Clay Aiken – PBS News

With the excitement of Clay Aiken performing on PBS this year, I wanted to know more about PBS.  I have to admit that I have not watched the station as much as I probably should.  I watch Antiques Roadshow and my grandkids love Sesame Street and Dragon Tails.  However, I think its time to start watching some of the outstanding shows that are a part of the PBS schedule.

When I visited the PBS website, I found out so much more about PBS.  The following is a small part of the information they have on their site.


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For more information on PBS, please visit their site PBS

The following PBS stations have indicated that they will be showing Clay’s PBS Special.  The list changes daily so please check our PBS tab at the top of CANN to get the most up-to-date information.  And, of course, if you know of a station that is not listed, please let us know!

This list is from alienpal, a fan who works for PBS:
WKNO/Memphis 8/15 at 8p, 11p and 2a 800-895-8810
KQED/San Francisco 8/2 at 9p, 8/7 at 9p and 1030p 800-568-9999
WLJT/Martin TN 7/31 at 7p 800-366-9558
KERA/Dallas will air in Aug
NPT/Nashville 8/1 at 8p 800-355-5210
OPB/Oregon state network will air in Sep
WILL/Champagne-Urbana will air in Sep
KVIE/Sacramento 7/31 at 930a, 8/6 at 8p
OETA/Oklahoma state network 8/7
KAET/Phoenix working on Aug, iffy
WGBH/Boston probably in Aug
Rocky Mtn PBS/Denver 7/31 at 4p, 8/1 at 1130p 800-274-6666
WFYI/Indianapolis working on Aug
WUSF/Tampa will air in Aug
New Hampshire Public TV 8/2 at 930p
UNCTV/North Carolina state network working on it
WGTE/Toledo 8/2 at 1p & 10p, 8/6 at 11p 800-380-4664
WLIW/Long Island NY will air in Sep
KCET/Los Angeles will air, not sure if it will be Aug/Sep or in Dec
KUAT/Tuscon AZ 8/9 at 8p, 8/12 at 9:30p, 8/14 at 6:30p 800-223-7192
WEAO/Akron OH 8/7 at 9:30p, 8/9 at 9:30p 800-677-4549
WTTW/Chicago 8/26 at 7:30p, 8/29 at 1:30a
WETP/Knoxville will air in Aug
KLUX/Las Vegas 8/1 at 7:30pm, 8/5 at Midnight, 8/7 at 3:00pm

This list is from different fans who have contacted stations to find out about the special.

WCNY/Syracuse will air in Sep
WMFE/Orlando 8/5 at 8p
WETA/Wash DC 8/4 at 8p
KCTS/Seattle 8/1 at 8:00 PM, 8/7 at 11:00 PM,
WCET/Cincinnati 8/5 at 8p
WXEL/West Palm Beach will air in Aug
WPBT/Miami will air in Aug
Think TV/Dayton 8/5 at 930p
MPT/Maryland will air in Aug
NET/Omaha 7/31 6:30 PM
WTVS/Detroit 8/10 8:00 PM
MontanaPBS TBD
WTTW/Chicago 8/26 7:30 PM & 8/29 1:30 AM
WGVU/Grand Rapids – TBD/September
KUHT/Houston – TBD/September
WNED/Buffalo, NY – TBD/Aug or Sept
KETG, KETZ, KAFT, KTEJ, KETS, KEMV/Arkansas Educational TV – 8/5 8:00 at PM
KBYU/Provo, UT – 8/3 7:00 PM
WNEO/Youngstown, OH – 8/7 at 9:30 PM and 6/9 at 9:30 PM
WITF/Harrisburg PA 8/1 at 8:00 PM, 8/5 at 1:00 PM
KVPT/Fresno CA will air in Aug
KNME/Albuquerque 8/2 at 9:30p
WOSU/Columbus, OH – 8/1 at 11:30 PM, 8/8 at 4:30 PM & WOSU Plus 8/2 at 8:00 PM
WYES/New Orleans, LA – 7/31 at 9:00 PM
KYVE/Yakima 8/5 at 12:30 AM, 8/7 at 11:00 PM
KLPA/Alexandria, LA 8/3 at 7:00 PM
WLPB/Baton Rouge, LA 8/3 at 7:00 PM
KLTM/Monroe, LA 8/3 at 7:00 PM
KLPB/Lafayette, LA 8/3 at 7:00 PM
KLTL/Lake Charles, LA 8/3 at 7:00 PM
KLTS/Shreveport, LA 8/3 at 7:00 PM

It is exciting to see the list of stations broadcasting the special grow.  We can only hope that Clay, Decca and International Media are as excited as we are.

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  1. Thanks for the info re PBS. I'm thrilled that Clay has been chosen for one of their special fund raising shows, and can't wait to see it. From all I hear from those fans who attended the taping, it's a SPECTACULAR show.

  2. Yeah KERA in Dallas. I'm so looking forward to seeing this show. I really hope it goes well for Clay and PBS. Let's Go!!

  3. I am very excited about watching Clay's special on PBS. From all I have heard about it from the people who attended the taping…it is spectacular. I will also be pledging at that time.

  4. As one who was at the taping, it is spectacular 😀 I'm so thrilled to see my state on that list!! YAY!!! I'm so looking forward to seeing Clay Aiken on my TV in the very near future (and on my parent's TV even sooner)

    Thanks for the great information, PBS is definitely something that I have supported in the past and will continue to support (just makes it icing on the cake to see my favorite artist on there!!!)

  5. It's exciting to see the list of PBS stations growing. I still haven't heard about my local station, but I'm optomistic they'll air it.

  6. I was thrilled to hear from my PBS station, WGVU Grand Rapids MI, that they will be airing in September sometime!!! I drove to Chicago to see it air on WTTW and pledged, but will pledge again in September.

  7. Waiting to hear from NC. I'm imagining a big fund raising plan and that's why we haven't heard from them. Note the word "Imagining".

    On the other hand, I'm very happy to see the other states showing the program. I was at the taping and "excitement in the air" would be an understatement of the night. Clay's voice and the entire show was outstanding.

  8. Thank you for the updated list. I had called WOSU in Columbus, OH last week and asked when the special would air and was told that they hadn't scheduled it. I was preparing to write a letter to the program manager this week to voice my complaint. But seeing on your list that it is scheduled in Aug. has calmed me down!

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