Public Broadcasting announces expanded programming, new 'Weather World'

July 06, 2004

University Park, Pa. -- Penn State Public Broadcasting has announced an expanded lineup of weekday, community-focused public affairs programming, which will include a new format for "Weather World," beginning Sept. 6 on WPSX-TV. The programming, titled "Pennsylvania Inside Out," will air at 7 p.m. Monday through Friday with Patty Satalia as program host.

"Penn State Public Broadcasting is pleased to announce a collaboration with the Weather Communications Group of Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences to provide a 'Weather World' service Monday through Friday as part of our new public affairs series, 'Pennsylvania Inside Out,' on WPSX-TV," said Ted Krichels, associate vice president for Penn State Outreach and general manager of Penn State Public Broadcasting. "Although we are discontinuing our current weather program at 5:30 p.m., we have developed, in partnership with the college, a new 'Weather World' service at 7 p.m. Because more people are watching television at 7 p.m. than at 5:30 p.m., we anticipate more viewers than ever for the new 'Weather World' segment. In combination with the new lineup of locally-produced programs, we can now provide a more extensive public affairs schedule to the region, bringing an even stronger WPSX connection to central Pennsylvania communities."

"The Department of Meteorology is committed to broadcasting weather information to Pennsylvanians," said William Brune, professor and head of meteorology in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. "We look forward to working with Penn State Public Broadcasting to provide WPSX-TV viewers with comprehensive weather forecasts as part of Penn State Public Broadcasting's public affairs programming."

The "Weather World" service will feature Weather Communications Group meteorologists, including Paul Knight and Fred Gadomski, in the opening five minutes of "Pennsylvania Inside Out." The format will include both weather education and a forecast. The nightly "Weather World" report also will be available online at http://www.wpsx.org/ and at http://live.psu.edu/

"Pennsylvania Inside Out" will offer a variety of public affairs, news and informational content. After the "Weather World" segment, "Pennsylvania Inside Out" will include topical interviews, as well as magazine segments, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. On Fridays, WPSX-TV will broadcast a regional news-of-the-week roundtable discussion featuring local journalists, thinkers and community leaders.

On Tuesdays, WPSX-TV will continue its weekly, live, hour-long call-in format featuring "To The Best Of My Knowledge" with Penn State President Graham Spanier, "Creating Health Live," "Race Matters" and "Pennsylvania Inside Out Live" with Patty Satalia. These audience-participation programs will continue to be simulcast on WPSX-TV and WPSU-FM, and will be streamed live on the Web at http://www.wpsx.org and http://www.wpsu.org at 7 p.m. Tuesdays.

WPSX-TV's new "Pennsylvania Inside Out," with its weather, interviews and feature segments, as well as the Friday roundtable discussion, will offer central Pennsylvania viewers extensive coverage of local issues, University research and community leader perspectives at 7 p.m. each weekday.

"The format allows us to be even more responsive to our viewers," said Satalia. "Combined with the Tuesday live call-in programs, WPSX-TV is providing in-depth broadcast coverage of public affairs to our 29-county region."

Additionally, in collaboration with AccuWeather.com, WPSX-TV will provide a new service of morning weather updates from 6 to 8 a.m. weekdays.

WPSX-TV will premiere its new early-evening lineup effective Sept. 6. At 5:30 p.m. WPSX-TV will broadcast British comedy programs, followed by "The NewsHour" with Jim Lehrer at 6 p.m. "Pennsylvania Inside Out," opening with the "Weather World" segment, airs at 7 p.m. and is followed by "Nightly Business Report" at 7:30 p.m. On Tuesdays, "Nightly Business Report" will continue to be broadcast at 11 p.m. to accommodate the one-hour call-in program.

The "Weather World" segment is a co-production of WPSX-TV and the Weather Communications Group of the Department of Meteorology of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. Executive producer of "Pennsylvania Inside Out" is WPSX station manager Tracy Vosburgh.

Penn State Public Broadcasting serves 29 counties in central Pennsylvania with educational, entertaining and informational radio and television programming, local productions, educational services and community outreach.

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