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WSRE presents Earth Day themed programming this week

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“The Eco Team” — a new children’s program produced locally by Music as Message and WSRE — premieres Earth Day morning

PENSACOLA, Fla., April 16, 2018 ― Along with a selection of themed PBS programming offered in conjunction with Earth Day, WSRE will premiere the pilot episode of “The Eco Team” — a new children’s show produced locally by Music as Message at WSRE. “The Eco Team” will broadcast at 8 a.m. Sunday, April 22 on WSRE’s primary channel 23.1.

“The Eco Team” is made up of the team leader, Eco the Butterfly, and four whimsical, ecology-minded puppets: Little Buddy, Chef Green, Mr. Recycle Man and Daisy. The team’s mission is to show families just how fun it is to learn how to think ecologically through stories and music. In this pilot episode, Eco helps Little Buddy learn how recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to power his TV for two hours!

“The Eco Team” was created by Music as Message composers and producers Ross Orenstein of Pensacola and Donna Britton Bukevicz of Warrenton, Va. WSRE Producer/Director James Roy directed and edited the pilot episode premiering Sunday.

“It is very exciting to see ‘The Eco Team’ show produced and premiering here at home in Pensacola,” said Ross. “We call it ‘eco-edutainment’ and our hope is that whole families will watch, dance and sing together the educational messages that are in the music.”

“The Eco Team” kicks off a week of environmentally themed children’s programming on WSRE as PBS KIDS “Explores the Outdoors” Monday, April 23 through Friday, April 27. New episodes of “Splash and Bubbles,” “Nature Cat,” “Wild Kratts,” and “Cyberchase” will also be available to stream for free on and the PBS KIDS Video app.

Also airing around Earth Day on WSRE are PBS primetime programs ranging from agriculture to meteorology to climate change.

On Wednesday, April 18, at 9 p.m. “POV” follows popular scientist Bill Nye, a champion of climate science, on his mission to protect the planet in “Bill Nye: Science Guy.” This behind-the-scenes portrait offers intimate and exclusive access to Nye’s life as he advocates for the scientific community and its findings.

Also premiering on Wednesday at 7 p.m. is the two-hour “NOVA” presentation of “Decoding the Weather Machine,” joining scientists around the globe as they cut through the confusion to better understand climate change and help define the way forward.

Full episodes of PBS primetime programming stream for free following broadcasts and are available for two weeks on PBS platforms, including and the PBS app. Following the two weeks, WSRE station members can view episodes via WSRE Passport, a benefit for station donors offering extended access to public television programming via

The WSRE broadcast schedule is published online at

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Mary Riker