JACKSON, Miss. – From the first day on the air back in 1970 to the most recent award-winning shows, “MPB: Celebrating 50 Years of Service” memorializes a legacy of great programs and service to the people of Mississippi. The special documentary airs Monday, July 27 at 8 p.m. on MPB Television.
For many Mississippians, watching the show will bring back pleasant childhood memories of the local shows they grew up watching. “MPB: Celebrating 50 Years of Service” features clips from dozens of MPB’s award-winning programs like “Tomes & Talismans,” “Between the Lions,” “Dr. Tick Tock,” “Writers,” “Walter Anderson: The Islander” and “William Faulkner: A Life on Paper.” MPB staff members past and present add insightful commentary about MPB’s iconic television productions.
“One of the things that I thought important as we celebrate 50 years was to honor the extraordinary work produced by so many talented people,” said Ronnie Agnew, MPB executive director. “It’s a story of excellence, of commitment, of service. This documentary rightfully acknowledges the magnificent work of the Mississippi ETV staff, while looking into the present at the exceptional work created by this great team.”
This one-hour program couldn’t cover every aspect of MPB’s 50 years, so MPB Television is producing five mini documentaries – one for each decade since 1970. By late September, the mini documentaries can be viewed on the MPB 50th web page here, where viewers can find a timeline of MPB’s milestones.
As a special treat during the month of July, MPB is giving away three MPB 50th Swag Gift sets, which include a special MPB 50th T-shirt, commemorative cup, clips and pens as well as a current issue of the MPB Fine Tuning programming guide. Register to win by visiting the MPB 50th web page.
Mississippi Public Broadcasting provides relevant instructional and public affairs programming to Mississippians through its statewide television and radio network. MPB enhances the work of educators, students, parents and learners of all ages by providing informative programming and educational resources. MPB’s locally-produced programming focuses on the people, resources and attractions that reflect Mississippi’s unique culture and diverse heritage. Children’s television programs constitute a major portion of the daytime and weekend morning schedules. MPB provides a valuable resource to Mississippians in disseminating information as part of the state’s emergency preparedness and response system. Since 1970, MPB has won over 350 national, regional and statewide awards, including Emmy®, Edward R. Murrow and Parents’ Choice® Awards.