ASC volunteers gathered at the Channel 8 studios on June 9 to take pledges from the community to support public broadcasting.
Aramco Services Company (ASC) volunteers helped Houston’s KUHT-TV Channel 8 raise funding during the public broadcasting station’s annual telethon. They gathered at the station on Monday, June 9, which was “Aramco Services Night," to answer calls and record pledges.
The phones rang often during the broadcast of two show segments, the “Texas Tenors” and “Birth of Texas – the Early Years.” By the end of the night, the volunteers answered 183 calls from those wanting to support public broadcasting.
ASC has been participating in the PBS telethon for about 15 years, providing volunteer groups to help record pledges that support the station's mission to provide quality programming that enriches the lives of the people in Southeast Texas.
‘A truly great experience’
First-time company volunteer Mandy McDonald said she was “thrilled” to serve as an ASC volunteer and, as a native Houstonian, was honored to support the local community. “It was a lot of fun volunteering with other ASC employees,” she said, adding that she plans to sign up for additional volunteer events in the future.
ASC summer intern Cody White described the volunteer event as a “truly great experience.” He added, “Not only was it an opportunity to give back to the local community, but a chance to get to know Aramco and its employees even better. It is awesome to be a part of a company that cares so much!”
PBS Channel 8 history
Channel 8 signed on the air on May 25, 1953 as the first public television station in the United States, and one of the earliest member stations of National Educational Television, which eventually merged into the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Located on the campus of the University of Houston, Channel 8 now operates under the aegis of Houston Public Media, which brought together the Houston Public Broadcasting stations—KUHT Channel 8, News 88.7 FM and Classical 91.7 FM— along with online platforms, to make quality programming more accessible to the community.
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