Rock, Pop and Doo WopMy Music | Friday, 7 p.m.
Rock and pop legends Jon "Bowzer" Bauman (formerly of Sha Na Na) and Ronnie Spector (of the Ronettes) bring back the best songs from the late 1950s and early 1960s rock, pop and doo wop era in this MY MUSIC concert event. The special, recorded in May 2010, includes live performances and rare, never before available archival classics from the Dick Clark vaults.
91st National Christmas Tree LightingSunday | 8 p.m.
This special promises to include appearances and performances by some of the most recognizable names in entertainment. The evening's festivities will be capped off with the ceremonial lighting of the National Christmas Tree, which is traditionally handled by the president and first family.
Elvis: Aloha From HawaiiSaturday | 8:30 p.m.
Elvis Presley made television and entertainment history with his Elvis, Aloha from Hawaii concert television special. The performance took place at the Honolulu International Center Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii, on January 14, 1973. At 12:30 a.m. Hawaiian time, the concert was beamed live via Globecam Satellite to Australia, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, The Philippines, South Vietnam and other countries. It attracted 37.8% of the viewers in Japan, 91.8% in the Philippines, 70% in Hong Kong, and 70-80% of the viewers in Korea. It was seen on a delayed basis in approximately 30 European countries later the same day. It did not air in America until April 4th, when an edited version of the concert, expanded with songs videotaped just after the live event, was presented on NBC. That broadcast attracted 51% of the television viewing audience. In all, it was seen in about 40 countries by 1-to-1.5 billion people. A global smash. Entertainment events presented live via satellite are common today but, in 1973, this was a first. Never before had one performer held the world's attention in such a way. Aloha from Hawaii presents Elvis Presley at the pinnacle of his superstardom, giving one of the most outstanding concert performances of his career.
Friday Travel Programming Block
7 p.m. - America's Heartland
Head for Arizona's bad lands on an unusual sheep drive. Test your haircutting abilities at a Tennessee sheep shearing school. Travel to Nevada where wooly white animals help prevent wildfires.
7:30 p.m. - Artland Highways
Don’t miss a special presentation of Heartland Highways -- or rather Artland Highways -- here on WEIU. This inspirational 90-minute program highlights the talents of people living right here in the heartland.
Art comes in many forms and canvases -- including wood, glass, metal, the digital realm and beyond -- and you’ll see it all unfold in this program. Meet the artists and hear their stories of inspiration and passion for what they do. Every mile is an artventure, so don’t miss Artland Highways!
8 p.m. - Joseph Rosendo's Travelscope
A San Antonio Christmas - San Antonio is a festival town and Christmas is a most festive time of year. Joseph joins the locals and visitors to celebrate the season along San Antonio's famous river walk surrounded by songs, decorations and plenty of holiday cheer.
Yet San Antonio is more than the River Walk, and Christmas in San Antonio means more than twinkling lights. In San Antonio, faith is real and "Feliz Navidad" is heard more often than "Merry Christmas." So, Joseph explores the city's spiritual roots at festive events like Mission San Jose's Mirachi Mass, as well as Christmas and Chanukah events held at the historic La Villita in the Arneson River Theater. The real meaning of Christmas is most evident when he gathers with San Antonio families in their homes to honor their heritage and practice their customs in traditional ceremonies such as the Tamalada - holiday tamale making - and in the city's San Fernando Cathedral at the midnight Serenada for the Virgin of Guadalupe.
8:30 p.m. - Rick Steves' Europe
Paris: Embracing Life and Art - In this second of two episodes on Europe's "City of Light," we ride a unicorn into the Middle Ages at the Cluny Museum, take a midnight Paris joyride in a classic car, get an extremely close-up look at heavenly stained glass in Sainte-Chapelle, go on a tombstone pilgrimage at Pere Lachaise Cemetery, and savor the Parisian cafe scene. Few cites are so confident in their expertise in good living-and as travelers, we get to share in that uniquely Parisian joie de vivre.
9 p.m. - Globe Trekker
Food Hour: Southern China - Celebrated New Zealand chef Peter Gordon discovers the roots of Cantonese cuisine. Peter's journey takes him north to Lianzhou, the mountain home of the Yao tribe, where he cooks succulent spiced pork. Next he walks the rice fields of the Pearl River Delta, meets traditional medical doctors in Foshan, cooks up a strength-giving feast for dragon boat racing crews in Guangzhou, shops in the fabled market of Qingping, samples street fare in Chaozhou, visits the tea mountains near An'xi, stops in the glittering city of Xiamen and ends his journey in Daya Bay for simple soul food.
Wages of SpinDick Clark, American Bandstand and the Payola Scandals | Sunday, 9 p.m.
A fascinating, multi-dimensional and provocative account of the evolution of the Philadelphia music scene between 1952 and 1962, the evolution of American Bandstand, and the creation of one of the industry's true moguls, Dick Clark. Pulling no punches, the documentary takes on the highly-controversial subject of the payola scandals of the time period and Clark's testimony before Congress. Performers interviewed include Chubby Checker, Connie Francis, Fabian, Frankie Avalon, Len Barry, Charlie Gracie, members of The Beach Boys, Danny & the Juniors and many others.
Downton Abbey - Season 3 MarathonNew Year's Eve | Begins at 2 p.m.
WEIU begins airing the all new fourth season of Downton Abbey on Jan. 13, but before that exciting day we're giving you the opportunity to catch up or refresh your memory on everything that happened in Season 3!
Beginning at 2 p.m. on New Year's Eve, we'll air all six episodes of Season 3 in a row -- a grand total of seven straight hours of this international hit series!
2 p.m. - Season 3, Part 1 (Episode Info)
5 p.m. - Season 3, Part 3 (Episode Info)
6 p.m. - Season 3, Part 4 (Episode Info)
7 p.m. - Season 3, Part 5 (Episode Info)
8 p.m. - Season 3, Part 6 (Episode Info)
EIU Fall CommencementGet Your DVD Copies!
Maybe you missed out on seeing your favorite Eastern Illinois University graduate receive his/her diploma at this year's Fall Commencement ceremony, or perhaps you'd just like to have video of this momentous occasion to relive over the years. Either way, WEIU has you covered!
If you would like to purchase DVD copies of the commencement proceedings, visit our online store for pricing and ordering information!
A Farm Storywith Jerry Apps | Saturday, 7 p.m.
Experience farm life in the 1930s and 40s through the eyes of a boy growing up in Wild Rose, Wisconsin, the archetype of rural America, guided by acclaimed author, teacher and historian Jerry Apps. Like a family photo album, this portrait evokes memories of experiences that created the values of hard work, determination and community.
Sunday Lifestyle Programming Block
5 p.m. - Growing Bolder: Born to Dance
With the Greatest of Ease - 67-Year-Old Joe Johnston is a champion at track and field, and the pole vault is his specialty. He flies through the air with the greatest of ease, but he's no circus performer. Joe says he has the secret to life, and he's sharing it with Growing Bolder.
So She Thought She Could Dance - Thanks to the popularity of dance shows on network TV, dance studios around the country are busier than they've been in decades. Many more people would love to take lessons but worry about embarrassing themselves. By all accounts, Quin Bommelje was so bad when she first started, her teacher and even her husband couldn't bear to watch. She had a hard time to keeping time to the beat. Now, her younger dance partner has a hard time keeping up with her!
Final Resting Place - It's art. It's a memorial. It's grandma's cremated remains! We're all about living and normally wouldn't cover the National Funeral Directors Convention, but we heard the industry is changing rapidly. We promise, this story isn't depressing. A little weird? Yeah, we'll give you that. From launching your loved one's ashes into space to tucking them into the barrel of a hunting fan's shotgun, we'll give you unusual ideas for a final resting place.
5:30 p.m. - My Generation: The Meaning of Money: Make It, Spend It, Give It Away
Money maven Suze Orman shares her financial freedom philosophy. Pay a visit to fashion icon Diane Von Furstenberg to unlock how she makes money, spends it and gives it away. Financial Feng Shui: Can changing your outlook improve your income? Wise money words from Ben Stein.
6 p.m. - Chef's Life: The Buttermilk Belt
Vivian and Ben go to Maple View Dairy to pick up product for the restaurant. They talk buttermilk with the dairy's manager, and the noise Ben makes while savoring his cup of the thick liquid annoys his wife. The couple attempts to shoot the twins' Christmas card picture in the family's swimming-pool-turned-turnip patch, while Vivian's nieces and nephews desperately try to make buttermilk with their great-grandmother's butter churn.
6:30 p.m. - The Mind of a Chef: Italian
April explores her deep love for Italian cuisine and its influence on her cooking. She visits Marcella Hazan and cooks a dish that reinvigorated her love of cooking. Chef Ruth Rogers makes walnut tagliatelle; in San Francisco Chef Mike Tusk makes extruded pasta; and April makes her famous gnudi.
7 p.m. - Antiques Roadshow: Survivors
Every antique is a survivor, but considering some have made it through exceptionally dangerous circumstances, it is amazing they survived at all. In this special episode, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW highlights amazing tales of rescues, near misses, and beating the odds with treasures that have endured wars, natural disasters, fires and more. A French Blue John urn that remains largely intact despite multiple gunshots is appraised for $3,000 to $5,000. Other highlights include a New Orleans Chess Table that held strong through Hurricane Katrina and hotel stationary - bearing the names of three of the four Beatles - that escaped a fiery end.
Sunday Lifestyle Programming Block
5 p.m. - Growing Bolder: Take Second Chances
Famous Face - His life was one of abuse and rejection. The more he suffered, the stronger his resolve. No one believed in him, until a chance meeting with a fledgling talk show host changed everything. Now, after 20 years as Oprah Winfrey's personal makeup artist, Reggie Wells is set to soar.
Roderick Sewell - Just a few years ago, Roderick Sewell was a homeless teenager with no legs who was failing school. Today, he's a world-class athlete, attends college and he's set his sights on a big goal -- making the Paralympics team. His life started turning around when he got involved with the Challenged Athletes Foundation, an organization that not only provides running legs for disabled athletes -- it provides a pathway to a successful life.
Second Chance at Life - At age 68, Larry Pontius had a life expectancy counted in single-digit days. Even the smallest things reminded him of his own mortality -- commercials for a football season he might never see; pictures of places he might never get to visit. Then came a life-changing call.
5:30 p.m. - My Generation: Buck the Trend
Go backstage with the iconic cast of TV Land's Hot in Cleveland. See how Grandmother Ernestine Sheppard redefines staying fit for life. Discover how living off the grid in a house made of hay can lead to the good life.
6 p.m. - Chef's Life: Have Yourself Some Moonshine
Vivian visits Broad Slab Distillery, where they talk about the art and soul of white lightning. The restaurant's mixologist works moonshine into several new drinks, while the restaurant staff struggles through the holiday party season. They end the season with a party of their own at Ben and Vivian's new house, with AppleJack Moonshine cocktails making a guest appearance.
6:30 p.m. - The Mind of a Chef: British Classics
Bangers and mash, fish'n'chips, and pies and more pies ... these are some of the signature dishes of UK cuisine. In this episode, April and friends prepare their versions of the classics. April eats on the streets of London, and April and Fergus Henderson visit a classic London pie shop.
7 p.m. - Antiques Roadshow: Des Moines, Hour 1
Host Mark L. Walberg is joined by appraiser Wes Cowan at the Iowa State Museum in Des Moines to look at its collection of highly prized sand bottles by 19th-century Iowa folk artist Andrew Clemens. Highlights include a late-Victorian 14-karat gold vest chain and fob; a pair of 1963 and 1966 Green Bay Packers signed footballs; and a rare collection of promotional movie memorabilia from Hollywood's Golden Age, valued at $25,000 to $28,000.
Jon Roemer - Dakota, IL
"I actually came to Eastern looking for a degree in broadcasting or journalism of some sort. When I came through (Hit-Mix 88.9) on a student tour, they said you can get experience on-air. That's pretty cool."
WEIU membership is important to Jon, and you can also be a proud member!
Bill Hill - Charleston, IL
"Education has been my life. Learning has been my life ... and it’s so important that we have the educational programs offered by WEIU. The opportunities (for students) to get hands on experience is immeasurable."
WEIU membership is important to Bill, and you can also be a proud member!
Jack Neal - General Manager
When Did You Start at WEIU? 2010
Favorite Show on WEIU-TV: This is a tough one! I'm a fan of everything we do both on the air as well as in the world of education. But truth be told, my favorites are locally produced programs. Heartland Highways gives me a chance to see some of the many amazing places in this wonderful area we call home. I've seen places on Heartland Highways that lifelong east central Illinois residents didn't know existed...and then made the short drive to see those places up close and personal myself. And I've learned so much about some of the most interesting people who are our neighbors.
Another of my top three would be Four Rivers Ag Report. Though I'm not a farmer, I live on a working farm and see the daily ag activity that drives our area. No matter what we do, we are a part of agriculture. And I find that fascinating. The things I've learned about our farm community as a result of Four Rivers are pretty amazing. And as much as Four Rivers Ag Report focuses on the farmers in our area, it does just as good a job of celebrating our rural lifestyle.
Last but not least is News Watch. There is nowhere else to find the kind of coverage News Watch provides our area. Even in a world of 24/7 online and cable/satellite news services, I find News Watch the only place to watch and learn what's happening in OUR community. It's unique.
What have you learned while working at WEIU? This could be a chapter in itself!In my case, I came to WEIU after working in public broadcasting for decades.I'd worked for many stations in many parts of the country. My fascination with WEIU was two-fold: The fact that WEIU is MORE than a PBS station, and the opportunity to live in this incredible community. Being a part of a non-commercial TV station that goes so far beyond programming what most PBS stations provide has allowed me to learn an amazing number of new things about our world. And being in the east central Illinois community has taught me just how special and unique this place is. I've learned that what may appear on the outside to be an unchanging environment becomes a wealth of different sights, sounds and experiences with the march of the seasons, the constantly varying weather and the beautiful lighting variations of each passing day.
Why should someone become a member of WEIU? WEIU is certainly not like most TV stations. We're obviously nothing like a commercial TV station which is funded by commercials based on the number of people watching each program. Yet, we're also different than most non-commercial TV stations, as well ... both in what we air and who we aim to serve. And that's important to me. As I've seen more of the media universe surround us with an array of programs, news, shopping channels and pretty much anything you could imagine, I still find WEIU the ONLY place where I can learn about MY neighbors and MY community. I know such a service is not going to be supported by other communities or by commercial sponsors. I frankly wouldn't expect it to be. So I find it important to support that service that serves me and the people who are my neighbors. It seems to be part of the American way of taking care of those things that are important to us. At least that's how I see it!
WEIU is very important to me and I hope to you, as well.
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