Join KAMU Aug. 11-20 for our summer TV pledge drive. From a stunning Ken Burns documentary to legendary music programs that will make you want to get up and dance, KAMU has it all. We will also be celebrating the 30th anniversary of “Great Scenic Railway Journeys” with a special edition program. Stay indoors with us all week long and beat the heat while enjoying some of our best programs. Check out our TV schedule for our full list of pledge drive programs.
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Here is a closer look at what we have to offer during this summer’s TV pledge drive.
Great Scenic Railway Journeys 30th Anniversary Special
Sunday, Aug. 13 • 5:30 p.m.
This year marks 30 years of “Great Scenic Railway Journeys” — 30 years of exploring some of the most beautiful and historic railway routes in the United States and around the world. Join KAMU as we take a look at new captivating journeys through stunning landscapes, iconic landmarks and fascinating historical sites, all from the unique perspective of the train. These tours are more than a trip around the world: they reveal stories about our nation’s railroads and explore how rail defined the spirit of North America.
Rick Steves – Why We Travel
Sunday, Aug. 13 • 9 p.m.
“Why We Travel” is an inspiring and insightful exploration of the impact of travel on our lives. This program premiered in 2020, a time when traveling was a wish or a dream for us. Rick Steves shares his personal experiences and deep understanding of the transformative power of travel while getting to the heart of why individuals choose to travel the world. He encourages responsible travel practices that preserve the environment and provide long-term support to local communities. Join KAMU and Rick in his living room as he shares his personal and inspirational behind-the-scenes commentary.
Roy Orbison & Friends – A Black and White Night
Tuesday, Aug. 15 • 8:30 p.m.
“Roy Orbison & Friends: A Black and White Night” is a classic concert that captures the enchantment of an exceptional performance by the late Roy Orbison and a stellar roster of guest performers. The concert was recorded in 1987 at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Los Angeles and remains a timeless testament to Orbison’s skill and musical legacy. Performers such as Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne contribute their own style and interpretation to Orbison’s classic songs, resulting in magical moments highlighting onstage friendships and musical connections. There’s no doubt that after watching this film, viewers will leave with a lasting impression of the brilliance of Roy Orbison’s talent — and maybe even end up watching “Pretty Woman” soon after.
Ken Burns – The National Parks: America’s Best Idea
Wednesday, Aug. 16 • 8:30 p.m.
Ken Burns takes viewers on a journey through time in his documentary “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.” We join him as he traces the beginnings of the National Park concept and the visionaries who played crucial roles in its construction. From the early preservation efforts led by figures like John Muir and Theodore Roosevelt to the creation of iconic parks like Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon, the series portrays the challenges, triumphs and enduring legacy of the National Park movement. Interviews with park rangers, historians, environmentalists and visitors provide depth and authenticity to the narrative throughout the series. This fascinating and beautifully shot documentary is one you won’t want to miss.
’70s Soul Superstars
Friday, Aug. 18 • 8 p.m.
“’70s Soul Superstars” is a once-in-a-lifetime reunion of icons, all of whom are original artists singing their greatest hits. Patti LaBelle hosts a historic reunion of iconic music artists from the decade, including the Commodores, original lead Eugene Record, the Chi-Lites, the Stylistics, Yvonne Elliman, Heatwave, Earl Young’s Trammps, the Emotions and the Manhattans. There is a special edition CD collection exclusively for PBS titled “My Music: Pop Soul Masters Series.” It is a seven-disc set that will be available to you if you donate to KAMU during this program. The set features the top hits from ’70s soul and features some remixes as well. Enjoy this special performance with us from the comfort of your home.
John Denver’s Rocky Mountain High
Saturday, Aug. 19 • 6 p.m.
“John Denver’s Rocky Mountain High” is a tribute film honoring the life and musical legacy of the legendary American singer-songwriter John Denver. The film, named after one of Denver’s most famous songs, dives into his personal journey, musical accomplishments and intimate relationship with nature and the Rocky Mountains. The documentary includes archive video, interviews with family, friends and fellow musicians, as well as footage of Denver’s live concerts and appearances on various television shows. It highlights his early days, quick rise to stardom and profound impact on the music industry and fans worldwide.
Sting: Live at The Olympia Paris
Sunday, Aug. 20 • 11 p.m.
Stay up a little later and enjoy the captivating concert “Sting: Live at The Olympia Paris.” The legendary artist’s mesmerizing performance at one of Paris’ most renowned venues will leave you in awe. Sting’s magnetic on-stage persona, his instantly recognizable voice and his brilliant musicianship are all beautifully captured as he takes the audience on a musical tour of his incredible career. Grab a front-row seat at this 2017 concert that reflects the energy of his “57th & 9th” album recording sessions.