KERA 50th Anniversary Event

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KERA’s 50th Anniversary event was a tremendous success – thanks to all the sponsors for making it possible!

Wyly Theatre

Wyly Theatre

KERA’s 50th anniversary year included a unique, multimedia fundraising event on the evening of Tuesday, November 29, 2011, at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre in the Dallas Arts District. All proceeds benefitted KERA’s programs and services.

In honor of early KERA visionaries Robert A. (Bob) Wilson, one of the station’s first chief executive officers, and the late Ralph B. Rogers, an early KERA champion and the very first chairman of the PBS Board of Governors, the event will reflect on the station’s milestones over the past five decades and examine the critical role KERA will play in the future.

Archival film footage, radio recordings and the participation of notable public broadcasting personalities including Cokie Roberts and Jim Lehrer will bring the evening to life in a way that promises to educate, entertain and inspire you.


Honoring

Ralph B. Rogers
Ralph B. Rogers
Robert A. Wilson
Robert A. Wilson

 

Featuring

Jim Lehrer
Jim Lehrer
Cokie Roberts
Cokie Roberts

Event Photos

(Photos by Dana Driensky and John Strange):

Dr. Kenneth and Ruth Altshuler, Honorary Event Chair

Dr. Kenneth and Ruth Altshuler, Honorary Event Chair

Trevor and Melissa Fetter, Event Chair

Trevor and Melissa Fetter, Event Chair

Alice and Erle Nye, Chairman, KERA Board of Directors

Alice and Erle Nye, Chairman, KERA Board of Directors

Lee Cullum, Erle Nye, Mary Anne Alhadeff and Melissa Fetter welcome guests.

Lee Cullum, Erle Nye, Mary Anne Alhadeff and Melissa Fetter welcome guests.

The Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre

The Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre

Event guests at The Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre.

Event guests at The Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre.

The Jazz Singers from Booker T. Washington High School perform the theme song from Sesame Street.

The Jazz Singers from Booker T. Washington High School perform the theme song from Sesame Street.

Bob Ray Sanders welcomes guests.

Bob Ray Sanders welcomes guests.

Jim Lehrer, Lee Cullum and Bob Ray Sanders discuss the early days of Newsroom and KERA.

Jim Lehrer, Lee Cullum and Bob Ray Sanders discuss the early days of Newsroom and KERA.

David McCullough talks about Ralph B. Rogers’ impact on public broadcasting.

David McCullough talks about Ralph B. Rogers’ impact on public broadcasting.

Krys Boyd, Cokie Roberts and Jim Lehrer share a moment backstage.

Krys Boyd, Cokie Roberts and Jim Lehrer share a moment backstage.

David McCullough and Owen Wilson

David McCullough and Owen Wilson

Luke and Owen Wilson discuss their father, Bob Wilson, and his years at the helm of KERA.

Luke and Owen Wilson discuss their father, Bob Wilson, and his years at the helm of KERA.

David McCullough

David McCullough

Bill Rogers, Jack Rogers and Dick Rogers

Bill Rogers, Jack Rogers and Dick Rogers

Asleep at the Wheel performs

Asleep at the Wheel performs

Luke Wilson, Laura Wilson and Owen Wilson

Luke Wilson, Laura Wilson and Owen Wilson


Honorary Event Chair

Ruth Altshuler

Event Chair

Melissa Fetter

 


Host Committee

Mary Anne and David Alhadeff
Louise and Gordon Appleman
Cecilia and Garrett Boone
Diane and Hal Brierley
Kay and Elliot Cattarulla
Linda and Harlan Cohen
Lee Cullum
Arlene and John Dayton
Catie and Aaron Enrico
Melissa and Trevor Fetter
Ola and Randall Fojtasek
Carol and Don Glendenning
Tina and Ted Gorski
Sheila and Jody Grant
Nancy and Jeremy Halbreich
Roger Horchow
Naomi and Larry Lebowitz
Janie and Cappy McGarr
Tricia and Bill Miller
Camille Milner and Tim Crouch
Clay Mulford
Alice and Erle Nye
Ellen and Dick Rogers
Barbara and Randall Rosenblatt
Lizzie and Dan Routman
Alann Bedford Sampson
Bob Ray Sanders
Barbara and Myron H. Watkins
Donna Wilhelm and John Gunn

 
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