CBS is giving college basketball fans who normally would be enjoying March Madness a treat this weekend and next weekend. It is carrying nine March Madness classics over the two weekends, six this weekend and three Sunday, March 29.
The games, which will be carried by local CBS affiliate WIVB-TV (Channel 4), feature Patrick Ewing, Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon and Western New York native Christian Laettner. The Laettner shot that appears annually in CBS pregame intros will be seen Sunday, when CBS carries the classic game in a 1992 regional final between Laettner’s Duke team and Kentucky at 4 p.m. Sunday. The rest of the nine games airing are national title games.
If you don’t have cable and haven’t re-scanned your digital antenna yet and have young children, this weekend would be a good time to do it.
Starting Monday, Buffalo Toronto Public Media is broadcasting a “Learn at Home” schedule daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on WNED PBS KIDS. The channel is available from most Western New York cable providers and over the air at 17.3 using a digital antenna.
“Education is at the core of our mission,” said Donald K. Boswell, president and CEO of Buffalo Toronto Public Media, in a release. “Families and schools can turn to their public broadcasting station for help providing young people with high quality learning opportunities while we navigate these unprecedented times.”
The early morning programs are for children prekindergarten to third grade, mid-mornings for grades four through eight and afternoons are for high school students (grades nine to 12).
According to the release, “the first week showcases educational programming produced by PBS and public broadcasting stations nationwide, and subsequent weeks will include programming made by public broadcasting stations in New York State, including WNED PBS.”
There are also educational programming, on-demand education video, online resources and lesson plans at wned.org/learnathome.