The Queens Courier and QPTV, the Borough’s public access television station, will launch their new weekly cable program this Friday, April 3 at 8 p.m.

The program, called "Queens On The Air," will debut with a trio of fascinating individuals who together will provide a preview of the kind of informative and entertaining programs that are in store for Queens viewers each week on Channel 34 — available to all subscribers of Time Warner Cable in the Borough.
The first show’s guests will be Queens Borough President Claire Shulman, famed journalist and talk show host Geraldo Rivera and top-rated syndicated TV personality Judge Judy Sheindlin.
The first program will present excerpts from exclusive interviews with these three guests which will each be presented in their entirety in subsequent weeks.
Shulman talks about her 12-year tenure as Queens’ chief executive, how she got involved in the Borough’s civic affairs, the dark days when she had to assume the Borough Presidency in the wake of the City scandals that erupted with the suicide of Donald Manes, and the exhilaration of watching her astronaut daughter ride the space shuttles. She also talks about her hopes for Queens in the new century in the interview with Queens Courier Editor-in-Chief Tamara Hartman.
Rivera discusses his pioneering expos of the horrific conditions inside the Willowbrook State School for the mentally retarded in the early 1970s. Rivera is interviewed by Queens Courier Founder and Publisher Victoria Schneps whose daughter was in Willowbrook at the time of the investigative series. The two discuss how they worked to establish the first group home for children with developmental disabilities in the State in Little Neck, Queens and their ongoing efforts to improve the care of the mentally retarded.
Judge Judy, whose daily real life courtroom TV program is one of the top-rated hits in the country, discusses her "tough love" approach to juvenile crime and how she went from being a New York justice to TV stardom. Victoria Schneps, a childhood friend of Judge Judy, conducts the lively interview.
The program’s co-host is David Oats, special projects editor of The Queens Courier and the show’s co-producer. Nancy Littlefield, emmy-award-winning executive director of QPTV is also co-producer of the program. The first program will get a repeat airing on Fri., April 10 at 8 p.m. on Channel 34.
In subsequent weeks the program will feature Queens news of the week as prepared by The Queens Courier staff along with interviews with newsmakers and features of interest to all residents of the Borough. There will be segments on health, politics, the arts, dining out, finances, and sports.
Tune in to the premiere of "Queens On The Air" on April 3 at 8 p.m. on Channel 34 as The Queens Courier and QPTV bring the Borough into your home.

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