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Month: October 2015

BID LIVE ONLINE NOW! LIGHTS CAMERA AUCTION 2015

LIVE ON-AIR & LIVE ONLINE All to Benefit Local Public Television, KTWU! GET READY FOR THE FUN AND EXCITEMENT of LIGHTS CAMERA AUCTION 11 for 2015: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 7pm – 11 pm is SPORTS NIGHT; SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 4pm – 11pm is the SPECIALS NIGHT; SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 4pm – 10pm is MAJOR DONATION NIGHT. The annual KTWU LIGHTS CAMERA AUCTION 11 returns for 2015 with lots of items, tons of fun and more bargains than ever before. The entire auction will be televised on KTWU-HD, Digital Channel 11.1, on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 7pm – 11pm; SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 4pm – 11pm; and SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 4pm – 10pm. Viewers will want to tune it to catch their favorite categories: Friday night is Sports Night, Saturday will be many Specials, and Sunday will be the Major Donation Items. Also on Sunday, November 8, and new this year, a time set aside to showcase the wonderful artwork pieces donated, from 5 to 6 pm. But potential buyers don’t have to wait for the TV show. Everyone can bid online, anytime at the KTWU website at ktwu.org. Register now to bid online. In the computer’s internet browser, type auction.ktwu.org and click on the red REGISTER button. Follow the simple instructions and begin bidding. KTWU is supported by many businesses and organizations in our community. This year, LIGHTS CAMERA AUCTION 11 is...

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Today is the Day! HAPPY 50th BIRTHDAY, KTWU!

October 21, 2015 — Fifty years ago today, KTWU signed on the air and began broadcasting as the first public educational television station in the state of Kansas. In the beginning, in glorious black and white, KTWU could be seen in Topeka and the surrounding area, although the station did not broadcast a full day’s programming schedule. Even as color and new programming came along, it was not until 1998 that the station was able to air a complete 24-hour-a-day schedule. KTWU is licensed to Washburn University, the call letters stand for “Topeka Washburn University”. The “K” does not stand for Kansas, as many assume, because stations west of the Mississippi River begin with “K” as mandated by the Federal Communications Commission. Those early years were very difficult. The small staff was faced with little revenue to operate the station. Programming was gathered from a variety of resources including local, in-studio production. KTWU became an affiliate of the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) upon its creation in 1970. The station began in a small building at the broadcast tower site on Wanamaker Road. Upgrades to the facility and equipment were always a challenge. More adversity was faced after the 1966 tornado as any potential supplemental funding was redirected to the main Washburn campus for cleanup and rebuilding. KTWU operations continued, though, as crucial public viewership and financial support grew over...

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