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EIGHT, ARIZONA PBS TO PREMIERE NEW LOCAL PRODUCTION ARIZONA COLLECTIBLES – SEPTEMBER 4 at 7:30 PM

Hosted by KEZ’s Beth McDonald, series will highlight rare and valuable antiques, heirlooms and collectibles discovered by Arizonans

PHOENIX -- (July 15, 2014) Eight, Arizona PBS announces the premiere of its new original series Arizona Collectibles, Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m. on Eight HD.  The thirteen-episode series will showcase remarkable heirlooms and living history hiding in homes throughout Arizona, taking viewers to a world of treasures as appraisers evaluate and discuss diverse keepsakes of Arizona residents. The show will be hosted by Beth McDonald, popular radio host for Phoenix-based 99.9 FM KEZ.

Viewers interested in American and local Arizona history will be treated to a Civil War canteen, a letter from General Robert E. Lee and a document signed by President George Washington, plus an original 1960s restaurant uniform from Legend City, AZ, among many other storied treasures.

Those whose tastes run more toward the exotic might be interested to see a bracelet hidden during internment in a Japanese POW camp, jewelry from the era of Alexander the Great, or an Afghani tribal chair.  All in all, items collectively valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars will be featured during the inaugural season of the show. Viewers can see the items up close, hear professional appraisers describe them and estimate their current dollar value, and see the reactions of the items’ owners as they learn how much their possessions are worth and more about their history.

“We’re looking forward to unveiling our new series to Eight’s viewers!” says producer Scott Wallin.  “Arizonans brought in an impressive number and variety of interesting items for our premiere season of Arizona Collectibles, and even the appraisers commented about the quality and remarkable diversity of what they saw during our evaluation events earlier this year.  We had fun making the show, and we think people will have fun watching it!”

Other categories of items to be featured in season one of the show include:

  • Sculpture & Folk Art
  • Furniture & Decoratives
  • Firearms & Swords
  • Tools & Implements
  • Porcelain & Pottery
  • Jewelry & Watches
  • Native American Artifacts
  • Memorabilia & Ephemera
  • Toys & Amusements
  • Books & Manuscripts
  • Drawings & Paintings
  • Rugs & Textiles
  • Silver & Gold
  • Western Art
  • Asian Art

“I was thrilled to be part of this inaugural season of Arizona Collectibles!” says McDonald. “This show combines two passions of mine:  fascinating objects and quality programming. I’ve always loved channel 8 and was flattered to be on board.  It was a very pleasant experience and Eight was great to work with.  I’ll be looking forward to hearing from viewers and from my radio listeners about how they enjoyed the show.”

A preview of Arizona Collectibles and other details about the show are available at http://www.azpbs.org/collectibles/.
Arizona Collectibles is an Eight original production made possible by Whitfill Nursery, MHK Law Firm, Biltmore Loan and Arizona Oncology.


About Eight, Arizona PBS

Eight, Arizona PBS is a trusted community resource.  For over 52 years, the PBS station has focused on educating children, reporting in-depth on public affairs, fostering lifelong learning and celebrating arts and culture. Eight achieves its mission through the power of non-commercial television, the Internet, educational outreach and community-based initiatives. Its signal reaches 80 percent of the homes in Arizona. With more than 1 million viewers weekly, Eight consistently ranks among the most-viewed public television stations per capita in the country. For more information, visit azpbs.org.

Eight is a member-supported community service of Arizona State University.