Take a riveting ride on the Chuck Berry train exploring the life, the legend, the music, and the man who is regularly credited as the father of rock and roll.
Miss a show in the evening? Enjoy some of our highest-rated primetime evening shows earlier in the day during Prime Afternoons.
The start of a school year is never easy, especially after a pandemic. Here are some tips to cope with the transition.
A lot of things have changed in our 60 years of broadcasting — even our name. As Arizona PBS celebrates our big 60th anniversary this year, we’re reflecting on how we’ve gotten this far, while also planning for ways we can continue to serve our communities in the next 60 years.
Arizona PBS televises the Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Sandra Day O’Connor. ASU’s per diem is so low, anchor Michael Grant and producer Rip Wilson end up sleeping in Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater’s office in Washington, DC.
“Horizon” premieres in October, featuring attorney and ASU graduate Michael Grant as host.
On Feb. 23, “The Operation” broadcasts a live heart surgery from St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. Bernard Schuler’s quadruple by-pass is performed by Dr. Ted Diethrich, who took viewer calls following the procedure. Produced live, the program was seen in the U.S., Canada and the UK.
In September, Arizona PBS introduces more than 60 instructional video courses through the Arizona School Television Project. Initially, 25 schools in 14 school districts participate in the project.
Arizona PBS’ PBS special “Seasons of a Navajo” premieres in February.
In April, a new 270 ft. tower and antenna are constructed in South Mountain Park. The old 97 ft. tower is kept for standby.
On Arizona PBS’ 25th anniversary, stereo and SAP (Second Audio Program) transmissions begin.
Bill Williams Mountain translator signs on, serving Williams, the Grand Canyon and points north.
Pope John Paul’s September 1987 visit to Phoenix and Sun Devil Stadium is carried by Arizona PBS. Arizona PBS’ program about the event wins the Governors’ Award from NATAS in 1988.
Feb. 29: Arizona PBS begins its live, 170-hour, five-and-a-half week coverage of the Arizona Senate sitting as a court of impeachment of Gov. Evan Mecham. Later in the year, these tapes are given to the State of Arizona archive. Arizona PBS wins a regional Emmy Award for its impeachment coverage the following year.
Feb. 28: Arizona PBS’ studio lighting system erupts in a mercury vapor “incident.” The building is seized by HAZMAT teams, forcing the station off the air for 24 hours. General Manager Chuck Allen is seen on (other) local stations anxiously watching the seized building.
The KAET Poll is launched in May 1990. Produced in conjunction with ASU’s Cronkite School, it is an accurate and timely gauge of Arizonans’ opinions on current issues. In its first 10 years, KAET Polls are cited nationally in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the Christian Science Monitor and on ABC’s Nightline, NBC, ABC and CBS News and CNN. Cronkite’s Dr. Bruce Merrill and his graduate students are assisted by dedicated Arizona PBS volunteers.