Local Programs

Regular Productions

Broad & High
WOSU TV’s weekly arts and culture show explores the character and creativity of Columbus. New episodes air 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, on WOSU TV and are replayed at 5 p.m. Sundays also on WOSU TV.

Columbus Collaborative
There’s power in partnerships. That’s the thinking behind The Columbus Collaborative, a new programming initiative from WOSU Public Media. The Columbus Collaborative allows WOSU Public Media to work directly with “mission-similar” partners such as non-profit, educational, corporate, governmental, and public service organizations to create broadcast programs.

Columbus Neighborhoods
Learn more about your neighborhood’s history and discover the treasures, stories and landmarks found throughout Columbus. Inspired by WOSU’s six-documentary series, Columbus Neighborhoods.

Columbus on the Record
Weekly in-depth, thoughtful, and balanced analysis of the issues and stories affecting Columbus and Central Ohio. Featuring well respected journalists and political observers. Fridays at 8:30pm; Sundays at 11:30am.

In the Know
The program attracts a large participation from high schools in central and southern Ohio. The Ohio State University awards the top four high school teams who answer questions ranging from science to visual arts.

Ohio State Commencement
WOSU presents a live video stream of The Ohio State University’s Autumn and Spring commencement ceremonies . After the ceremony, we post an archived video of the commencement speech, and offer DVDs for sale.

Songs at the Center
Songs at the Center is a late-night, local music show on WOSU TV. The program features a small group of singer-songwriters performing “in the round,” sharing the stage with an audience.

Watch Songs at the Center at 12:30am Sundays on WOSU TV following Austin City Limits.


Admiral Byrd: Forged on Ice
Admiral Byrd: Forged on Ice is a one-hour documentary that follows this man’s life from his childhood in Virginia to the most extreme environments on earth. It shows the legacy he built through sheer will, ambition and perseverance, while looking ahead at the 21st century explorers and climatologists who carry on in his name.

In the last great period of global exploration, Admiral Richard Byrd challenged the forces of nature to advance the cause of science and aviation. He made history when he became the first person to fly over the North Pole in 1926, and followed it up with a death-defying, trans-Atlantic crossing one year later.

Applauding Appalachia
This documentary tells the story of five artists from Southern Ohio who, in one way or another, have helped to preserve Appalachian culture and art.

Beyond the Gridiron: The Life and Times of Woody Hayes
A fascinating profile of one of the most gifted and complex coaches of the twentieth century.

Beyond These Walls: Building Community Through Public Art
The story of the local visionaries and extraordinary artists who transformed a drab 2,200 foot section of the Portsmouth Ohio’s flood wall into a vast display of public art, history and pride.

Birth of Ohio Stadium
Met with initial opposition, the famed Ohio Stadium became one of several preeminent landmarks in Ohio and a nationally recognized symbol of collegiate football.

Buckeye Landmarks
Highlights over 20 historical landmarks of mid and central Ohio, weaving its way through historically important locations and exploring the social, cultural and historical identity of Ohio.

Continental, Ohio
Continental, Ohio is a multi-faceted story about the lost art of letterpress printing, the history of the traveling shows of the 30s, life and culture in small town America, and the work ethic of Nyle Stateler, who has dedicated his entire life to his craft and his print shop.

Health Literacy
Along with the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging and Judith Brachman, former director of the Ohio Department of Aging, WOSU presents a Web site devoted to health literacy.

Honor Flight
On a 98 degree day in early August 2007, a WOSU camera crew shadowed 32 WWI veterans as they traveled to Washington D.C. to visit the World Ware II memorial. With help from Honor Flight, these seniors are given an all-expense paid trip of a lifetime. Veterans share their stories and thoughts on this exciting and emotional journey. The 30-minute TV special includes interviews with: Bob Dole, U.S. Senator; Susan Barr, Public Affairs/Media Director-Honor Flight; and many veterans and volunteers

Jazz Moves Columbus The Documentary
Jazz Moves Columbus is a television documentary that chronicles the creation of the theatrical collaboration of the same name staged by BalletMet, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra (CJO), and WOSU Public Media to celebrate Columbus’s bicentennial.

Jazz Moves Columbus shows how three of the city’s leading artistic organizations created a series of performances that celebrated Columbus through dance, music, and video. BalletMet and JAG had worked together on two productions, but video was a new and crucial element.

Jesse Owens: Enduring Spirit
Jesse Owens: Enduring Spirit chronicles the life and times of a Big Ten icon. This 30 minute documentary takes a look back at the trials and triumphs of one of Ohio State University’s greatest athletes. Interviews featuring Bill Cosby, Archie Griffin, and Stephanie Hightower. This program debuted on the Big Ten Network on January 3, 2012.

John Glenn: A Life of Service
John Glenn: A Life of Service chronicles this American hero, born in Ohio, who has dedicated himself to a life of duty and public service. Using archival footage and interviews with Senator Glenn, lawmakers, journalists, and historians, the documentary is an inspiring look at Glenn’s incredible career.

The rise and fall of the Lustron Corporation, its innovative founder, Carl Strandlund, and the urban house which made them famous in post-World War II America.

The Man Who Had Everything
A 1926 winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Louis Bromfield attained worldwide acclaim and was regarded as one of America’s most promising young novelists. Despite his outstanding personal success and professional accolades, Bromfield dreamed of buying a farm and living a self-sufficient life. Narrated by Lauren Bacall.

Many Happy Returns to Lazarus
Celebrates the end of Columbus’ venerable department store and examines what it has meant to the generations of Ohioans who have shopped and worked there.

Ohioana Authors
WOSU presents 52 radio features celebrating Ohio’s rich literary and historical heritage and Ohio’s contribution to American culture through the written word. The web site covers bibliographic information, the Ohio connection, the works of each authors, and various other Web-only contributions.

The Pride of the Buckeyes
A television documentary that tells the story of the best damn band in the land. Follow the band from tryouts to bowl game, and learn about the elaborate half-time shows, precision formations, military traditions, and the commitment to excellence embraced by every member. From exhausting practices to nerve-wracking challenges, from the stirring ramp entrance to the graceful Script Ohio, you’ll see what it takes to be a member of the nation’s elite college marching band.

Return to Camelot: Music of the Kennedy Years
A look back at the Kennedy White House years, a time when the mansion was filled with youthfulness, gaiety, and elegance, and the guest lists included novelists, painters, musicians and poets.With their leadership and engaging style, John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy encouraged Americans to participate along with them in exploring and enjoying music in its many forms.

River Voices: A Portrait of an American River Community
In 1937, the Ohio River at Portsmouth, Ohio reached an astounding 74.23 feet and more than 32,000 people were displaced from their homes. The river left behind unimaginable devastation but the community summoned its strength and responded with a massive cleanup effort that still resonates with people today.

Ruby Elzy: Black Diva of the Thirties
Soprano Ruby Elzy was one of the first inductees into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame. Sixty-five years earlier, she was chosen by George Gershwin to create the role of Serena in Porgy and Bess. Ruby appeared in feature films with Paul Robeson and Bing Crosby. WOSU acknowledges Ruby’s exceptional talent, outlines her tragic yet inspiring story, provides a look at her life and times, and offers a listen to some rare recordings of her haunting soprano voice.

Serving with Honor
Local Ohio Veteran’s share their remarkable stories of serving in the U.S. Military.

They Could Really Play The Game
They Could Really Play the Game is an award-winning documentary about a 1950′s basketball team whose star player and fiery coach captured America’s imagination, helped restore college basketball’s tarnished reputation, and saved their struggling college from financial ruin.

The World War II Photography of Rodger Hamilton
A web exclusive component of ohiowarstories.org, this site features the stunning black and white photographs of Columbus, OH native Rodger Hamilton, who photographed the war for the Army Signal Corps (later the US Army Photographic Services).