Honor

Smokey Robinson: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

 

Join host Samuel L. Jackson for an all-star tribute to singer and songwriter Smokey Robinson, the 2016 recipient of the Gershwin Prize, with a special appearance by Berry Gordy, founder of Motown. Among those appearing are CeeLo Green, JoJo, Ledisi, Tegan Marie, Kip Moore, Corinne Bailey Rae, Esperanza Spalding, The Tenors, Joe Walsh and BeBe Winans.

 

THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS GERSHWIN PRIZE
Willie Nelson

 

Rosanne Cash, Edie Brickell, Paul Simon, Alison Krauss, Raul Malo, Neil Young and others pay tribute to singer and songwriter Willie Nelson, the 2015 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

 

Where Everyone Knows Your Name

 

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Where Everyone Knows Your Name
A Surprise for Our Board Chair


Where Everyone Knows Your Name: A Surprise for Our Board Chair

Left: PBS Hawai‘i outgoing Board Chair Robbie Alm and PBS Hawai‘i President and CEO Leslie Wilcox. Right: The newly named Robbie Alm Board Room

 

It’s not my practice to keep secrets from my outgoing Board Chair, Robbie Alm. I’m doing it this once, because it’s a one-of-a-kind secret that really should be a surprise.

 

By the time you read this, the cat will be out of the bag and Robbie will have retired from the Board following a long and successful tenure. Among his many achievements as leader: diversifying our revenues, investing in revolutionary tech advancements, founding the nation’s first statewide student news network, and building a new $30 million home on time and on budget.

 

Even before he was a Board member, Robbie was a champion of public broadcasting. He’s been involved in supporting this station, in one way or another, for more than 30 years.

 

So, of course, Board and Staff are having a party for him. We’ll give him lei and an engraved keepsake, and there’ll be a special song from former Board member, Hoku Award-winning performer/composer Kawika Kahiapo. Robbie also will have to endure a few speeches.

 

And – here’s our secret. PBS Hawai‘i’s handsome Board Room, which doubles as a second TV/video studio and has a view of our large studio below, will be named after him.

 

Robbie displayed both battle-hardened confidence and quiet humility in getting our new home built. He likes the results so much, that he’s known to stop by when he could simply make a phone call. He enjoys the natural light, the openness of the floor plan, the cheerful colors, the way the space accommodates work flow.

 

And now his name will be on the room where he presided over high-level governance decisions. We hope he continues to stop by and enjoy – without any worry.

 

In next month’s guide, I’ll write about PBS Hawai‘i’s incoming Board Chair. We’re proud to have our first ever Chair from a Neighbor Island: Jason Fujimoto of Hilo, an accomplished executive whose family-founded, employee-owned business is nearly a century old.

 

A hui hou – until next time,
Leslie signature

 

The National Memorial Day Concert

 

Hawai‘i’s own Auli‘i Cravalho, star of Disney’s Moana, is scheduled to open this year’s National Memorial Day Concert on PBS with a performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The concert will be broadcast from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

 

Actors Laurence Fishburne and Joe Mantegna will co-host. Actor Gary Sinise will present a 75th anniversary salute to the Doolittle Raiders, the aviators who changed the course of World War II in the Pacific.

 

 

The all-star line-up for the event includes: General Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.); Renée Fleming; Vanessa Williams; Scotty McCreery; John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting; John Ortiz; Christopher Jackson; Ana Ortiz; Ronan Tynan; and Russell Watson, in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Jack Everly.

 

This program will encore later in the evening at Sun., May 28, 9:00 pm

 

A CAPITOL FOURTH

 

America’s Independence Day celebration is broadcast from the West Lawn of the United States Capitol. Scheduled to appear: Smokey Robinson, Kenny Loggins, Gavin DeGraw, Cassadee Pope, Amber Riley, Jackie Evancho, Sutton Foster and the Broadway cast of On Your Feet!, Christopher Jackson, along with the National Symphony Orchestra and a grand fireworks display.

 

Encore: Mon., July 4, 9:00 pm

 

The 2016 National Memorial Day Concert

 

Join co-hosts Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna for the 27th broadcast of this night of remembrance honoring the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country.

 

The all-star line-up includes: General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.); opera superstar Renée Fleming; iconic music legends The Beach Boys; country music singer Trace Adkins; actress S. Epatha Merkerson, actor Esai Morales and vocalist Alfie Boe, and the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.

 

This program will encore at 8:30 pm

 

BAFTA Celebrates Downton Abbey

 

BAFTA (The British Academy of Film and Television Arts) celebrates Downton Abbey with a special program offering insight into the making of the award- winning series, a look back with the cast at their favorite moments and a behind-the-scenes peek with the crew on set.

 

FOUR-FOUR-TWO,
F COMPANY AT WAR

FOUR-FOUR-TWO,  F-COMPANY AT WAR

 

The 442nd Regimental Combat Team – comprised of Americans of Japanese ancestry – fought in Italy and France during World War II against the German Army of Hitler’s Third Reich. It earned a reputation for being a crack infantry unit and the regiment and its men received considerable battlefield honors and individual medals of valor. Follow the exploits of F Company through the letters of 1st Sergeant Jack Wakamatsu and interviews with five F Company veterans who recall in vivid detail their experiences from witnessing the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor to the Banzai charge up a hill in France where F Company wiped out a German company.

 

A CAPITOL FOURTH
On PBS Hawaii

A CAPITOL FOURTH

 

Don’t forget to watch A CAPITOL FOURTH this Independence Day!

 

Celebrating 35 years on air, the 2015 A Capitol Fourth features music legend Barry Manilow, country music superstars Alabama, singer/songwriter Nicole Scherzinger, CMA 2012 New Artist of the Year Hunter Hayes, Grammy Award-winning KC and the Sunshine Band, classical pianist Lang Lang, the National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jack Everly.