Local Productions

American Graduate Stories of Champions

WQLN supports PBS’s American Graduate initiative with Stories of Champions, a series of original televised shorts featuring local champions of children who are working hard to keep students on the path to graduation and college- or career-readiness. Local champions Jennifer Pontzer (Career Street), Mat Pundt (Central Career & Technical School), Rick Scaletta (General McLane School District), and Sonya Smith (Penn State Behrend Youth Education Department) tell how they’ve influenced students on the path to graduation.



  Visit AmericanGraduate.org




What does aging mean?
How long can you expect to live in your home?
What technology can you add to your home to make it a smart home?
Can you afford retirement? Where can you find help?

Advances in technology are enabling families and elders to access resources that may have been previously unavailable to them. These technologies greatly help improve quality of life, accessibility, and give families peace of mind. The resources provided below can help you navigate the conversation about aging, direct you to key topics on aging in Pennsylvania, and help you connect with local expert care.

  Pennsylvania Department of Aging
  Pennsylvania Department on Aging and Elder Services • Caregiverlist

  Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation
  Eldercare Locator • Assistive Technology

  Greater Pennsylvania Alzheimer's Association

  Department of Veterans Affairs • Caregiver Support

  HVA Senior Living Alliance
  LongTermCare.gov

  Conversations Across the Lifespan • Saint Vincent Hospital

  Next Avenue

Life's Next Chapter

Our life stories are filled with many chapters. Weddings, hospital delivery rooms, scraped knees, celebrations, monthly bills, and balancing work and family are all mileposts that describe a life "well-lived". As time passes we can often find ourselves burdened or confused by topics of aging family members and loved ones. It can be difficult to have the conversation about finances, hygiene, safety, advanced-care planning, and end-of-life care.

If you're in your 50s, now is the time for you to think about what your life will be like in your 60s, 70s, and 80s. Life's Next Chapter will help you visualize those years, and give you the information you'll need to ensure that the next chapter of your life is the best.

WQLN presents Life's Next Chapter, a program designed to help you plan for your next chapter—the best years of your life.

Produced by WQLN and hosted by Cyndy Patton.

Presented by:
Pennsylvania Homecare Association
HVA Senior Living Alliance
Home Instead Senior Care
GECAC | Greater Erie Community Action Committee




Sounds Around Town

WQLN's second annual Sounds Around Town free concert series returns in 2015! The live concerts are open to the public and are recorded and aired on WQLN TV & Radio. The program is hosted by WQLN Radio's Gary Finney and Brian Hannah, hosts of The Third Set and Classics, respectively, on WQLN Radio 91.3FM. Sounds Around 2015 features The Groove (July 11), Tennessee Backporch (July 17), M4 (July 24), Tyler Smilo (July 31), and Daybreak Radio (August 7).




Women & Cancer

Every woman has a story. A different stage of diagnosis. A different course of treatment. But there is something they all have in common, dealing with life with - or after - cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, getting the facts about cancer is an important step in taking care of your overall health. Women and Cancer introduces five remarkable Pennsylvania women who live with cancer, as it looks at the latest techniques in preventing, detecting, and treating some of the most common cancers affecting women: skin, ovarian, lung, and breast cancers. It also examines efforts to improve the quality of life for cancer patients after treatment. Hosted by Erie's own Cyndy Patton, the program offers new hope for cancer patients.




Perspective: The Lake Erie Quadrangle Marine Sanctuary

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has re-established a process allowing the public to nominate maritime and Great Lakes areas for National Marine Sanctuary status. Is the Lake Erie Quadrangle the perfect candidate?.




Baby's First Year

Babies are amazing. When they enter this world, they are born with everything they need for a lifetime. The only thing missing is the owner’s manual! This film is your owner’s manual to your baby’s first year.




Shakespeare Uncovered - Behind the Bard

Perhaps no English-language works are more enduring than those of William Shakespeare, whose themes continue to be relevant in our daily lives. Enjoy WQLN TV's original “Behind the Bard” shorts, in support of the PBS series Shakespeare Uncovered II (February 2015 on WQLN-TV 54.1 and at pbs.org). WQLN, Gannon University’s Schuster Theatre, and the Erie Playhouse team up to share unique Shakespeare insights.







Erie Now

Erie Now, a WQLN TV Original Production, is an informative series of discussions featuring local journalists who interview local Erie Vital Signs experts about Erie County's well-being in eight topic areas. Erie Now aims to inform the public and inspire community action in key areas of greatest importance to the vitality of our region.




Perspective: 30 Seconds of Magic

This WQLN TV Original Production examines first-hand the process, from start to finish, of producing a series of award-winning television commercials. From scripting, logistics, and casting, to on-site shoots, to the final touches of sound-effects, editing, and animation, you can see behind the scenes as a local full-service production house transforms raw inspiration and talent into a final product that feels like... pure magic.




Perspective: Jewish History

Produced in collaboration with WNET and Mercyhurst University, the two-part WQLN TV Original Production Perspective: Jewish History re-visits Imperial Rome and Europe in the Middle Ages to discover how and why Christendom made outsiders of the Jewish people.




Past Productions

  • Ready, Set, Connect!
  • Is My TV Going Away?
  • We Question and Learn
  • Old Soldiers
  • Outdoor Family Adventures
  • Scenes from the Attic
  • Take Me Out to the Ball Game
  • They're Everywhere! LeapFrogs in Erie
  • Experience Pennsylvania Wineries
  • BOO! Tour Eerie Erie 2
  • Tour Eerie Erie
  • Made in Pennsylvania
  • Our Town Series
  • Pennsylvania Breweries
  • GoFish!
  • Safe Harbor
  • Waldameer: 100 Years of Fun
  • Lunch with Ronald Reagan
  • PA Behind Bars
  • Rise and Fall of a Tin Toy Dynasty
  • Timber Rattle Snake
  • On Shifting Sands
  • Saga of the Steamship Atlantic
  • Underwater Graveyard
  • Unforgettable Erie
  • We Remember When
  • Remembering Erie