I owe a longer update on the blog about the fun I’m having at my new job at East Tennessee PBS. Until then, however, allow me to share this news about an experiment we’re undertaking tonight during our summer pledge drive.
If viewer calls and emails are a reliable source of information here at the station, the British comedy/drama Doc Martin is one of our most popular locally-aired programs. Yet, our viewers and the show’s fans have noted that we only have aired the first two seasons of Doc Martin’s Cornwall adventures.
The simple fact is that each available season of any show like this comes at a price. To secure the broadcast rights for East Tennessee costs funds that we must secure from somewhere. So, we’re taking a different approach to the pledge drive tonight and giving our faithful Doc Martin fans a chance to play a direct role in our future programming.
Rather than a typical night of pledge drive activity centered around premiums and special programming, we’re devoting two hours of the evening to Doc Martin fans. Any pledges called in during this time will be allocated directly towards the air rights purchase of Season Three and Season Four of the Portwenn gang.
It’s our local PBS member station version of a Kickstarter project. Want to see more Doc Martin in Knoxville, Johnson City, Kingsport, Bristol, Maryville, Oak Ridge, Loudon and the rest of East Tennessee? Then, please share a gift tonight (May 30, 2013) between 9-11 pm (EST).
Think of it this way: the gift you’re giving is the opportunity for the 1.1 million potential households in our viewing area to be introduced to one of your favorite shows. Please call tonight at (800) 595-0220 to offer your support to bringing Doc Martin to East Tennessee’s television screens.
I’ll be on the air tonight with my East Tennessee PBS colleagues discussing the fun of Doc Martin and why we’d love to help bring seasons three and four to our region. So, call in tonight and share your love of Doc Martin’s village characters with your East Tennessee neighbors or we’ll have to ask Mr. Large to prepare your next order of fish and chips.