Jul 21, 2009

Nuptial couple gets the WGBH studio blues

WGBH's One Guest Street studios have hosted celebs from cellist Yo-Yo Ma to astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson to ’80s rockers Duran Duran. But this was a first: On July 17 the studio was the backdrop for a wedding photo shoot. Photographer and WGBH member Rachel Hadiashar chose the locale because she’s “quite taken with the colorful design of the building,” she said. That's her photo above. Wouter (the groom, completing his doctorate in Theoretical Physics at MIT) and Eileen (the bride, who teaches English as a Second Language in Boston) said they were were delighted with the building, as their wedding followed a blue theme.

Sports added to Omaha's classical KVNO

News that Omaha's KVNO, a full-time classical music station, will begin airing live sports coverage in August has prompted a backlash among listeners of the public radio station licensed to the University of Nebraska at Omaha. "There were audible gasps in the hall" during a recent chamber music concert when Oboist Darci Griffith announced that sports broadcasts were coming to KVNO, the Omaha World-Herald reports. “Those people were KVNO fans, and no one had bothered to tell them,” Griffith said. The schedule change will provide a new source of income for the station because UNO's athletic department will pay the station to carry its football, hockey and basketball games. Michael Hilt, assistant dean of UNO's communications school, says the change benefits students and preserves the majority of KVNO's schedule for classical music.

Sesame president to appear at Cap Hill hearing on Children's TV Act

Gary Knell, president of Sesame Workshop, will testify before the Senate Commerce Committee Wednesday at a hearing examining the Children's TV Act, reports Broadcasting & Cable. The 1990 Act established a three-hour weekly minimum of educational and information children's programming, and addressed advertising limits in the shows. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will head the proceedings in his first appearance on the Hill in his new post.