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WETA & WGBH Invite Public to Enter Free Drawing by April 19 for Tickets to First Visit to Washington, D.C., for “ANTIQUES ROADSHOW"

For the first time ever, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, PBS’s most-watched series since 1998, is coming to Washington, D.C.  WETA TV 26, the public broadcaster for the Greater Washington region, and WGBH, the producing station for ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, invite the public to enter a random drawing for free tickets to the taping on August 21.  Ticket-holders will each be able to bring two items for appraisal and may appear in an upcoming episode of the television show.  The event is free, but individuals must have a ticket in order to attend; all tickets will be distributed in advance and there will not be tickets available the day of the taping.  Due to the huge demand, there is a random drawing for this free event — the deadline to enter is April 19.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is part adventure, part history lesson and part treasure hunt.  The seven-time Emmy® Award-nominated ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is PBS’s highest-rated series and is seen by almost 11 million viewers each week.  Veteran television personality Mark L. Walberg serves as series host.  ANTIQUES ROADSHOW cameras capture tales of family heirlooms, yard sale bargains and long-lost items salvaged from attics and basements, while experts reveal the fascinating truths about these finds.  ANTIQUES ROADSHOW airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. on WETA TV 26. 


WHAT:  The public may enter a random drawing for free tickets to ANTIQUES ROADSHOW for when the popular PBS program is taped in Washington, D.C.   


WHO:  Specialists from the country’s leading auction houses — Bonhams and Butterfields, Christie’s, Doyle New York, Skinner and Sotheby’s — and independent dealers from across the nation offer free appraisals of antiques and collectibles. 


WHEN:   Deadline to Enter Ticket Drawing: Monday, April 19, 2010 at 11:59 p.m.

             Date of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW D.C. Taping: Saturday, August 21, 2010, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 


WHERE:   For Tickets:

              For the Taping: Walter E. Washington Convention Center 


MEDIA  COVERAGE:    There will be a variety of press opportunities for the D.C. taping of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW August 19 - 21, 2010, and the WETA broadcast of the program in 2011.  More details will be available in July.  For inquiry into pre-event access to appraisers, guests and program executive producer Marsha Bemko, please contact Judy Matthews, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW Senior Publicist, at 617.300.5343/  Press attendance at ANTIQUES ROADSHOW events is welcome; advanced registration with a ROADSHOW press contact is required.  ANTIQUES ROADSHOW press materials, including downloadable photos, are available at and at  ANTIQUES ROADSHOW will also be taping this summer in San Diego, CA (6/12), Billings, MT (6/26), Miami Beach, FL (7/10), Biloxi, MI (7/24) and Des Moines, IA (8/7).  Additional information about the Summer 2010 Tour is available at


ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is sponsored by Liberty Mutual and Subaru.  Additional funding is provided by public television viewers.  ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is produced for PBS by WGBH Boston.  Executive producer is Marsha Bemko.

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