Viewers, raise your dialing fingers! Get ready for LIGHTS, CAMERA, AUCTION 2011 to benefit KTWU-TV, local public television. This shopper’s bonanza for live on-air bidding begins Friday evening, November 4, and will last until the gavel goes down Sunday, November 6, 2011.

Hundreds and hundreds of items have been donated to help support local public television through this annual fund-raising event. Thousands of viewers will tune in and call in their bids on an exciting variety of auction merchandise and gift certificates. These items are sold to the highest telephone bidder. High ticket items, worth $1,000 or more, are auctioned off the last evening of the auction.

Some of the unique and exciting items up for bid include a vacation stay on Gasparilla Island, panning for treasures, a portable scooter, local advertising packages, fine jewelry of gold and diamonds, original artwork, and an autographed guitar from Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary. Throughout the three-day event, viewers will see a wide range of exciting merchandise such as DVDs, sports jackets, local college and university items, clothing, pottery, animation art, gift baskets, gift cards, a live magic show, celebrity autographs, jewelry and shopping sprees.

On Sunday evening during the live telecast, LIGHTS CAMERA AUCTION will sell off the items valued at $1000 or more to the highest bidder. These items include: Peter Yarrow Guitar, Signed with Original Artwork; DeBacker’s, A/C Gift Certificate; Preventive Medicine Associates, 3-Month Professional Service; Sk8away, Special Skating Event; Cumulus Radio Advertising Package; Robuck’s Jewelers, 10K Gold Bracelet with 4kt Diamond Weight; Ace Computers, Complete Custom Build Computer; Spirit Lake Cottage Vacation Getaway; Gage Bowl, Cyber Bowl Party; Double Bar Pine Nursery, Burr Oak Tree; Kansas Koyotes, 4 VIP Season Tickets; Sonny Heller’s Music Box, Live DJ Show; DeBacker’s, Furnace Gift Certificate; Ball Custom Kitchens, Laminate Countertop; Premier Martial Arts, Private Lessons and Ju Jitsu & Kickboxing; Robuck’s Jewelers, 10kt Tennis Bracelet; Blackburn Nursery and Lawn Service, 2 Maple Trees; Jayhawk Pharmacy, Lynx Portable Scooter; Supersonic Music, Family Band Instruments; Ramada Inn and Convention Center Package; WIBW TV Advertising Package; Tommy Emmanuel Personally Signed Guitar from Kansas Guitar; Prairie Band Casino $1000 “Pan for the Gold” Treasures; Gasparilla Island Vacation Package and Topeka Antique Dealers Association Shopping Certificates.

The fun begins on Friday, November 4 from 7 to 11 p.m., with “Sports Night” with lots of items for viewer’s favorite teams and events, auctioned off with the help of Bob Fidler and Rick Douglas. The auction continues Saturday, November 5, beginning at 4 p.m. and airing to 11 p.m. with the evening highlighted by magnificent original artwork, auctioned at 8 p.m. Everything winds up on Sunday, November 6, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. with the major donation items selling Sunday evening.

“Once again businesses and individuals in our communities have been very generous,” said Chris Gallagher, Auction Manager for KTWU-TV. “If you are looking for holiday presents or something to spice up your home, maybe a travel package or just to get some essentials at a great price, LIGHTS, CAMERA, AUCTION 2011 is the place to be!”

All bidding is done by telephone using a toll-free number: 1-800-866-5898.

Gallagher encourages viewers who will be interested in bidding to call now and get an express bid number. “In the heat of a bid-down, seconds count,” she says. “An express bid number gives you the edge.” Viewers with express bid numbers are verified and can skip the slowing process of having to give their name, address and phone number every time they call in.

Verified express bid numbers are required to bid on the high value ticket items that are sold off on Sunday night. Express bid numbers can be obtained now by going online to or by calling the station at (785) 670-1111, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
KTWU LIGHTS, CAMERA, AUCTION has added online pre-bidding to the auction excitement for this year. Viewers may visit the station online at and not only see major donor items with specific details and information but also place pre-bids. The items will then be auctioned off, live on-air, on KTWU.

Many local businesses and organizations have made auction donations and some have stepped up to help underwrite the costs of producing the weekend-long event. Sponsors generously underwriting the Auction are Hasse & Long, Brewster Place and South Wind Gallery.

Broadcasting local public television for over 45 years, KTWU reaches viewers in eastern Kansas and portions of Nebraska, Missouri and Oklahoma. KTWU also broadcasts three distinct digital television signals: KTWU (PBS) in High Definition on Channel 11.1; KTWU/MHz Worldview on Channel 11.2; and KTWU ENHANCE on Channel 11.3. KTWU is licensed to Washburn University and was the first public television station in the state of Kansas to begin broadcasting educational programming.

For more information on LIGHTS, CAMERA, AUCTION 2011 or information on KTWU-TV, visit the online site at