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Antiques Roadshow Behind-the-Scenes, Part One

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It's PBS' and KET’s most popular program, and anyone who took part in the Antiques Roadshow in Louisville in the summer of 2007 knows the production lives up to its name.

Oh, there were antiques and plenty ... but they more than deliver on the “Roadshow” too.

For a group of KET supporters the experience started the night before at a special VIP party with some of Antiques Roadshow's main players - including Host Mark Walberg; Executive Producer Marsha Bemko; and native Louisvillian Wes Cowan, appraiser. Louisville Life takes you inside the soiree.

Fun facts about Antiques Roadshow:

  • Despite Baltimore, MD, being a larger city, Louisville was in a virtual tie for most ticket applications for a Roadshow event in 2007 - with about 16,800 applications in each city vying for a total of 3400 recipients (each of whom got two tickets) in each city..
  • Louisville was part of Roadshow's third and twelfth production seasons.
  • Louisville is one of only three cities on the 2007 Roadshow tour that features two or more objects valued at $100,000 or more.
  • Louisville features a number of objects with local roots: Muhammad Ali-signed boxing gloves; Kentucky sugar chest; Kentucky corner cabinet; Kentucky chest; Kentucky, Illinois, and Tennesee Map; and Silver mint julep cup.
  • Approximately 6,000 guests attended the Louisville Roadshow event, which means appraisers saw approximately 12,000 items in the course of about 11 hours. Of those 12,000 items, about 80 were taped, and 45 made it to final cut.
  • As of 2007, Roadshow had been to 66 cities, 40 states, and had made a total of 84 road trips.
  • Antiques Roadshow has approximately 11 million viewers per week.
  • As of 2007, Roadshow had received five Primetime Emmy Award nominations.

Watch Part Two of this Antiques Roadshow visit, on Louisville Life.

Program 222
Behind the scenes with Antiques Roadshow in Louisville, plus visits to the Louisville Antique Mall and the Brennan House Historic Home. (#222)