Intern Journal #6: The PBS39 Pledge Experience

Last Updated by Tyler Winston on

I have been a PBS fan since day one. From Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, to Reading Rainbow and Bill Nye the Science Guy, I was hooked from the get go. I even remember mimicking the voiceover at the conclusion of each program that read, “This program was made possible by contributions to your PBS station from viewers like you. Thank you.” And, even though I recited this after every show, I had no idea what it meant. In fact, it wasn’t until I started interning here at PBS39 that I really began to understand the meaning behind that famous credit.

PBS credits “viewers like you” because it is the viewers who help fund our mission, representing the single largest source of support for PBS39. Whether it is a one-time donation or a monthly contribution from one of our sustaining members, every penny from our members counts.

On Monday night, I got to go behind the scenes once again, this time to witness the taping of our live pledge breaks. Pledge drives are just another way that viewers contribute to the PBS mission. For the third day of March Pledge we had Annie Dupre, vocalist and violinist of The Annie Moses Band, join us in Studio A to provide a closer look at the talented ensemble of musicians. Viewers had the opportunity to support PBS39 and receive a ticket to enjoy a concert with the Annie Moses Band at Allentown’s Miller Symphony Hall on October 21.

Not only did I get to go on set during the taping, but I was able to join our production manager in the control room. This was unique, as it was an opportunity for me to see all of the pieces of production come together.

My major takeaway from Monday night is this: From watching PBS shows as a kid, to contributing to PBS39 shows now, it takes a lot of people to make our programming possible. If it weren’t for “viewers like you,” none of it would be possible.

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