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Media Advisory

For Immediate Release
March 20th, 2014

Live from Mayo Clinic, tpt's Almanac!

Almanac will broadcast live from Mayo Clinic on March 21st at 7 PM CDT

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – March 20, 2014 – Twin Cities Public Television’s (tpt) acclaimed weekly public affairs show, Almanac joins Mayo Clinic in marking its 150th anniversary, when Cathy Wurzer and Eric Eskola will host a live broadcast on Friday, March 21st from Phillips Hall on the Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester. The broadcast will be the first-ever live show for Almanac outside of its St. Paul studio.

The studio audience will include approximately 350 Mayo Clinic employees, civic and community leaders, and public television supporters. The public can watch the program live starting at 7:00 PM CDT on tpt 2 in the Twin Cities. Almanac is also broadcast on many PBS stations throughout the state, or, you can view the show online during and after the live broadcast at tpt.org/almanac.

The show will include an interview with Mayo Clinic President and CEO Dr. John Noseworthy. Other scheduled segments and guests include a political scientist panel with Dan Hofrenning from St. Olaf College, Stacey Hunter Hecht from Bethel University, Kathryn Pearson from the University of Minnesota and David Schultz from Hamline University. There will also be a political reporter panel with Post-Bulletin political reporter Heather Carlson, tpt reporter Mary Lahammer, and Minnesota Public Radio political reporter Tom Scheck.

“We’re really thrilled to be bringing Almanac to a live audience in Rochester, and couldn’t be happier that our first live broadcast ever is with the Mayo Clinic to help commemorate their 150th anniversary.” Says Almanac Producer, Brendan Henehan.

TPT’s Almanac is a Minnesota institution. It has confidently occupied the 7 o'clock timeslot on Friday nights for more than a quarter of a century. It is the longest-running primetime TV program ever in the region.

About Mayo Clinic

Recognizing 150 years of serving humanity in 2014, Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research and education for people from all walks of life. For more information, visit 150 years.mayoclinic.org, http://www.mayoclinic.org/ and newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org.

About tpt

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.

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Ginger Plumbo, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, newsbureau@mayo.edu

Elle Krause-Lyons, tpt, 651-229-1491 ekrauselyons@tpt.org



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