April 17, 1992 |
Shown nationally in December, the new Lyric Opera of Chicago production of Samuel Barber's "Antony and Cleopatra" was broadcast belatedly in Orange County in January. Tonight, even more belatedly, it can be seen on KCET Channel 28--and heard on KUSC-FM (91.5)--at 9. Barber, dead these 11 years, suffered deeply, it has long been reported, from the failure of the original "Antony," produced lavishly by Franco Zeffirelli for the opening of the new Metropolitan Opera house in Lincoln Center in 1966.
February 13, 1990 |
The couple sits at their living-room table, and the whip-whip-whip of an approaching helicopter seems to envelop their house. "Here it comes," says the wife to reporter Jeffrey Kaye. The chopper blades sound as if they're directly overhead. "You feel invaded," she says. Then the husband firmly adds: "I'm angry about this." "This" is the ongoing spraying of malathion over L.A.'s residential areas as part of California's effort to eradicate the Mediterranean fruit fly.
June 30, 1989 |
On a steadily bullish fiscal track, KCET Channel 28 says that its budget for the fiscal year that begins Saturday will be $44.4 million--a 15% increase over the current year. "I'm just really so up," William H. Kobin, the Los Angeles public-television station's president and chief executive officer, said this week. Adding to his list of happy statistics, in the midst of KCET's 25th anniversary celebrations, are a 6% increase in viewership and a 5% increase in subscribers over the previous year.
July 11, 1987 |
The Houston Grand Opera production of Scott Joplin's 1908 musical parable "Treemonisha" has been a national treasure for more than a decade now: celebrated in print, reproduced and marketed on both records (by DG) and home video (by Sony) until Joplin's extraordinary mixture of pop, classical and folk idioms seems utterly natural if not commonplace. On Sunday afternoon at 2:30, the Houston "Treemonisha" arrives on KCET Channel 28, with stereo simulcasts scheduled on KUSC-FM (91.
April 28, 1989 |
KCET Channel 28, currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, disclosed Thursday that it has received $20 million in commitments toward what it hopes will be a record $50-million campaign to construct a new building and parking structure, buy new equipment and bolster its programming resources. William H. Kobin, president and chief executive officer of Los Angeles' major public-TV station, said the campaign is designed to enable KCET to "meet the challenges of the 1990s" and become "a pacesetter" in the noncommercial system.
September 16, 1991 |
In contrast to the public rebuke that Cardinal Roger M. Mahony delivered to KCET Channel 28 for broadcasting "Stop the Church," a 24-minute film that criticizes Catholic policies toward AIDS and homosexuality, the film's presentation on WNET here Friday night drew no reaction from Cardinal John O'Connor.
January 22, 1987 |
The W. M. Keck Foundation has bestowed a $600,000 grant on KCET Channel 28 to pay for the acquisition of "Sesame Street," "The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour" and other national programs, and to buy a new 24-track audio console, the station said Wednesday. The foundation, established by the late founder of the Superior Oil Co., has been a strong supporter of KCET in recent years.
April 19, 1991 |
KABC Channel 7, having won many of the key local time periods in the ratings sweeps last February, led its rivals again Thursday with 45 nominations for the 1990 Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards. KABC collected 15 more nominations from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences than its nearest network-affiliate competitor, KCBS Channel 2. KNBC Channel 4 garnered 15.
December 2, 1992 |
Ending a yearlong dispute with Cardinal Roger M. Mahony over televising a documentary that assailed the Roman Catholic Church's response to AIDS, KCET Channel 28 has revised its broadcast guidelines and pledged to offer a "balance of views" in all future programming.
July 21, 1989 |
Desperate, down-on-his-luck Arthur Parker urges a banker to loan him money to open his own business. The prudent banker wants collateral. Arthur has none. The banker refuses the loan. Arthur pleads. The banker isn't moved. Arthur protests. The banker won't budge. Arthur is outraged. The banker orders him out. Livid with anger, Arthur opens his mouth. . . . And sings. Then Arthur and the banker dance. . . . With each other.