WVIA Public Media launches “War Stories: Vietnam” series.
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PITTSTON, Pa. – In conjunction with Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s landmark PBS documentary series, The Vietnam War, WVIA Public Media is producing programming and collecting the personal stories of people from northeastern and central Pennsylvania who lived through the Vietnam conflict.
WVIA’s War Stories: Vietnam is a multi-platform initiative, which will air on WVIA-TV, WVIA-FM, WVIA.org and on WVIA’s social media channels. “Our hope is to engage our area and encourage community conversations on the Vietnam War by sharing the stories of local citizens who lived through the conflict and help them tell their stories” said Tom Currá, WVIA President / CEO and Executive Producer.
The War Stories: Vietnam online component will feature veterans and others sharing their memories from Vietnam through a series of short form documentaries. The first in a series of six films entitled “Unrest” premiered Wednesday, August 9th on WVIA.org which highlights how divisiveness of the Vietnam War sparked outrage on college campuses across America.
In 1970, President Richard Nixon asked Pennsylvania Governor William Scranton to chair a committee investigating expanding unrest. Scranton attorney, Morey Myers served as coordinator on this commission, shares his memories. A new short form documentary will launch online each Wednesday leading up to the premiere of Ken Burns’ and Lynn Novick’s The Vietnam War Sunday, September 17th at 8pm on WVIA-TV.
Audio from selected interviews for War Stories: Vietnam will air on WVIA-FM’s Artscene, hosted by Erika Funke. The interviews will focus on artwork that has been inspired by the Vietnam War from local artists. WVIA-FM is also producing Music of the Vietnam Era which highlights the music of the 1960s featured in The Vietnam War documentary and will tell the stories behind the songs.
WVIA television will host two screenings of the one-hour highlight reel of The Vietnam War for veterans in the WVIA HD studio theater. An hour-long panel discussion on the Vietnam War will follow each screening. The panel discussions will be filmed for television and the first one will air on Friday, September 22nd and the second will air Friday, September 29th at 9pm respectively.
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