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Documentary marks the start of the next phase in Emmy® Award-winning series

Contact: Meredith Hart, Marketing & Communications Director

COLUMBUS, OHIO, SEPTEMBER 10, 2013 – The South Side of Columbus was once an industrial powerhouse, shaped by the thousands of people who moved there to work its furnaces and factories.

“Columbus Neighborhoods: South Side” premieres Monday, September 16 at 8 p.m. on WOSU TV and looks at how residents from Hungarian immigrants to Appalachian migrants forged a thriving community that still pays homage to its heritage of steel and glass today.

“Columbus Neighborhoods: South Side” continues as the next segment in this award-winning documentary series. It chronicles the rise and fall of established industries like Buckeye Steel Castings and the impact Nationwide Children’s Hospital has had on the neighborhood.

It explores how churches and institutions are partnering to address substandard housing, health care, and other critical needs; and how the love for the neighborhood inspires suburbanites to return every Sunday for church and influences people who grew up on the South Side to donate millions of dollars to create a community center in a historic school.

“Columbus Neighborhoods: South Side” also examines the revival of historic neighborhoods such as Merion Village, where old houses conveniently located to downtown are being renovated by young professionals.

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This is the seventh television documentary to air as part of WOSU Public Media’s “Columbus Neighborhoods,” a project originally developed to celebrate the city’s bicentennial with a focus on the rich cultural past of Columbus’ historic neighborhoods. The series was honored with the Greater Columbus Arts Council’s 2012 Artistic Excellence Award and has received numerous Emmy Awards.

In addition to South Side, the next five neighborhoods to be featured are Clintonville, Worthington, Bexley, The Tri-Villages (Upper Arlington, Marble Cliff and Grandview Heights), and “New Americans,” which will look at Columbus’ growing immigrant population.

Major project support for “Columbus Neighborhoods” is provided by State Auto Insurance Companies, JPMorgan Chase, and the AEP Foundation.

WOSU Public Media is a community-supported, noncommercial network of public radio and television stations.