Archive for March, 2011

KTWU Welcomes Betty Lou Pardue

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

KTWU is pleased to welcome Betty Lou Pardue to the station as Assistant Director of Development. Betty Lou will coordinate the major and planned giving activities for local public television.

Betty Lou Pardue is a very familiar personality to viewers in northeast Kansas. She has a long distinguished career in local broadcasting including WIBW and KTKA television and WIBW, KTPK, and Cumulus Radio. For 15 years, Betty Lou has hosted and produced magazine format television programming.

Viewers will recognize Betty Lou as emcee for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Arthritis Foundation, Children’s Miracle Network and Topeka Volunteer Center telethons. For years she has acted as emcee for the Kansas Junior Miss Program and as television emcee for the Miss Kansas Pageant. For seven years she was a morning show, mid-day and afternoon drive radio personality and music director. She co-hosted the Kansas High School Scoreboard Show on the Kansas Radio Network and edited the “Pigskins & Hoops” sports magazine.

A Communication Arts graduate from Washburn University, Betty Lou is an experienced event coordinator and planner. She is Board Co-President of the Helping Hands Humane Society and serves on the Capital Campaign Committee. Betty Lou also has volunteered with the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association and various other groups and organizations. She is on the Board of Trustees at Crestview United Methodist.

Broadcasting local public television for over 45 years, KTWU reaches viewers in eastern Kansas and portions of Nebraska, Missouri and Oklahoma. KTWU also broadcasts three distinct digital television signals: KTWU (PBS) in High Definition on Channel 11.1; KTWU/MHz Worldview on Channel 11.2; and KTWU ENHANCE on Channel 11.3.  KTWU is licensed to Washburn University and was the first public television station in the state of Kansas to begin broadcasting educational programming.

AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE: Is there such a thing?

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

KTWU’s “I’VE GOT ISSUES” takes on the topic of Health Care in an unprecedented 3-month mini-series. Concentrating on the issues Americans are facing, the March, April and May programs will deal with this specific topic.

Hosted by Maureen Mahoney, the first Health Care program on Wednesday, March 30 at 7 p.m. on KTWU, Digital Channel 11.1, will examine the Affordable Care Act (the federal health reform law) and the attributes and potential pitfalls that come with it.

The President says his opponents call it a job crushing, granny threatening, budget busting monstrosity. Why are people so divided over the Act? What’s good about it? What are
the criticisms? And how does it affect each of us?

Guest interviews will include experts in this field including United States Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius. Also participating in the March program is Judy Baker, Kansas Regional Director for Health and Human Services.

The Topeka Community Foundation has provided the funding for the production of this program.

Viewers Call In and Get Budget Answers on KTWU

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Our phone volunteers were kept busy taking many viewer calls during KTWU’s live presentation of I’VE GOT ISSUES: KANSAS $500 MILLION BUDGET WOES. VIewers were calling and emailing KTWU, anxious to know how the state government plans to deal with the crisis and which programs and services may take cuts or get the fiscal axe. The program is repeated at various times on KTWU, Digital Channel 11.1. Underwriting for production of the series is provided by The Topeka Community Foundation. Behind-the-scenes photos from the program are posted on our FACEBOOK I’VE GOT ISSUES page at