Chapman Programming Finds a Home on KCET

If you’ve ever watched the annual Wassail Holiday Concert or Dialogue with Doti on television, you already know about Chapman University’s relationship with KCET, the nation’s largest independent public television station.

It’s hard to believe that it’s only been five years since Chapman and KCET started working together, says Pamela Ezell ’81 (MFA ’87), director of Panther Productions at Chapman.

A meeting with KCET executive Juan Devis laid the groundwork for the programming connection. It was clear from the start that the University and the station had mutual interests. Based in Los Angeles, KCET serves 11 counties in Southern and Central California. In addition to airing Dialogue, which features President Jim Doti interviewing newsmakers, KCET provides a TV home for a Chapman tradition, the much-beloved Wassail concert. Since an edited version of the concert started airing on the station, Chapman has been able to secure a national distributor, providing even wider exposure for the University’s music programs and students.

Ezell sums up the Chapman-KCET relationship simply. “We’re a good match,” she says.

Featured image: The annual Wassail Holiday Concert is among the Chapman events airing on KCET.

Michelle Yee

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