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British comedy team Monty Python, inspirational author Dr. Wayne Dyer and locally produced contests highlight KRWG TV spring pledge drive

Programs to make you laugh, improve your life and admire young talent in southern New Mexico and west Texas highlight KRWG TV's spring pledge drive.

lic television station, licensed to New Mexico State University, is bringing back the British comedy troupe Monty Python as one of many highlights of its on-air drive, scheduled for March 3-19.

Michael Palin, Terry Jones, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman and Terry Gilliam collectively used their keen British wit and humor to explore some of the more explosive issues of the day in a series of televised sketches called "Monty Python's Flying Circus." The program aired from 1969 to 1974. When it was cancelled, the troupe began making movies, including "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," "The Life of Brian" and "The Meaning of Life."

Palin and Jones will reflect on their favorite episodes in "personal best" shows that will air on KRWG TV, beginning at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8.

Another highlight of the spring pledge drive is inspirational author and speaker Dr. Wayne Dyer's new program, "Inspiration: Your Ultimate Calling," which will be broadcast at noon on Sunday, March 19. Dyer is the author of several self-help books including "The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-Create Your World Your Way" and "Incredible You! 10 Ways to Let Your Greatness Shine Through."

A third feature of the spring pledge drive is a pair of locally produced competitions.

Many of New Mexico's top students will pit their academic prowess and knowledge against each other in a "Brain Bowl" contest, sponsored by the Mesilla Valley Kiwanis Club. Competitors will advance through several rounds of questions that will culminate in a final round to be prerecorded and broadcast at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 12. The winning team or possibly two teams will qualify to attend the 2006 National Academic Quiz Tournament High School National Championship, which will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Chicago on June 2-4, 2006, said Norman E. Todd, president of the Mesilla Valley Kiwanis Club. Besides the competition among high school quiz bowl teams from around the country, "Jeopardy!" will conduct a contestant search at the High School National Championship. The "Jeopardy!" search is only open to players competing in the high school tournament.

Another local competition, sponsored by the Mesilla Valley Rotary Club, will feature the Mesilla Valley's finest musicians, dancers and singers. They will compete in two divisions - a junior division of elementary and middle school students and a senior division comprising high school students. The performers will showcase their talents in front of judges in the recently renovated Rio Grande Theatre at noon, Saturday, March 11. The talent show will be recorded and broadcast on KRWG TV at 4 p.m., Sunday, March 19.

"We want our community in the TV station as much as possible," said Bill Grigaliunas, NMSU director of university broadcasting. "Taxpayers' dollars help pay for public broadcasting. That's why we're taking a very aggressive approach as we invite community members to perform, answer phones and participate in other ways so they will feel that this television station truly belongs to them."

Other special programs to be aired during the spring pledge drive include performances by Tom Jones, Barry Manilow, Andrea Bocelli, Lawrence Welk, the Four Tops in a 50th anniversary special and guitarist Roni Benise with his program of Spanish music and dance, "Nights of Fire."

"We're very excited about our programming for this pledge drive as we reach out to a variety of audiences," said April Bond, membership manager for KRWG TV. "Everything anyone would want, from academic and talent contests, the enormously popular Dr. Dyer and the timeless humor of Monty Python is being aired on our station.

"Just like any other pledge drive, phone volunteers are needed, too. Student organizations on campus can earn community service points by helping us. Also, this gives them the chance to talk about their organizations to all of southern New Mexico and west Texas, so these groups can get a lot of mileage from giving up just a little bit of their time."

Bob Nosbisch
Jan. 25, 2006