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    Not getting the PBS Special??

    So I assume I won't be the only one not getting the PBS special in there area.

    I figure we can use this thread as a way of coping (hah!) and trying to figure out a way of getting the special to air, or more likely the DVD.

    My initial ideas are to flood PBS affiliates with letters saying we want the special in more areas, however with knowing what I know about local TV, I doubt that works. So my other thought is to somehow, someway get the pledge phone numbers from the episodes posted on the site here, that way, those of us who can't watch, can still call, support the group, AND be able to get the DVD.

    I don't know if either of these ideas are feasable, please let me know! Hopefully we can come up with something. As long as I have the DVD by Christmas Day I'll be thrilled.

    Please chime in!

    Cheers

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    Started By Strizzy No Chizzy 35 Replies Category : News
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Strizzy No Chizzy's picture
on 25 November 2009 - 7:28pm

So I assume I won't be the only one not getting the PBS special in there area.

I figure we can use this thread as a way of coping (hah!) and trying to figure out a way of getting the special to air, or more likely the DVD.

My initial ideas are to flood PBS affiliates with letters saying we want the special in more areas, however with knowing what I know about local TV, I doubt that works. So my other thought is to somehow, someway get the pledge phone numbers from the episodes posted on the site here, that way, those of us who can't watch, can still call, support the group, AND be able to get the DVD.

I don't know if either of these ideas are feasable, please let me know! Hopefully we can come up with something. As long as I have the DVD by Christmas Day I'll be thrilled.

Please chime in!

Cheers

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LindaMahoney's picture

I am still patiently waiting for it to air in our area. I do not know when their pledge drive is, but I am keeping an eye out for it.

Caroline's picture

FINALLY! The New Jersey PBS station finally aired "Songs of the Decades" on June 20th during - of course - the pledge drive!It's amazing that the NYC area stations waited so long to air the special, considering how often SNC has appeared in the metropolitan area! I'll probably purchase the "official" dvd anyway...to go along with the Holidays edition I already have! BTW...I had the chance to see Steve Morgan in his first performance back with the group in Morristown NJ in February (2013)! While Ryan can't really be replaced, it is wonderful to have Steve back on board! Looking forward to Atlantic City show!

EileenR's picture

SCORE! Thanks, BLB!!!! I just got the holiday edition at a show last weekend, but this one appears to be the new non-holiday version, which my dumb PBS station isn't running for some reason.

mama2josh23's picture

I bought the DVD at the Reading show as well.... I haven't watched it yet since I was busy the rest of the weekend uploading videos and photos. Maybe I will take a look at it this weekend. Kinda want to wait until my bf is with me since he wasn't able to go to the show with me last Friday.

Caroline's picture

Hi, everyone! There are THREE (yes, 3!) PBS stations in the NYC area...and not one of them has aired "Songs of the Decades" yet !!! However, at the SNC concert at NJ PAC in Newark on Saturday, April 28, I was able to purchase the DVD at the souvenir table! So the Holiday Edition of the program is now available...but sorry, I didn't ask if and when it will be available online at the SNC store! If it's being sold at their concerts now, I'm sure it will be available soon on the site. Best $20 I've spent in months!

flyergirl97's picture

Hello to all in Chaserville. Just did some research... Just a FYI ...if anyone still has not able to see the PBS "Songs of The Decades", and in case SNC gets bumped AGAIN in the Philly area, here is how you can get the DVD. Log onto www.whyy.org select the "Support" tab at the top of the page, then select "Join/Renew". You have the option to select annual, quartley, or monthly payment. Then go to STEP 4 and select "Pledging to TV12" and scroll down and you will see listed the Songs of the Decade DVD. They also have With a Twist CD/DVD, and a package that includes the Songs of The Decade, With a Twist CD/DVD, and 6 Pack EP.

flyergirl97's picture

Hey All....Just a FYI...The PBS station in Philly DOES NOT make you wait until all payments are made to get the DVD. I chose monthly payments and received my DVD before my payments were done. They shipped the DVD only days after I have made my initial pledge/donation.

Claire Troote UK's picture

Please forgive me if this is a really stupid question, but is the PBS special available in the UK via the internet? Does anyone know any details of the possible DVD? Any information very much appreciated.

GML's picture

I recommend flooding you local PBS with Phone Calls - the old fashioned way, and getting everyone you know, to do the same thing - every day!!!

Also, my local PBS station started payments - and when you are done with the payments,you get the dvd or whatever you are paying on! Also, it doesn't hurt to let them know their prices are too high, and to call your Senators, and let them know you want PBS to be funded! (and make sure you let PBS know you did that!!!)

@Julie713 - What is this about SNC on QVC?????? When? Where?

Diva_Donna's picture

Another thing I 4got.
At some time amazon began offering the original pbs special 4 view online 4 $10. That may b an option down the line 4 the new 1.

Diva_Donna's picture

Prime is a cable/satellite thing, its a diff channel, like the HD channel is.
Not sure if its a pay channel or not. I don't think my cable comp has it.

TraciP's picture

I sent an e-mail to my local affiliate, and they told me they will only show the SNC s[ecial to their "Prime" customers. In other words, only to the people who give them money. That stinks! I'd love to see the guys, but can't afford to pay the extra money they want in order to see them! =[ And they're charging an arm and a leg for the DVD too! Grrrr. Frusterating!

Diva_Donna's picture

I didn't read all the answers, but you can get the dvds from many pbs stations, it doesn't have to be your own. I ended up getting mine from somewhere else for the 1st pbs special because I bought them much later & my station didn't have both still in stock.
I ordered both of the new ones, xmas & spring one airing now, at the same time at this number.
You'll save on shipping too if you order them both together.

WTTW Customer Service at 773.509.1111, ext. 6, Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm.

Diva_Donna's picture

The dvds are 75.00 each. The 1st pbs special from 2009, the dvds were 85.00 I think, so it's a little better.
The original pbs dvds from the 2009 & 2010 concerts have never been available anywhere but from pbs, with the exception of the secondary market, which usually went higher.
After 2 years, SNC then included the 2009 & 2010 dvds in the xmas box set 1st & then the following spring, the WAT combo set. Both were much cheaper then from pbs, but you had to wait the 2 years to get them.

julie713's picture

does anyone know how the heck they got on QVC!??

Penny Brannon's picture

We're not getting it in Dayton either. I don't understand it because they were on one of our local stations and performed in the area, but Dayton's PBS has no plans on showing it. :-(

Diana L.'s picture

Neither PBS station I get are carrying the special, (I emailed to request it in Seattle and Boston), but my parents get Detroit...I'm getting play by play accounts of the special, and they are sold!! "Not only are they good, but they break the usual look of new groups". Add 2 new fans to the Canadian contingent!!

Jelly's picture

the live new york holiday special is already for sale by pbs... but its 90 bucks so im ganna try and tape it the old fashioned way...

Kathy Mendoza's picture

Just got an answer from the guy at our PBS station and they are going to have the special next week!!!!!! I don't know if he already was going to have it or my constant pestering got him to put it on. Either way, it pays to ask them if it's not posted anywhere.

Shaina's picture

I vaguely remember reading something about the DVD being available and having tickets to their 2010 tour available via donation... Not sure how this will affect anything...

S. Brandon's picture

I know...if I could get the DVD for a $50 donation, I'd suck it up and do it, but I have a feeling it will be $75 or $100, if you can even get it separate. Sometimes they pair them and it's more like $150. :-(

Lauren_8's picture

Sorry S, yes, I was talking to you. Yes, they normally start with a $50 donation and work their way up. Don't get me wrong, I love PBS and the educational shows and the concerts/musicals they provide, but $80 is a bit too much in this economy to be asking for, for a general donation when a dvd is a heck of a lot cheaper!!

S. Brandon's picture

Are you speaking to me? ;-) Brandon is the last name -- please, call me "S." :-D

I have a feeling you're right, Lauren. I'm going to see how much they are "asking" for it, but
usually they start with a CD around a $50 donation and work their way up, don't they?

Lauren_8's picture

Brandon, wait until after the pledge stuff is done. I'm sure a few months from now it might be available via amazon or the store here or Barnes and Noble/Borders/Best Buy etc. I know it's not fun to wait but...more often than not these events are available for dvd a lot cheaper after pledge time. This is why PBS is having so many other artists right now (Sting, Bocelli, Celtic Woman, etc.). So it's also worth checking your local PBS website. That way you can also politely inquire every so often when it's going to be on. Hope that helps. Sorry that you have to wait a bit.

Strizzy No Chizzy's picture

From the little I watched it was great. PBS is truly a great avenue for SNC as they really promote the guys strongly throughout the special.

One last note for anyone who may not be getting the special. You can pledge for the DVD on your local affiliate's website, or at least you can in my market (I don't see why it would be different anywhere else). Now, stress the word "pledge" there. The DVD will run you about $85 dollars, but that is the same amount it would be if you were to call in and pledge while watching the special. And to be clear this isn't the national PBS special, but your local affiliate's.

It seems like you can get your hands on the DVD even if the special won't be airing in your area. Best of luck to all those who may still be in the boat I thought I was in!

Cheers

Shaina's picture

Me too! Be sure to tell us what you think, okay??? I'm super pumped for the concert tomorrow AND for the special!!

S. Brandon's picture

Glad you found it!! :-)

Strizzy No Chizzy's picture

So I feel rather umm... idiotic!!

Not only is the special playing, but its playing in my area RIGHT NOW!!!

I will DV-R it on replay thankfully. But word to the wise to anyone else who doesn't think they are getting the special, scour your channel listings very carefully. It seems like it could pop up when you least expect it.

So pumped right now!!

Strizzy No Chizzy's picture

I agree with ya S. Brandon... for as unfortunate as that is for me!

I would love to know what the thought process is behind not showing this in every market. Do they really think whatever they usually show on a nightly basis on PBS will draw THAT much of a better number then SNC??

... rant over. Well if anyone in the Connecticut area would like to post the phone number on the day of the show I would be incredibly grateful.

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