Dr. Christmas returns for his 24th year of providing holiday cheer over the airwaves.
Each December, UW Oshkosh sociology professor Gerry Grzyb transforms himself into “Dr. Christmas.” He’ll be taking control of the airwaves of WRST-FM beginning at 1:00pm on Tuesday, December 18 to guide listeners through 35 hours of music from his massive collection of holiday recordings.
The show will air on WRST (90.3 FM and www.wrst.org) from 1:00pm-6:00pm December 18-24. The program will be simulcast over UWO’s Titan TV for Oshkosh subscribers to Time Warner Cable on channel 57. To accompany the music from WRST and add to the festivities, Titan TV will run a continuous video of a burning fireplace. In addition, Titan TV will bracket the Dr. Christmas offerings each day with special showings of the 1964 cult holiday film Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, part of the Titan TV library of classic films. Showtimes each day are 10:00am, 11:30am, 6:00pm and 7:30pm.
This year’s program will include special segments devoted to the Christmas music of the early 1950s in honor of Grzyb’s mother, who passed away in September. Grzyb credits her for sparking his interest in Christmas music. He also plans to provide selections to honor former UW Oshkosh Chancellor John Kerrigan, who also recently passed away. One other special segment will be a broadcast of this year’s Oshkosh Chamber Singers performance of A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from Trinity Episcopal Church; it will air at 4:00pm on December 22.
During last year’s broadcast, online listeners tuned in from throughout the United States and from locations around the world from Egypt to Japan to India to Switzerland. To see playlists from past years and other information about the program, go to www.uwosh.edu/drchristmas
WRST will also offer special holiday music programs as part of local programming from 1:00pm-5:00pm on Sunday and Monday, December 16-17.
The Dr. Christmas broadcasts over WRST receive financial support from Baeten Building and Remodeling, LLC in Oshkosh, Country Squire Gifts in Neenah, Tamara’s/The Cake Guru in Oshkosh and the UW Oshkosh Theater Department.
William Povletich: Passion and the Packers
On Thursday, November 29th Radio/TV/Film alum William Povletich spent some time at the Pollock Alumni House speaking about his experiences and host a signing of his new book, Green Bay Packers: Trials, Triumphs, and Tradition. His fourth book, in conjunction with the Wisconsin Historical Society, tells a story in writing and pictures of the inner workings of the Packers, from their humble beginnings to their present-day fame.
Povletich explained that during college, he assumed he would be the next Steven Spielberg. It wasn’t until after school that he stumbled across documentary filmmaking and fell in love with it. From there it was the jump into authoring books that celebrated Wisconsin’s rich sport history. It was clear Povletich has a passion for what he does as he spoke animatedly of telling peoples’ stories through visuals and writing. He said he feels making the truth into a story is more challenging than writing from imagination, and therefore more rewarding. He left his audience with inspiring advice: “There are projects that feed the pocketbooks, but make sure you find projects that feed the soul.”
Radio/TV/Film has a Pinterest account!
The RTF department now has its very own Pinterest! We know what you’re thinking: “Pinterest?! That’s just for recipes and fancy mason jar crafts, right?” Wrong. Our Pinterest focuses on new technologies in the media industry, successful alumni, and cool tips and tricks for social media and more. We also have eye candy for film and TV geeks like behind-the-scenes photos, movie posters, and funny fan-made content.
In a nutshell, our Pinterest account was created to share things we think are interesting, helpful, or funny to RTF students. If this sounds like your cup of tea, you can follow the RTF department at www.pinterest.com/uwortf
On October 23, Oshkosh filmmakers John Pata and Adam Bartlett screened their feature Dead Weight in the Reeve Theater. Radio/TV/Film students and film enthusiasts alike crowded the theater to view the horror drama filmed entirely in Wisconsin. The general consensus: this film rocks.
Dead Weight follows the journey of Charlie Russell as he travels across a post-apocalyptic Midwest to reach his girlfriend Samantha. Along the way he encounters the dangers of a morality-free society and the ever-present threat of the infected hordes. But even more important is his inner conflict as he struggles between his own needs and the wellbeing of the group he travels with. In a reverse timeline, we are also shown Charlie and Samantha’s history before the infection.
After the film, Pata and Bartlett talked about their filming experience and answered questions from the audience. The filmmaking duo was open and engaging, using both humor and humility to recount their production. Pata talked about what an incredibly difficult time it was, but also how rewarding their work was when the movie was finished. They both emphasized just how proud they were to be independent filmmakers living in the Midwest. The most striking statement they made all night was their belief that a filmmaker doesn’t need to move to Los Angeles to be successful, and in fact, the real filmmaking that comes from a place of honesty can only be produced independently. It was a strong statement, and one that left us all with something to think about. The night was truly enlightening, and Pata and Barlett shone.
4th Annual Pro Perspectives Panel
If you can’t make it to the panel, don’t worry! There are many different ways you can follow along with the event. The Pro Perspectives panel will be broadcast live on Titan TV, Time Warner Cable Channel 57, and on 90.3 WRST-FM Oshkosh. The audio feed from WRST is also streamed online on their website, WRST.org. If you are a Twitter user, be sure to follow along with the hashtag #rtfpro. Students will be live tweeting the event and taking your questions for the panelists.
Be sure to save the date, October 12th, for the Radio-TV-Film Pro Perspectives Panel!