WGTE Programs

  • Body by Fisher -

    In 1927, seven brothers who were partners in one of the most successful companies in the United States stood in a light rain at the groundbreaking of a new, bold building that would bear their name.  

    "Toledo Stories: Body by Fisher," an original WGTE production, premiered on WGTE TV on Thursday, October 9, 2014.

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  • Wildwood: Land as Good as Gold -

    Learn how the former R.A. Stranahan estate was preserved through a grassroots campaign to save the estate and its surroundings from the bulldozer and development.

    In the 1970s, after a decade-long effort to raise enough money for the Metroparks to purchase the estate, an injunction placed on the sale of the property to real estate developers gave Citizens for Metroparks one chance to pass a 0.5-mil levy, which would save the property. Volunteers distributed campaign leaflets to nearly 80 percent of the homes in Lucas County. The effort succeeded. Voters approved the levy, 64,490 to 58,577.

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  • Sign On: A Journey of Integrating Technology -

    Watch the entire program and learn how local educators are using technology in their classrooms.

  • MCO: A History of Healing and Teaching -

    This hour-long film describes, through interviews, archival and contemporary images and footage, how a shortage of physicians and nurses in northwest Ohio in the 1950s and early 1960s inspired plans for a new medical school.

    The greatest advocate for the school was Paul Block Jr., co-publisher of The Blade and an organic chemist. Through his efforts, and others, in 1964 the Medical College of Ohio at Toledo became the nation's 100th medical school, now the University of Toledo Medical Center (UTMC).

    "MCO: A History of Healing and Teaching" explores how the college was born of innovation, with a campus that followed a modern architectural plan developed by the renowned architectural firm, Yamasaki and Associates. In 1979, a new teaching hospital opened and continues to serve the region today. MCO’s story is one of leadership in residency programs, nursing education, allied health programs and clinical research.

    On-camera interviews share unique memories of the College's history, including the day in 1979 when patients, equipment and personnel moved from the school's original location at the old Maumee Valley Hospital to the new campus on Arlington Avenue.
    Of that moving day, Dr. Elizabeth Ruppert says "The memory is frozen in my mind of standing in the lobby of the new hospital…we had done it. It was one of those rare moments when all was right with world." Dr. Ruppert's late husband, Dr. Richard Ruppert, was the school's third president.

    Individuals featured in the program include:
    Dr. Ruth Alteneder, Professor Emerita of Nursing, University of Toledo
    Allan Block, Chairman of Block Communications Inc. and the son of Paul Block Jr.
    John Robinson Block, Editor-In-Chief of The Blade, Publisher of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the son of Paul Block Jr.
    Dr. S. Amjad Hussain, Professor Emeritus of Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery, UTMC, and a member of the University of Toledo's Board of Trustees
    Dr. Lloyd Jacobs, President, University of Toledo
    Dr. Maurice Manning, Distinguished University Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Cancer Biology, UTMC
    Dr. James Patrick, Professor Emeritus of Pathology UTMC and Lucas County Coroner
    Dr. Elizabeth Ruppert, Professor Emerita of Pediatrics, UTMC
    Dr. Mary Smith, Professor, Department of Pathology, UTMC
    Dr. Donna Woodson, Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UTMC

  • Owens Corning: A History -

    "Owens Corning: A History" chronicles a company that has turned adversity into innovation, worldwide success and market leadership. Former Owens Corning CEO William "Bill" Boeschenstein and current CEO Michael Thaman are featured in the program, which begins with the firm's founding in 1938 and the discovery of glass fiber by Owens Corning inventor Games Slayter.

    Discover how the firm's glass fiber materials contributed to military applications during World War II and learn about Owens Corning's role in the post-war housing boom, as well as the development of composite materials for products like the 1954 Chevrolet Corvette.  See how Owens Corning contributed to the development of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and today's monumental wind turbine blades.

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  • Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial 1813-2013 -

    In September of 1813, during the War of 1812, Oliver Hazard Perry of the U.S. Navy and his crew of 557 brave patriots prevailed over the British fleet in the Battle of Lake Erie near Put-in-Bay, Ohio.

    Two hundred years later, a fleet of tall ships came together to celebrate Perry’s victory and the enduring peace between nations.

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  • Timelapse Toledo-

    Through a series of stunning timelapse images, Timelapse Toledo documents the arts, culture and very heartbeat of Toledo as it crackles to life during one amazing summer.

    Free-form, entirely without narration and with the sparest of concepts, viewers can experience the city as they never have before.

  • Views: 407 War of 1812 in the Old Northwest -

    In 1812, a very young United States of America had its sights set on expansion to the north and the west. But the British  wanted to keep its former colony tightly contained.  In the balance were the lands of the Northwestern Frontier. 

    England's Canadian provinces wanted a buffer zone between their lands and what they perceived as a hostile United States. The native peoples who called this land their home, wanted it declared a self-governing Indian territory; an independent nation.  The United States wanted to settle the frontier, as they felt they had been promised at the end of the Revolutionary War. 

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  • Views: 717 Apple Corps: The Grand Rapids Applebutter Fest -

    It takes a village to raise a festival.
    Each year the tiny village of Grand Rapids, Ohio, throws opens its streets and hearts to tens of thousands of guests.

    Discover the history of the Grand Rapids Applebutter Fest and get a glimpse behind the scenes as it comes together. This celebration of family, art, history, and of course, Applebutter, mobilizes hundred of volunteers... in a small town of less than a thousand.

  • Views: 258 Into the Fire -

    This Toledo Stories presentation explores the remarkable 50 year history of the Studio Art Glass Movement that began at an innovative workshop held at the Toledo Museum of Art in 1962.  "Into the Fire" features glass artists from around the nation celebrating the work of three visionaries who led the original 1962 workshops; ceramics artist Harvey Littleton, chemist Dominick Labino and the Director of the Toledo Museum of Art, Otto Wittmann.

  • Views: 4 Faith Matters

    This new WGTE series explores contemporary religious issues, beliefs and practices of the great religious traditions of the world.  Discussions include Religion & Violence, Religion & Consumerism, Contemporary Islam & Women.