Published on Wednesday, 10 November 2010 16:58
JBTV, Chicago's longest-running independent television program dedicated to new, local and independent music and artists, will have a new TV home as of this weekend! JBTV has joined the ever-growing line-up on "Chicago Nonstop," seen on WMAQ-TV's digital sub-channel 5.2.
Beginning this Saturday, November 13th, brand new 60 minute episodes of JBTV can be seen 9:00pm on "Chicago Nonstop." The show will be replayed a few hours later at Midnight and again on Sunday at 8:00pm.
"This is a huge move for us," said JBTV General Manager, Christian Picciolini. "We're beyond thrilled to have a network partner like NBC who supports JBTV's longstanding mission of creating original, cutting-edge and relevant HD content."
This Saturday's new episode will feature in-studio performances on JBTV's high-definition sound stage from critically acclaimed, emerging artists Dan Black and The Gaslight Anthem. There will also be exclusive interviews with rockers Interpol and Murder By Death, as well as an inside look at artist Heather Gabel's "Wild Card" art show. Additionally, the man himself, the "JB" of JBTV, Jerry Bryant will feature some exclusive, archived JBTV footage of Green Day and Chicago's own Smashing Pumpkins.
The new "Chicago Nonstop" channel made its debut the afternoon of November 1st
. WMAQ2 is a 24/7 local information and entertainment channel, that expands upon the local news programming from WMAQ-TV, as well as focusing on local events, lifestyle, culture, food, music, fashion, recreation, and informational stories which will be of interest to those living in the Chicagoland area. The almost legendary Chicago television program JBTV fits in perfectly with the "Chicago Nonstop" entertainment programming and mission.
In addition to being seen over the airwaves on channel 5.2, JBTV on "Chicago Nonstop" can be found on Comcast Cable channel 252, WOW! Cable channel 130, and RCN Cable channel 50. (Channels may vary depending on your Chicagoland location. Check your cable guides to verify.)
For those who cannot pick up channel 5.2 for whatever reason, the show will still be rerun on WJYS-TV every Wednesday at 11:00pm on broadcast channel 62 and again at 1:00am on channel 62.4.
Even more than that, if you miss an episode, they can be downloaded as a video podcast for free from iTunes at this link HERE
, or seen in their entirety on the JBTV website
Jerry Bryant, the founder and creator of JBTV, has produced and aired over 3,600 weekly episodes of the program since its inception in 1985. His passion for the show's subject matter shines through on each and every episode. JBTV has twice earned the Billboard Music Video Award for "Best Local/Regional Alternative Modern Rock Show," as well as many Emmy Awards for production -- the most recent one coming this past Saturday night at the 2010 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards ceremony.
For the first time ever, Bryant completely revamped the JBTV show
this year (the show's 25th year on the air), adding former Q101 star Ryan Manno as host, Jenna Martinelli as roving reporter/co-host, Christian Picciolini as General Manger, and numerous staffers. The new blood has not only re-energized Bryant, but the show as well, bringing in new sponsors and new fans. The new & improved JBTV made its debut in mid-March
JBTV has been a Chicago television institution for 25 years and shows no signs of stopping now. Having JBTV on Chicago's NBC station is yet another exciting new era beginning for the show.
"JBTV has been at the forefront of music and production for 25 years," explained owner and founder, Jerry Bryant. "Now we're able to bring the show to the forefront of digital television."