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MPT to hold pledge drive


Maryland Public Television will stage a one-day "mini pledge drive" tomorrow, with special programming and membership solicitation breaks, to make budgetary ends meet for the fiscal year ending June 30.

Pledge phone lines will be open from noon to midnight, and programming during those hours includes encore presentations that are among the most requested in the PBS repertoire, said Barry Freidly, MPT director of development.

No dollar goal has been set for the drive. Officials noted that MPT staged a similar three-day drive last summer.

"We always do it around the end of the fiscal year to give us a little boost," said Susan Baukhages, an MPT spokeswoman.

The pledge programming on channels 22 and 67, with periodic breaks for fund appeals, includes:

* "Moyers: Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth," from noon to 7:30 p.m., including all six episodes of the highly regarded series with correspondent Bill Moyers.

* "Eyewitness: Cat/Dog," from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., two popular back-to-back episodes of the documentary series about animal behavior, with Martin Sheen.

* "Masterpiece Theatre: Sharpe's Eagle," from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., the first part of a scheduled two-part series set in the Napoleonic wars.

* "The Wagner Gala," from 10:10 p.m. to midnight, a scheduled PBS presentation, with Claudio Abbado conducting the Berlin Philharmonic in a tribute to the music of Richard Wagner.

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