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MPBN Radio “Super Thursday” One-Day Pledge Drive August 1st a Success

Building on the excitement of MPBN’s previous Super Thursday One-Day Radio Pledge drives, the statewide network launched another single day fund-raising effort on Thursday, August 1st. The pledge drive’s goal was to raise $225,000 in total pledges and the drive outperformed expectations over only 18 hours of fundraising. In total, 427 new members joined MPBN’s membership base and 2,054 pledges were made totaling $227,760 in pledges secured.

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Two MPBN Reporters Cited for Excellence by Journalistic Peers

Two veteran reporters with nearly 40 years of combined experience working for MPBN have been recognized by their journalistic peers for the quality of their reporting. Irwin Gratz, a radio news reporter who hosts MPBN’s local broadcast of the NPR program Morning Edition, is one of four recipients of this year’s Yankee Quill Award, which recognizes career contributions to the betterment of journalism in the New England states. And on a national level, Susan Sharon was awarded third place in the small market category by the Society for Environmental Journalists for her coverage of environmental issues in Maine.

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MPBN To Air "CIRCUS," A PBS Documentary

For centuries, the circus has captivated and delighted audiences around the globe, becoming a cultural phenomenon. Now, for the first time, step inside the ring, where the stories are true and the magic is real, for an intimate look at the mystery and thrill of it all with CIRCUS, a multi-part documentary premiering November 3, 2010, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET on MPBN, the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.

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MPBN to Boost Digital TV Signal Strength in Bangor

MPBN has made a significant investment in a television translator on Blackcap Mountain to close reception gaps left by digital conversion. The conversion had the unintended effect of leaving some non-cable and non-satellite viewers without access to MPBN broadcasts in the Bangor area.

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MPBN to Debut Original TV Productions on Science, Sustainability

MPBN will premiere two new original half-hour television productions about a new way of combining biophysical sciences with social science and economics to study Maine’s changing landscape, and how to sustain it for future generations, on Tuesday, September 27 at 8:00 pm. The first two episodes of “Sustainable Maine” focus on Maine fishermen, loggers and scientists from the University of Maine, USM, Bates College and Bowdoin College as they work together to balance economic growth with environmental sensitivity and local traditions of land and water use in Maine.

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