Our words weren't exactly, "Let's put on a show," but they could have been. Maryland Public Television is forever grateful to PBS, the "Great Performances" series and our colleagues at WNET in New York for responding to our 2012 invitation to join us in putting on a show to celebrate the 200th anniversary of The Star-Spangled Banner in Baltimore in 2014.
For two hours last Saturday night and with the tremendous support of the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, Dick Clark Productions, Pier Six, Star-Spangled 200, Inc., The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Fort McHenry, the National Park Service and others, we were pleased to present "Star-Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial of Our National Anthem" as a national MPT production for the PBS system. PBS stations in nearly 94 percent of all U.S. markets aired the program — and didn't Baltimore look great from every camera angle?
The MPT team salutes and congratulates everyone who had a hand in the Star-Spangled Spectacular week and sends its thanks for allowing us to put on a show for viewers in Maryland and across the nation to celebrate our state's and city's role in the song that built America.
Larry D. Unger, Owings Mills
The writer is president and CEO of Maryland Public Television.
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