On-Air Highlights

A look at July on WITF TV

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Jun 27, 2014 10:57 AM

Summer of Sherlock is here!  We dip into the archives for series one of Sherlock, which originally broadcast on WITF in 2010. Tune in Thursday nights as we rebroadcast all three seasons of Sherlock including season 3 that premiered earlier this year.   

A Capitol Fourth is back this year with even more talent including Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Frankie Valli; Grammy Award-winning music legend Patti LaBelle; multi-platinum recording artist and actress Jordin Sparks; five-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Michael McDonald; country music superstar Sara Evans; singer-songwriter Kendall Schmidt from BIG TIME RUSH,  and five-time Tony Award nominee and Broadway star Kelli O’Hara; with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.  Additionally, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of our national anthem, five-time Academy Award-winning composer John Williams will debut a special arrangement for orchestra and chorus of the “Star Spangled Banner” with the National Symphony Orchestra.  A Capitol Fourth airs live on WITF TV at 8:00pm July 4, with an encore broadcast at 9:30pm.  You will also be able to tune into the audio simulcast at 8:00pm on WITF 89.5/93.3. 

Vicious, a new comedy from across the pond, centers on partners Freddie (Ian McKellen) and Stuart (Derek Jacobi), who have lived together in a small central London flat for nearly 50 years.  Check out Vicious on WITF Sundays at 10:30pm and repeated the following Saturday at 8:30pm. 

It’s nice to welcome back the crew from History Detectives.  . Three investigators team up to focus on a single iconic mystery from America's past: Wes Cowan, an independent appraiser and auctioneer; Kaiama Glover, professor at Barnard College, Columbia University; and Tukufu Zuberi, professor of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. As the detectives unearth fresh evidence, sift through clues and crisscross the country in search of answers, they reveal new perspectives on stories we thought we knew.  Tune in to find out what they discover Tuesdays at 9:00pm.

Fridays through the month WITF will reprise some of the recent recipients of The Mark Twain Prize. Over the years winners have included Bill Cosby, Billy Crystal, and Lily Tomlin.  We’ll feature three recent recognitions Tina Fey, Ellen DeGeneres, and Carol Burnett.  All three air Fridays beginning at 9:00pm following Charlie Rose The Week

Science night through July features two new series. Wednesdays begin with My Wild Affair.  Hear extraordinary stories of the bonds between humans and their animal companions, including an orphaned baby elephant, an orangutan raised as a human child, a rhinoceros raised in suburbia and a harbor seal that entered the human world but remained wild at heart.  Later Sex in the Wild airs at 10:00pm. The series examines the reproductive behaviors and biology of elephants, orangutans, kangaroos and dolphins.

Earthflight provides a breathtaking voyage with the world’s birds, soaring across six continents.  Witness spectacular animal migrations and great natural wonders, swooping down to interact with life-and-death dramas on land and at sea. This miniseries employs state-of-the-art technology and sophisticated camera techniques to show the world from the amazing aerial perspective of a bird’s-eye view.  Earthflight originally aired last fall. Enjoy this encore presentation Sunday night at 6:00pm.

Hercule Poirot returns for the twelfth series of Poirot on Masterpiece Mystery.  David Suchet returns in his signature role as suave Belgian super sleuth Hercule Poirot in two new mysteries based on the novels by Agatha Christie. Whether he’s on holiday abroad, taking a countryside break or simply going about his business near his central London home, Poirot finds himself exercising his “little grey cells” by helping police investigate crimes and murders, whether they ask for his help or not.

Later in July join us for the documentary Marion’s Triumph: Surviving History’s Nightmare.  This is the story of one Holocaust survivor's near-escapes, dashed hopes and tragedy at the hands of Nazis.  This documentary was originally to air in May to coincide with Holocaust Remembrance Day.  The copy of the program we had was unusable for broadcast, and I appreciate your patience while a corrected version was made available.

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  • Vicky Richards Bowen img 2014-07-04 20:58

    It was a wonderfully tearful proud feeling that was given to me this day !! I am proud to be an American of Cherokee and Irish decent. My freedom is not free. I am married to a disabled Vienam Veteran. The only blemish on your program was when Patti Lebelle ruined Judy Garlands (Somewhere Over the Rainbow) that did not show how we praise our Americans for their accomplishments. Changing a classic is not a compliment.