Airs March 19 at 8:00 p.m. on OPB TV; Special Advance Screening at Bagdad Theater on March 12

 40 years after he left office and 30 years after his death, Oregon Governor Tom McCall remains one of the state’s most renowned political figures. He envisioned a quality of environment and life unique to Oregon, and he worked relentlessly to protect those values.

On Tuesday, March 19, OPB will premiere the new one-hour episode of Oregon Experience, which profiles Tom McCall and explores how he helped shape the Oregon that we know today.

A longtime journalist, McCall understood storytelling. He knew how to convey an idea in ways people would understand and remember. He was good at theatrics and he made things happen. McCall’s bold achievements set a new standard for the rest of the nation. The Beach Bill and the Bottle Bill, Oregon’s unprecedented land-use planning law and the Willamette River cleanup all emerged from the McCall years. 

“Tom McCall” features scenes from his 1962 blockbuster documentary, “Pollution in Paradise” and interviews with his former executive secretary, Doris Penwell, his son, Tad, former Governor Vic Atiyeh, biographer Brent Walth and others.  

On Tuesday, March 12, OPB and the Oregon Historical Society will host a free preview screening of the Oregon Experience special “Tom McCallat McMenamins Bagdad Theater in southeast Portland. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the screening will begin at 6:30 p.m. There will also be a Q&A with the program’s producers following the screening. This event is free and open to the public.

“Tom McCall” will air on Tuesday, March 19 at 8:00 p.m. on OPB TV. It is produced by Eric Cain and edited by Lisa Suinn Kallem.

The programwill also be available online anytime after the broadcast at

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Press Note: Photos related to the Tom McCall special are available for download at the OPB Pressroom (user name: opbpressroom; password: photoop).

About Oregon Experience

 Oregon Experience is an exciting history series on OPB TV that brings to life stories that help us understand this place where we live and that reinforce our shared identity as Oregonians. Co-produced with the Oregon Historical Society, the series draws upon the Society’s skilled researchers and extensive photography and moving-image archives. The program also incorporates OPB’s own film and video resources and the expertise of some of Oregon’s finest historians. Each episode features captivating characters – both familiar and forgotten – who have played key roles in building our state into the unique place we call home. This program is supported in part by Stephen and Melissa Babson, the Robert D. and Marcia H. Randall Charitable Trust, the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, the Oregon Cultural Trust, The Clark Foundation and Steve and Marilyn Kerman.

About OPB 

OPB is the largest cultural and education institution in the region, delivering excellence in public broadcasting to 1.5 million people each week through television, radio and the Internet. Widely recognized as a national leader in the public broadcasting arena, OPB is a major contributor to the program schedule that serves the entire country. OPB is one of the most-used and most-supported public broadcasting services in the country and is generously supported by members across Oregon and southwest Washington.