About Jonna Mayberry

I’m a publicist at Wisconsin Public Television. In my free time, you’ll find me thrift shopping, reading the latest memoir or history book, and watching Independent Lens. I run on coffee and puns. Follow me @JonnaMayberry or email me at jonnatha.mayberry@wpt.org.

 

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Join the 2018 Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge

Bake along with Britain’s best – and add a Wisconsin twist! Share your results with each us each week to be featured on our website.

Wisconsin Public Television’s second-annual Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge launches today – Sunday, June 17! Season 5 of The Great British Baking Show premieres across the WPT viewing area 6 p.m. Sunday, June 24, and we’re once again inviting you to try your hand at the challenges from the show’s new season!

Each week during Season 5, try one of our fun baking challenges and share the results with us online. We’ll feature a variety of bakers, just like you, on the official website and right here on the blog – each week.

Whether you can build a showstopper with your eyes shut or are trying a Paul Hollywood recipe for the first time, we want to see your best attempts at greatness — even if they fall flat.

We won’t be judging your entries; we just want you to participate and have some fun in the kitchen this summer. All ages and abilities are welcome!

Last year, The Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge featured hundreds of bakes from participants across Wisconsin and around the country. One baker even joined from Australia! Incredibly, 12 “Star Bakers” joined us throughout the summer for all 10 challenges.

Check out all of last year’s challenges and entries here.

A few of our 2017 "Star Bakers," who completed all 10 challenges throughout last year's Challenge!
A few of our 2017 “Star Bakers,” who completed all 10 challenges throughout last year’s Challenge!
Now it’s time to announce the first challenge … CAKES! Here’s this week’s prompt:

We invite you to bake ONE of the following challenges …

Signature Challenge – Upside Down Cake
Traditionally, this cake is all about firm fruit, but the possibilities are endless. Don’t let this challenge turn your world upside down, no matter how intimidating Paul Hollywood’s glare might be. Pick a cake recipe, choose a bottom layer that will wind up on top (think: traditional pineapple or radical tomato), and flip!

Technical Challenge – Rum Baba
It’s time for a classic 1970s treat! In the show, the bakers used Paul Hollywood’s very own recipe, but you’re not required to do so. Regardless, the Baba does have some unique characteristics: It’s a yeasted cake filled with chantilly cream and topped with fruit. Hollywood describes Rum Baba as a cross between bread and cake; what’s not to love?

Showstopper Challenge  – Hidden Design Cake
Pssst: This cake has a secret. When you slice your cake, a hidden design or pattern should appear. We’re talking colored sponge with a mouth-dropping secret design, whether it’s a rainbow, a heart, a patriotic theme or something even more unique. This is the perfect time to hide a Wisconsin twist! Yes, this cake takes some planning, but the wow factor is well worth the effort.

Visit the website to explore more about this week’s challenge and all of the upcoming nine baking challenges, which correspond to episodes in Season 5. Each week, we’ll issue more specific instructions about the upcoming challenge and open the form to submit your story. Trust us … cakes are just the beginning!

Along with details about the baking challenge, we’ll be asking you questions about what you’ve prepared (and we’ll want to see your best photo!). Try one weekly challenge, or do them all. No matter what, we know the results will be delicious.

Now pre-heat your ovens, tie your aprons, and submit your results HERE when you’re done! Happy baking!

Be sure to invite friends and family to The Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge! Use #WisconsinBakingChallenge on social media to follow along.

Watch, Bid & Win! WPT Auction Airs May 31-June 3

Support Wisconsin Public Television — Watch the WPT Auction!

Join in on the fun as Wisconsin Public Television’s annual Auction kicks off another year, starting 7 p.m. Thursday, May 31! Now in its 43rd year, the WPT Auction invites viewers to bid on merchandise from Wisconsin businesses. There are great deals available on-air and online, and all the proceeds support WPT programs and outreach initiatives!

This year — for the first time in Auction history — viewers can watch Auction on WPT statewide throughout the event. Bidders can also explore items up for sale, bid, buy online-exclusive deals, and watch the full broadcast Auction streaming online at auction.wpt.org.

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Meet the Auction Donor: Timothy Quigley

This year, Wisconsin Public Television celebrates our 43rd year of fantastic fun at Auction – May 31 through June 3, 2018! Help support WPT as you bid on an array of goods and services donated by businesses and individuals from around Wisconsin and beyond.

And for the first year in Auction history, Auction will broadcast across Wisconsin Public Television’s viewing area each day! Don’t forget – you can also preview and bid on items and watch our live stream from anywhere at auction.wpt.org. To bid by phone, dial 800-236-3636.

Each year, generous donors make the WPT Auction magic happen. Quigley Cable Rail (and Quigley Decks) of Madison have donated for two years in a row. We spoke with owner Timothy Quigley to learn about the businesses’ commitment to Auction.

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What We Watch: Erica Lee, Planned Giving Associate

Erica Lee is a planned giving associate at Wisconsin Public Television, working with members of WPT’s Heritage Society. “My role in Planned Giving is very rewarding; I get to speak with WPT super fans every day!” she says.

For the June issue of our member program guide, Airwaves, we caught up with Erica to learn more about her top public television picks.

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What We Watch: Matthew Kramer, Special Projects Engineer

Matthew Kramer is a special projects engineer in WPT’s engineering department. Matthew’s days involve defining and reviewing production workflows, coordinating with producers, directors and other WPT staff to keep track of each show’s many moving pieces, and maintaining WPT’s technology and hardware — from studio cameras to routers and intercom systems. 

For the May issue of our member program guide, Airwaves, we caught up with Matthew to learn more about his top public television picks.

Interested in receiving Airwaves in your mailbox? The Airwaves program guide is mailed to supporters who contribute $35 or more to Wisconsin Public Television. Learn more about WPT membership at support.wpt.org.

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What We Watch: Kayleigh Steinback, Audience Services Manager

Kayleigh Steinback leads Audience Services at Wisconsin Public Television and Wisconsin Public Radio. If viewers have questions, or if staff members request surveys about our programs, Kayleigh’s team is there – and at our many events, too! For the April issue of our member program guide, Airwaves, we caught up with Kayleigh to learn more about her top public television picks.

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Victorious Blog, Season 2: Season Finale

This is part of the Victorious Blog series. Click here to read the series.

Can you believe this season of Victoria is already over?! At least the last episode gave us a full 90 minutes to savor with our beloved cast members – and a few joyful surprises along the way.

If you’ve already watched Sunday’s episode, you can read the recap below. If you still need to catch up, watch the full episode online anytime here.  And don’t forget that you can use WPT Passport to  go all the way back to the beginning!

And if you’re ready to look ahead to the next season, click here to learn about what to expect in Season 3 from writer and creator Daisy Goodwin, Jenna Coleman (Victoria), Ferdinand Kingsley (Francatelli) and David Oakes (Ernest).

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Behind the Scenes With Wisconsin Life: Have You Seen a Flower Grow?

Rodney Lambright II is a Television Artist, Animator and Producer in the Scenic and Animation department at Wisconsin Public Television. Lambright’s original project, Something About a Flower, has been featured on WisconsinLife.org and on the Wisconsin Life series.

Lambright recently created his final Something About a Flower comic for Wisconsin Life. As this chapter of Wisconsin Life draws to a close, Lambright reflects on the inspiration behind the project.

Continue reading below to learn more about the project and read Lambright’s final Something About a Flower comic for Wisconsin Life.

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What We Watch: John Gerbig, Producer and Director

John Gerbig is a producer and director at Wisconsin Public Television. John’s days involve collaborating with colleagues at WPT, as well as with partners from statewide organizations. For the March issue of our member program guide, Airwaves, we caught up with John to learn more about his top public television picks.

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Victorious Blog, Season 2: The Luxury of Conscience

This is part of the Victorious Blog series. Click here to read the series.

Sadly, “The Luxury of Conscience” is already the second-to-last episode of the season. Time flies when you’re watching Victoria!

In this episode, we saw Victoria and Albert face their worst nightmare as parents. Plus, Peel took on the ultimate battle in Parliament, and we unexpectedly said goodbye to some of our favorite characters. (Again.)

If you’ve already watched Sunday’s episode, you can read the recap below. If you still need to catch up, watch the full episode online anytime here. And don’t forget that you can use WPT Passport to  go all the way back to the beginning!

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