PBS39 to Debut ‘History Diggers’


This show, developed by a group of Lehigh Valley history buffs, will air at 1 p.m. on Saturday March 23 on PBS39.


Bethlehem, PA – March 15, 2019 – PBS39 will air History Diggers, which documents the adventures and archaeological finds of a group of amateur historians, at 1 p.m. on Saturday March 23 on PBS39.

“The Lehigh Valley is an ideal location for this project,” Tim Fallon, Chief Executive Officer of PBS39 said. “We think our viewers will be intrigued by items the History Diggers team discovers.”

In the pilot episode, the History Diggers team recovers artifacts from historic breweries and pharmacies. They even uncover an object with ties to a legendary Hollywood film!

“We are excited to test out this new concept,” Yoni Greenbaum, Chief Content Officer of PBS39 said. “We think History Diggers will appeal to the PBS39 audience.”

The show will feature a cast of characters led by host and “Chief Digger” Damian Righi, a renowned audio recording engineer and accomplished musician. Righi is also a high school and college instructor and Army veteran.

PBS39 Senior Videographer and Editor Jeff Frederick has spearheaded this project since its inception. Frederick has more than two decades of television experience in newsrooms across the state of Pennsylvania. He has worked on variety of specials at PBS39 including the Emmy-award winning documentaries Close to Home and Second to None. His work has also been featured on a variety of PBS39 programs including Counter Culture, Let’s Go! and PB39 News Tonight.

“This project was the perfect opportunity to combine my passions for history and adventure,” Frederick said. “It is important to preserve and pass on knowledge from the past.”

This pilot will premiere after Antiques Roadshow on Saturday, March 23. Check your local listings to find PBS39/WLVT on your cable or satellite provider. Visit PBS39.org to learn more about PBS39’s initiatives, programming and events.

About PBS39
PBS39 is a community-owned public media station licensed in Allentown to the Lehigh Valley Public Telecommunications Corporation, serving eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. PBS39 acts as the catalyst to promote civic engagement, and to fulfill the regional needs of the Greater Lehigh Valley through its dynamic communication platforms and resources. PBS39 Reporter Corps journalists are embedded in the ten counties that make up the Greater Lehigh Valley. The Reporter Corps creates community-focused content for PBS39 News Tonight and for the PBS39 digital platform. For more information, visit PBS39.org.



Information provided to TVL by:
Nicole Harrell
Public Relations/Promotions Manager, PBS39