We’re getting ever closer to Green Bay’s debut on Antiques Roadshow! Before the first of three brand-new episodes premieres on Monday, April 23, we’ll have all sorts of exclusive tidbits and behind-the-scenes info to whet your whistle.
Today, we bring you some reflections from one of WPT’s busiest and most versatile staffers. For 10 seasons, Brandon Ribordy has taken a break to crisscross the country as a crew member for Antiques Roadshow.
As the show set up shop in Green Bay last summer (read an account of the visit here), Ribordy shared some of the backstage secrets that makes it hum.
Calling all Antiques Roadshow fans, and we know there are a lot of you! How many times have you screamed along with the show, shouting out your best guess on the value of that priceless sports memorabilia, Civil War artifact or garage sale treasure? Well, now you really can play along with the new “Appraise It Yourself” game on your laptop, smart phone or tablet.
Log on to the show’s website at the start of each all-new episode at 7 on Wisconsin Public Television for the next several weeks and test your own appraising prowess alongside the experts!
Watch Genealogy Roadshow at 8 p.m. Starting Monday, Sept. 23 on Wisconsin Public Television.
An interesting new twist on an old favorite.
Almost everyone is familiar with the hit show Antiques Roadshow. The concept of everyday people bringing in “junk” from their basements and attics only to find out it’s worth far more than they ever imagined has generated a lot of interest. However, that’s just family heirlooms and collectables turning into treasures over time… what if the item in question was something more? What if it was you?
Most of us have a decent idea of our lineage going back a couple of generations, but not where it all really began. Just imagine what it would be like to be able to look back hundreds of years and see how your ancestors made life work to get you to where you are today. How they made a living, where they lived and traveled and even simple things like the start of family traditions would all be fascinating to learn. Of course without a team of experts to help track everything down, I suppose the struggle comes from knowing where to start digging and what resources to use.
Who knows, maybe someday they’ll take the show on the road to a city near you.
Just in time for the biggest weeks of gift giving! Wouldn’t it be wonderful to get a valuable hand-me-down present or rare collectible for the holidays instead of a pair of socks or another ugly sweater? I’m used to gifts that depreciate in value the second they’re opened and every day that follows. Might be nice to get something that actually increases in value as time goes on.
Unfortunately, these occasions are quite rare and most of us will end up opening at least a few presents that we will never use and will end up collecting dust in our basements and attics. You never know, maybe one year you’ll finally tackle cleaning and reorganizing all of your storage and come across it and find out it’s worth something… and if not you could always make a trip to the nearest Goodwill.
It’s always sad to think about giving away something someone potentially put a lot of thought into. At the same time, we can’t all become hoarders can we? I certainly don’t want to wake up some day and realize I have a house full of things I have no use for and are essentially worthless.
Shows like this always make me wonder what’s buried away in my grandparent’s attics and basements. With so many trinkets and souvenirs collected over the years, surely there must but a gold mine in there somewhere, right?
Better yet, what if one of those old creepy toys or ugly pieces of furniture is actually in mint condition and worth a fortune? What better reason could you come across to finally get it out of your life and make a nice paycheck in the process? Of course, you could also hold onto it a bit longer and watch it become even more valuable. After all, collectables and one-of-a-kind items are quickly becoming extinct.
Actually, come to think of it, I can’t think of any product on the market today that is part of a limited release. Everything nowadays is mass produced and nothing is going to be so rare that it’s actually worth more than when it first came out. I mean, it sure would be nice to sell a first generation iPod for a few thousand dollars 30 years from now, but I’m not going to get my hopes up.
Garry Denny is Director of Programming for Wisconsin Public Television. He is responsible for the acquisition, scheduling and delivery of programming services on WPT, and each month, he gives you the inside scoop on the best new programs in his post “A Look Ahead.“
POV “The City Dark”
Every October I’m one of six very lucky programmers to make a trek to New York City to serve on the POV Editorial Committee. During this very intensive weekend of work we view literally dozens of documentaries that have been submitted for possible inclusion in the POV season. Along with six filmmakers and the POV staff we discuss, argue, cajole, laugh, cry and ultimately come together to pick the best films to bring to the PBS schedule. This year one of the true standout films with almost unanimous committee support is “The City Dark.” In his very entertaining and thought-provoking film Ian Cheney (King Corn, The Greening of Southie) explores a topic that is growing in our culture, but so far is mostly overlooked — darkness, or more accurately, the lack of darkness. In cities from New York to Maine to New Mexico the film explores how the true night sky has been almost eliminated by the glare of streetlights, outdoor signs and other sources of light produced by mankind. The film delves into what effects the lack of darkness may have on society, human and animal health, and our ecology. “The City Dark” is quite humorous, visually engaging and will hold your attention throughout. POV “The City Dark” premieres on Friday, July 6 at 8 p.m. Learn more about the film and watch the trailer.
Frontline “Endgame: AIDS in Black America”
I have no doubt in my mind that Frontline is the best investigative journalism program on television. 60 Minutes on CBS is a very close second. The rest, including Dateline NBC and 20/20 on ABC, are little more than sensationalistic televised tabloids with junk journalism. Okay, I’ll get off my soapbox for now and get to the episode at hand. The producers at Frontline take a look at the AIDS crisis as experienced through the lens of the black population in America. The film traces the history of the epidemic and takes a very personal approach to AIDS by showing its effect on some really extraordinary people who are living with the disease. Of course, there’s Magic Johnson, but the film goes beyond “celebrity victims” and delves into the lives of ordinary people whose lives have been completely changed by a disease that is still growing in the black community. This film, like every episode of Frontline I’ve ever seen, is captivating from the first frame and will hold your attention all the way to the end. Frontline “Endgame: AIDS in Black America” premieres on Tuesday, July 10 at 9 p.m., with an encore on Thursday, July 12 at 10 p.m.
As I write this blog I’m desperately trying to figure out a way to write about Market Warriors without sounding either too smarmy or too critical. Here’s the issue: when I was first briefed about Market Warriors a year ago I was quite excited. After all, it’s about time that PBS produced a series that would be a good companion for the wildly popular and successful Antiques Roadshow. And, Market Warriors has a decent (if not original) concept: four “pickers” wander through antique and estate sales looking for bargains, and then take their pickings to auctions to see who makes the largest profit. Sounds fun, right? Well, kinda. In May I was at the PBS Annual Meeting in Denver where we finally got a long preview of the show. For whatever reason I was underwhelmed by what I saw. The four pickers didn’t seem all that engaging and the items they purchased lacked fascinating back story’s that could have given the show more panache. Having said all that, I’m finding more optimism about the series because PBS and the producers of Market Warriors have taken some of the feedback from programmers and have begun to incorporate changes into the show. So, ultimately I think Market Warriors will be a good show and a great companion for Antiques Roadshow. It just may take a few episodes into the run to hit its stride. Market Warriors premieres 8 p.m. Monday, July 16 with repeats throughout the week. Please note that the series will air four new episodes in July, take the month of August off and return with all new episodes in September.
There’s nothing quite like discovering something you own is worth far more than you could have ever imagined. Better yet, finding out that something you bought for next to nothing is worth much more than you paid.
I suppose that’s why there is such a draw to shows like Antiques Roadshow and Pawn Stars. You just never know when you might be able to find something at a rummage sale or flea market and turn around and sell it for a profit.
This just happens to be the premise for a new PBS show in the works. A group is set loose in a flea market setting with a certain amount of money to spend. After a couple hours of shopping, they bring their purchases back to be auctioned off and see who managed to turn the largest profit. Stay tuned for more details as they become available!
Not just one , but two episodes back to back for all of your antiquing needs. And what a two hours it will be, just imagine all the things you could learn. I for one never imagined you could sell a paper dress styled after Campbell’s Soup cans for $2,000 – $3,000. I mean… who would really spend their money on something like that? Other than maybe Campbells to put in a museum.
It’s always interesting to see what some of these items go for. Kind of makes me want to raid my grandma’s basement one of these days and just see what kind of buried treasures she’s hiding down there. Some long lost art work maybe? Or perhaps an appliance that they only made a few hundred of that is still in working condition.
I feel like a few decades from now, collectibles won’t really exist. Everything is produced on such large scales for the masses to buy. The only “collectible” I can think of that was made in the past few decades is Beanie Babies. Everyone remembers that craze, but will the limited edition animals really be worth something significant someday?
Watch Antiques Roadshow at 7 p.m. Mondays on Wisconsin Public Television.
Antiques Roadshow is one of the most popular programs on American public television. That’s no different in Wisconsin. The show has visited Milwaukee and Madison on numerous occasions and have uncovered the interesting stories around the state’s hidden artifacts along the way.
Antiques Roadshow fans can enhance the on-air experience with the show’s robust website. Remember the angry letter from last year’s Madison episode that Frank Sinatra sent to Chicago newspaper columnist Mike Royko? Now, you can read it online.