Washington, D.C.— In October, WETA All Access will explore the history, architecture, people and activities that make up two of Washington’s most active landmarks in two half-hour WETA-produced documentaries to be broadcast on WETA TV 26, Kevin Harris, vice president and television station manager at WETA, announced today. Washington National Cathedral – WETA All Access premieres Wednesday, October 15 at 8 p.m., followed by Union Station – WETA All Access at 8:30 p.m.
“Washington National Cathedral and Union Station receive millions of visitors from across the globe ranging from presidents to everyday travelers,” said Harris. “These programs will provide an in-depth look at these thriving modern landmarks located in the District of Columbia.”
Washington National Cathedral – WETA All Access takes a look at the grand cathedral, which towers over the District from the top of Mount St. Alban in Northwest. WETA All Access explores the story of the magnificent structure — its intriguing architectural and stone carvings, as well as the daily rituals from morning chapel to evensong — that make the landmark a very special place for visitor and worshiper alike. The documentary spotlights the employees that provide musical enjoyment, offer spiritual blessings and who walk the cathedral’s beautifully adorned aisles. The program also examines the more than 200 stained-glass windows and beautiful artwork, which includes elaborate needlepoint, ironwork and woodwork adorning the various chapels and highlights the many ceremonies that have taken place on the sacred grounds including the state funerals of three U.S. presidents.
Union Station – WETA All Access explores one of the area’s most beautiful and storied destinations and Washington’s most bustling transportation hub with more than 32 million visitors each year. In addition to highlighting the elaborate Beaux-Arts architectural style, this WETA All Access showcases Union Station as one of Washington’s unique attractions for travel, entertainment and even church. This program also explores how for decades Union Station has served as the gateway to the city, hosting the arrival of distinguished visitors from the Beatles to European royalty. Union Station – WETA All Access takes viewers through the station’s rich history to its current state as one of the most popular special events venues in the city, hosting corporate soirées, charitable fundraisers and inaugural balls.
After the broadcasts of Washington National Cathedral – WETA All Access and Union Station – WETA All Access, the programs will be available on the WETA media player, WETA Watch Online, at www.weta.org/video. Featuring more than 100 videos, WETA Watch Online includes the latest videos from WETA TV 26 local productions such as WETA Hometown Heroes, The WETA Guide and WETA Extras.
Each episode of WETA All Access provides viewers a behind-the-scenes look at one Greater Washington business, institution or event. Episodes of WETA All Access include Metro, a feature on the D.C., transit system; The Aquarium, a profile of the National Aquarium in Baltimore; The FBI Academy, an exploration of the rigorous FBI training program; and the recent installment, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, a feature on the extraterrestrial and earthbound work of the pioneering space center.
WETA TV 26 and Classical WETA 90.9 FM are public broadcasting stations serving Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia with educational, cultural, and news and public affairs programming and related services. WETA is committed to producing programs that highlight the history and people of the Greater Washington area. WETA produces WETA Neighborhoods, The WETA Guide, WETA Around Town, WETA Hometown Heroes and WETA Extras, spotlighting local people, places and events. WETA’s headquarters is located in Arlington, Virginia. For more information on WETA and its services, visit www.weta.org. Sharon Percy Rockefeller is president and CEO of WETA.