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KMOS-TV Seeking Stories about WW II

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG - KMOS-TV, the University of Central Missouri's public television station, will join the Public Broadcasting System this fall to bring the historic stories of World War II through the presentation of Ken Burns' historic documentary, "The War."

Local WWII Veterans Sought

KMOS-TV has received a

Two soldiers in Geich, Germany, pause for a cigarette behind a tank on December 11, 1944. Credit: National Archives

Two soldiers in Geich, Germany,
pause for a cigarette behind a tank on
December 11, 1944.
Credit: National Archives

grant to produce several local stories in its program guide and to produce local segments for broadcast in conjunction with "The War." The funding, provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, will enable KMOS-TV to record several first-hand accounts of life during WWII, and to present a special preview of the "The War." to civic organizations and clubs in communities across the viewing area.

Contact KMOS-TV

KMOS-TV is seeking these stories from one of its most valuable resources – its viewers. People who have a story related to military service or homefront life during the War can send them to KMOS through the web site at www.kmos.org or by contacting the KMOS-TV outreach office at 877-753-3436 or outreach@kmos.org. The KMOS-TV web site will also include links to local and statewide organizations, businesses and agencies with resources related to WWII.

KMOS will produce and broadcast a live panel discussion designed to answer viewers' questions about the preservation of artifacts and memorabilia related to the World War II era, such as uniforms, medals, citations, letters photographs and newspaper clippings.

Educational Resource for Public Schools

In addition, "The War." will be accompanied by an extensive educational narrative, reaching every public high school in the nation. The initiative, which will assist teachers with World War II curriculum for the spring of 2008, includes visual and written materials. The focus of the materials is on storytelling in the hope of encouraging people young and old to discuss this critical historic event.

Filmmaker Ken Burns. Credit: Cable Risdon, 2002

Filmmaker Ken Burns.
Credit: Cable Risdon, 2002

Burns' Project Offers Personal View of War 

Six years in the making and 14 hours in length, "World War II" is reminiscent of Burns' landmark series, "The Civil War." The new film focuses on the stories of citizens from four geographically diverse communities – Waterbury, Conn.; Mobile, Ala.; Sacramento, Calif.; and Luverne, Minn. Individuals from each community take viewers through their own personal and often harrowing experiences with World War II, painting vivid portraits of how their lives were changed.

An Aging Generation

"We're in danger of losing much of our history and knowledge of World War II as we continue to lose this very important American generation," said Don Peterson, UCM's director of broadcasting services. "By focusing on the personal stories of these veterans and their families and friends, KMOS-TV joins PBS and Ken Burns in bringing this important part of our world's history to our viewers."

Broadcast of "The War." Begins Sept. 23

"The War." will air on KMOS-TV during a two-week period beginning Sept. 23, and again on Wednesday evenings in October. In addition, it will air multiple times in high definition on KMOS-HD, digital channel 6.1