Sunday, December 3, 2023

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WPBS-DT, Watertown’s public broadcasting station, is pleased to announce the release of a new thirty-minute high definition documentary entitled “Developing the Raquette River”.  “Developing the Raquette River” is the third installment of the Raquette River Experience series.  This documentary explores the men and women who lived, worked, and experienced the dam building projects from the 1950’s to modern day.  These eyewitness accounts of life near and around the dams of the Raquette River paints a vivid portrait of a bygone era in American life.  Guest interviews include Mike Prescott, Historian/Outdoorsman, Dan Hurley, Maintenance, Bill Mousaw, Carpenter and Glen Thomas, Shovel/Oiler, and many more.  WPBS-TV was honored to have chronicled the stories of these men and women, three of which have since passed.

WPBS-TV will be hosting a special screening, Friday, May 20th at 6pm at The Wild Center, located in Tupper Lake, NY.  The evening will include refreshments, special bonus footage, the 30-minute documentary and a panel discussion with guests from the documentary. This screening is free and open to the public.  Please RSVP at to reserve your seat, as space is limited. The screening is sponsored in part by Potsdam Specialty Paper, TAUNY, and The Wild Center.

“Developing the Raquette River” will premiere on WPBS-TV, Saturday, May 21st at 9am and will re-air Sunday, May 22nd at 3:30pm.  WPBS-TV will also be airing a special block of programming to allow viewers to watch all three episodes of the Raquette River series.  This special block of programming will air Monday, May 23rd at 9pm beginning with “Developing the Raquette River”, followed by “The Raquette River Experience” at 9:30pm and ending with the “Raquette River Winter Experience” at 10pm.  “Developing the Raquette River” will also be available to view online at, after the on-air premiere.  “Developing the Raquette River” is sponsored in part by Blevin’s Brothers Automotive, and Brookfield Renewable Energy.

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