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WSIU Launches New Kids' Program, Fall Schedule

Friday, September 4, 2009

Contacts: Beth Spezia, WSIU Outreach Coordinator, (618) 453-5595,

Carbondale Ill. - Beginning Monday, September 7, 2009, WSIU TV 8 and WUSI TV 16, the public television stations of Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), will launch a new daytime children's programming schedule, which includes a new PBS KIDS series, Dinosaur Train.

Dinosaur Train, airing weekdays at 8:30am and Saturday and Sunday at 7:30am, offers preschoolers a fun way to learn about natural science, natural history, and paleontology. Buddy, a preschool-aged Tyrannosaurus Rex, and his adoptive family of Petranodons take the Dinosaur Train to explore prehistoric jungles, swamps, volcanoes, and oceans. Their adventures take them through the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods while the train's conductor, a Troodon, supplies the family with “cool Dino facts” along the way.

WSIU is also launching a new fall PBS KIDS television programming schedule, beginning on Labor Day, as follows:

6am            Place of Our Own
6:30            Maya & Miguel            
7am            Curious George
7:30            Sid the Science Kid
8am            Super WHY!
8:30            Dinosaur Train
9am            Sesame Street
10am            Clifford the Big Red Dog
10:30            WordWorld
11am            Super WHY! / Bob the Builder (Fri)
11:30            Dragon Tales / Thomas & Friends (Fri)           
12pm            It's a Big Big World
12:30            Barney and Friends
1pm            Curious George           
1:30            Between the Lions           
2pm            Cyberchase
2:30            Martha Speaks
3pm            Arthur
3:30            WordGirl / Wishbone (Fri)
4pm            The Electric Company
4:30            Fetch! / Biz Kid$ (Thu-Fri)

5am            Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
5:30            Angelina Ballerina
6am            Curious George
6:30            Sid the Science Kid
7am            Super WHY!
7:30            Dinosaur Train
8am            Thomas & Friends
8:30            Bob the Builder
9am            The Electric Company
9:30            DragonFly TV
10am            Design Squad

5am            Sesame Street
6am            Curious George
6:30            Sid the Science Kid
7am            Super WHY!
7:30            Dinosaur Train           
8am            Clifford the Big Red Dog
8:30            Martha Speaks
9am            Kids Health series

WSIU Public Broadcasting is licensed to the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University and is an integral part of the College of Mass Communication & Media Arts. It operates three digital public television channels, three public radio stations, a website, local TV and FM production units, and an education and community outreach department - reaching more than three million people across five states and beyond.

WSIU's mission is to improve the quality of life of the people they serve. In addition to nurturing young minds with over 80 hours per week of PBS KIDS programming, WSIU offers workshops and other resources to help teachers and caregivers enhance the learning experiences of children. For more information about WSIU's education services, contact Beth Spezia at (618) 453-5595 or To learn more about WSIU, visit

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