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There Are Times When I Love This Job

March 2nd, 2007

While I have a great deal to like about what I do for a living, every once in a while I get to do something really fun! This Saturday at 8:00 pm sees the local premiere of the new Doctor Who series, and we’ll be kicking things off with a special pledge drive preview of the first two episodes.

I know, I know, what’s the big deal, right? The show’s been on Sci-Fi for the last year or so. True, but Sci-Fi (and BBC America, the other channel that’s aired it) isn’t necessarily part of low-end cable packages, and furthermore, I suspect that there are many people who might enjoy the series but wouldn’t go anywhere near a dedicated science-fiction program service. Besides, few cable channels can consistently boast the audience levels of a broadcast station, so there’s a greater potential viewership. With all that in mind, I’m scheduling it as a general-audience, “family” series on Sundays at 6:00 pm (with a “cult” repeat on Saturdays at 10:25 pm).

It’s been a real joy to have the new Who here at last. I’ve been trying to acquire it since pretty much Day One, but was unable to do so prior to this. And from what I understand, it seems that we’re the second PBS station in the entire country to air it. (A west-coast station is beating us to it by premiering it tonight.)

I’ve been micromanaging the upcoming broadcast at just about every level: I wrote the article for the program guide, designed the “teaser” promos, chose the promotional photos, identified the points at which we’ll insert our pledge breaks for tomorrow’s premiere and selected the thank-you gifts. Tomorrow, I’ll pitch the show live on the air. About the only thing I haven’t managed to insert myself into is actually pushing the “play” button on our tape deck. It’s perhaps borderline obsessive–okay, maybe it’s well across that border–but it’s too good an opportunity for a die-hard Whovian such as myself.

Who’d’ve thought some 35 years ago when I was watching the Peter Cushing Dalek movies on one of Chicago’s late-night, horror-host TV shows that one day I’d be the one doing the hosting duties? Yay!

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