Local Musicians Tim and Ryan O'Neill to be Featured on tpt


NEW PRAGUE, MN (March 4, 2005) - Minnesota-based musicians Tim and Ryan O'Neill will be featured performers on Twin Cities Public Television beginning Monday, March 7.   


The piano-playing brothers are featured in a one-hour show, Irish Pianos with the O'Neill Brothers, which highlights selections from their three CDs of Celtic-themed music, Meeting of the Waters, A Notre Dame Experience, and Here Come the Irish. Guest musicians will be joining the brothers to perform songs, including "Danny Boy," "Molly Malone," and the theme from the movie Rudy. Between performances on their grand pianos, the O'Neill's will talk about their lives and careers.


The program airs on Channel 2 on Monday, March 7, at 2 p.m., during the station's spring pledge drive. It will be repeated on:

                   Thursday, March 10, at 11 p.m.

                    Friday, March 11, at 5 a.m.

                    Monday, March 14, at 11 p.m.

                    Tuesday, March 15, at 5 a.m.

Television viewers watching their show this month will have a chance to receive the musicians' CDs as a gift for becoming members of tpt.


Tim and Ryan O'Neill, New Prague natives and current Twin Cities residents, have sold more than 1 million CDs - without being associated with a major record label. Along the way, the brothers have written and performed music for HBO (including music for "Sex and the City"), NBC and ESPN; and performed for President George H.W. Bush. In February 2005, their 3 CD Box Set of romantic songs, From the Heart, hit No. 30 on the Billboard Catalog Album chart and No 1 on the New Age Catalog chart. And their wedding album, A Day to Remember, quickly became the best-selling CD on weddingchannel.com and theknot.com.




The mission of Twin Cities Public Television is to "harness the power of television and other media for the public good." A not-for-profit educational, civic, and cultural resource, tpt presents original productions for national and state broadcast. Productions include the DragonflyTV science series for kids; the Emmy Award-winning Benjamin Franklin; the Emmy-winning The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer's; the Emmy-winning Suze Orman: The Laws of Money, The Lessons of Life; the popular public affairs program Almanac, celebrating its 20th anniversary; and the innovative Minnesota Channel, which magnifies the impact of Minnesota's finest public service organizations using the power of television. One of the most watched PBS affiliates in the nation, tpt is based in St. Paul and operates six digital stations in addition to analog channels tpt 2 and tpt 17.  The organization is also an active member of the community, bringing outreach and literacy programs to local schools and community groups.