KUSD buses focus of segment on PBS show "America Revealed"

Courtesy<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Host of PBS’s “America Revealed” Yul Kwon stands in front of a row of KUSD buses.

Courtesy<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Host of PBS’s “America Revealed” Yul Kwon stands in front of a row of KUSD buses.

KINGMAN - Chances are you missed last week's Wednesday showing - and the repeat on Sunday - of PBS Eight's "America Revealed: Nation on the Move," which featured a 3-minute segment about the Kingman Unified School District bus system.

Due to a miscommunication between the Miner and Eight, the Miner was unable to inform the community of the episode prior to the show's two airdates. But all is not lost. You can catch the show online at http://www.pbs.org/america-revealed/episode/2/. The Kingman segment starts about 9 minutes, 49 seconds in.

The show, "America Revealed," is hosted by Yul Kwon, a Renaissance man best known for winning the reality TV show, Survivor, in 2006. Throughout the series - which aims to give Americans a better understanding of how Americans manufacture goods, transport people and materials, grow tons of food and power the nation - Kwon keeps it action-packed, said Judy Crawford, a spokesperson for Eight. He jumps out of airplanes, helps a farmer harvest his crops and rides with a Las Vegas cabby, she added. In Kingman, he rode along on one of KUSD's bus routes with driver Mike Meehan.

In the show, Meehan speaks about how when kids get on his bus, they become his kids.

"I have to be the mother, the father, the mediator, the nurse, the cool uncle," Meehan says on the show. Meehan drives more than 150 miles a day, and he makes up only a fraction of what KUSD's 53-bus fleet does on a given day.

Though the segment is rather short, it's really quite interesting. Producers of the show placed GPS units on all of the district's buses. What resulted was an aerial view of Kingman and the surrounding area with streaking lights - each represented one of the buses - zooming back and forth on the roads. During the episode, Kwon said that KUSD buses drive about 1.5 million miles a year. He adds that there are 500,000 public school transportation workers in America. Without the system, many kids would go without education in Kingman as well as the rest of the country, Kwon says while riding with Meehan.

An episode of "America Revealed" airing at 9 p.m. May 2 features a segment about another Arizona town, Chandler. The episode is titled "Made in the USA" and takes a look inside Chandler's Intel microchip factory.

"Few of us can grasp the enormity of powering America, and looking inside Chandler's Intel plant illustrates that perfectly," said Eight's General Manager Kelly McCullough. "In Kingman, we come to appreciate the vital role of rural school buses in delivering our children's education."

"America Revealed" airs on Eight, Arizona PBS, at 9 p.m. on Wednesdays.

"The program's aerial photography and cutting-edge visual techniques provide a glimpse of the nation never seen before," McCullough said, "and showcasing two Arizona communities will make the program all the more meaningful to Eight viewers."

Eight, Arizona PBS is a trusted community resource, Crawford said. For 50 years, this PBS station has focused on educating children, reporting in-depth on public affairs, fostering lifelong learning and celebrating arts and culture. Eight achieves its mission through the power of noncommercial television, the Internet, educational outreach and community-based initiatives, Crawford said.

Its signal reaches 86 percent of the homes in Arizona. With more than 1 million viewers weekly, Eight consistently ranks among the most-viewed public television stations - per capita - in the country, she added.