Dakota Datebook

Prairie Public to commemorate 100th anniversary of Armistice Day

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Fargo, N.D., November 8, 2018— Prairie Public is commemorating the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day with special radio programming and the release of a collection of essays titled “Dakota Datebook Stories: The Great War.”

The radio show airs Sunday, November 11, at 10 a.m. CT, and the collection of essays is downloadable at prairiepublic.org.

Historian Jim Davis has been writing the essays to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I for the past 18 months in partnership with the State Historical Society of North Dakota, and Prairie Public has been publishing them online and broadcasting them on the radio and as a podcast

“Dakota Datebook Stories: The Great War” is a special feature of “Dakota Datebook,” which airs several times each weekday on Prairie Public’s radio network.

“Dakota Datebook” is funded by Humanities North Dakota.

Prairie Public Broadcasting, headquartered in Fargo, is a non-profit member station of PBS and NPR that provides public television services throughout North Dakota, northwestern Minnesota, southern Manitoba, and parts of Montana and South Dakota; public radio service to North Dakota; and educational and technological services to communities and individuals across its coverage area.

 

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Dakota Datebook is a project of Prairie Public, in partnership with the State Historical Society of North Dakota, with funding from the North Dakota Humanities Council.

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Native America

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Watch the PBS documentary Native America online, then tell us how you maintain your cultural knowledge and traditions, or tag your story #NativeVoicesPBS on social media! Check out Prairie Public’s digital project Native American Cultures of the Upper Midwest, which shares the perspectives of Indigenous people from our region. This project is funded in part by a grant from PBS for the Anne Ray Foundation.

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Senate debate postponed

Thursday, October 4, 2018

October 4, 2018—Prairie Public’s ND U.S. Senate debate scheduled for Friday, October 5, has been postponed as senators must remain in Washington for the Kavanaugh confirmation vote. Prairie Public will reschedule the debate between Rep. Kevin Cramer (R) and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D) for a later date.

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Dakota Datebook is a project of Prairie Public, in partnership with the State Historical Society of North Dakota, with funding from the North Dakota Humanities Council.

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Viewers and listeners in Minot area will notice Prairie Public outages

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

FARGO, N.D., October 2, 2018 — A nationwide “spectrum repack” requires that Prairie Public rebuild its Minot tower, so periodic television and radio broadcast outages will occur in the upcoming weeks.

Radio listeners will notice outages, but can access Prairie Public via its online stream or app.

Households that receive Prairie Public’s television signal via cable will not be affected; however, households that use rooftop antennas will. When the new tower is completed, Prairie Public’s over-the-air television signal will move from channel 40 to channel 15, and its coverage area will be larger.

To help fulfill the country’s increasing demand for wireless broadband access, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reallocated a portion of broadcast spectrum used by stations to make it available for use by wireless carriers. In many parts of the country, spectrum was freed up by reorganizing, or repacking, the channels to which television broadcasters are currently assigned. Learn more here.

Prairie Public Broadcasting, headquartered in Fargo, is a non-profit organization and community licensee that provides public television services throughout North Dakota, northwestern Minnesota, southern Manitoba, and parts of Montana and South Dakota, and public radio service to North Dakota. In addition to broadcasting services, Prairie Public Broadcasting provides a wide range of educational and technological services to communities and individuals across its coverage area.

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Dakota Datebook is a project of Prairie Public, in partnership with the State Historical Society of North Dakota, with funding from the North Dakota Humanities Council.

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Reception planned for retiring Prairie Public director of television

October 2, 2018, FARGO, N.D.—Prairie Public Broadcasting is hosting an open house reception for its retiring director of television, Bob Dambach, who created documentaries and series for the non-profit television and radio network for more than 33 years. The reception is 5:30-7:30 p.m. on October 11 at Prairie Public’s downtown Fargo television studio. There will be a short program at 6 p.m.

Dambach has produced hundreds of hours of documentaries that have aired on Prairie Public, throughout the PBS system, NETA, CEN, the Minnesota Channel Network and the CBC. His work has been recognized with awards including multiple Emmys, Aurora and Telly awards.

For Prairie Public, Dambach has focused on programs that explore the history and culture of the region and its people, most notably Prairie Public’s ten-part “Germans from Russia” documentary series. Dambach’s work also includes the Emmy Award-winning “A Considered View,” which chronicles the work of North Dakota photographer Wayne Gudmundson and his Icelandic roots; and “Walter Piehl: Sweetheart of the Rodeo,” which explores the work of North Dakota’s renowned western artist.

Dambach’s other award-winning projects include a series of eight documentaries produced by Prairie Public with the Energy and Environmental Resource Center; the how-to series “Painting with Paulson,” which is currently in its 19th season and nationally distributed; and “Faces of the Oil Patch,” a look at families and towns affected by the North Dakota oil boom.

Dambach’s first full-length documentary for Prairie Public was “Pyramids on the Prairie,” which showcased the history of Winnipeg’s exchange district.

In his decades at Prairie Public, Dambach has appeared as on-air talent for Prairie Public membership drives and a host for many series, including “Prairie Mosaic.”

Dambach is a 40-year veteran of public broadcasting and public media. He began his career at Prairie Public in 1985 as the television program manager and as a producer of live and edited television programs. In 1992 he was named executive producer of all Prairie Public’s local, regional and national productions, and in 1996 he became responsible for Prairie Public’s production, programming and education departments as director of television.

Dambach graduated from the University of Dayton in 1973 with a BA in communication, and in 1975 from the University of Iowa with a MA in radio, television and film.

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PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff will moderate Prairie Public debate

Monday, August 27, 2018

FARGO, N.D., August 27, 2018 — “PBS NewsHour” anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff will be in Prairie Public’s downtown Fargo studio to moderate a debate between North Dakota’s U.S. Senate candidates.

Rep. Kevin Cramer (R) and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D) will debate Friday, October 5, at 7 p.m. (CT), and Prairie Public will broadcast it live on its radio, television, and online network. Woodruff will co-moderate the debate with Prairie Public’s election coverage producer Matt Olien.

Woodruff rejoined the NewsHour in 2007 as a senior correspondent and in September 2013 became co-anchor of the show with the late Gwen Ifill. It was the first time an American network broadcast had been anchored by two women. In March 2018, Woodruff was named the sole anchor of PBS NewsHour.

Woodruff has anchored and co-anchored national news programs on CNN and NBC, as well as PBS, and she has moderated numerous presidential primary debates.

Known as one of the key Senate swing races to watch this year, the North Dakota Senate race has gained heightened national interest. “Clearly this race has potential to be close, and the Senate hangs in the balance. It is an honor to have someone of Judy Woodruff’s stature come to North Dakota to participate in this debate,” said Prairie Public President & CEO John Harris.

Election coverage on Prairie Public is sponsored in part by AARP of North Dakota.

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Education Webchats

Prairie Public’s Weekly Webchat series is every Tuesday and Thursday. Log in for this FREE professional development. Continuing ed credit is available. Sign up here.

 

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Prairie Public seeks curious participants

Friday, July 27, 2018

FARGO, N.D., July 27, 2018—Prairie Public is hosting an event in Bismarck that encourages civil discourse. “Ask A … ” is a model used to promote understanding among people with different life experiences and different cultures.

 

The focus at Prairie Public’s event on August 11 is Native American culture. Participants — either curious askers or Native American answerers — will participate in very short conversations. Similar to speed dating, they’ll switch to the next participant for new questions and answers after an allotted time. The participants eventually come together for more conversation over lunch.

 

Bill Thomas, director of radio at Prairie Public, said there is still space for askers and answerers, and people can sign up by contacting Prairie Public or visiting the Prairie Public web site. The deadline to sign up is Friday, August 3. The event will be recorded for radio broadcast. “The conversations can have real, state-wide impact in our communities if we share them with our radio listening audience,” he said. “These events break us out of our echo chambers.”

 

“Ask A Native American” will be August 11, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the North Dakota Heritage Center.

 

Prairie Public Broadcasting, headquartered in Fargo, is a non-profit member station of PBS and NPR that provides public television services throughout North Dakota, northwestern Minnesota, southern Manitoba, and parts of Montana and South Dakota; public radio service to North Dakota; and educational and technological services to communities and individuals across its coverage area.

 

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Dakota Datebook is a project of Prairie Public, in partnership with the State Historical Society of North Dakota, with funding from the North Dakota Humanities Council.

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Statement from Prairie Public Broadcasting

Fargo, N.D., July 25, 2018—Prairie Public Broadcasting, Block 9 Partners, and the City of Fargo have been proactive in working together to ensure uninterrupted broadcast of the Prairie Public signal after the Block 9 project is constructed. In cooperation, the organizations have been weighing options together for nearly three years and are ready to take the next steps in implementing a solution.

 

They have received and reviewed the new information provided by Owl Engineering, a consulting firm hired in April 2018 by the City of Fargo, to examine and recommend technical alternatives. Prairie Public’s engineering team has narrowed the options and will determine which one is best for Prairie Public.

 

Prairie Public is confident in the feasibility of the options to move forward and is grateful to the Block 9 Partners for solidifying generous offers of financial support to implement the solution of Prairie Public’s choice.

 

Prairie Public services will continue to broadcast from its home in downtown Fargo.

 

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Dakota Datebook is a project of Prairie Public, in partnership with the State Historical Society of North Dakota, with funding from the North Dakota Humanities Council.

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Political debates to air on Prairie Public’s radio and television network

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Contact: Matt Olien 701-239-7576

July 12, 2018—Prairie Public’s election coverage will kick off with a series of political debates moderated by Prairie Public producer Matt Olien and Prairie Public news director Dave Thompson. All the debates will air live on Prairie Public’s television and radio networks, and will also be streamed live online.

North Dakota Public Service Commission A 30-minute debate with moderator TBD, Dave Thompson or Matt Olien.
Casey Buchmann (D) and Brian Kroshus (R)
Tuesday, September 4, live at 7pm

North Dakota Public Service Commission A 30-minute debate with moderator TBD, Dave Thompson or Matt Olien.
Randy Christmann (R) and Jean Brandt (D)
Thursday, September 6, live at 7pm

North Dakota U.S. Senate This one-hour debate will be moderated by Matt Olien.
Rep. Kevin Cramer (R) and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D)
Friday, October 5, live at 7pm

North Dakota Secretary of State This 30-minute debate will be moderated by Matt Olien.
Rep. Joshua Boschee (D) and Sec. of State Al Jaeger (I)
Wednesday, September 12, live at 7pm

North Dakota Congressional This one-hour debate will be moderated by Dave Thompson.
Kelly Armstrong (R) and Mac Schneider (D)
Tuesday, September 11, live at 7pm

Minnesota 7th District Congressional This one-hour debate will be moderated by Matt Olien.
Dave Hughes (R) and Rep. Collin Peterson (D)
Date TBD in October

The debates are sponsored by AARP of North Dakota. Prairie Public will report through the election season with ongoing state and national reporting and analysis—including election night coverage—from NPR, PBS, the Prairie Public radio news team, and online at news.prairiepublic.org.

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Dakota Datebook is a project of Prairie Public, in partnership with the State Historical Society of North Dakota, with funding from the North Dakota Humanities Council.

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