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Jay: A Rockefeller’s Journey is a new television documentary from West Virginia Public Broadcasting. The film traces the 50-year public service career of John D. Rockefeller IV, while capturing much of the political history of West Virginia, his adopted home. 

 

It premieres tonight, June 22 at 9 p.m. on West Virginia Public Broadcasting Television. 

The program explores why an heir to one of the nation’s largest family fortunes would come to one of the poorest states in the nation - and stay. 

 West Virginia Public Broadcasting music fans are in for a treat--Annie Moses Band: Pilgrims & Prodigals airs Sunday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m. on West Virginia Public Broadcasting! 

We've got two Epiphone Les Paul Special II guitars to give away on Saturday, June 20 during our television membership drive--One is signed by guitarist Joe Bonamassa himself!

Courtesy of Sara Hoffman.

Don't miss Mannheim Steamroller 30/40 LIVE, Wednesday June 17 at 8 p.m. on West Virginia Public Broadcasting! 

During the broadcast of the program, we'll be letting you know how to get your own WVPB members package for upcoming Mannheim Steamroller concert tour stops in West Virginia! This is an extremely limited offer because it includes tickets and Meet & Greet passes for Wheeling (November) and Huntington (December) and will only be given away during this broadcast. 

Why would the heir of one of the wealthiest families in America come to one of its poorest states – and stay? What influenced him and who inspired him along his journey to becoming one of the state’s most influential leaders of the last 50 years?

Here are 4  moments from "Jay": A Rockefeller's Journey that describe the events that shaped the man. You can watch the broadcast premiere Monday, June 22, at 9 p.m. on West Virginia Public Broadcasting. 

The PBS Online Film Festival returns June 15 - July 17, featuring 25 short-form independent films from POV and a broad spectrum of public media stations and partners. West Virginia Public Broadcasting fans will be able to access the films in a variety of ways, through the wvpublic.org video on-demand page and now through Roku players, a new PBS app for Android and an updated iOS app (both compatible with Chromecast.)

Robert Viglasky/Mammoth Screen for MASTERPIECE

Special Sneak Preview Screening--see the first hour of the new series on June 11 at 7 p.m. at the Digital Sky Theater/Clay Center in Charleston! Door prizes include a set of the novels by Winston Graham and limited promo posters. This event is free with your online RSVP, use the form below or call us at 1-888-596-9729 for assistance.

As part of the Rockefeller Production Blog, we've asked Charleston Production Supervisor Chuck Frostick  to talk about his work on Jay: A Rockefeller's Story, and why it was such an important project for him. 

Working on Jay over the past year-and-a-half has been thoroughly enjoyable and a learning experience.

Canvassing the State

Courtesy Capitol Concerts.

 West Virginia Public Broadcasting honors the sacrifice of those who died while serving the country's armed forces with special programs on television and radio. From the musical tributes on the National Memorial Day Concert airing live from the nation's Capitol, to television and radio documentaries that recall important moments in history and first-person perspectives of conflict, these programs offer an opportunity for reflection and remembrance on this Memorial Day.

National Memorial Day Concert 2015    Sunday, May 24 at 8 p.m.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting

More than 250 guests turned out to the Culture Center on May 6 to meet  our special guest, Antiques Roadshow Executive Producer Marsha Bemko.

Many had volunteered or even brought their items in to be evaluated at the taping in the Charleston Civic Center last August, so they were anxious to see which treasures and finds made it into the three one-hour episodes. Those episodes are scheduled for air May 11, 18 and 25 at 8 p.m. on West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

Get an insider's look at a visit from Antiques Roadshow  when Behind the Scenes - Antiques Roadshow in Charleston, West Virginia premieres  May 25 at 9 p.m. on West Virginia Public  Broadcasting. The program follows the final of three episodes the PBS series recorded last August,  scheduled to air Mondays at 8 p.m. on May 11, 18, and 25. 

As part of the Rockefeller Production Blog, we've asked producer Russ Barbour to talk about his work with West Virginia Public Broadcasting and explain why Jay: A Rockefeller's Story was such an important project for him. 

Rockefeller while living in Japan
The Rockefeller Family

View Images of Jay Rockefeller's life from the upcoming documentary, "Jay: A Rockefeller's Journey."

The new documentary recounts the half-century career of John D. Rockefeller IV in his chosen home of West Virginia. Why would the heir of one of the wealthiest families in America come to one of its poorest states – and stay? What influenced him and who inspired him along his journey to becoming one of the state’s most influential leaders of the last 50 years?

Watch it June 22 at 9 p.m. on West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

Producer Profile: Russ Barbour

Apr 22, 2015

As part of the Rockefeller Production Blog, we've asked producer Russ Barbour to talk about his work with West Virginia Public Broadcasting and explain why Jay: A Rockefeller's Story was such an important project for him. 

RSVP for a Preview of 'Last Days in Vietnam'

Apr 20, 2015
PBS

Join a live online screening event featuring the Academy Award-nominated documentary Last Days in Vietnam. A special guest appearance by filmmaker Rory Kennedy kicks off a 50-minute preview of the PBS film.

Chat with a live panel of veterans and Vietnamese Americans from the film that escaped hours before the fall of Saigon 40 years ago this April.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A new documentary from West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Jay: A Rockefeller’s Journey, traces the 50-year public service career of John D. Rockefeller IV, while capturing much of the political history of West Virginia, his adopted home.

The free public premiere of the program will be hosted at West Virginia University’s Erickson Alumni Center, Wednesday at 7 p.m., in advance of the broadcast premiere scheduled for late June. RSVP here.

Photographer Michael Keller / www.wvencyclopedia.org

On April 27 and 28, West Virginia Public Broadcasting presents two nights of programs that look back at the era of the Vietnam War, 1964 through 1975. From the politics of the time, the protests, the casualties and finally the fall of Saigon, these programs reflect on the impact of the events that saw about 36,578 West Virginians serving, and ultimately reporting the highest death rate among all states. 

WV Cooks Recipes

Apr 14, 2015

West Virginia Cooks brought those who loved to cook, together. "Everyone has their own special recipes," said Host Harvey Christie. "I want to not only share the recipe, but the heritage and traditions that go with each one. I don't think this happens much anymore and this show gives us a great opportunity to keep tradition alive."

We join family, friends, and viewers in mourning the passing of Harvey Christie on December 1, 2006. His contributions to WV Public Broadcasting were many and he will be missed.

In 2003, West Virginia University's P.I. Reed School of Journalism teamed up with West Virginia Public Broadcasting for a documentary chronicling the lives of five cancer patients from diagnosis through their treatments.

Cancer Stories: Lessons in Love, Loss and Hope won a Midwestern Regional Emmy in the Informational Program category. The documentary also won an Award of Excellence in the 2004 Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts documentary category.

Special thanks to Charleston Area Medical Center, exclusive underwriter for West Virginia Public Broadcasting's presentation of Ken Burns Presents Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, A Film By Barak Goodman.

A Charleston Area Medical Center doctor, Suzanne Cole, is featured in episode three's exploration of the current state of cancer treatment. Watch episode three, "Finding An Achilles Heel," April 1 at 9 p.m. on WVPB.

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