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Meeting Miss Piggy

KPBS On-Air Fundraising with Miss Piggy (2008).  Top:  Andy Trimlett and Maura Daly Phinney.  Bottom:  Jessica York and Miss Piggy.
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Above: KPBS On-Air Fundraising with Miss Piggy (2008). Top: Andy Trimlett and Maura Daly Phinney. Bottom: Jessica York and Miss Piggy.

I joined KPBS in December, 2005 after working at four other PBS stations during the previous 20 years. I like KPBS for a number of reasons. The people who work here are hard-working, smart and fun. The production facilities are top-notch, thanks to some very generous donors. And I get to work on a variety of different projects.

Part of my job is producing and part of my job involves managing the stations’ on-air fundraising campaigns. The two halves come together when I produce national pledge breaks for PBS. Lots of special guests come to KPBS for these national breaks including Andre Rieu, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Donny Osmond and Dr. Christiane Northrup.

Sometimes we get to go on location to tape the interviews when the stars can’t make it to our studios. I went to Acapulco to tape backstage at the Yanni concert, which I have to admit was pretty fun. Yanni’s production company paid for that one! Another time, I went to New York City to interview the guys from Celtic Thunder. And just recently, I went to Washington, DC where I interviewed the correspondents for the PBS NewsHour.

But, the most exciting location shoot was when we taped at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles for the Andrea Bocelli and David Foster Christmas special. We interviewed David Foster, Natalie Cole, Katherine Jenkins and Miss Piggy! For someone who has spent their entire career working in public broadcasting, meeting Miss Piggy was a thrill. She even let us take a picture with her.

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