New Documentary on George Moscone to Air on KVIE in November

Moscone: A Legacy of Change, a powerful new documentary about George Moscone, will air on KVIE Public Television in Sacramento, KQED Bay Area, and other stations throughout California and the U.S. in November, marking the 50th anniversary of the death of the San Francisco mayor and early and passionate supporter of civil and LGBTQ rights.

On November 27, 1978, San Francisco suffered the darkest day in its political history: the double assassination of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk by an ex-cop and former city supervisor Dan White. The murders shocked the nation and traumatized the city.


In the decades since, Milk, who was first appointed to city office by Moscone, has quite rightly become a celebrated icon of gay activism, but his story has tended to overshadow Moscone’s own remarkable life. MOSCONE: A Legacy of Change is the first documentary to look back at who George Moscone was and how he changed the political landscape of his hometown San Francisco and the state of California.

An Italian-American raised in San Francisco during the Depression and World War II by a hardworking single mother, Moscone was a product of the city’s Catholic schools. He became a local basketball star and earned a scholarship to the College of the Pacific in Stockton. An intelligent, handsome charmer with a movie star smile, Moscone was elected to the California State Senate, where he quickly became majority leader at the same time Ronald Reagan was governor. Moscone was instrumental in getting a long list of progressive bills passed and signed into law by Reagan, including the state’s first school lunch programs, clean air and water measures and abortion rights.

As the first truly modern mayor of San Francisco, Moscone pushed and inspired city government to become more inclusive, diverse and tolerant. His efforts provoked a backlash that led to his death, but by opening the doors of City Hall to those who had been historically excluded, he changed San Francisco forever.

This one-hour documentary was produced and directed by Nat Katzman, of A La Carte Communications, for University of The Pacific, Moscone’s alma mater.  Written by noted documentarian Stephen Talbot (Frontline and Frontline World) and narrated by Peter Coyote, it tells the story of Moscone’s career and accomplishments through lively historical footage and first person recollections from the people who knew him best, including his son playwright Jonathan Moscone, childhood friends, journalists who covered him and a host of leading political figures: Willie Brown, Nancy Pelosi, Dianne Feinstein, George Deukmejian and John Burton.

The program’s first broadcast premieres will be on KVIE Sacramento and KRCB-Rohnert Park on Monday, November 5 at 9pm. Subsequent airdates include KQED - San Francisco Bay Area on Friday, November 23 at 8pm and on Wednesday, November 28 at 3pm on KQED’s Plus channel.

Additional airings are pending on KCET and PBS SoCal in southern California; KIXE in Redding; and KVPT in Fresno.  Moscone is also airing on PBS WORLD, a national channel available on 152 PBS station multi-cast channels covering 63.66% of U.S. TV households. Scheduled airdates are Tuesday, November 27 at 4pm PT and 11pm PT; November 28 7am PT and 1pm PT; December 1 at 3am PT.

“We’re honored to be the official PBS presenting station for an important and poignant documentary,” said Michael Sanford, Associate GM for Production at KVIE. “George Moscone’s regional connection through his academic roots at UOP Stockton, and his brilliant tenure as majority leader in the California State Senate, make us proud to play a key role in distributing and promoting this program to stations throughout California and across the U.S.”

About KVIE

Broadcasting from California’s capital, KVIE Public Television helps everyone explore the world through television and online experiences in history, current events, drama, nature, and science. And for the natural-born explorer, KVIE serves as a trusted guide for children with the best educational programming. Established in 1959, KVIE serves more than 1.4 million households in the nation’s 20th largest television market. With one of the largest geographic signals in the country, KVIE can be viewed in 28 of California’s 58 counties. It is one of the most prolific producers of local, regional, and national content in the PBS system, with a wide array of series including America’s Heartland, ViewFinder, Inside California Education, Arts Showcase, Studio Sacramento, Yes! We’re Open, and many others.

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