This Is the Place to Be!

Last May during our annual preference poll we asked you, “What are the three best things about living in our region?” Nearly every respondent mentioned the scenic and natural beauty of southern Oregon and northern California. No surprise there because this is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Congratulations to all on our collective good judgment!
Roughly half of those who participated also mentioned the region’s wide variety of cultural amenities. Again, no surprise. Many specifically mentioned the Rogue Valley Symphony, the Britt Festival, the Craterian, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and the growing number of community theaters.
I’m pleased to note many of you recognize how well-served southern Oregon and northern California are by the public broadcasting services of JPR and SOPTV. Both were cited as important services that deliver arts, culture, news, and information.
Other often mentioned attributes of our region included the generally mild and terrific weather, the small town feeling of local communities, and the friendliness of the people who live here.
Overall, poll participants enjoy living here. On a scale of 1 to 5, over 80% rated their community a “4” or a “5” as a place to live.
Next month, I’ll wrap up our report about the poll with your comments about the biggest challenges the region faces.

The End of an Era…
and the Beginning of the PBS NewsHour Weekend

September marks the end of The Lawrence Welk Show on SOPTV. Lawrence and the Musical Family enjoyed one of the longest runs in television history when the series was broadcast on ABC for 27 years (1955–1982). In the mid-’80s many public television stations, including SOPTV, began carrying repackaged versions of the original series. In this time slot we are now bringing you the brand-new PBS NewsHour Weekend from 5:30–6:00 p.m. followed by special programs on Saturday.

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6 Responses to “This Is the Place to Be!”

  1. cheryl

    Will you be bringing Lawrence Welk back sometime? My mother enjoyed watching this every Saturday. That is why she became a member of SOPTV.

    • lpinkham

      Hi Cheryl,
      Our programming is done by Portland’s station, OPB. When they decided to discontinue Lawrence Welk, we looked into what it would cost for us to purchase rights to air it on SOPTV only. Unfortunately, it is priced far out of our reach.

  2. Suan

    Isn’t there some other time you could show Lawrence Welk? I know a lot of people who really looked forward to this.

    • lpinkham

      Hi Suan,

      We would really love to continue airing Lawrence Welk, but the money to buy rights is the issue. Lawrence Welk is not part of our PBS package and must be purchased separately.

  3. Rob

    Hi… My dad really enjoys the Lawrence Welk show, and I would like to know what possibly could be done to get it back on.. Am willing to help, as this show is a wonderful part of the family..

    • lpinkham

      Hi Rob,

      Please contact Mark Stanislawski x 239 or Brad Fay x 224 at the station to discuss how you might help bring Welk back to our station. 541-779-0808.


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