7,488 viewers made pledges during the 12-day period that ended Sunday, up 13 percent over last year, according to Michael Styer, MPT's senior vice president for broadcasting.