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Panhandle PBS newsmagazine The Handle will return for Season 2
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Season 2 of "The Handle" will premiere Aug. 29.

Panhandle PBS’ signature local program will come back for a second season in August.

The Handle, a newsmagazine program, will return at 7 p.m. Aug. 29. It will air weekly for 12 weeks at 7 p.m. Thursdays on Panhandle PBS, encoring at midnight Saturdays (late Fridays) and 4:30 p.m. Sundays. The series also can be watched at and across all PBS apps.

The Handle celebrates what makes our region unique. So often, people here believe they’re ordinary when they’re really quite extraordinary. This new 30-minute weekly television series opens the eyes of its audience to the possibilities right in our midst.

Each week’s episode feature several segments focusing on newsworthy people and places — sometimes grouped thematically, sometimes offering a broader look at different aspects of Panhandle life.

Upcoming episodes will include an in-depth look at the redevelopment of the Barfield Building in downtown Amarillo; an insider’s pass to the Amarillo Sod Poodles’ first, record-breaking season; and a three-part series on the City of Amarillo’s neighborhood plans for North Heights, the Barrio and San Jacinto.

A special episode tied to Ken Burns’ upcoming eight-part Country Music documentary series will explore the life and legacy of Turkey native Bob Wills and take a look at how Amarillo’s Armadillo 95.7 is changing the face of the Texas radio industry. Country Music will debut Sept. 15 on Panhandle PBS.

In addition, Season 2 will feature “View from the Hill,” a series of segments by producer Nolyn Hill, a recent addition to the region who’ll put fresh eyes on aspects of the region that long-time residents may overlook.

The Handle is made possible in part with support from Amarillo National Bank and The Waite & Genevieve Phillips Foundation.