Fred Vigeant is WITF's Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio. Fred manages the schedules for our radio and television platforms. He also analyzes audience research and manages the public affairs program Smart Talk. Previously, Fred was at WRVO in Oswego, NY for 12 years serving in various roles including Program Director and before that Operations Manager. Fred graduated from the State University of New York College at Oswego with a B.A. in Mass Communications and Broadcasting.
WITF’s TV schedule changes frequently week to week and month to month. However, we have some larger changes to some long-running programs to alert you to beginning September 7:
The PBS Kids schedule is getting a refresh. This typically happens around the start of a new school year. We’re introducing Elinor Wonders Why to the schedule. The series encourages children to follow their curiosity, ask questions when they don’t understand and find answers using science inquiry skills. Join Elinor and her two buddies, Ari and Olive, as they explore Animal Town and work together to solve problems. See the new PBS Kids schedule on WITF. Preview the new series here. Elinor Wonders Why is also available on the WITFK PBS KIDS 24/7 channel, which has an updated schedule beginning September 7 too. WITFK PBS KIDS 24/7 is available as a livestream through our website and via the PBS Kids Video app. WITFK PBS KIDS 24/7 is also available on Comcast/Xfinity and Verizon FIOS.
The overall schedule for PBS Kids begins weekdays at 6:00am and continues to 1:00pm now. Previously it was ending at noon. Sesame Street and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood will only broadcast in the mornings on WITF. They are no longer repeating at 7:00pm to make room for additional news and lifestyle programming. Viewers seeking PBS Kids programming at 7:00pm may access WITFK PBS Kids 24/7 for quality children’s programming all day long.
Learning At Home
Weekdays 11:00am – 3:00pm
WITF is continuing to offer programming aligned with education goals for school districts. The Learning at Home collection of programs overlaps with PBS Kids programming at 11:00am with Sesame Street and continuing with programs geared toward high school students between 1:00-3:00pm. This collection of programming in coordination with the State Department of Education, Intermediate Units across the state and all 7 PBS Stations. Learn more here…
Weekdays 3:00pm – 4:00pm
America’s Test Kitchen, Fons and Porter Love of Quilting, Lidia’s Kitchen, Paint This with Jerry Yarnell and others are moving from the mid-day spot to 3:00pm. Please see WITF’s TV Schedule for information on where your favorite how-to program moved. Due to a limited amount of space, we have a few cooking and crafting shows that are paused in the schedule. We’re evaluating additional space in our weekend schedule later this fall to return them to the schedule. Weekday schedule in September 3:00-4:00pm will be:
Monday – America’s Test Kitchen – Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting
Tuesday – Cook’s Country – Quilting Arts
Wednesday – Lidia’s Kitchen – Knit and Crochet Now
Thursday – Taste of History – Paint this with Jerry Yarnell
Other series will be back by October as room permits including: Pati’s Mexican Table (new series 9), Kitchen Queens (continuing new season 1), Fit 2 Stitchand It’s Sew Easy.
News and Public Affairs
Weekdays 4:00pm – 7:30pm
WITF has expanded our daily news offerings in the late afternoon/early evening. The line-up includes Amanpour & Company, DW The Day, BBC World News America and PBS Newshour. Beginning September 7, we add BBC Outside Source to the line-up at 7:00pm. More information about BBC Outside Source…
This Old House
Saturdays at 9:00am and weeknights at 7:30pm
This Old House and Ask This Old House will continue to broadcast Saturday mornings. However, the Saturday afternoon repeat is ending. For the month of September Ask This Old Housewill run Monday to Friday at 7:30pm. Then in October with the new season for both series,, This Old Housewill broadcast Mondays at 7:30pm and Ask This Old House will broadcast Thursdays at 7:30pm.
Lawrence Welk and Carol Burnett
Saturday at 6:00pm and 7:00pm
We’re entering the final season of TheLawrence Welk Show. The series has been a mainstay on WITF’s schedule for decades. The last episode of The Lawrence Welk Show will broadcast in August 2021. While we say our final goodbyes, we will move the series up to 6:00pm Saturdays to make room for another variety series, The Carol Burnett Show. The first episode of ‘Carol’s Favorites’ will broadcast September 12 at 7:00pm. More information on The Carol Burnett Show…