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  • Local guests announced for national broadcast of Michael Feldman’s Whad’Ya Know? Live from the Forum in Harrisburg

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    Local guests announced for national broadcast of Michael Feldman’s Whad’Ya Know? Live from the Forum in Harrisburg

    Expect the unexpected when a political pollster, a winemaker, a rock band and a criminal defense attorney join Michael Feldman on Whad’Ya Know this Saturday, October 1st, for a live national broadcast.

    • G. Terry Madonna, Director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College, and frequent guest on witf’s Radio Smart Talk, will be on hand to banter about the Commonwealth’s politics and politicians.
    • Winemaker Carl Helrich, owner of Allegro Vineyards, a small, family-owned vineyard in south-central Pennsylvania producing premium European-styled wines.
    • Corky Goldstein, a criminal defense attorney in federal, state, and county courts, and former prosecutor in Philadelphia.
    • Musical guest American Babies, featuring Tom Hamilton on guitar, piano and vocals, Dave Butler on drums; Mark Karwan on bass and guitar and Adam Flicker on piano and organ. Formerly with the group Brothers Past, Hamilton now calls his music “loose, rolling and full of vibe.”


    During each show Feldman employs his off-the-cuff style to interview local guests, chat with audience members and play a rollicking round of the Whad’Ya Know? Quiz. Witty asides, banter with announcer Jim Packard, and jazz from the Whad’Ya Know? Trio round out the on-air entertainment.

    Presented by witf, which airs Feldman’s show each Sunday at 11 am, this will be Feldman’s fourth visit to Harrisburg. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 717-214-ARTS. Ticketholders are asked to be seated by 10:30 AM for the 11:00 AM broadcast.

    Each week Michael Feldman’s Whad’Ya Know? airs on 200 public radio stations through PRI-Public Radio International, reaching nearly 1 million listeners across the United States. Michael Feldman’s Whad’Ya Know? airs Sundays at 11:00 AM on witf 89.5 Harrisburg and 93.3 in Chambersburg.

    The program is also broadcast via streaming on, and podcast at

    Feldman’s appearance at the Forum is made possible by Jan L. Brown and Associates, a law office for older persons and their families, providing legal advice on estate planning, wills and trusts; and elder law, nursing home and asset protection planning.

    Michael Feldman’s Whad’Ya Know? is produced by Wisconsin Public Radio and lives on the web at Become a Facebook Fan or Twitter Follower of Whad’Ya Know? or follow Michael Feldman.

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    Tagged under Radio

    Wednesday, 28 Sep 2011 18:28

  • witf proud to sponsor Social Media at Work event

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    witf proud to sponsor Social Media at Work event

    witf, a leading regional user and champion of social media, is proud to announce that it will sponsor the Social Media at Work event, the Harrisburg region’s premier all-day social business conference. This event will be held at the Harrisburg Hilton on October 19, 2011. witf's President & CEO Kathleen Pavelko will be a member of the From the C-level: Why Should Business Engage panel.

    The keynote speakers of this event will be Kristie Wells, co-founder of Social Media Club, from San Francisco, and Mark W. Schaefer, author of The Tao of Twitter, consultant and university professor from Knoxville.

    Five panels will feature a range of topics based on what it takes to do more and better business—in our backyard and around the world. The topics include:

    • How do we convince decision makers to release resources for social media? And does it really matter if the president of the company buys-in?
    • What are the latest trends in mobile marketing, apps and the web? How can business harness the digital explosion?
    • How can business use social media for public relations and social response?
    • How do we measure and monitor all the conversations? Can we really prove a business value?
    • What position should social media have in your marketing strategy


    Tickets to this event may be purchased online here. Get the complete Social Media at Work schedule here. Follow @harrisburgsmc on Twitter for the latest updates on this event.

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    Monday, 26 Sep 2011 15:21

  • Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards honors witf

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    Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards honors witf

    At a gala ceremony on September 24, 2011 in Philadelphia, witf received two Emmy Awards for outstanding achievement from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Mid-Atlantic Chapter. Each of witf’s two nominations was selected as a winner this year.

    In the category of Health Program or Special, the witf production of HealthSmart: Mysteries of the Teenage Mind was honored for work by producer/host Keira McGuire and executive producer Cara Fry. It was HealthSmart's sixth nomination but first win. HealthSmart has been sponsored by Capital Blue Cross since its premiere season.

    Nell McCormack Abom was recognized in the individual achievement category of On-Camera Talent for her work as Program Host/Moderator of witf’s TV Smart Talk, which has been on the air since 1999. It was Abom’s four nomination and first win. TV SmartTalk is sponsored by PPL.

    "I am proud and honored to be recognized by my peers for my work on Smart Talk. I am grateful to our great team of professionals at witf, our sponsors and our viewers for their support. This Emmy is testament to our commitment to news and public affairs excellence," Abom said.

    “Two for two this year is wonderful news,” according to Kathleen Pavelko, witf’s President & CEO. “Our donors and corporate sponsors make the fine work of our journalists possible.” The awards were the first wins for witf since 1998, though witf has been nominated 20 times since 2005.

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    Tagged under TV

    Monday, 26 Sep 2011 14:50

  • Exploring the History of Pennsylvania's Writers and Publishers

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    Exploring the History of Pennsylvania's Writers and Publishers

    witf announces the publication of The Power of Words: Pennsylvania Writers and Publishers, the 34th history to be posted on the award-winning website,

    The Power of Words provides a broad introduction to the history of Pennsylvania's writers and publishers, from colonial times to the present, through an introductory essay, five chapter overviews, and essays on more than eighty state historical markers, supplemented by close to 200 new images and illustrations, seventy documents, a timeline, and an annotated bibliography.

    Ben_Franklin_EPHTo understand who we are as Americans today, we need to look to the words of the men and women who lived through the world-shaping transformations of our nation's history. Through The Power of Words browsers will learn about the pathbreaking roles that Pennsylvanians have played in the great revolutions of the modern world—and about how they made sense of great events as they were living through them: of the struggle for religious freedom in the seventeenth century, the movement for natural rights and political liberties in the eighteenth century, the major social reforms and world-shaping industrial revolution of the nineteenth century, and the social and information revolutions and economic transformations of the twentieth century. Supplemented by documents from the 1680s to the present, the story looks at the lives and words of Pennsylvania religious leaders and reformers, captains of industry and labor, journalists and historians, poets and novelists. The story also traces the history of some of the Commonwealth's great magazine and newspaper publishers.

    The new story also includes three lesson plans: on the lyrics of 19th century songwriter Stephen Foster as a way to understand the presidential election of 1856 for elementary schools classes; Owen Wister's The Virginian (1902) and the birth of the American Western novel for middle school teachers; and the impact of the pathbreaking Pittsburgh Survey on the passage of state worker's compensation laws in the early 1900s for high school classrooms.

    The story was co-authored by Charles Hardy III, a Professor of History at West Chester University, and journalist Jeff Silverman, with the assistance of Marie Denlinger and contributions by six other authors. Marie Brown Wilson led the search for the images, obtained from dozens of archives and repositories.

    For more stories about Pennsylvania history go to

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    Tagged under Education

    Friday, 16 Sep 2011 20:14

  • Slideshow: Flight 93 Memorial groundbreaking 2009

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    Slideshow: Flight 93 Memorial groundbreaking 2009

    On November 7, 2009, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar led a groundbreaking ceremony on November 7th at the site of the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County.

    Secretary Salazar was joined by elected officials including Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, U.S. Senator Bob Casey, and U.S. Representatives John Murtha and Bill Shuster. In addition, members of the Families of Flight 93, officials representing the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation, the Flight 93 Advisory Commission and the Flight 93 Memorial Task Force, as well as others – including first responders – also participated.

    witf's Tim Lambert was there that day to capture the solemn ceremony.

    In the slideshow below, you can view historic photos from the Flight 93 Memorial groundbreaking.






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    Tagged under 9/11, Flight 93

    Tuesday, 6 Sep 2011 10:48

  • Insider Newsletter - Sept/Oct 2011

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    Insider Newsletter - Sept/Oct 2011

    This is the September/October 2011 issue of witf's new donor newsletter, witf Insider.  The witf Insider publishes 4 times a year.

    Click on the image to see the full newletter.


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    Friday, 2 Sep 2011 15:35