Here’s an in-depth guide to WOUB’s 2022 Sizzling Summer Pledge program

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It’s the hottest time of the year, and WOUB-TV is adding to the heat with our Sizzling Summer Pledge programming kicking off August 11! Find a comprehensive guide to our scheduled programming below. Check for a full program schedule, plus information on encore presentations.


9 p.m.:   Country Music #106 “Will the Circle Be Unbroken? (1968-1972)”

Country music responds to a nation divided by the Vietnam War, through songwriter Kris Kristofferson.


9 p.m.: Finale of the “Great American Recipe” 

A promotional image for "The Great American Recipe." The image features four people holding up to the camera a sign that says "The Great American Recipe." The four people appear to be on a farm.
The three remaining cooks have surprise helpers as they go head-to-head to win the competition. (encore presentation Saturday at 11 a.m.)

10:30 p.m.: “James Taylor: One Man Band” 

James Taylor performs in the spotlight on a stage, holding a guitar with amps behind him.
“James Taylor: One Man Band” is a concert performance of Taylor’s most important songs, interspersed with personal anecdotes, touching and witty reflections, and never-before-seen home movies and photographs from Taylor’s personal archives. The concert features such classic favorites as “Carolina in My Mind,” “You’ve Got a Friend,” “Shower the People,” and “Fire and Rain.”


1:30 p.m.: Overcoming Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, and Grief with Daniel Amen MD and Tana Amen 

A promotional image for Dr. Daniel Amen's programming, and this image shows Dr. Daniel Amen sitting on a white couch with Tana Amen. They appear to be in a living room of some type.
In this program, psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Amen, the author of Your Brain Is Always Listening; and his wife Tana Amen, an ICU nurse and author of The Relentless Courage of a Scared Child will help you feel happier, more positive and more in control of your own emotions. (Catch an encore presentation Monday, August 15 at 9:30 p.m.) 

3:30 p.m.: Abba Forever – A Celebration

Celebrate the supergroup with Neil Sedaka, Donny Osmond, Tim Rice and the band members themselves.

5 p.m. Suze Orman’s Ultimate Retirement Guide

The personal finance expert provides essential advice on planning for and thriving in retirement. (Catch encore presentations scheduled for Monday, August 15 at 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, August 20 at 2 p.m.) 

8 p.m.: Big Band Years (My Music Presents)

“The Big Band Years” turns back the clock to a time when swing musicians ruled the radio and night clubs, bringing a joyful escape to Americans during one of the most turbulent times in the nation’s history. Among the immortal artists featured are Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Tommy Dorsey, Guy Lombardo, Sammy Kaye, Tex Beneke, Cab Calloway and other greats. Hosted by veteran game show host and singer Peter Marshall.

10 p.m.: Concert for George

On November 29, 2002, one year after the passing of music legend George Harrison, a performance tribute was organized in his honor. Held at London’s Royal Albert Hall, the momentous evening featured Harrison’s songs and music he loved, performed by a lineup that included Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Jeff Lynne, Monty Python, Tom Petty, Billy Preston, Dhani Harrison and many more.


12 p.m. Yellowstone Symphony

Travel on a spectacular visual journey through the wonders of America’s first national park. (Catch an encore presentation Wednesday, August 17 at 8 p.m.) 

1 p.m.: Alan Jackson’s Precious Memories

Alan Jackson performs signature renditions of traditional hymns and gospel favorites in Nashville.

2:30 p.m.: Rick Steves Fascism In Europe

Rick Steves travels back a century to learn how fascism rose and then fell in Europe. (Catch an encore presentation scheduled for Wednesday, August 17 at 10:30 p.m.) 

4 p.m.: Doo Wop, Pop and Soul Generations (My Music)

Doo Wop, Pop and Soul Generations (My Music)celebrates the legacies of the great artists and songs of the late 1950s and early 60s following the birth of rock and roll and the explosion of rhythm and blues on the radio.

6:30 p.m.: John Williams: The Berlin Concert

John Williams conducts a symphony. He is smiling and it is in between songs.
In October 2021, Hollywood legend John Williams made his conducting debut with the internationally renowned Berliner Philharmoniker. “John Williams: The Berlin Concert” captures this magical performance of his music.  Williams and the Berlin players perform a wide-ranging selection of music from some of his best-known film scores. (Catch an encore presentation Friday, August 19 at 8:30 p.m.) 

8 p.m.: All Creatures Great and Small: The Next Chapter

Go behind the scenes of the charming Masterpiece series about the world’s favorite veterinarian and his menagerie of animal patients, The Next Chapter includes interviews with cast members. Also featured are the talents behind the series. Providing fascinating background on working with the animals in the series are veterinary adviser Andy Barrett, prosthetics model maker Pauline Fowler and horse master Mark Atkinson. (Catch an encore presentation scheduled for Saturday, August 20 at 5:30 p.m.) 

9:30 p.m.:  Grantchester On Masterpiece (Season 7 Finale)

Another homeless man is found dead and killed in the same manner as the previous victims.


9 p.m.: Kenny Rogers Farewell Concert Celebration: All In For the Gambler

A promotional image for Kenny Roger's Farewell Celebration Concert. The image features Kenny Rodger, sitting, next to Dolly Parton, who is standing.
This special brought together fans, friends and music icons to celebrate Kenny Rogers’ final farewell to Nashville. The program features performances by Dolly Parton, Chris Stapleton, Idina Menzel, Lady A, Lionel Richie, Little Big Town, Reba McEntire, Wynonna, The Oak Ridge Boys and Kenny Rogers along with many other special guests. Songs include “The Gambler,” “Lucille,” “Islands in the Stream,” “Lady” and “We Got Tonight.” (Catch an encore presentation Saturday, August 20 at 12 p.m.) 


8 p.m.: Freedom Songs: The Music Of the Civil Rights Movement

From Billie Holiday to Mahalia Jackson and Aretha Franklin, and from Curtis Mayfield and Sly Stone to Gil Scott-Heron, Freedom Songs documents how a few daring musical innovators stood at the vortex of two revolutions-one cultural, the other musical-and forever changed America and the world.



9 p.m.: Roy Orbison Forever 

A promotional image for "Roy Orbison Forever," which features Roy Orbison's face against a dusty blue background and the text reading "Roy Orbison Forever."
This special is a celebration of the effortlessly cool, 5-time Grammy-winning Rock & Roll Hall of Famer. His career and close relationships with other musicians are charted through interviews and archive performances, some of them never before seen in America. Amon g the songs performed are “Oh, Pretty Woman”, “It’s Over”, “Only The Lonely”, Cryin’, “Dream Baby”, and “Blue Bayou”. Includes interviews with Elvis Costello, Tom Petty, Bono, Gerry Marsden, Jeff Lynne, and Olivia Harrison as well as Barbara Orbison. (Catch an encore presentation Saturday, August 20 at 4 p.m.)


9 p.m.: Country Music: #107 “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way? (1973-1983)’

Witness a vibrant era in country music, with Dolly Parton finding mainstream success; Hank Williams, Jr. and Rosanne Cash emerging from their famous fathers’ shadows; and Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings launching the “Outlaw” movement.


FRIDAY, AUGUST 19: 10 p.m.: On Broadway

John Lithgow is pictured as a talking head for the PBS program "On Broadway." Lithgow is wearing a brown suit in a darkened room.
John Lithgow is one of the legends of the stage and screen who contributes his thoughts to the PBS program “On Broadway.” []
For anyone who loves theater, this contemporary history of Broadway is pure joy. Interviews with legends of the stage and screen — including Hugh Jackman, Helen Mirren, Christine Baranski, August Wilson, James Corden, Alec Baldwin, John Lithgow, Viola Davis, and Ian McKellen — take viewers behind the scenes of Broadway’s most groundbreaking and beloved shows, This documentary shows how Broadway led the way in the city’s last great rebirth and provides a model of how it can come back again.


7 p.m.: Lawrence Welk’s TV Treasures 

This documentary about the legendary television series, “The Lawrence Welk Show,” features rarely seen footage from more than 50 years of the longest-running series on national television and outstanding never-before-seen archival performances by members of the Welk Musical Family, starting with the earliest days of the show.

9 p.m.: Rick Steves’ Why We Travel

A love note to travel features vivid footage from Guatemala, Ethiopia, Palestine and Iran.

11 p.m.: Béla Fleck: My Bluegrass Heart

Join Béla Fleck and an all-star lineup of the most acclaimed artists in bluegrass at their sold- out show at the Ryman Auditorium. Performing from his GRAMMY-winning album, My Bluegrass Heart, this show is a “can’t miss” moment in bluegrass and offers a one-time chance to see all the artists from the album together on one stage. The lineup features some of the most legendary instrumentalists in bluegrass music’s history alongside some of the best of the new generation of players.

Sunday, August 21 through Tuesday, August 23: BEST OF WOUB