June Highlights on WVIA-TV

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Our Town Sullivan County

Monday, June 11th 8pm

The 33rd in WVIA's "Our Town Series", Our Town Sullivan County is a "day-in-the-life" video scrapbook focusing on the people, places and happenings of Sullivan County as seen through the eyes of its residents. Encores: Monday, June 11th 10pm; Tuesday, June 12th 2pm; Saturday, June 16th 9pm; Sunday, June 17th 12pm


Pennsylvania Polka

Saturday, June 9th 8pm

NEW EPISODE FOR JUNE! –  Pennsylvania Polka, the very popular dance program on WVIA TV, features the best of Polka music and dancing by residents of northeastern Pennsylvania and the Central Susquehanna Valley. Join us for a brand new show featuring "Just Us" with John Simkovich!


Doo Wop Generations (My Music)

Friday, June 1st 9pm & Saturday, June 2nd 4pm

Celebrate the new generation of Doo Wop performers as the original legends reunite to pass the torch. Performers include Kenny Vance & the Planotones, The Duprees, The Whiptones, Charlie Thomas' Drifters, The Modern Gentlemen and many more. 


Mister Rogers: It's You I Like

Saturday, June 2nd 11am & Tuesday, June 5th 8pm

Join host Michael Keaton to celebrate "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," the pioneering children's series that premiered nationally 50 years ago. Celebrities, cast members and Joanne Rogers reveal their favorite memories from the series. 


Perry Como Classics - Till The End of Time (My Music)

Saturday, June 2nd 6:30pm & Sunday, June 3rd 11:30am

For over fifty years, crooner Perry Como ranked as one of America's most successful and beloved entertainers. Starting as a big band singer in the late 1930s, a radio star in the 1940s and then a TV headliner in the 1950s and onward, Perry was a warm and welcome presence in tens of millions of households for six decades, charting over 100 hit songs along the way. Now, for the first time, a collection of Como's biggest hits from long-lost and newly-restored episodes of his TV programs - including rare color programs and more recently discovered lost footage - is being presented on PBS. Hosts are Peter Marshall and Nick Clooney.


Leonard Cohen - Tower of Song

Saturday, June 2nd 9pm & Sunday, June 3rd 11:30pm

Filmed at the Bell Center in Montreal, Quebec on the first anniversary of his death, LEONARD COHEN - TOWER OF SONG celebrates the globally recognized icon, poet and songwriter Leonard Cohen. The special features performances by a star-studded lineup of international artists, and includes many of Cohen's most celebrated songs, augmented by rare archival interviews and concert footage. A 24-piece orchestra, and special guests kd lang, Sting, Elvis Costello,Damien Rice and more pay tribute with moving renditions of "Dance Me to the End of Love," "Hallelujah," "Suzanne," "Bird on a Wire" and "Democracy" to name a few. 


50 Years With Peter, Paul and Mary

Monday, June 4th 8pm & Friday, June 8th 9pm

50 Years with Peter, Paul and Mary is a documentary that celebrates the impact of the preeminent trio that brought folk music to America's mass audiences, combining their artistry with their activism and inspiration over the last 50 years. The program will feature powerful, moving, performances by Peter, Paul and Mary starting with the era of the group's emergence in Greenwich Village through the Civil Rights and anti-war eras where their anthems provided America's soundtrack of social and political change into the 21st century where their legacy and music continues to inform, inspire and enrich successive generations - still providing a moral compass for the way we live our lives. 


JFK - The Last Speech

Tuesday, June 5th 9:30pm & Wednesday, June 6th 3:30pm

On October 26, 1963, four weeks before President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, he delivered a speech at Amherst College to dedicate the Robert Frost Library. It was a remarkable address to the students that was covered by several of the networks - reinforcing Kennedy's belief in national service and the importance of the arts. It also has a back story of Kennedy's relationship with the poet Robert Frost (who read a poem at Kennedy's inauguration) and Frost acting as an emissary with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev. Intertwined is the story of students from the Amherst Class of '64 who were influenced by the president's words.  


Fleetwood Mac - The Dance

Thursday, June 7th 8pm & Friday, June 8th 2pm

In 1997, the members of Fleetwood Mac - Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie and Stevie Nicks - reunited to commemorate the anniversary of Rumours. Filmed over three nights in an intimate setting at a sound stage in Los Angeles, the band performed songs from Rumours including Don't Stop, The Chain, Go Your Own Way, Dreams and You Make Loving Fun as well as favorites such as Rhiannon, Say You Love Me, Sara and Tusk.


The Highwaymen Live at Nassau Coliseum

Saturday, June 9th 1pm & 9:30pm

Join Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson -"the Mt. Rushmore of country music"- for this live concert recorded in 1990. The Highwaymen perform classics like "Big River," "Me and Bobby McGee" and "Always on My Mind."


Benise: Fuego! The Spirit of Spain

Tuesday, June 12th 8pm & Wednesday, June 13th 2pm

It's one hot night as Benise unveils his fourth PBS special, "Fuego! Spirit of Spain." Benise, "The Prince of Spanish Guitar," takes us on a romantic and exotic journey of music and dance that celebrates the fire, passion, and spirit of Spain. Benise adds his signature guitar twist on such classics as Granada, Malaguena, Moonlight Sonata, Asturias, and Adagio. A beautiful and charming Spanish courtyard is the backdrop as Benise debuts all new music, dance, and costumes. A musical adventure that includes the 'Dress of a Thousand Roses', the world's largest Flamenco fan, and many more surprises.  


Celtic Gold: An Irish Song & Dance Journey

Tuesday, June 12th 9:30pm & Wednesday, June 13th 3:30pm

Celtic Gold is a celebration of Irish music, song, and dance. The artists of Celtic Gold have performed around the world, from Broadway to London's West end and beyond. The show is about cherishing both old and new music, while blending past and current dance traditions. Featuring incredible vocalists and dedicated dancers, Celtic Gold is an exciting blend of song, dance, and culture. With enormous success around the globe, Celtic Gold has established itself as the ultimate Irish experience.   


Buddy Holly: Rave On

Monday, June 18th 8pm & Tuesday, June 19th 2pm 

Buddy Holly Rave On is a riveting documentary that tells the story of Buddy Holly's tragically short life and career. The story is told through exclusive interviews with those closest to him, and young artists inspired by him, painting a picture of the man who changed music. Rock 'n' roll started with Elvis, but pop music started with Buddy Holly and The Crickets. One of the most dramatic tales in music,60 years after his breakthrough hit, "That'll Be The Day", Buddy Holly's legacy is triumphantly infinite. 


Everly Brothers - Harmonies From Heaven

Monday, June 18th 9:30pm & Tuesday, June 19th 3:30pm

Tells the story of Phil and Don Everly, two of the most important and influential early rock ’n’ roll stars of the 1950s and ’60s. Featuring new interview footage with surviving brother Don and archival interviews with Phil, the film delves into their relationship with Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, the songwriting team who wrote many of their early hits, including their first million-seller “Bye Bye Love.” The program also features interviews with those inspired by the Everly Brothers, including Art Garfunkel, Keith Richards, Graham Nash, Dave Edmunds, Tim Rice, and Albert Lee, and highlights their influence on younger generations of artists. Performances include versions of “Bye Bye Love,” “Cathy’s Clown,” “All I Have to Do Is Dream,” “Wake Up Little Susie,” “Bird Dog,” “(Til) I Kissed You,” “So Sad (to Watch Good Love Go Bad),” “Let It Be Me,” and many more.  


The Wrecking Crew

Tuesday, June 19th 8pm & Wednesday, June 20th 2pm

Music lovers will be astonished at the influence The Wrecking Crew wielded over rock and pop music in the 1960s and early 1970s. These unsung instrumentalists were the de-facto backing band on hit records by The Beach Boys, Phil Spector, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Sonny &Cher, Elvis, The Monkees and many more. Dedicated to their respective crafts, they brought the flair and musicianship that made the American "West Coast Sound" a dominant cultural force around the world.


Endeavour Season 5 On Masterpiece

Sundays 9pm beginning June 24th

Shaun Evans returns for a fifth season of the series as the young Endeavour Morse. Roger Allam also returns as Endeavour's mentor, DI Fred Thursday, for more crime-solving in 1960s Oxford. 

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