posted by Laura McKee
This month we launch a new series Arizona Week, whose charge is to convene positive and constructive dialogue around the issues that are of greatest importance to all Arizonans, whether you live in Tucson, Phoenix, Flagstaff, Yuma, or at points between.
Veteran newsman and former publisher of the Tucson Citizen, Michael Chihak, will interview newsmakers and then host the best journalists in the state, bringing depth and perspective to the top issues of the week and go even deeper with its on-line components. AZweek.com and Michael’s blog, Chihak’s Channel, are up and running with behind the scenes information.
One of the objectives for this series is to engage audiences online, providing opportunities for you, the viewer, to help select topics and eventually to ask a guest or journalist questions on topics of interest to you. We are committed to developing more than a traditional television and radio experience for our audiences, and your input will be critical to the program’s success.
The series will air each Friday evening at 8:30 p.m. on PBS-HD Channel 6, following Washington Week and preceding Need to Know, the new online/broadcast public affairs series from PBS, and webcast on azpm.org. The series will encore at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday morning together with Washington Week (10:00 a.m.), in addition to numerous other broadcasts throughout the weekend on PBS World (Channel 27-3, Cox 83, Comcast 203), the UA Channel (Cox 116, Comcast 76) and VOD online anytime at Play PBS.
The series will also be carried on sister PBS station KAET Channel 8 in Phoenix and soon on the Maricopa Community College Cable Channel, in an effort to convene true statewide dialogue. We expect to produce a radio version of the weekly program for sister NPR stations in the coming months.
Both Michael and I look forward to your comments and suggestions as we build this program to deliver the information you need on the important issues facing our community and state. Please tune-in on Friday’s at 8:30 p.m. on PBS-HD Channel 6 or online and let us know what you think.
On behalf of all of us at AZPM, thank you for your continued support.