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Twin Cities Public Television
Media Advisory

For Immediate Release
July 29th, 2013


tpt and MPR News Take On The Great Minnesota Get Together In An Historic Partnership

Saint Paul, Minn. (July 29, 2013) – For the first time in 28 years, Twin Cities Public Television (tpt)’s weekly public affairs show, Almanac, will be live at the Minnesota State Fair. TPT’s Almanac at the Fair will be broadcast live at noon on Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) from the MPR booth on Friday, August 23. The show will also air that same night at 7 PM on tpt 2.


The two Minnesota public media institutions are coming together in an historic partnership to present this very special show showcasing politics, public affairs and music in Minnesota. The partnership is an ideal fit for MPR and tpt considering their shared talent in Cathy Wurzer. Wurzer is the host of tpt’s Almanac and of MPR News’ Morning Edition. Cathy and Almanac co-host Eric Eskola will host tpt’s Almanac at the Fair along with regular Almanac reporters/contributors Mary Lahammer and David Gillette.


“The folks at MPR and MPR News are old and respected friends and colleagues,” says Almanac Producer, Brendan Henehan. “It seemed like a natural and exciting idea to combine our individual efforts reporting news and public affairs in Minnesota to develop a unique show just for the state’s iconic summer get-together.“


TPT and MPR are inviting fans of both shows to join the live viewing audience at the corner of Judson and Nelson at noon on the first Friday of the fair to see the taping. The 60-minute show will consist of appearances by a wide variety of politicians, political experts and musicians with some old-fashioned fun at the fair thrown in for good measure.


“We’re excited to join forces with TPT and present Almanac from the MPR State Fair booth after a nearly 30-year hiatus,” says Chris Worthington, managing director of MPR News. “I look forward to sharing Almanac with MPR News’ audiences on air, online and face-to-face at the State Fair.”


More information about the partnership, including guest announcements, can be found at www.tpt.org/almanac or mpr.org/statefair.   



About tpt
The mission of tpt is to “enrich lives and strengthen our community through the power of media.”

As one of the nation’s leading public media organizations, tpt uses television, interactive media, and community engagement to advance education, culture and citizenship. Over its 50 plus year history, tpt has been recognized for its innovation and creativity with numerous awards, including Peabody awards and national and regional Emmys.
Based in St. Paul, MN, tpt is one of the highest rated PBS affiliates in the nation, reaching over 1.3 million people each month through multiple broadcast and online channels.  The organization's particular areas of focus include: the educational readiness of children; serving the needs and unleashing the potential of America's aging population; engaging a new generation in the power of public media; and being the preferred media partner for organizations that align with our mission to enrich lives and strengthen community.

For more information about tpt, please visit our website at www.tpt.org or join us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Minnesota Public Radio

Minnesota Public Radio® (MPR) operates a 44-station radio network serving virtually all of Minnesota and parts of surrounding states. Reaching one million listeners each week, MPR and its three regional services—MPR News, Classical MPR and The Current—produce programming for radio, online and face-to-face audiences. Programs produced by MPR’s parent company, American Public Media™, reach 17 million listeners on more than 900 radio stations nationwide each week. A complete list of stations, programs and additional services can be found at minnesotapublicradio.org.

Source: Data are copyright Arbitron, Inc. Arbitron data are estimates only.



Elle Krause-Lyons

Twin Cities Public Television

Public Relations/Communications Manager

651-229-1491 ekrauselyons@tpt.org


Jen Keavy

Minnesota Public Radio | American Public Media

Communications Manager

651-290-1271 jkeavy@mpr.org

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