Advertisement

WUCF TV surpasses $200,000 goal, looks to July 4th, space broadcasts

WUCF TV surpasses $200,000 goal, looks to July 4th, space broadcasts
Carole King will perform with the cast of the Broadway musical 'Beautiful' on PBS' 'A Capitol Fourth.' (Debra L. Rothenberg)

WUCF TV, Orlando’s PBS station, made its pledge goal in June and is looking to July, when “Summer of Space” programming and the long-running “A Capitol Fourth" will air.

The station raised just over $230,000, surpassing its $200,000 goal, a WUCF spokeswoman said Monday.

Advertisement

Top performers in getting viewers to give included “Downton Abbey Returns,” “Memory Rescue with Daniel Amen, MD,” “Suze Orman Financial Solutions for You” and previews of “Chasing the Moon” and “Space Chase, USA.”

The six-hour “Chasing the Moon” will be the centerpiece of PBS’ “Summer of Space” programming about the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. The program will air at 9 p.m. July 8-10.

“Space Chase, USA,” which WUCF TV produced, focuses on how the space program transformed Cocoa Beach. The documentary draws on residents’ accounts, home movies and archival footage. The program premieres at 9 p.m. July 11.

WUCF TV will offer previews of both programs at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 23, at the Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd., Orlando.

There will be a discussion afterward with Elizabeth Muchow, who was critical part inspector for Northrup Grumman on Apollo 11, and Roy Tharpe, NASA’s branch chief in the Test Support Management Office at Launch Complex 39.

PBS will present the 39th annual broadcast of “A Capitol Fourth” at 8 p.m. July 4 from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. The performers include Carole King, Vanessa Williams, Yolanda Adams, Colbie Caillat, violinist Lindsey Stirling, actress-singer Keala Settle (“The Greatest Showman”), “American Idol” champ Laine Hardy, Angelica Hale of “America’s Got Talent” and “Voice” champion Maelyn Jarmon.

You may have read that President Donald Trump has big plans for a Fourth of July celebration in Washington.

But a spokeswoman for “A Capitol Fourth” said: “Our show goes on as usual. All other events in the D.C. area are unrelated.”

Advertisement
Advertisement