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PBS-HD Channel 6 kicks off a ‘fall fiesta’ of programming with world-class special programs including the Bee Gees: One Night Only, Barbra Streisand: One Night Only at the Village Vanguard plus Lower Your Taxes! Now and Forever with Ed Slott, and Simon and Garfunkel: Songs of America, just to name a few. These specials start Labor Day Weekend through September 18th, to engage and remind viewers just how important membership is to the fiscal health of Arizona Public Media.

In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of September 11, AZPM will provide coverage of the day’s national and local events including: PBS-HD Channel 6, NPR 89.1/1550AM, Classical 90.5FM/91.7FM, online at azpm.org, and in the community.

Starting at 3 p.m. on the 11th, PBS-HD Channel 6 will air national specials including Frontline: Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero at 3 p.m., a live PBS NewsHour: America Remembers 9/11 at 5 p.m., Great Performances: The New York Philharmonic 10th Anniversary Concert for 9/11 at 6 p.m., a special NOVA: Engineering Ground Zero at 7:30 p.m. and a second Frontline special, Top Secret America at 8:30 p.m. Click here for complete program details and schedules.

As part of our ongoing commitment to the community, we are proud to be a sponsor of Remembrance and Renewal: A Concert Commemorating the Tenth Anniversary of September 11, 2001, presented by the Tucson Chamber Artists, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and UApresents at Centennial Hall at 3 p.m. Classical 90.5 FM will broadcast the concert later that same day, tentatively scheduled at 8 p.m.

We’ve launched a special web feature, Ten Years On: Tucson Remembers 9/11, inviting viewers and listeners to share remembrances of 9/11, or reflect on change over the past decade. Please share your stories.

Radio highlights for the anniversary include comprehensive NPR coverage leading up to 9/11 and the day itself. Programs include The Sonic Memorial Project which commemorates the life and history of the World Trade Center and the people who passed through its doors. We Remember: StoryCorps From 9-11, hosted by NPR's Audie Cornish, takes an intimate look at lives forever changed by the attacks on 9/11 on the 10th anniversary of the attacks -- and checks in with those StoryCorps families to find out how they make their way today. The NPR Music website will stream several of the live memorial/tribute concerts taking place during the day and Classical 90.1FM/89.7FM will broadcast Great Performances: The New York Philharmonic 10th Anniversary Concert for 9/11 at 10 a.m. on the 11th. Click here for full program schedules.

On Saturday, September 24th, PBS-HD Channel 6 launches a new weekly film series Hollywood at Home, a significant collection of features showcasing the works of innumerable major stars and including many films never before seen on public television. Every Saturday night at 9 p.m. these films will be shown in their entirety, completely uninterrupted. The first film in the series is the classic comedy detective film The Thin Man (1934) starring Myrna Loy and William Powell and Asta, their wire-haired fox terrier. Titles coming later this fall include The Music Man (1962), A Shot in the Dark (1964), Moonstruck (1987), and Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994).

Be sure to tune in for Series IV of the popular Inspector Lewis Masterpiece Mystery series every Thursday night starting on September 22nd at 9 p.m., with four new episodes; Old, Unhappy, Far Off Things; Wild Justice; The Mind Has Mountains and The Gift of Promise.

The city of Tucson faces a Mayoral ballot and City Council elections in November. AZPM’s political team, Christopher Conover, Andrea Kelly, and Michael Chihak will provide breaking news stories as campaigns heat up during the months leading up to election day. Look for complete coverage on the Arizona Illustrated Roundtable which returns each Friday starting on September 16th with host Jim Nintzel, of the Tucson Weekly.

I am pleased to welcome our newest members to the AZPM Community Advisory Board, and James Allen, the new ASUA Student Body President; Dr. Harold Paxton, the U.S. Steel University Professor (Emeritus) of Metallurgy and Materials Science at Carnegie Mellon University (now residing in Green Valley); and Andrew Schorr, a partner in the Tucson law firm, Lewis and Roca.

As always, thank you for your viewership, listenership and continued support of Arizona Public Media.

Jack Gibson

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