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UNC-TV to re-air 'Folkways' episode featuring Wade Mainer

In honor of North Carolina native and country and bluegrass music pioneer Wade Mainer, who passed away this week at the age of 104, UNC-TV is re-airing an episode of "Folkways" which profiled the artist.

"Folkways: Wade Mainer" will air Friday night (Sept. 16) at 7:30 p.m. and will repeat Saturday at 1:30 a.m.

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UNC-TV's new food show, Flavor, NC, debuts tomorrow

REMIINDER: A new North Carolina food-focused television series called Flavor, NC will debut at 10:30 a.m. TOMORROW on UNC-TV.

The show host is Lisa Prince, who you may recognize from WRAL's Local Dish cooking segments with anchor Brian Shrader.

Prince will take viewers on culinary trips across the state from Coon Rock Farm in Hillsborough to discuss heirloom tomatoes in the series premiere to Weeping Radish Brewery Butchery and Pub in Currituck County on the coast.

Here is the complete schedule:

UNC-TV has hurricane coverage, too

UNC-TV's "North Carolina Now" will broadcast a special at 7:30 tonight with hurricane preparation tips, information from Governor Perdue's press conferences and emergency contact numbers. And probably more. Think of it as part of your preparation kit.

Then, at 10, the station will re-air "The Hurricane of '38," an American Experience report about a storm that made its way across the Atlantic and up the eastern seabord, before radar was invented. Some weather forecasters are referencing that no-name storm when talking about the potential impact of Irene. In the doc, Rhode Island fisherman, residents and vacationers talk about what it was like to live through one of the greatest natural disasters recorded in North America.

UNC-TV appoints four to Board of Trustees

New appointees to UNC-TV’s Board of Trustees include Capitol Broadcasting CEO Jim Goodmon and former associate justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court Robert F. Orr.

Also named were news director for Curtis Media Group and newspaper columnist Rick D. Martinez, and travel and tourism executive Sabrina Bengel of New Bern.

Martinez’s column runs on the op-ed pages of The News & Observer.

Martinez and Orr have been appointed to two-year terms that will run through June 30, 2013. Goodmon and Bengal are filling vacant positions that were four-year appointments. Bengel’s term ends June 30, 2014 and Goodmon’s term ends May 31, 2014.

Bengel was appointed by the UNC Board of Governors, Martinez was appointed by president pro tempore Sen. Phil Berger, and Justice Orr was appointed by NC House Speaker Rep. Thom Tillis. Goodmon, who has previously served on UNC-TV boards, was appointed by Gov. Beverly Perdue.

What to Watch on Saturday: Hallmark tries to 'Rock the House'

CHAOS (8pm, CBS) - The agents go against orders to capture an arms dealer, but their actions trouble Rick, who must decide whether to report their unauthorized activities to the CIA director.

Cops (8pm, Fox) - In the 23rd season finale, police in Sacramento County, California, look for a parole who may be armed. Cops in Palm Beach County, Florida, and Pierce County, Washington, are also featured.

Rock the House (9pm, Hallmark) - A busy lawyer (Jack Coleman) struggles to make time for his teen daughter (Cassi Thomson) and their relationship suffers. But when the man reconnects with his high school band-mates, he sees positive changes in everyone.

2010: Moby Dick (9pm, Syfy) - Herman Melville's classic is retold with the modern-day captain of a submarine hunting the massive whale that once disfigured him in a terrifying confrontation.

America's Most Wanted (9pm, Fox) - Season 24 closes with the search for a child predator in South America. This show will not return as a regular series. At best, look for occasional specials on Fox.

Independent Lens: Two Spirits (11pm, UNC-MX) - A documentary about Fred Martinez, who became one of the youngest hate-crime victims in modern history when he was brutally murdered at 16. The film explores the life and death of a gay Navajo boy who was also a girl, and the essentially spiritual nature of gender.

UNC-TV airs documentary on USS Battleship North Carolina

UNC-TV will air a special documentary on the USS Battleship North Carolina tonight.
"Battleship North Carolina: The Showboat Legacy," from Wilmington filmmaker Rob Hill, tells the history behind the decorated Naval vessel and the monumental task of maintaining it as a National Historic Landmark. 
Hill's half-hour documentary uses interviews, rare photographs, and vintage film footage to tell the ship's story and pay tribute to her legacy.
The USS North Carolina was built in 1937 by the New York Naval Shipyard. It was launched on June 13, 1940 and commissioned on April 9, 1941. At the time of her commissioning she was considered the world’s greatest sea weapon, earning her the title of Show Boat. During World War II the USS North Carolina participated in every major naval offensive in the Pacific area of operations and earned 15 battle stars. Today, she rests on the edge of the Cape Fear River over looking historic downtown Wilmington, inviting visitors to tour her many decks, interior rooms and gun turrets.
"Battleship North Carolina: The Showboat Legacy" premieres on UNC-TV tonight at 6:30 p.m.

"Freedom Riders" offers a riveting portrait of courage and persistance

This month marks the 50th anniversary of a landmark moment in this country's civil right era, the 1961 Freedom Rides, during which more than 400 Americans traveled through the South on buses to challenge Jim Crow laws.

"Freedom Riders" (UNC-TV, 9 tonight) recounts this story, powerfully, retracing each arduous, inspirational, painful ,and ultimately successful step  on a journey that tested the notion of non-violent activism.

The documentary isn't always easy to watch, mostly because those interviewed have such vivid memories of what they experienced, what they lived through. Thus, the hatred, the fear, the courage, the determination, the moments of clarity and triumph feel so present. That also makes it a must watch.

"Songs for a Revolution" gives voice to the civil rights era

Music often provides the soundtrack to our lives, but in "Soundtrack for a Revolution" (UNC-TV, 9 tonight), music was a sustaining force during the civil rights struggle.

Through interviews and archival footage, the 2009 documentary shows how the non-violent protesters used music -- most mined from slavery and the black church -- to say the things they couldn't say, get through the worse moments, and elevate their spirits during the imprisonments, violence and triumphs during the civil rights movement.

Some of the most pivotal songs are re-interpreted by modern acts ranging from North Carolina's Anthony Hamilton to legendary folk singer Richie Havens to Brit soul singer Joss Stone.

What to Watch on Thursday: 'Community' gets 'Lost,' '30 Rock' ends season

Community (8pm, NBC) - In the first part of the show's two-part season finale, the students play paintball during a campus picnic. But the competition quickly becomes heated and the emergence of a mysterious man (Josh Holloway, aka Sawyer from 'Lost') signals a change in the game.

American Idol (8pm, Fox) - Someone is eliminated, but not before judge Jennifer Lopez, rapper Pitbull, and country group Lady Antebellum all perform.

Parks and Recreation (9pm, NBC) - Leslie's ex-best friend (Parker Posey) launches an attack on Pawnee, banning residents from visiting a nearby park in the neighboring city of Eagleton.

Thoroughbred (9:30pm, UNC-TV) - A documentary that explores the world of thoroughbred horses during the year leading up to the 2009 Kentucky Derby. Features looks at grooms, jockeys, trainers, owners, and breeders.

30 Rock (10pm, NBC) - In the Season 5 finale, the 'TGS' gang are ready for summer vacation. Liz lands in the Hamptons for rest and relaxation, but then Tracy moves in next door. Also, lonely Jack latches onto Kenneth for company.

Running Wilde (10pm, FX) - Do you miss Will Arnett's canceled Fox sitcom 'Running Wilde?' Me neither. But they're showing the last unaired episodes anyway -- on FX every Thursday night at 10pm. They actually started last week, but if you missed that one, looks like it's repeating at 10:30 right after tonight's episode -- in which Emmy gets Migo involved when she champions immigrant rights, and this tests Migo's loyalty to Steve.

What to Watch on Saturday: SNL invades White House Correspondents Dinner

Hollywood at Home (8pm, HGTV) - Celebrities offer tours of their homes and discuss their personal style. Featured: John Leguizamo, Lara Spencer, Trace Adkins, Evan Lysacek, Paul Shaffer, and Lisa Ling.

The Royal Wedding: The Encore and More (8pm, TLC) - If you were trapped in a mine for the past 36 hours, you can watch memorable moments from the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Includes interviews with guests who attended the wedding.

White House Correspondents Dinner (9pm, MSNBC, CSPAN) - Seth Meyers (right, 'Saturday Night Live') headlines the event, which usually features a comedic turn by the president. Journalists are also honored for their work and 18 Washington, D.C. students will receive college scholarships.

Marwencol (11pm, UNC-TV) - An Independent Lens documentary about Mark Hogancamp, a man who seeks recovery in Marwencol -- an incredible 1/6th scale World War II-era town he creates in his backyard -- after a vicious attack leaves him brain damaged and broke. Read more about Hogancamp and Marwencol at the Independent Lens site.

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