Archive for October, 2011


Monday, October 31st, 2011

Viewers, raise your dialing fingers! Get ready for LIGHTS, CAMERA, AUCTION 2011 to benefit KTWU-TV, local public television. This shopper’s bonanza for live on-air bidding begins Friday evening, November 4, and will last until the gavel goes down Sunday, November 6, 2011.

Hundreds and hundreds of items have been donated to help support local public television through this annual fund-raising event. Thousands of viewers will tune in and call in their bids on an exciting variety of auction merchandise and gift certificates. These items are sold to the highest telephone bidder. High ticket items, worth $1,000 or more, are auctioned off the last evening of the auction.

Some of the unique and exciting items up for bid include a vacation stay on Gasparilla Island, panning for treasures, a portable scooter, local advertising packages, fine jewelry of gold and diamonds, original artwork, and an autographed guitar from Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary. Throughout the three-day event, viewers will see a wide range of exciting merchandise such as DVDs, sports jackets, local college and university items, clothing, pottery, animation art, gift baskets, gift cards, a live magic show, celebrity autographs, jewelry and shopping sprees.

On Sunday evening during the live telecast, LIGHTS CAMERA AUCTION will sell off the items valued at $1000 or more to the highest bidder. These items include: Peter Yarrow Guitar, Signed with Original Artwork; DeBacker’s, A/C Gift Certificate; Preventive Medicine Associates, 3-Month Professional Service; Sk8away, Special Skating Event; Cumulus Radio Advertising Package; Robuck’s Jewelers, 10K Gold Bracelet with 4kt Diamond Weight; Ace Computers, Complete Custom Build Computer; Spirit Lake Cottage Vacation Getaway; Gage Bowl, Cyber Bowl Party; Double Bar Pine Nursery, Burr Oak Tree; Kansas Koyotes, 4 VIP Season Tickets; Sonny Heller’s Music Box, Live DJ Show; DeBacker’s, Furnace Gift Certificate; Ball Custom Kitchens, Laminate Countertop; Premier Martial Arts, Private Lessons and Ju Jitsu & Kickboxing; Robuck’s Jewelers, 10kt Tennis Bracelet; Blackburn Nursery and Lawn Service, 2 Maple Trees; Jayhawk Pharmacy, Lynx Portable Scooter; Supersonic Music, Family Band Instruments; Ramada Inn and Convention Center Package; WIBW TV Advertising Package; Tommy Emmanuel Personally Signed Guitar from Kansas Guitar; Prairie Band Casino $1000 “Pan for the Gold” Treasures; Gasparilla Island Vacation Package and Topeka Antique Dealers Association Shopping Certificates.

The fun begins on Friday, November 4 from 7 to 11 p.m., with “Sports Night” with lots of items for viewer’s favorite teams and events, auctioned off with the help of Bob Fidler and Rick Douglas. The auction continues Saturday, November 5, beginning at 4 p.m. and airing to 11 p.m. with the evening highlighted by magnificent original artwork, auctioned at 8 p.m. Everything winds up on Sunday, November 6, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. with the major donation items selling Sunday evening.

“Once again businesses and individuals in our communities have been very generous,” said Chris Gallagher, Auction Manager for KTWU-TV. “If you are looking for holiday presents or something to spice up your home, maybe a travel package or just to get some essentials at a great price, LIGHTS, CAMERA, AUCTION 2011 is the place to be!”

All bidding is done by telephone using a toll-free number: 1-800-866-5898.

Gallagher encourages viewers who will be interested in bidding to call now and get an express bid number. “In the heat of a bid-down, seconds count,” she says. “An express bid number gives you the edge.” Viewers with express bid numbers are verified and can skip the slowing process of having to give their name, address and phone number every time they call in.

Verified express bid numbers are required to bid on the high value ticket items that are sold off on Sunday night. Express bid numbers can be obtained now by going online to or by calling the station at (785) 670-1111, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
KTWU LIGHTS, CAMERA, AUCTION has added online pre-bidding to the auction excitement for this year. Viewers may visit the station online at and not only see major donor items with specific details and information but also place pre-bids. The items will then be auctioned off, live on-air, on KTWU.

Many local businesses and organizations have made auction donations and some have stepped up to help underwrite the costs of producing the weekend-long event. Sponsors generously underwriting the Auction are Hasse & Long, Brewster Place and South Wind Gallery.

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.

For more information on LIGHTS, CAMERA, AUCTION 2011 or information on KTWU-TV, visit the online site at


Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

KTWU is proud to begin our first year on-line with Lights Camera Auction! This year, you have the opportunity to pre-bid on your favorite major donor items and on 10 beautiful paintings created by regional artists well-known for their years of work and mastery of the canvas.

Check out the the items up for bid. Go directly to our new Online Auction website!

In order to assure your pre-bid, KTWU must confirm your information and be assigned an Express Bid Number. Get Your Express Bid Number

Good luck and remember, there are hundreds more items you can bid on when you turn to KTWU and watch Lights Camera Auction! LIVE on KTWU-HD, Digital Channel 11.1, on November 4th, 5th and 6th!

Hound Is Alive In KTWU Theatre of the Mind

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

ARTS, Inc. presents the Karen Hastings Players in Philip Grecian’s radio adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles.” The play will be presented live on Monday, October 17, 2011, at 8 p.m. on KTWU-HD, Digital Channel 11.1.

Since 1999 the Karen Hastings Players, under the corporate auspices of A.R.T.S., Incorporated, have presented Philip Grecian’s staged Halloween radio dramas, featuring live music and sound effects.

As has been the custom with these dramas, the actors often play multiple roles and employ vintage microphones to simulate radio’s Golden Age. They portray radio performers of the 1940’s, and so Holmes’ deerstalker cap and Inverness cloak, like Victorian London, are created through theatre of the mind, in the imaginations of the listening audience.

“Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles” is one of the most famous and admired detective stories ever written. Published in 1901 and 1902, it originally appeared in nine monthly installments in The Strand magazine.

THE PLOT: Dr. Mortimer (David Tangeman) brings Sir Henry Baskerville (Russ Hutchison) to master sleuth Sherlock Holmes (Philip Grecian) with a tale of a family curse placed upon the Baskerville family. Mortimer tells of a demon hound, which killed Sir Hugo Baskerville on the moors near Baskerville Hall over two centuries before, and has haunted the family, dispensing death, ever since. It’s latest victim: Sir Charles Baskerville, found late one night at the edge of the moor surrounded by the footprints of the gigantic hound. Indeed, witnesses have begun to see the beast of legend, “A foul thing, a great, black beast, shaped like a hound, yet larger than any hound that ever mortal eye has rested upon.”

Holmes sends Dr. Watson with Baskerville and Mortimer to Baskerville Hall. The hulking black manor and the Neolithic ruins on the moor provide a Gothic atmosphere as Holmes and Watson encounter the family retainer, Barrymore (Jim Claussen), and his wife (Karen Hastings), who have a terrible secret; Alfred Frankland (Tangeman), who watches the moors with a telescope, and has made some startling discoveries; and Jack Stapleton (Claussen) and his sister Beryl (Melissa Boyer) who seem to know more than they will say.

As the howl of the spectral hound is carried across the Great Grimpen Mire on the chilly wind, Holmes sets out to solve a mystery and end a curse.

Spiders and Snakes and Germs, Oh My! on the next IGI

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

It’s spiders and snakes and germs, oh my!

In “Face Your Fears”, KTWU’s I’VE GOT ISSUES will explore the lengths that people will go to in order to avoid what it is that scares them most. KTWU’s IGI airs on Wednesday, October 12, 7 p.m. on KTWU-HD, Digital Channel 11.1. Host for the program is Chris Gallagher.

What treatments are available to help conquer your worst fear? What are the most popular and most unusual phobias?

IGI will have some helpful information along with some very special guests (two legs, eight legs and no legs!) to actively demonstrate some common phobias. Guests on the program include Ashley Smith, Kansas City Center for Anxiety Treatment and Cindy Turk, Professor of Psychology at Washburn University. Special participants appear through the courtesy of Petland of Topeka.

Do you have what it takes to Face Your Fear?

Find more information, videos and behind-the-scenes details on our Facebook page at
Links to information presented in the program and further resources are available online at under the I’VE GOT ISSUES button on the homepage.