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By B.W. Cook | June 24, 2009
The invitation read, “Life Is A Journey … The Learning Never Ends.” KOCE-TV, the shining star of Orange County public television held its 2009 dinner fundraiser at the Island Hotel, Newport Beach. The party was sophisticated and upbeat, honoring the remarkable career of California State Sen. Marian Bergeson Sen. Marian Bergeson and the contribution and partnership of the respected Discovery Science Center represented by Joe Adams . The gala evening was co-chaired by the elegant tall blond Orange County attorney Ardelle St. George and her fiery redheaded associate and local social mover and shaker Peggy Goldwater-Clay . This event, like many other serious-minded fundraisers for good causes, followed the traditional format of cocktails, dinner and auction.
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July 14, 2005
keep KOCE-TV a public station? Our PBS stations are the most important assets we have. Whatever we need to do to keep Daystar from purchasing KOCE-TV is worth the trouble. MARCIA MARLOWE Newport Beach I strongly support KOCE-TV's right to remain an independent voice for public broadcasting in the Orange County area. I think it's very important that we maintain the various services that public broadcasting provides, not only as an independent voice but as a source that the public can turn to for emergency information, as well as an unaffiliated educational resource.
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October 17, 2004
Under no circumstances should this TV station be sold to a Christian conglomerate whose only agenda is to make tax-free money to keep their proprietors living the grand life. This station should remain a public broadcast station, and the FCC should designate that all PBS stations can be only PBS stations, period. I don't care what these corporations bid, it should not be considered as legitimate use of a public broadcast station. Religious programming does not ...serve the public.
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May 7, 2007
Kurt Mische, a former director of development at a Las Vegas PBS station, has been appointed as KOCE-TV's new vice president of advancement. A 33-year veteran of commercial and public broadcasting, Mische will oversee fundraising, marketing and promotion for KOCE and oversee community relations and corporate giving. He earned his degree in radio and television from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Ill. "I am thrilled that Kurt is joining KOCE-TV and assuming this critical role to advance the future of this important community broadcasting institution," KOCE President Mel Rogers said in a release.
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October 8, 2007
KOCE-TV appoints new membership director KOCE-TV, Orange County’s only public television station, has appointed Suzanne White, a 20-year veteran of public radio, as its new director of membership. White, who earned a master’s in radio and television from San Diego State, has served as program director at KAZU-FM in Pacific Grove, program director and associate manager at WWNO-FM in New Orleans, station manager at KBOO-FM and general manager at KBPS-FM in Portland, Ore. At KOCE-TV, she will oversee annual gifts and contributions made to the station, and seek to expand its membership.
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By Mel Rogers | September 3, 2007
Many people are surprised when I tell them KOCE-TV, Orange County’s PBS station, has grown so much it is now the sixth most-watched PBS station in America. That’s a fun statistic to share, but not an especially important one. A local public television station’s value does not end nor even begin with its popular, highly-viewed PBS programs such as NOVA, Antiques Roadshow or Sesame Street. We are more than just a giant VCR that records and plays back spectacular national shows.
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By JO ELLEN ALLEN | August 17, 2007
It is tempting to ignore Jim Righeimer's recent assaults on the sale of KOCE-TV as merely personal and uninformed opinion ("KOCE-TV, district's deal done dirt cheap," July 21; "Lack of transparency in KOCE deal," June 30). However, because the Daily Pilot inexplicably chose to print not one, but two, opinion columns on its front page instead of the editorial/opinion page, some of its readers may believe the articles were actually news reporting. In addition, after meeting with Righeimer and clarifying errors and innuendoes, some of which he assured me he would correct but did not, it is important to set the record straight.
NEWS
April 18, 2002
The third annual Aristeia Awards, presented by KOCE-TV, unfolded at the Irvine Marriott Hotel, attracting a distinguished gathering of local support intent on fostering the goals of public television. More than 250 guests applauded KOCE-TV foundation board members Peggy Goldwater Clay and Gloria Gae Gellman for their outstanding effort chairing the gala dinner and ceremony. The two Newport Beach leading ladies helped KOCE-TV raise an impressive $84,500, which will directly benefit Orange County programming.
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By B.W. Cook | May 11, 2012
It was a spectacular evening on the Orange Coast for public television. On May 5, PBS SoCal celebrated its 5th annual fundraising gala. Estimated proceeds came in at $852,000. The impressive sum will benefit the KOCE-TV Foundation, which finds its focus in supporting the educational programming offered by PBS SoCal. Formerly known as KOCE-TV, PBS SoCal now serves a far-reaching Southern California demographic, including the Greater Los Angeles region, which makes it one of the most important PBS stations in the nation.
NEWS
May 22, 2003
Its slogan is "Expand your mind." KOCE-TV has been providing programming to Orange County since 1972. Last week at the Four Seasons Hotel, Newport Beach, a distinguished crowd of some 500 citizens came together to pay tribute to 30 years of community service provided by KOCE, our local alternative to commercial television. The gala fund-raiser was a classy affair from start to finish. It could be nothing less than outstanding under the stewardship of chair Gloria Gae Gellman.
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By B.W. Cook | May 11, 2012
It was a spectacular evening on the Orange Coast for public television. On May 5, PBS SoCal celebrated its 5th annual fundraising gala. Estimated proceeds came in at $852,000. The impressive sum will benefit the KOCE-TV Foundation, which finds its focus in supporting the educational programming offered by PBS SoCal. Formerly known as KOCE-TV, PBS SoCal now serves a far-reaching Southern California demographic, including the Greater Los Angeles region, which makes it one of the most important PBS stations in the nation.
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By Tom Ragan, tom.ragan@latimes.com | July 6, 2010
"Discover Orange County" has become quite popular for its detailed take on the region, whether it's the old cottages at Crystal Cove State Park, tracking where your trash goes from the garbage can to the dump, or checking out Old Town Orange. Now comes another program. Only this time it's going to give viewers a sneak peek into the Upper Newport Bay and introduce them to all sorts of wildlife that live there — from the flora and fauna to migratory birds. Called "Upper Newport Bay," the segment will premiere at noon Sunday and again at 9 a.m. Tuesday on KOCE-TV, the PBS station that airs from Ventura to San Clemente to Palm Springs.
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By B.W. Cook | June 25, 2010
An extravagant evening in Newport Beach unfolded last Saturday at The Island Hotel on behalf of KOCE-TV Public Television. The grand gala, co-chaired by Peggy Goldwater Clay and Ardelle St. George , was themed "That's Entertainment." The party certainly lived up to its title. Super-generous underwriter John Tu , chairman of Kingston Technology Corp., and his 28 - member band, known as "California Dreamin'" (with Tu on the drums ), absolutely blew away the 250 black tie-clad guests who had gathered to support KOCE-TV.
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By B.W. Cook | June 24, 2009
The invitation read, “Life Is A Journey … The Learning Never Ends.” KOCE-TV, the shining star of Orange County public television held its 2009 dinner fundraiser at the Island Hotel, Newport Beach. The party was sophisticated and upbeat, honoring the remarkable career of California State Sen. Marian Bergeson Sen. Marian Bergeson and the contribution and partnership of the respected Discovery Science Center represented by Joe Adams . The gala evening was co-chaired by the elegant tall blond Orange County attorney Ardelle St. George and her fiery redheaded associate and local social mover and shaker Peggy Goldwater-Clay . This event, like many other serious-minded fundraisers for good causes, followed the traditional format of cocktails, dinner and auction.
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By Michael Miller | June 30, 2008
NEWPORT BEACH — Mel Rogers sometimes thinks of the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” when he looks back on the history of KOCE-TV. Not because the Frank Capra classic is a regular feature on KOCE, but because the film’s story — about a man who gets a glimpse of what his community would be like if he never existed — reminds Rogers of the impact KOCE has had on Orange County. Sometimes, he told the crowd Saturday at the PBS station’s 35th anniversary gala, he tries to imagine what the county would be like without its public television station, and he can never quite picture it. “It’s a tough thing to explain,” said Rogers, the president and chief executive of KOCE since 1997.
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By Michael Miller and Joseph Serna | March 6, 2008
Norman Watson, whose ambition and hard work helped expand the Coast Community College District and provided Orange County with its premier public television station, has died. He was 92. The district’s first chancellor and the founder of KOCE-TV, Watson died of natural causes Feb. 29 at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian. Throughout the years, his name had become a common sight around the district: OCC’s former library, which opened in 1969, was known as the Norman E. Watson Library, and the campus named its new student services building after him in 2006.
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By Michael Miller | March 5, 2008
Norman Watson, whose ambition and hard work helped to expand the Coast Community College District and provided Orange County with its premier public television station, has died at the age of 92. The district’s first chancellor and the founder of KOCE-TV, Watson died Feb. 29. Throughout the years, his name had become a common sight around the district: OCC’s former library, which opened in 1969, was known as the Norman E. Watson Library,...
BUSINESS
October 8, 2007
KOCE-TV appoints new membership director KOCE-TV, Orange County’s only public television station, has appointed Suzanne White, a 20-year veteran of public radio, as its new director of membership. White, who earned a master’s in radio and television from San Diego State, has served as program director at KAZU-FM in Pacific Grove, program director and associate manager at WWNO-FM in New Orleans, station manager at KBOO-FM and general manager at KBPS-FM in Portland, Ore. At KOCE-TV, she will oversee annual gifts and contributions made to the station, and seek to expand its membership.
BUSINESS
September 24, 2007
KOCE-TV, Orange County?s public television channel, has announced the appointment of two new officers, with Suzanne O?Keeffe stepping in as marketing manager and Lee Ann Canaday joining the KOCE-TV Foundation?s board of directors. O?Keeffe, who most recently served as director of marketing and public relations for the Pacific Chorale in Santa Ana, has also directed a music festival promotions company and founded her own film production firm, Eluminate Films. At KOCE, she will oversee strategic planning, brand marketing and public relations campaigns.
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