SD Public TV celebrates Festival

SD Public TV celebrates Festival South Dakota Public Television (SDPTV) will celebrate Festival, the annual membership drive, March 2-17 and viewers will benefit from several exciting opportunities.

Highlighting this year's Festival is a special live appearance by Jo Ann Castle, pianist and accordionist extraordinaire from The Lawrence Welk Show. Castle's appearance on Sunday, March 10, is in conjunction with two great shows. Castle will offer commentary, insights and fun facts during Lawrence Welk: Milestones and Memories at 6 p.m. The Legendary Liberace, a program celebrating Liberace's music life, career and legacy, airs at 8 p.m. An encore of Castle's appearance airs Tuesday, March 12, beginning at 6 p.m.

On Saturday, March 2, at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., Red Green and the Possum Lodge gang will put South Dakota to the test during the premiere of Red Green Live '02. Public television stations across the country will compete to receive the ultimate prize � a station visit from Red Green himself and his new movie, Duct Tape Forever, scheduled for release in theaters this spring.

SDPTV needs to be among the top 10 fund-raising stations in the country to receive a visit from Red Green. When Green isn't keeping track of the score, Red Green Live '02 takes a sneak peek at segments of Duct Tape Forever. There will be additional opportunities to win a chance to see Green when the program encores on Friday, March 8, at 8:30 p.m.

South Dakota is full of scenic wonders, many right in the backyard and Touring South Dakota features the best of them. Produced by SDPTV, this program premieres on Sunday, March 3 at 5:30 p.m. The one-hour program travels throughout the state by car, train, boat and tractor to capture the sights of South Dakota. Viewers can tune in again that Sunday at 9 p.m., Wednesday, March 6, at 9 p.m., or Monday, March 11 at 8:30 a.m. for encores.

The charming, spunky Anne Shirley has charmed audiences for decades. Tune in to Anne of Green Gables, a movie based on the books by Lucy Maud Montgomery. The award-winning Anne of Green Gables airs in two parts on Tuesday, March 5 and Wednesday, March 6, at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, March 9, viewers can travel overseas with Rick Steves for his special Rick Steves' England, airing at 4 p.m. Steves visits London, South England and the Heart of England and South Wales. The program encores on Saturday, March 16 at 5 p.m.

SDPTV has a special treat in store for viewers with the first-ever "Rock Around the Clock!" beginning Saturday, March 9, at 8 p.m. and concluding Sunday, March 10 at 3 p.m. During the rock and roll marathons, spectators will see some of their favorites.

* The oldies are still stirring souls in Rock, Rhythm and Doo Wop, airing Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 4 a.m. and noon. This spectacular special features as hosts pop music legends Frankie Valli, Jerry (The Iceman) Butler and Lloyd Price, and appearances by Little Richard, the Five Satins, the Innocents and Ed Townsend, to name a few.

In addition to "Rock Around the Clock!" showings, Rock, Rhythm and Doo Wop also airs on Monday, March 4, and Wednesday, March 13, at 7 p.m.

* R&B 40: A Soul Spectacular features a cross-gathering of Motown, Atlantic, Stax, Volt, Muscle Shoals and Philadelphia International talents from the 1960s and '70s. Included in this special airing on Saturday at 10 p.m. and Sunday at 6 a.m. are music legends and Temptations, the Isley Brothers, Sam Moore, Eddie Holman, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Fontella Bass, Percy Sledge, the Chi-Lites and many others. R&B 40: A Soul Spectacular also airs on Thursdays, March 7 and 14, at 7 p.m.

* Doo Wop 51, airing Sunday at 1 a.m. and 9 a.m. features historic performances by 30 of the original groups and performers popular in the 1950s and '60s. Viewers also can catch these tunes on Monday, March 4 and Wednesday, March 13 at 9 p.m.

* More Doo Wop 51 wraps up "Rock Around the Clock!" with its segment on Sunday, at 2 p.m. Following on the heels of other doo wop programs, it is the latest installment of the memorable music concert shows.

Boys' basketball fans are in for a special treat on Saturday, March 16, at 7 p.m. SDPTV airs the "A" state third place and championship games live from Sioux Falls.

Festival wraps up March 17 with an extra-special program, Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery, airing at 1:30 p.m. Nearly 200 years ago, these two explorers set out into the newly acquired Louisiana Purchase. This four-hour documentary highlights the triumphs and tragedies throughout their two-year travels.

For information about this or other South Dakota Public Broadcasting programs, call 1-800-456-0766 or visit the SDPB Web site (

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