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WVIA PR – WVIA to host 50th Anniversary Celebration

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PITTSTON, Pa. – WVIA will be hosting a celebration event on November 13th at Mohegan Sun Pocono to honor it’s 50th anniversary.


Tom Curra, WVIA President and CEO stated, “This is a special milestone for the station.

For 50 years, WVIA has been a proponent of education, arts & culture in our viewing area.

It’s all because of our community in Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Central Susquehanna Valley and we felt they should be a part of this celebration.”


The event will feature a dinner, entertainment, auctions, special guests, surprises and more. WVIA will be honoring three individuals at the event who have “lived WVIA’s mission by dedicating themselves to improving lives and advancing the best attributes of an enlightened society” said Bill Bender, the WVIA 50th Anniversary Celebration Chairman.


April Marie Kemp, Founder and Program Director of Marley’s Mission will receive the WVIA Youth & Family Award.


Sondra Myers, Director of the Schemel Forum at the University of Scranton, Senior Fellow for International, Civic and Cultural Projects will receive the WVIA Arts & Culture Award.


H.W. “Skip” Wieder, Past Board Chairman, Former WVIA Capital Campaign Co-Chair will receive the WVIA Founders’ Award.


Tickets for the event at $150 per individual with table sponsorships starting at $1,000, full sponsorship pricing can be found online at wvia.org/50 or by calling 570-602-1191.


Proceeds from the event will be used in the launch of a new PBS Kids TV channel and live stream that will air children’s programming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The live stream complements on-demand clips and full episodes, which will continue to be available for free on the PBS KIDS Video App and streaming via pbskids.org.


WVIA Public Media is a catalyst, convener and educator, using media, partnerships, powerful ideas and programs to improve lives and advance the best attributes of an enlightened society.




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