FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 12, 2014
BEST OF HORIZONS
DOCUMENTARY TO LOOK AT HIGHLIGHTS FROM
LOCAL SERIES BROADCAST FOR MORE THAN 45 YEARS
PITTSBURGH—In 1968, “the times they were a’changin.” Richard Nixon was elected the 37th President of the United States; peace-activist and humanitarian Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated; and a new television series (taped at WQED in Pittsburgh) focused on the social and emotional wellness of children called Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood premiered nationwide.
Another program began broadcasting from WQED Studios in 1968. Called Black Horizons, this weekly series was created to focus on the arts, culture, and concerns of the local African American community, and became the longest-running minority affairs program on television. Forty years later, the program was reimagined as Horizons to include the various racial and ethnic groups that now inhabit Pittsburgh and the surrounding communities.
On Thursday, May 15 at 8 p.m. a new documentary called Best of Horizons will premiere on WQED-TV.
Host Chris Moore will present a look back at some of the stories that defined the series, and the diverse people who make Pittsburgh their home. Viewers will learn about Bhangra, an energetic mix of Indian dance, hip-hop and gorgeous costumes from QED Cooks producer and host Chris Fennimore when he visits the Turkish Cultural Center in Dormont. Also featured will be the collection of thousands of photographs taken by Teenie Harris housed at The Carnegie Museum of Art & Natural History.
WQED changes lives by creating and sharing outstanding public media that educates, entertains, and inspires. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online at www.wqed.org/fm; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and iQ: smartmedia, WQED’s Educational initiative (www.wqed.org/edu).