The Nine Network Debuts an Innovative, Interactive Television Series: Stay Tuned

Viewer Participation Via Social Media Is Key to Live, Weekly, Hour-Long Program


St. Louis, MONovember 1, 2012 Stay Tuned, the Nine Network’s new, interactive television series, engages the public in live, real-time discussions of important issues that impact metropolitan St. Louis. The innovative, hour-long, weekly series debuts Thursday, November 8 at 9:00 p.m. on Nine PBS. (Repeated Saturdays at 2:00 a.m. beginning November 10.)

Stay Tuned uses the latest technology to bring people face to face for in-depth conversations, focusing each week on one topic of importance to the long-term vitality of our region. Host Casey Nolen brings overarching context to the issue during the live broadcast, inviting experts and community members to participate and interact in person and through technology using Google+Hangouts, Twitter and Facebook in a seamless integration of social media.
The core of the production takes place in Nine’s community and studio space, the Nine Center for Public Engagement. Nolen opens the discussion with supporting data and video that help viewers on air and online understand the impact of the issue on individuals and the community. Meanwhile, diverse views and ideas stream in online, on video monitors and in person in the Nine Center. Nolen can converse live with experts anywhere in the world who appear in a bank of monitors mounted on the wall behind him; they can also hear and respond to each other.
An in-studio audience also participates in conversation about that week’s issue through Facebook and Twitter. Viewers at home can join in through the same media and contribute other aspects of the issue that may not have been illuminated.
Also adding to the discussion in the studio is the four-person community table, panelists drawn from approximately 20 community members who rotate appearing on the show, sharing their ideas and perspectives.

Stay Tuned builds on the Nine Network’s role as a trusted convener,” says Nine Network President and CEO Jack Galmiche. “We are connecting people around the issues that are most important to them and their communities.”

Stay Tuned represents a joint effort by the Nine Network of Public Media and the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri in Columbia to spur meaningful conversation and provide a pathway for people to connect and impact the community.

The first Stay Tuned episode will focus on the impact of the elections. Stay Tuned will be streamed every week online at Viewers are encouraged to join in during the broadcast, or continue the conversation afterward, via the Nine Network’s Facebook wall or on Twitter using the hashtag #StayTunedSTL.

About the Nine Network of Public Media

The Nine Network of Public Media is a multifaceted public media organization creating a network of individuals and organizations empowered by public media to strengthen civic life. One of the nation’s most watched public television stations, Nine offers the people of the St. Louis region multiple ways to explore the world, including the Nine Center for Public Engagement, Nine Academy,,, and four distinct broadcast channels (Nine PBS, Nine World, Nine Create and Nine Kids). The Nine Network’s rich legacy of serving the community was launched in 1954 and continues through our mission of bringing St. Louis together as we connect our region to the world and the world to St. Louis.

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