Monday, May 07, 2012

PCN to Broadcast Specter Series

from the inbox:

Former U.S. Senator Arlen Specter will reflect on his personal and professional life during a special five-part oral history series produced by the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN).  After compiling a year’s worth of one-on-one interviews with the former U.S. Senator, the statewide network is ready to premiere its special series, “Arlen Specter: An Oral History.” 

The 15-hour series is slated to begin on Monday, May 14, at 7:00 p.m.  A new episode will air nightly at the same timeslot through Friday, May 18.  Encores have been tentatively scheduled for the following morning at 9:00 a.m. except for the Saturday, May 19 re-air which will begin at 2:00 p.m.  The network is also tentatively planning to re-air the entire series July 16 – 20.

The former Senator openly talks about a host of topics including such historical events like the John F. Kennedy assassination and theAnita Hill – Clarence Thomas hearings  He also shares the professional difficulties he found as a result of his Jewish faith

Original pictures and video for the series was obtained from various sources; some of which include The Arlen Specter Center for Public Policy maintained by Philadelphia University, the U.S. Senate Historical Office and C-SPAN.

In 1980, Specter was first elected to represent Pennsylvania in the U.S. Senate as a Republican in 1980.  A 30-year incumbent, Specter changed party affiliation in 2009 and in 2010 he lost his bid for the Democratic nomination to a sixth term. 

The Specter oral history series is the second such project for PCN.  In December of last year, the network produced a special oral history series with Pittsburgh native, Dick Thornburgh, former Pennsylvania Governor and U.S. Attorney General.

About PCN:

PCN is a nonprofit, noncommercial news organization created and supported by cable television companies. PCN receives no state or federal funding. Network programming is distributed on participating cable systems in Pennsylvania serving more than 10 million Pennsylvanians in 3.3 million homes.  A complete listing of PCN affiliates and network channel designations is available by visiting PCN's website at

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