A Downton Abbey Tea Party Just for You!


At NPT, we’ve been swimming in Downton Abbey-themed programs and events! Our 1920s soiree was an absolute hit. Nearly everyone was decked out in period attire, which was appropriate for our castle backdrop photo booth! We all clapped and laughed and boo-ed together at the appropriate times during the season 5 premiere (that sneaky Thomas)! Sharing the highs and lows of the episode with fellow Downton Abbey fans second-by-second was a rare treat!


Edie Wenczl and David Davis dancing at the abbey!

To continue our flair for all things Downton, we would like to invite everyone, whether you attended the soiree or not, for a special event here at our very own station! Make sure to get your tickets soon, because there are only 100 available!

Join us at Two O’Clock Tea with NPT in Studio A, a Downton Abbey inspired tea reception before a preview screening of the first episode of Season 5. From 2-3pm, enjoy English tea, champagne, scrumptious snacks, live music, fun photo opportunities, door prizes & more. Your ticket also includes a reserved seat at our free preview screening. Guests are encouraged to dress in their 1920s best. Proceeds from this event support programming on NPT like Downton Abbey.


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Christmas shows on NPT

Celtic Woman four Do you enjoy watching great Christmas shows? Sometimes they’re best surrounded by friends and family, other times just you and a cup of hot cider. Either way, we have several opportunities this month for you to get in the holiday spirit, from musical performances to documentaries to Christmas-themed series. Happy holidays from NPT!

Celtic Woman: Home for Christmas
Tues., Dec. 9 at 7pm
Sat., Dec. 13 at 8:30pm

Chef’s Life Holiday Special
Deck the Halls Y’all
Tues., Dec. 16 at 9pm
Thurs., Dec. 25 at 9pm

Christmas at Belmont
filmed live in Nashville
Fri., Dec. 19 at 7pm

Lawrence Welk Show
Sat., Dec. 20 at 7pm

From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians
Pt. 1 – Tues., Dec. 23 at 9pm
Pt. 2 – Tues., Dec. 30 at 9pm

Call the Midwife Holiday Special
Thurs., Dec. 25 at 7:30pm

The National Christmas Tree Lighting
Thurs., Dec. 25 at 11pm

Keeping Up Appearances
Christmas Specials
1995 – Sat., Dec. 27 at 8pm
1994 Sat., Dec. 27 at 8:30pm

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Giving Back to Our Giving Members


Well, here we are again, caught in the middle of Thanksgiving and Christmas, between turkeys and lights! Yesterday, social media (including NPT) exploded with the Giving Tuesday hashtag, and many of us jumped on the giving bandwagon. In this season of giving we hope you’ll continue this tradition and remember NPT in your year-end giving plans. It truly is the partnership of the Middle Tennessee community that allows us to create the stellar programming that our viewers depend on.

It’s our members who fund the likes of Tennessee Crossroads, year after year.
It’s our members who bring Downton Abbey and Doc Martin to avid Middle Tennessee fans.
It’s our members who make in-depth projects like NPT Reports: Children’s Health Crisis and NPT Reports: Aging Matters a reality.

It’s our members who make history come alive through documentary series like Tennessee Civil War 150 and Next Door Neighbors.

As a special incentive, when you make a donation before December 31, 2014, you’ll automatically be entered into NPT’s $1000 Visa Card Giveaway! A winner will be randomly selected on January 2 and it could be you! If you’ve already made a donation to NPT this year, you may also enter without making a contribution. See official rules here.  If you’re an NPT Sustaining Member, you’re automatically eligible for the drawing.  By donating to keep quality programming on the air, you can help continue the spirit of giving throughout the year and make more great programming a reality.

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NPT Productions Lands Five Midsouth Regional Emmy Nominations

Left to right: Joe Elmore and Ken Simington (Tennessee Crossroads) ; Thuy Rocco (Next Door Neighbors: Storytellers Ha & Thuy) and Mike Rocco

Left to right: Joe Elmore and Ken Simington (Tennessee Crossroads) ; Thuy Rocco (NDN: Storytellers Ha & Thuy) and Mike Rocco

NPT celebrated another successful year at the 29th Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards last night! Receiving five nominations from five different categories both inspired and encouraged our entire station.

A full listing of categories and productions, including those individuals nominated, follows.

Aging Matters: End of Life, Beth Curley, Mary Makley

Tennessee Crossroads: Ridin’ the Rails, Joe Elmore, Ken Simington

NPT Reports: Children’s Health Crisis – Food, Will Pedigo, Matthew Emigh

ArtQuest: Art Is All Around You, Linda Wei, Matthew Emigh, Beth Curley, Samantha Andrews, Anne Henderson, Dajiah Platt

Next Door Neighbors: Storytellers Ha & Thuy, Shawn Anfinson, Will Pedigo

Children’s Book Signing to Go Down in History at NPT


Anyone who has experienced change can understand a little of Savannah Green’s troubles in Gloria Respress-Churchwell’s new children’s book, Robert Churchwell: Writing News, Making History A Savannah Green Story. Uprooted by her father’s death, Savannah sulks about being transplanted to Robert Churchwell Elementary School, an unfamiliar Nashville setting. Savannah’s outlook shifts when she finds out about the school’s namesake, and how he is truly the “Jackie Robinson of Journalism.”

What makes the story even more interesting is that Robert Churchwell is Gloria Respress-Churchwell’s real-life father-in-law! Immortalizing her father-in-law through this wonderfully written children’s book, Respress-Churchwell beckons us all into an unforgettable story that encourages us to probe the family history that surrounds us.

Gloria Respress-Churchwell, former NPT board member, will be on hand Thursday, November 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm to sign copies of her book. If you’d like to pick up a signed copy of the book and talk with the author, we hope you’ll join us.  A portion of all book sales from the event will benefit NPT.

Don’t Ration Your Excitement for this Downton Abbey Event!


Violet Crawley, who “hates to get news second-hand,” is in good company. Nobody likes to receive news when it’s too late to do anything about it. Well, we at NPT want to make sure that you know about an upcoming event that’s sure to be a smashing success!

Though the last episode of Downton Abbey Season 4 didn’t leave us in shambles like previous seasons (alas for season 3!) we wait in eager expectation for when we get to reunite with the Crawley family and friends and see how the plot thickens.

Have you ever wanted to attend one of those fancy parties that the Crawley family hosts? Or enjoy live period music with fellow Downton fans? What about see the premiere of the first episode of Downton Abbey Season 5 on MASTERPIECE before it airs?

Here’s your chance to immerse yourself in a not-so-long-ago time at NPT’s 1920s Soirée and Screening inspired by Downton Abbey on MASTERPIECE at the Franklin Theatre on Thursday, December 11.

The 1920s Soirée will include hors d’oeuvres from Bacon & Caviar Gourmet Catering, drinks courtesy of VPT Ventures/Ajax Turner, live music and fun photo opportunities. Guests are encouraged to come dressed in Roaring 20s attire or as their favorite Downton Abbey character.

Following the Soirée, Downton Abbey enthusiasts will attend the only Middle Tennessee screening of the first episode of Downton Abbey Season 5 on MASTERPIECE, before it airs on NPT on January 4, 2015.

Soirée starts at 7:00 PM with the public screening at 8:00 PM.  Following the screening, guests are invited to go across the street for an after-party with music and champagne at event sponsor Walton’s Antique and Estate Jewelry. Get your tickets soon, because they’re going fast!

Known for her blunt honesty and expressive behavior, Violet Crawley has been known to pronounce, “At my age, one must ration one’s excitement!”

If, like Violet, you also believe you do not have time or energy for this event, peruse photos of last year’s event and see for yourself that this is an opportunity you will not want to miss!




Merle Hazard’s latest “Dual Mandate” featured on the PBS NewsHour

Local singer/songwriter/financial guru Merle Hazard (aka Jon Shayne) was featured again this week on the PBS NewsHours’ Making Sense of Financial News series. In this clip reporter Paul Solman uses Hazard’s latest hit Dual Mandate to explain the Federal Reserve’s role in stimulating economic growth while keeping inflation in check. Somehow it all begins to make much more sense when backed by steel guitar.

Here’s the clip from the PBS NewsHour:

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And here’s the full video Dual Mandate produced here at NPT by Jon Shayne  and NPT’s own Jim DeMarco and Matt Emigh:

Dual mandate


Next Door Neighbors: New Beginnings

NPT Visits Our Next Door Neighbors From Rwanda, Haiti and Burma

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NEXT DOOR NEIGHBORS: NEW BEGINNINGS, the newest episode of NPT’s Next Door Neighbors series, premieres Friday, November 7 at 7:00 p.m. on NPT. For the past eight years, episodes have highlighted Nashville’s Kurdish, Somali, Hispanic, Bhutanese and Sudanese communities (now available for viewing at ndn.wnpt.org/documentaries), and this time viewers will meet Nashville’s neighbors from Rwanda, Haiti and Burma. These three small countries hold big challenges for their residents. Following the premiere, NPT will also broadcast last year’s installment in the NEXT DOOR NEIGHBORS series, “Community.”


Refugee resettlement to the United States is often the last option displaced people have for a permanent home. The opportunity is available to less than one percent of the world’s refugees. Once in the U.S., in cities like Nashville, refugees are expected to build new lives. But what if a chance to go back to their homeland finally arrives? Which home will they choose? In three segments during the 30-minute documentary, host Danielle Colburn Allen explores why these neighbors of ours left their native countries behind and set out to make a new beginning in Nashville.



The Gatebuke family survived the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. They now live in Nashville and work to help others from the troubled African region. Alice Gatebuke is a columnist for the Huff Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alice-gatebuke/the-peace-that-wasnt-rwan_b_5183850.html









Phidomise Leveque is president of Tennessee Haitian Voice, a group that works to promote education, recreation and cultural experiences that will benefit Haitians and all cultural groups living in the Nashville area and helps eliminate disparities among Haitian families living in Tennessee with respect and love. She also hosts a weekly Haitian radio show on WFSK 88.1fm called Planet Creole.  “Phiphi” shares the plight of the Haitian people and the Nashville Haitian community’s efforts to help the poverty-stricken nation. http://www.tnhv.org/


NDN-NBeg_Alvarez_LamarExecutive Chef Lamartine Alvarez, whose mother taught culinary school, has always enjoyed cooking. Now the  Owner/Operator of Chez Lama Catering, he prepares delicious Haitian cuisine for weddings, church gatherings and other Nashville-area events. http://www.chezlama.com/Home.html






Regine Pierre, RN, BSN, was crowned Miss Port-au-Prince in 2013 and is now Miss Haiti International 2014. She uses her position to help Haiti eradicate cholera, especially after the 2010 earthquake that devastated the small island nation. https://www.facebook.com/missportauprinceformisshaitiintl2014






The Karen population from Burma saved a Smyrna church from closing its doors. This heartwarming story includes interviews with Father Randy Hoover-Dempsey and other members of All Saints Episcopal church. https://www.facebook.com/pages/All-Saints-Smyrna/100570823333593





NPT’s award-winning NEXT DOOR NEIGHBORS series looks at Nashville’s status as a destination city for refugees and immigrants and explores the rich diversity of people now calling Nashville home. Across the United States, mid-sized cities like Nashville are experiencing unprecedented growth in their international populations. Together these communities are redefining the traditional international city on a smaller local scale.

NEXT DOOR NEIGHBORS is much more than the documentary series – it also includes in-depth web content, public community forums, a televised panel discussion after the premiere of each program and literacy outreach for children and parents of immigrant families.

This extensive effort has played a key role in sharing authentic stories of immigrants and helping build bridges between their communities and Middle Tennessee’s traditional culture. Through this project, NPT has helped grow a welcoming of diversity while focusing on the many ways that new immigrants are contributing to Nashville’s growing economy and vibrant cultural life.

NEXT DOOR NEIGHBORS: NEW BEGINNINGS is made possible by the financial support of The Nissan Foundation, The HCA Foundation on behalf of HCA and the TriStar Family of Hospitals, and a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. A partnership with the Vanderbilt University Center for Nashville Studies provided valuable research and community outreach.


About Nashville Public Television:

Nashville Public Television, Nashville’s PBS station, is available free and over-the-air to nearly 2.4 million people throughout the Middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky viewing area, through its main NPT and secondary NPT2 channels, and to anyone in the world through its stable of NPT Digital services, including wnpt.org, YouTube and the PBS video app. The mission of NPT is to provide, through the power of traditional television and interactive digital communications, high quality educational, cultural and civic experiences that address issues and concerns of the people of the Nashville region, and which thereby help improve the lives of those we serve.




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Known Audio Issues For Some Charter Cable Subscribers

We have received calls from some Charter Cable subscribers who are hearing no audio or Spanish on certain NPT programs, starting about two weeks ago. It appears to be a problem with certain Charter Cable boxes. We have contacted Charter Cable Technical Support, and they recommend the following procedure to reset the audio on the affected boxes.


1>     On your Charter remote, press MENU twice to go to AUDIO SETUP

2>     Under AUDIO SETUP, go to AUDIO DEFAULT.

3>     This should indicate ENGLISH. Cycle through the selections to wind up on ENGLISH.

4>     Exit the MENU.


You should now be monitoring the main audio channel on NPT’s broadcast.

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‘Tennessee Crossroads’ Turns Lens on 20th Anniversary of ‘Eyes on LaFollette’

EOL - Photo by Andy Ashby, 1997

Photo by Andy Ashby, 1997.

Two graduates of program return to document its impact; segment coincides with new exhibit at Tennessee State Museum

Tennessee Crossroads will focus on Eyes on LaFallotte in an upcoming episode.

In the segment, premiering on NPT on Thursday, September 25 at 7 p.m. and ETPTV on Saturday, September 27 at 6:30 p.m., NPT videographer Matt Emigh and producer Will Pedigo follow a group of photojournalism students from the University of Tennessee as they make their annual trip to document life in LaFollette, Tennessee.

The Eyes on LaFollete project, now celebrating more than 20 years, is a collaboration between the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the LaFollette Press.  One weekend each year, advanced photojournalism students head into town and attempt to capture their best images in hopes that they will be selected for publication in a special edition of the paper.  For many students, it’s their first real world assignment. This was the case for both Emigh and Pedigo, who were themselves participants in the 1999 edition of Eyes on LaFollette as students of UT Professor Rob Heller.

Will Pedigo, Rob Heller and Matt Emigh (Courtesy of Karen Cumorich, LaFollette Press)

Will Pedigo, Rob Heller and Matt Emigh (Courtesy of Karen Cumorich, LaFollette Press)

“I knew going back to LaFollette was going to be special, but didn’t realize I would feel like I was getting to do the project all over again” said Pedigo, who has gone on to produce numerous Emmy Award winning NPT documentaries like Beautiful Tennessee: Our Scenic Waterways, Next Door Neighbors and Children’s Health Crisis. “I have to say, seeing our professor Rob Heller made me a little nervous. We wanted to do the project justice.”

This year, the Eyes on LaFollete project will also be transformed from pictures printed on newspaper, to the walls of the Tennessee State Museum. Eyes on LaFollette: UT Student Photojournalism Project Marks 20 Years, running from October 3 to November 30 at the Museum, will include select photographs culled from 17 editions, tens of thousands of images, and the work of more than 250 students, Emigh has more than a few that will be featured in the exhibit. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, visit tnmuseum.org.

“To see the culmination of two decades of work from so many brilliant UT student photographers is such an exciting opportunity,” said Emigh, an Emmy Award winning NPT videographer. “I can’t wait to see this exhibition— it’s going to be a real treat!”

The Eyes on LaFollette segment will re-air on Tennessee Crossroads on NPT on Sunday September 28 at 10 a.m. on NPT. It will also be available on the Tennessee Crossroads website, www.tennesseecrossroads.org by searching for “Eyes on LaFollette.”