Make: television “fact sheet”

Keith our copy chief sent around a Make: television fact sheet so I figured I’d post it up here too…

Make: is the DIY series for a new generation! It celebrates “Makers” – the inventors, artists, geeks and just plain everyday folks who mix new and old technology to create new-fangled marvels. The series encourages everyone to invent, revent, recycle, upcycle, and act up. Based on the popular Make magazine, each half-hour episode inspires millions to think, create, and, well, make.

Make: premieres nationwide on Public Television stations and online at in January 2009.  It’s produced by Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) in St. Paul, Minn.  Full episodes will be available at as well as PDFs of all the DIY projects on the show. (Makers can submit their own videos for the Maker Channel segment of the show at

Broadcast feed starts January 3, 2009, at 7 p.m. Eastern time. Television premiere is January 3 on some stations, but air dates differ (see list below). See your local public television station for air dates and times.

Web premiere is January 3 at 7 a.m. Eastern time at

Season 1 consists of 10 half-hour episodes; all will be available at and also on iTunes. MAKE author John Park hosts the Maker Workshop (DIY) segment, and MAKE author Bill Gurstelle is the technical consultant for the show. Preview video is available at

Major funding is provided by Geek Squad.

Mark Ballard, The Rosen Group, 212.255.8455 ext. 225 or
Heidi Van Heel, Twin Cities Public Television, 651.229.1436 or

For more information visit

Stations confirmed as of Dec. 29, with premiere airdates where known:

Market(s) / Station or Network / Premiere Date Day Time
New York Thirteen/WNET airing on sister station WLIW
New York WLIW 1/7/2009 Wed 11:30 PM
New York + Philadelphia, (NJ statewide) New Jersey Network 1/10/2009 Sat 5:30 PM
Los Angeles KCET Orange or KCET Desert Cities (digital)
Los Angeles (San Bernardino) KVCR
Los Angeles (Huntington Beach) KOCE-HD (digital) 1/6/2009 Tue 6:30 PM; KOCE-HD 1/7/09 Wed 7:30PM
Chicago WTTW
Philadelphia + Salisbury DE WHYY Wider Horizons (Digital) 1/10/2009 Sat 5:00 PM
Dallas-Ft.Worth KERA 1/4/2009 Sun 10:00 AM
San Francisco KQED 1/10/2009 Sat 8:00 AM; KQED WORLD (Digital 9.3 & Comcast Cable 190) Sat 2pm & 7:30pm
San Francisco (San Jose) KTEH 2/4/2009 Wed 12AM-1AM
San Francisco (San Mateo) KCSM
Boston WGBH 2/HD
Boston + Burlington-Plattsburgh (NH statewide) New Hampshire Public Television
Atlanta + Savannah, Augusta, Macon, Columbus, Albany, Jacksonville, Chattanooga (GA statewide) Georgia Public Broadcasting
Washington, DC WETA 1/10/2009 Sat 5:30 PM
Houston HoustonPBS 1/8/2009 Thu 11:00 PM
Phoenix KAET
Tampa-St. Pete WEDU 1/9/2009 Fri 3:00 PM
Tampa-St. Pete WUSF
Seattle-Tacoma KCTS
Minneapolis-St. Paul Twin Cities Public Television (tpt2) 1/10/2009 Sat 5:00 PM; Sat 1/17 8:30AM;
Also two stunts: 1/6/09 7-8pm (#105 & 106); 2/1/09 3-5pm (#102, 104, 107, 110)
Minneapolis-St. Paul (Bemidji, Brainerd) Lakeland Public Television 1/24/2009 Sat 2:30 PM
Miami-Ft.Lauderdale WPBT 1/4/2009 Sun 11:30 AM
Cleveland WVIZ
Denver + Colorado Springs, Grand Junction, (CO statewide) Rocky Mountain PBS
Orlando WMFE
Orlando (Daytona Beach) WCEU
Sacramento KVIE
Baltimore + Washington, Salisbury, Pittsburgh (MD statewide) MPT Digital
Charlotte +  Raleigh-Durham, Greenville, Greensboro, Wilmington, (NC statewide) UNC-TV
Indianapolis WFYI
Indianapolis (Bloomington) WTIU
Nashville Nashville Public Television 1/31/2009 Sat 11:30PM (NPT2 in Feb)
Grand Rapids (Kalamazoo) WGVU 1/4/2009 Sun 7PM-8PM
Albuquerque New Mexico PBS
Oklahoma City + Tulsa, (OK statewide) Oklahoma Educational Television 2/23/2009 Mon 10:00 PM
Louisville + Charleston-Huntington, Lexington, Paducah, Bowling Green, (KY statewide) Kentucky ETV Network
Austin KLRU-2 (cable) 1/4/2009 Sun 11:30 AM
Tulsa RSU Public Television 1/9/2009 Fri 1:00 PM
Flint-Saginaw + Alpena, (Manistee, Cadillac) CMU Public Broadcasting
Syracuse WCNY 1/10/2009 Sat 6:30 AM

Makers, if you plan to have a “Make: television screening event” or anything like that please let me know.

6 thoughts on “Make: television “fact sheet”

  1. Dave C says:

    Well crud. I pleaded with Columbus’ PBS station (WOSU) to pick it up but it looks like the didn’t according to your list. I’ll have to keep on them I guess.

  2. gnomic says:

    With the economy going to hell in a handbag, is Geeksquad still on board with supporting this? I wonder if you could/should diversify your funding sources. I’d think that Discovery Channel (Mythbusters, etc), SciFi Channel, and a lot of makezine advertisers would be interested as well.

    You might even consider putting a paypal donation link out there for self funding.

  3. Phillip Torrone says:

    @gnomic – the funding for season one was generously supported by geek squad. all episodes will be out in 2009. the world will get a year of Make: television and that’s very exciting.

    in the past we considered the discovery channel but i think public television / tpt was the best choice for us. we are able to reach the most people, we can publish the series online for full non-DRM download and in HD, commercial free. discovery and sci-fi have very different business models, i think the content we created is a great match for what public television can bring us.

    as far as next season goes, we’d love to geeksquad sponsor it again as well as other cool companies that see the value in what the maker community brings. 2009 will be the year we can all help create the next generation of scientists and engineers, creative and smart companies will see MAKE as a great partner and i look forward to seeing what happens next.

    if you want to support MAKE, pick up a subscription and a kit, but most of all make something and share it :)

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