CPTV Celebrates Its Golden Anniversary

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cptv16It may have  started as a small educational programming station back in 1963, but in 2013, the now CPTV celebrated a  50th anniversary celebration Saturday that left no doubt as to how much its grown.

From a red carpet welcome featuring its signature purple dinosaur “Barney” to a who’s who of PBS and other tv execs and celebrities; it was a gala reflecting five decades of hard work and success for a network that is cherished by its state and beyond.

“This is an anniversary about celebrating my colleagues,” said CPTV celeb Faith Middleton who began on public radio 33 years ago with shows that became part of the network’s line-up. “I am so privileged to work for CPTV.”

 More than 450 people attended the bash that attracted a wide range of well-known Connecticut people ranging from Webster Bank CEO James Smith and St. Francis and Hartford Hospital presidents,  Chris Dadlez and Jeff Flaks to former U.S. Rep. Barbara Kennelly, UConn board chair Larry McHugh, the Chase Family,  and University of Hartford president Walter Harrison.

cptv13Also attending was celebrity chef Jacques Pepin and PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger who also did emcee duties for the program.

Besides the gala, there was also a wedding going on at the Hartford Marriott Downtown so when very flower girls arrived and saw the red carpet with Barney as the host, they could not believe their eyes.

“This is the best wedding ever,” said one youngster as she watched the oversized dino posing with guests as they arrived for the gala. “I can’t believe Barney is here.”

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