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.
What to watch on WITF TV and via the PBS Video app to celebrate Pride Month recognizing LGBTQIA+ indivduals:
Friday June 4 at 9pm – American Masters: Ballerina Boys – Discover Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (The Trocks), an all-male company that for 45 years has offered audiences their passion for ballet classics mixed with exuberant comedy. With every step they poke fun at their strictly gendered art form.
Friday June 4 at 10pm – American Masters: Holly Near – Experience the power of song in the struggle for equality through the story of feminist singer and activist Holly Near, who for the last 40 years has worked on global social justice coalition-building in the women’s and lesbian movements.
Tuesday June 8 at 2pm – We’ll Meet Again: Coming Out – People whose lives were changed by the early days of the gay rights movement reunite.
Monday June 14 at 10pm – Expect a Miracle – The AIDS crisis in San Diego and Fraternity House, a hospice in San Diego County, is chronicled.
Friday June 18 at 10pm – Patient No More – The barriers that LGBTQ+ women must navigate across health care systems are explored.
Sunday June 20 at 2:30pm – Prideland – Actor Dyllon Burnside journeys across the South to meet diverse members of the LGBTQ community.
Sunday June 20 at 3:30pm – Becoming Johanna – A 16-year-old transgender Latina finds a loving foster family after getting kicked out of her home.
Sunday June 20 at 11:15pm – Out in Rural America – Struggles and joys of being lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender in rural America are explored.
Sunday June 27 at 3:30pm – Murder in Montrose – The aftermath of the murder of a 27 year-old gay man on the streets of Houston is chronicled.
Sunday June 27 at 11:15pm – The Lavender Scare – The firing of thousands of federal workers in the 1950s stirred outrage in the gay community.
You can find these programs available for on-demand viewing through the PBS Video app.