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Man the phones for Channel 8

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Posted: Sunday, February 26, 2012 8:00 am

Are you a fan of “Britcoms” like As Time Goes By or Keeping Up Appearances? Do you love the travel adventure program, Globe Trekker? Can’t wait to settle in every Sunday night for Masterpiece’s Downton Abbey? These PBS programs, unlike the CSIs and the NCISs of network TV, are brought to you by a station that depends on public support – KAET-TV (Channel 8). And in March, Channel 8 needs folks like you to help man the phones during its pledge drive.

During breaks in programming, volunteers answer phone calls from viewers pledging their financial support and then enter the information into a computer. Training is provided for each shift, as well as meals and refreshments. You also get the chance to make friends with people who love some of the same public television programs that you do.

Volunteers must be at least 16 and able to work five hours per shift. They should have a pleasant phone personality and light computer skills.

To learn which shifts are available, visit online. For more information, you can also contact Caryl Jonas, volunteer program manager for KAET-TV, at (602) 496-9685 or

KAET-TV is operated by Arizona State University and has been broadcasting since 1961.

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