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Calling Dr. Who for fund-raising prescription

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The guest of honor at the WSFP-TV's festival is a strange one. He is 750 years old, travels through time to do battle with monsters, has two hearts and a body temperature of 60 degrees.

Who, you ask?

Yes, it's Dr. Who, hero of a British science-fiction series of the same name. WSFP officials hope that by airing of the special 90-minute segment of the series on Saturday at 9 p.m. and March 18 at 9 p.m., they will inspire enough sci-fi lovers to phone in a pledge. The price of running the series for a year is $20,000. It sounds like a lot of money, but the series has an estimated 100 million fans around the world and station officials are hoping that Southwest Florida fans will pay to bring the doctor here.

Dr. Who's appearance is part of the 15-day fund-raising festival that starts Saturday and runs through March 24.

WSFP, Channel 30 (cable channels 3, 8, 9, 27 and 30) is a public broadcasting station run solely on grants and donations. WSFP began broadcasting in August 1983 and held its first fundraising festival last March.

According to Helen King Knight, promotions director for WSFP, the first festival was a great success.

"We set a goal of $30,000 and ended up raising $47,000. We exceeded our goal by 36 percent," she said.

The festival was such a success the station won an award from the Public Broadcasting Service Development Office.

"Our goal this years is $53,400. We based this figure on how well we did on a day-to-day basis during the last festival," she said.

Knight said the festival should bring in more money this year because of more preparation time and increased public awareness.

"We also have some community leaders out their pitching for us," she said.

State Sen. Frank Mann, Sanibel City Councilwoman Louise Johnson, Lee Civic Center Director Norm Jones and other civic leaders will appear live from the studios at Edison Community College, acting as hosts for the festival and putting in their plugs for contributions to the station.

Dr. Who isn't the only programming attraction. The station will be featuring everything from Dixieland Jazz from New Orleans to National Geographic specials from everywhere else. Concerts, theater, science programs and sports events all will be included in the festival.

Some the festival highlights include:


7:30 p.m. "Good Rockin' "a 90 minute with Roy Orbiso, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins performing their biggest hits.

9 p.m., "Dr. Who: The Five Doctors," segment of the science-fiction series


10 p.m., "Charley Pride at Devil's Lake," a 52-minute performance of the singer's greatest hits.


9 p.m., American Playhouse, "Breakfast with Les and Bess," a comedy starring Cloris Leachman, Dick Van Dyke and Shaun Cassidy.


8 p.m., Nova special, "Monarch of the Mountains," a wildlife adventure on the Rocky Mountain elk.

9 p.m., Woody Herman's Big Band Celebration.


10 p.m., "The Ultimate Challenge," a special on the BOC Challenge Around the World Solo Yachting Race.


8 p.m., "Orange Blossom Jamboree," a hour-long presentation of bluegrass in its purest form featuring South Florida's 1983 Fiddling Champion Ralph Blizard.


8 p.m., "The Legends of Country Music," a special saluting country-western singers from the 40's and 50's hosted by Hoyt Axton.


10 p.m., "Dixieland Jazz From New Orleans," featuring traditional Dixieland, pop and innovative stylings.


8 p.m., "Rodgers and Hammerstein: The Sound of American Music," a profile of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein and their music.

10 p.m., "Makem and Clancy at the National Concert Hall," concert of Irish- American folk music taped in Dublin.


8 p.m., "The Music Man," the award winning musical staring Robert Preston and Shirley Jones.


8:10 p.m., "Gala of Stars 1985," program hosted by Beverly Sills, features major performers from the worlds of opera, music and dance.

For more information, consult your local TV listings.

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