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Arizona Collectibles returns to AZPBS for 2nd season

The second season of “Arizona Collectibles” on Eight, Arizona PBS showcases antiques and historical artifacts hidden throughout Arizona, including a painting worth nearly $1 million.

Hosted by Beth McDonald, radio personality for Phoenix-based 99.9 FM KEZ and owner o, the program will return for another 13-episode season on Sept. 3 at 7:30 p.m. on Eight HD. Season two features a variety of precious items and family heirlooms that shine a light on history in Arizona and beyond. History buffs will be treated to a wide selection of items including a pardon signed by Abraham Lincoln, a Navajo blanket from the late 1800s, a Civil War amputation kit and a Bible from 1509.

“I’m so excited to be part of season two of ‘Arizona Collectibles,’” said McDonald. “I’ve heard from viewers of the show who really enjoyed the inaugural season.  We have some great surprises coming up for ‘Arizona Collectibles’ fans and I think it’s safe to say that they’ll be in awe of some of the truly remarkable finds on the show.  It’s been so much fun to work with the great people at Arizona PBS and be a part of this fascinating program.”

Professional appraisers discuss the history and current value of a wide range of items. Viewers will have the opportunity to witness the priceless reactions of owners as they discover how much their possessions are worth.  Experience the reaction of one local couple when they learn that the painting they inherited is the work of esteemed artist Charlie Russell, and is worth nearly $1 million.

In addition to historical treasures, this season features a collection of items reminiscent of popular culture throughout the 20th century. Take a closer look at a signed baseball from legendary ballplayer Babe Ruth, a vintage card collection featuring athletes from various sports, and a collection of memorabilia from Paramount Pictures including autographed photos of Marilyn Monroe and John Wayne.

Those fascinated with history outside of the U.S. can enjoy a Chinese robe thought to have originated during the late Qing Dynasty, a collection of German military badges from WWII and much more.

“We’ve uncovered a remarkable and diverse collection of treasures on the new season of ‘Arizona Collectibles’,” said Nancy Southgate, associate general manager of content for Eight, Arizona PBS. “Arizona Collectibles’ is a special program because it offers Arizonans the unique opportunity to unlock parts of the past. Many people have pieces of history hiding in their homes and they don’t even realize it. This program pulls those items out of hiding and shares their fascinating history – and often surprising values – with their owners and Eight’s viewers.”

“Arizona Collectibles” is made possible by funding from Whitfill Nursery, Morris Hall Law Firm, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Biltmore Loan and Jewelry.


Eight’s Check, Please! Arizona Festival at CityScape

The most popular locally produced TV show on Eight, Arizona PBS takes over CityScape in downtown Phoenix Sun., April 28, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., for a live food event aptly called Eight’s Check, Please! Arizona Festival.

Eight, in collaboration with R Entertainment Company, will transform CityScape into an exploration of Arizona’s independent restaurant scene – from five-star dining establishments to tucked-away cafes. The event will showcase cuisine from at least 36 of 117 independently owned Arizona restaurants previously featured on the show.

In its third season, the Emmy Award-winning series Check, Please! Arizona features favorite local restaurants as nominated by viewers. Those viewers come in studio to share commentary about their favorite dining spot and exchange opinions with fellow guests who experience each other’s favorite place as well.

Chef Demonstrations, Panel Discussions. TV Auditions.

Among event highlights are cooking demonstrations, panel discussions and the chance to audition for a spot on Check, Please! Arizona. Producers seek congenial fans who are passionate about their favorite local restaurant, articulate about food and honest about their dining-out experiences. Cameras will be present to tape the auditions.

For the camera-shy guest or those who simply avoid the limelight, a diverse array of culinary offerings will be featured by the participating indie restaurants, as well as samples of fine wine and craft beer, all included in the ticket price. A James Beard Award-winners’ panel hosted by James Beard Award-winner Robert McGrath is planned, as well as talks on locally sourced foods, fine wine and craft beers. In addition, a cooking demonstration stage will be in full gear, featuring at least four independent chefs.

Independent restaurants participating include:


Tuck Shop

LON’s at the Hermosa

Phoenix City Grille

Haus Murphy’s German Restaurant

Vogue Bistro



Pittsburgh Willy’s Gourmet Hot Dogs

Fuego Bistro

Eddie’s House

Petite Maison

Pomegranate Café

Coup Des Tartes

Havana Café

AZ Bread Co

America’s Taco Shop

Mrs. Whites Golden Rule Café

Thee Pitt’s Again

General admission is $60 and VIP tickets are $100. Tickets include food, as well as wine and beer sampling. VIP ticket holders will enjoy the James Beard Award-winners’ private chef seminar; exclusive wine tastings; early entry to the festival 30 minutes before general admission; and VIP valet parking.

Purchase tickets at azpbs.org/checkplease and click on ‘Join us for the Check, Please! Arizona Festival at CityScape.’