WQED celebrates 60 years


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Where: Pittsburgh Golf Club.

When: Tuesday.

Minute-by-Minute Recap:

6:32 p.m. WQED, America's first community-supported TV station, marks its 60th year with an anniversary party. Greeting roughly 130 guests upon arrival are Deborah Acklin (president and CEO of WQED Multimedia), Debra Caplan (board chair) and Patricia Harrison (president and CEO for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting; also guest speaker for the event).

6:50 p.m. Mayor Bill Peduto and City Councilman Dan Gilman pose for pictures with the crowd, while chatting about their favorite WQED shows. ("Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," anyone?)

7:10 p.m. Elsie Hillman arrives to a flurry of camera lights. She stops to chat with Ms. Caplan and Ms. Acklin.

7:47 p.m. Momentary glitch in the film presentation (Hannah Entrekin saves the day!) is made light by Ms. Acklin joking that if it doesn't work, she will just do "an interpretive dance of 60 years at WQED."

8:10 p.m. "Public broadcasting encourages education and provides in-depth coverage on topics based on research -- not rhetoric," says Ms. Harrison.

8:21 p.m. Running late, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald sneaks in toward the end of the speech, catching emcee Michael Bartley off guard, who enthusiastically says, "Fitz, you're here!" to the laughter of the audience.

8:36 p.m. Seen eating cake are Ellen Donley, Ceci Sommers, Chris and Joyce Moore, Kevin Morrison, Valerie McDonald Roberts, Carole Bailey, Tonia Caruso, Darryl Ford-Williams, Kevin McMahon, Mary Murrin, Karla Boos and Mary Ann Eisenreich.


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