Friday roundup: Hollywood Squares gets W.Va. treatment; dogs invade WBUR

By Dru Sefton

• Peter Marshall, host of TV’s Hollywood Squares from 1966-81, is returning to his home state of West Virginia this week to tape four episodes of West Virginia Squares, reports the Charleston Daily Mail. The show will feature questions about state history and music, and West Virginia Public Broadcasting will produce and distribute to schools. Celebrities in this version are all from West Virginia, including Joyce DeWitt, who played Janet on Three’s Company.

• Tom Ashbrook of NPR’s On Point and Here & Now co-hosts Jeremy Hobson and Robin Young of star in a short, old-timey movie from WBUR, “Silence is Golden.” The Boston station isn’t running a June on-air fundraiser, so it’s hoping listeners pledge online to help prove “the power of silent fundraising.”

• Speaking of WBUR, the station had a few special visitors for Take Your Dog to Work Day Friday, including Ashbrook’s dog Ruby, who waited for him to finish up on the air.

An inside source reports Ruby had an accident on the carpet, but Current was unable to confirm this. More doggie love in the offices of Here and Now:

• Former Los Angeles Times Editor Russ Stanton, who joined Southern California Public Radio as content v.p. in 2012, is exiting “to pursue a communications career in the commercial, for-profit space,” according to the station. Stepping up is Melanie Sill, previously executive editor at KPCC.

• Headphone hair: one of 29 things only people who work in public radio will understand, as reported by BuzzFeed.

• Ron Hull, a leader of Nebraska public television since the 1950s, discussed how he taught swimming on on the air — yes, he did — during the Story Catcher Summer Writing Workshop and Festival at Chadron State College.

• Thomas the Tank Engine, a fave of PBS Kids viewers, will get his own theme park in the U.S. next year, reports The Associated Press. The Carver, Mass., park will be the biggest of three worldwide; the others are in the United Kingdom and Japan.

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