Sorry R&H fans: No 'South Pacific' for you

August 18, 2010
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Am I the only one frustrated that WFYI won't be airing the "Live from Lincoln Center" broadcast tonight of "South Pacific"?

While I had some quibble with Kelli O'Hara's country club take on Nellie Forbush, I was otherwise knocked out by the Tony Award-winning revival when I saw it in New York City. The run ends on Aug. 22.

O'Hara and co-star Paulo Szot will both be featured in the broadcast, which is being seen by, oh, just about the rest of the country.

Except us.

Causing further pain: Most "Live from Lincoln Center" productions do not have an afterlife. They have short broadcast window, then are gone.

When I called WFYI, I was told that "South Pacific" will be aired Tuesday, Aug. 24...but only on WFYI 3, which is not available to many.

Maybe you can tape it for me.

Your thoughts?

  • Buy some rabbit ears....
    and you should be able to pick up FYI-3 over the air just fine.
  • WFYI's Director of Media Relations

    I'd like to echo Jeff's comments about WFYI 3 (20.3 DT). WFYI Public Television just replaced its TV antenna for the first time in its 40-year history. The new antenna permits us to transmit a digital television signal that blankets all of Central Indiana. We're estimating that nearly a quarter of a million new Central Indiana households will be able to receive our three digital television services over the air and FREE of charge. For those WFYI viewers who may have experienced reception problems in the past, please re-scan your digital TV or converter box, and you should be able to enjoy enhanced reception of all your favorite PBS programs. In the event that a viewer finds that they're still experiencing reception issues, please contact WFYI directly by calling 317-636-2020. We'd like to help.
  • 20
    Get DirecTV and then you will have PBS channels from Bloomington and Muncie then you won't have to endure Channel 20's programming.
  • WTIU Bloomington
    Harvey: Thanks for the tip. Looks like WTIU is saving the evening.
  • puh-lease
    Um, FYI, your attempt to make lemonade out of lemons is an epic FAIL on this one. WHY aren't you carrying it is the question, not how can I watch it on antenna, which I no longer own because I'm on a cable service that sends me one FYI channel. FYI consistently does not carry many fine performing arts shows, relegating them to reruns in the wee hours, at later dates, and now apparently on some obscure inaccessible channel that only a portion of the viewing audience can access and learn about through determined sleuthing. Why aren't you carrying this broadcast live on 20.1???
  • Bad PR
    Yes - what is the explanation? I for one will remember this when its time for WFYI-tv to bother me for money!
    I am really disappointed about the non-broadcast of "South Pacific" tonight! I am a longtime WFYI supporter and usually trust your programming decisions, but come on!? One of the best musicals of all time and an opportunity to see it live ... REALLY POOR DECISION NOT TO AIR IT ON CHANNEL 20!
  • Perhaps Good News
    Heard from WFYI that it will show on WFYI 3 (Brighthouse Ch. 119) on 8/24 at 8:00 p.m.
    • Chess, not South Pacific...
      I checked and according to my Cable Guide listing, WFYI+, channel 119 Brighthouse, is playing Great Performances: "Chess" in Concert at 8pm on the 24th. NOt sure if that will change.
      • WFYI
        Carol is correct --- G.P.'s South Pacific (NOT Chess) is scheduled for broadcast on Aug. 24 @ 8pm, WFYI 3.
      • Pledge drive
        Since no one has mentioned it, I believe the reason WFYI is not airing SP is because they're in a pledge drive. When I was setting my DVR I noticed WFYI programming stated "Members Choice" at 8:00 tonight.

        While I'm writing, is anyone else as frustrated as I about more and more Morning Edition and especially All Things Considered being overlaid with local features? For instance at 5:45 every Friday they play a "Sound Medicine" segment.
      • VERY HAPPY!
        I can only speak for myself, but I've been exceptionally happy with the programming I've seen and heard on Channel 20 and 90.1FM. It's one of the best combined stations in the country, IMHO, and represents Central Indiana exceedingly well. We should all be very proud of our flagship Indiana public broadcasting station!
        • Let's picket WFYI
          I'm ready to go downtown and picket the WFYI offices - my sign "Some Enchanted Evening? - Not for Indy !!!"
        • I just heard....
          This is the O.J. (Original Jeff, not Jeff Picket) and I just heard on FYI radio that 20-1 will be having SP on at 8p.m., so hurray for us, huh?
        • WFYI
          As part of tonight's â??WFYI's Memberâ??s Choice Niteâ?? to say thank you to our supporters weâ??re pleased to present LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER â??South Pacificâ?? @ 8pm on WFYI 1. Enjoy this special PBS broadcast made possible by viewers like YOU.
        • kelli ohara
          I cannot believe your comment about Kelli Ohara you should find another line of work
        • this is what you get
          citizens HAVE to deal with public broadcasting asking for money because guess what...thats where they get their money. the biggest slice of the pie for almost all pbs and npr stations come from, like they say, "viewers & listeners like you." as a fan of non-commercial news i love what wfyi can do with so little.
          and when did everyone forget there was a free signal over the air? when did everyone start trusting their dvrs? i watched 'lock-up: pendleton' on msnbc once with the dvr listing the program 'sex dungeon.'
          i could do without R&H but you people are being babies.
        • Thank you
          After all the carping, WFYI did the right thing. Thank you WFYI!
        • South Pacific
          Yes, it aired.
          Now, opinions on the show?
        • Tom,
          If WFYI is so perfect then must love the DVD's they play during their multiple begging drives annually claiming the DVD's are similar to what they air when they're not begging, which they are not. You must also love talk radio as WFYI FM has reduced its classical music broadcasting to 8 hours weekly. That's why I listen to classical music mornings, afternoons and evenings on 88.7 WICR instead of the NPR talkathon.
        • got to the thread late.
          I have dish network and had no trouble finding it on WTIU. We are big supporters of FYI. BUT, I have to agree that the performing arts take a back seat at times. Due to the way Dish fades with weather changes, I have recently purchased a converter box (ebay 40 bucks) and an antenna (target 60 bucks after trying 2 cheaper). The 3 FYI stations are the best reception of all the locals. I could have stayed with the 19 antenna and JUST have gotten FYI. I had to spend 40 more bucks to get FOX.

          As far as the show is concerned, I am a vet of 4 different productions/visions of SP. And this is by far the most honest and enjoyable I have ever seen. And out of the honesty there were more laughs. (Of course we all know that the Great Performances audiences are hugely , if not entirely, papered with friendly folks. Voices were awesome and I did not mind Ms. Ohara's interpretation. A more earthy approach is often more endearing, but this worked for me. Coming from the "country club" environment makes sense that she was a "fugitive" of that world.
        • channel 20-3 not same quality
          While WFYI may carry the broadcast on channel 20-3, the quality of the broadcast will be lower. Channel 20-3 is 4x3 aspect ratio only and is 480i (not HD).
        • WFYI Programming
          C'mon - wouldn't you rather watch "In the Life" than "South pacific" ?

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