Students burning PBS feature here

Get ready for some pyro-technic explosions at South Church and Cedar streets, courtesy of Southern Illinois University Carbondale students, who produce 26:46 on the PBS station WSIU, which airs in five states.

With the Rockford Fire Department on hand, the filming will feature the work of weapons and explosives expert Matt Stratton. Highly ATF certified, “he has worked all over the world, and I enjoyed working with him for the History Channel’s recreation of the Chicago Fire at Midway Village,” said Rockford’s Director of Tourism, Culture and Special Events Cindy Hall.

Sean Brown, producer for 26:46, said, “We’ll be doing some small fireballs with a film crew of eight or nine.”

Part of their entry on reads: “Starting in 1999, the half-hour magazine-style TV program has won national acclaim by capturing 22 regional and national awards, including 5 National Student Emmy awards. The 26:46 in the show’s name reflects its general length per program—26 minutes, 46 seconds, with the remaining time in its half-hour slot used for WSIU’s promos and messages.”

Allen Murphy is one of the owners of the property where the filming will take place. Murphy said, “Anything that promotes downtown Rockford, I totally support, and they have my complete cooperation.”

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from the Sept. 26 – Oct. 2, 2007, issue

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