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January 29, 2014

***SPECIAL BROADCAST THIS FRIDAY*** WGBH 2 Honors Life of Pete Seeger

American Masters “Pete Seeger – The Power of Song” Airs Friday Night at 10:30pm
Iconic folk singer with ties to Boston passed away yesterday at age of 94
BOSTON, Mass. (January 29, 2014) – Pete Seeger, the iconic folk singer with a fond connection to Boston and WGBH, died yesterday at the age of 94. In celebration of his life and many contributions to the arts and public discourse, WGBH 2 will rebroadcast the 2008 American Masters program “Pete Seeger – The Power of Song.” The program was the first authorized film biography of Seeger’s life and career. The special program airs at 10:30pm on Friday, January 31 on WGBH 2 and rebroadcast on Sunday, February 2 at 4pm.
Seeger, who attended Harvard before starting a career in music, worked with WGBH on a number of films, including Two Links of a Chain and Circle of Lights.
About American Masters “Pete Seeger – The Power of Song”
This first authorized film biography poetically documents the late Pete Seeger's unique experience and contributions. The man, who introduced America to its own folk heritage, got a whole generation passionate about playing the guitar and picking the banjo, got them singing together and using music as a force for social change. He deeply believed in the power of song, convinced that individuals can make a difference. Largely misunderstood by his critics, including the US government, for his views on peace, civil rights and ecology, Seeger went from the top of the hit parade to the top of the blacklist – banned from commercial television for more than 17 years. Seeger's inspiring, but not always easy story is told by everyone from Bob Dylan to the Dixie Chicks and through a remarkable historical archive.
About WGBH
WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur, Curious George, and more than a dozen other prime-time, lifestyle, and children’s series. WGBH’s television channels include WGBH 2, WGBH 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH TV productions focusing on the region’s diverse community include Greater Boston, Basic Black, High School Quiz Show, and Neighborhood Kitchens. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH Boston Public Radio; 99.5 WCRB; and WCAI the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. WGBH also is a major source of programs for public radio (among them, PRI’s The World®), a leader in educational multimedia (including PBS LearningMedia™, providing the nation’s educators with free, curriculum-based digital content), and a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to deaf, hard of hearing, blind, and visually impaired audiences. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards and Oscars. Find more information at wgbh.org.


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