Las Vegas, NV–November 29, 2006–Vegas PBS’ annual December Membership Drive, themed “Television–and so much more,” kicks off Friday, December 1 through December 10, featuring in-studio appearances by local entertainers Blue Man Group and Rita Rudner, as well as various guest hosts who will assist with Membership Drive efforts. During the 10-day long drive, Vegas PBS will air popular programs on Channel 10 to remind members of the quality programming produced with their funding. A grand prize drawing of a trip for four people to their choice of destination to either the Bahamas, Mexico or Canada will be held among individuals who donate $60 or more during the Membership Drive.

In addition, Vegas PBS will feature “Vegas Day” on Saturday, December 9. Beginning at 12:00 p.m., Channel 10 will air back-to-back shows produced locally, including Clint Holmes at Harrah’s Casino Hotel, Barry Manilow at the Las Vegas Hilton and Andrea Bocelli at Lake Las Vegas Resort.

“The Membership Drive is a time for Vegas PBS to encourage people to watch and support public television,” said Tom Axtell, Vegas PBS general manager. “We hope to connect with people who watch our programs, but who may not have made a donation yet, as well as those members who need to renew or who’ve let their membership lapse. Most importantly, we want to remind people that their support is an investment in three important areas–their community, family and themselves.”

December’s Membership Drive is one of three scheduled Vegas PBS drives throughout the year. The fundraising goal is $180,000 from 1,224 new and renewing members. Basic membership for one year is $40 and $25 a year for those individuals 65 years or older. A Vegas PBS membership provides viewers with a monthly Source program guide and they also receive discounts and invitations to Vegas PBS events throughout the year.

About Vegas PBS

Vegas PBS is dedicated to providing media and media delivery technologies for Southern Nevadans, teachers and emergency management professionals.

Vegas PBS Broadcast

Vegas PBS provides universally accessible public service media programming on broadcast Channel 10 and digital HD Channel 10.1. Sprout, a pre-school channel, is offered on cable 355 and satellite 295. Educational access cable is offered on Cox 110 and 111, and Create is available on digital 10.3 and Cox channel 112. Additional channels are scheduled to launch in 2007.

Vegas PBS is the largest producer of local television programming which includes, “Nevada Week in Review,” “Outdoor Nevada,” “Wonders of the West,” “Inside Education,” “Book Club,” “Movie Club,” “Homework Hotline,” “Capitol Issues,” election debates and coverage and daily live classes for the CCSD Virtual High School. These productions are created in a facility with two production studios, five edit suites, three field production units, satellite uplink facilities and a complete closed captioning system.

In addition, Nielsen Media Research ranks Channel 10 as a highly viewed children’s television station service in Spanish speaking households during morning and early afternoon time periods. Vegas PBS provides additional services for Spanish speaking viewers through its Second Audio Program (SAP) broadcasting and literacy workshops offered at schools and through the Clark County Library District.

Vegas PBS Education Services

Vegas PBS operates 20 closed circuit educational broadband TV channels and a network of 120 satellite downlinks are used to serve schools, colleges, prisons and professional education centers. Vegas PBS manages a multi-format media center to schools, offering a lending library of audio and video media, plus DVD and CD-ROM duplication services and an 80,000+ library of on demand video and other media for educational users. Vegas PBS also operates the U.S. Department of Education supported Captioned Media Program in Nevada for the National Association for the Deaf, as well as the Ready to Learn and Reading for Smiles early childhood iteracy and dental health programs. The organization also provides TeacherLine courses for Clark County teachers who need to re-certify or meet the standards set by the “No Child Left Behind” Act.

Vegas PBS Homeland Security Support

Vegas PBS has worked closely with local and national security organizations to provide a comprehensive and reliable communications network for emergency responders. Vegas PBS operates the Las Vegas Digital Emergency Alert System and a technology system called Xtra-Cast, which in emergency situations provides key personnel with critical information.

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