FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 23, 2009
CONTACT: Bobbie Fisher, WHRO, 757.889.9107
THIS AMERICAN LIFE RETURNS TO HAMPTON ROADS’ THEATERS
ON APRIL 23RD AT 8PM
Popular WHRV Public Radio Program Features Host Ira Glass
Norfolk: On April 23rd at 8pm, WHRV 89.5FM will once again present a live simulcast performance of the popular radio program This American Life, at AMC theatres at MacArthur Center in Norfolk and Hampton Towne Centre 24 in Hampton. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at AMC theaters at MacArthur Center and Hampton Towne Centre 24, or by going online to www.FathomEvents.com.
The critically-acclaimed This American Life features host Ira Glass and several popular show contributors performing humorous and profound stories. The evening’s lineup will include popular This American Life contributors Dan Savage, Starlee Kine, Mike Birbiglia, David Rakoff and Dave Hill, plus a cartoon by Chris Ware, additional visuals by Arthur Jones, and a special musical performance by Joss Whedon, creator of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Together they will perform a two-hour, live stage version of the radio show, centered on the theme “Return to the Scene of the Crime.”
This American Life is broadcast each Friday at 1pm on WHRV 89.5FM and at 7pm on Saturday on SpeakEasy Radio (89.5 – HD2). The April 23rd simulcast will be viewed live via satellite with more than 400 select movie theaters and performing arts centers nationwide.
This American Life – Live! is presented for the second consecutive year in theaters by NCM Fathom, produced by Chicago Public Radio and BY Experience, Inc. in collaboration with Public Radio International (PRI). Tens of thousands of fans across the country attended the first TAL cinema event in 2008.
This American Life debuted in 1995 as a weekly, hour-long radio program, produced by Chicago Public Radio and distributed by Public Radio International to more than 500 radio stations nationwide. Primarily journalistic non-fiction, the show also features fiction, essays and field recordings. The show has won many major broadcasting awards including the Peabody, duPont-Columbia and Edward R. Murrow Awards. In 2001, Time Magazine named Glass the “Best Radio Host in America.” In 2007, the television version of This American Life premiered on premium cable on the Showtime Network. Newsweek called it “a jewel of a TV series.” The New York Times called it “beautifully done, an opulent and moving documentary of the highest order.” Season one of This American Life received three Emmy nominations and an International Documentary Association Award. Season Two won Emmy Awards for “Outstanding Nonfiction Series” and “Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming.”
WHRO is a public service media company that promotes education, culture and citizenship through a variety of services. Every day, thousands of viewers and listeners tune in to broadcast programming on WHRO TV 15, WHRV 89.5FM and WHRO 90.3FM. Owned by 18 local school divisions, WHRO delivers educational services to 286,000 students and 25,000 educators per month. Since its founding more than 45 years ago to support education, WHRO has employed creativity and technology to enrich audiences through content that engages, educates, entertains and enlightens.
About Chicago Public Radio
Nationally recognized as home to some of radio’s most innovative programming and personalities, Chicago Public Radio offers nearly 500,000 weekly listeners a variety of programs—from news and public affairs to music and arts—that reflect the distinct and diverse community it serves. In addition to This American Life, the station brings its stories and talent to a wider audience with nationally-distributed programs Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! and Sound Opinions as well as the Third Coast International Audio Festival and Chicago Matters series. More information at chicagopublicradio.org
About Public Radio International®
Founded in 1983, Public Radio International leads media by producing, acquiring and distributing innovative content that enables U.S. audiences to "hear a different voice," bringing new voices, global journalism and cultural perspectives to the American public. Through partnerships with BBC World Service and station-based and independent producers, the Minneapolis-based media leader provides more than 400 hours of content each week, broadcast to more than 30 million* listeners through 800 public radio stations and available through podcasts, streaming and on-demand through its Web site, pri.org. PRI's content is heard by more than 11 million* people each week through these collective sources. For more information on PRI and its programs and services, visit www.pri.org.
*Source: Arbitron Nationwide/Act 1 Systems, Persons 12+ in DMA, Mon-Sun 24 hours, Spring '08.
About National CineMedia, Inc.
NCM LLC operates the largest digital in-theater network in North America through long-term agreements with its founding members, AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark Holdings Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), the three largest theater operators in the U.S., and through multi-year agreements with several other theater operators. NCM LLC produces and distributes its FirstLook pre feature program; cinema, lobby and online advertising products; comprehensive meeting and event services and other entertainment programming content. NCM LLC’s national network includes approximately 17,300 screens of which approximately 15,300 are part of the company’s Digital Content Network (DCN). NCM LLC’s network covers 176 Designated Market Areas® (49 of the top 50). During 2008, approximately 690 million patrons attended movies shown in theaters currently included in the network (excluding Consolidated Theatres and Star Theatres). National CineMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: NCMI) owns a 42.4% interest in and is the managing member of NCM LLC. To learn more about National CineMedia Inc., please visit the company’s website at www.ncm.com.
About the Jack H. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at NYU
The Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, New York University, is the premier venue for the presentation of cultural and performing arts events at NYU and lower Manhattan. Located at 566 LaGuardia Place (at Washington Square South), it provides a large-scale performance space for university events and live professional performances from around the world. The 860-seat theater opened in October 2003 and hosts the only major university-based professional multi-arts presenting program in Manhattan. As a result, one natural and continuing mission of the Skirball Center is to build young audiences for live performance through a broad range of compelling performance events at affordable ticket prices. For more information and a current schedule of events, visit www.skirballcenter.nyu.edu.