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I caught on a recent Sunday the first episode of a new version of Emma. Did you already air the rest of it? I tried to find it but no luck.


A Viewer


Hi Viewer:

Thank you for your interest in KRCB and our programming. Part 1 of Masterpiece Classic: Emma was aired Sunday, February 28 at 9 pm. Because we are going into our spring pledge fundraising beginning Friday, March 5 and running through Sunday, March 21, both Parts 2 and 3 of Masterpiece Classic: Emma have been scheduled to air Sunday, March 28 at 9:30 and 10:30 respectively. I hope you are able to enjoy them on that date.

Best regards,


Viewer inquiry:


I am a long-time fan of KRCB. I'm unemployed and on a tight budget, so it's nice to be able to get some decent programming on broadcast television here in Vallejo, California.

I have been looking for information about the broadcast schedule. I cannot find any information about why the channels cease broadcasting after midnight, even though there are programs scheduled 24/hrs a day.

I have a hunch it may be due to cutting the strength of the signal after midnight but want to make sure.

I hope you will consider resuming broadcasting at full signal strength so that I can watch Democracy Now!

Thank you.

A Viewer


Dear Viewer:

Thank you for your interest in KRCB and our programming. Your assessment is correct. We actually turn off the transmitters for the over-the-air broadcast at midnight and resume at 6 am during the week, slightly later on the weekends. We do continue to feed our programming over cable and satellite through the night time hours. This maintains our position in the system--if we don't do that, then they will put some other channel on there during the hours we are off the air. The reasons for turning the transmitter off include the cost of the power to run the transmitter and the wear and tear on the transmitter itself. In addition, there is the cost of staffing the station overnight, which would add another entire shift to our employee costs. We have requests to move Democracy Now! to an earlier time slot, but so far have not been able to accomplish this.



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Fall and early winter will bring many new offerings to our Public Television schedule. In addition to October’s exciting annual Wine & Epicurean Auction to benefit the station, we begin our second Student to Citizen independent film project. Funded by a private donor, there will be seven monthly independent film presentations on KRCB Tuesday nights from October through May of 2010. A complete listing, along with summaries and study guides are at

You will notice that the long-running series, Foreign Exchange has left our air due to a shutdown in production. But we now are bringing you a wonderful series on investments titled Moneytrack on Friday evenings and Sunday mornings.

I hope you are enjoying the series Life Part 2, Tuesday nights at 7:30. If you are a “Boomer” like me, don’t miss it.

If you are a fan of the piano, don’t miss a wonderful night of programming on Wednesday, October 28. You will enjoy Piano Forte and Note by Note. Program details at

November is, among other things, National Native American Heritage Month, Veterans’ Day and, of course Thanksgiving. KRCB presents many special programs saluting all of the above.

With the H1N1 flu virus becoming more prevalent in our lives this fall, KRCB is presenting a double broadcast of a very informative health special from the producers of Second Opinion on November 2nd and November 17th at 11am.

November 7th at 6pm, you will experience a live experiment on PBS. Live by Request with John Fogerty comes to KRCB. You will be able to support your favorite Public Television station here in the North Bay and hear your favorite John Fogerty requests played live. Check it out.

Speaking about supporting Public Television, our annual winter membership drive begins Thanksgiving night with wonderful memories from Julia Child and the music of the 1950’s. The drive continues through the first half of the month with eciting new specials from Ande Rieu, Andrea Bocelli & David Foster, Rick Steves and Levar Burton as well as programs featuring Ed Sullivan, the Radio City Rockettes and Frank Sinatra.

And finally, of course, look for your favorite end of year holiday programming in December. Details on all the above special programs at

We are still hearing from viewers, old and new about our clear digital signal and multiple channels. New digital antennas are up, converters are properly tuned and many of you are enjoying our three digital over the air services, with PBS programming (much of it in high definition) on DTV-1, PBS Create programming on DTV-2 and our sister station, KRCB-FM audio on DTV-3.


Also, this fall, watch for a new look and feel to your favorite nightly news source, "The PBS Newshour". Jim Lehrer is not retiring. He will be joined by additional co-anchors who will add increased depth and analysis to this already award-winning news series.

That's it for now.

Happy holidays and thanks for watching and supporting KRCB Public Television.

Stan Marvin

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