CAPtions, Peoria’s longest-running TV talk show, will observe its 37th anniversary of broadcasting with a series of shows beginning June 10th.
CAPtions began airing on June 16, 1975 on GE Cable Channel 6 as ‘a program for, about, and by minorities’. Then-PCCEO Executive Director Michael Banks saw an opportunity to discuss issues that affect minorities and low-income, and send out messages of information, motivation, and education. He hosted and produced the show until the end of 1992, but has occasionally returned to host some shows. CAPtions now airs on Comcast Community Access Channel 22 on Sundays at 5:00 p.m., Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m., and later at Midnight. Editions are also posted online on YouTube and Facebook.
Upcoming shows include classics from 1984 and 1993; new interview programs about poverty programs; and on-location events celebrating Head Start students.
Here is the schedule:
Sunday, June 10th 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday, June 13th 7:00 p.m. & Midnight:
Classic from 1984 on the theme of Black History. Interviews with Dr. Maude Sanders, Clifton Mitchell, Michael McKnight, Girtha Gulley and Don Jackson. Also, an “Operation Job Alert” by a young Valeria Evans, who was looking for her first teaching job.
Sunday, June 17th 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday, June 20th 7:00 p.m. & Midnight:
“Community Action: Changing Lives Part 1″ focuses on PCCEO programs including Head Start, Early Head Start, Housing Services, and Senior Programs. Topics include what the impact could be if Congress cuts or eliminates funding for these programs in 2013.
Sunday, June 24th 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday, June 27th 7:00 p.m. & Midnight:
“Celebrating a Head Start Part 1″ showcases the End of Year Celebration event with the Webster Head Start Center children that are transitioning to kindergarten in the fall.
Sunday, July 1st 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday, July 8th 7:00 p.m. & Midnight:
Classic show from 1993: “Return of Michael Banks” Banks left the agency in 1992, but returned in 1993 as a guest to give his reflection on his life, his work at Community Action, and the forces that sometimes worked against poverty instead of for it. This edition included a rare hosting gig by current President/CEO McFarland Bragg.
Sunday, July 8th 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday, July 11th 7:00 p.m. & Midnight:
“Community Action: Changing Lives Part 2″ focuses on PCCEO programs including Community Services Block Grant, Central IL Catering and Spring Grove. Also, PCCEO President/CEO McFarland Bragg discusses how he came to PCCEO, and what efforts are being taken to the potential funding challenges that could lie ahead.