PCN Tours celebrates its' 25th anniversary of being on-air this year! Come take a behind the scenes tour and learn more about what makes this Commonwealth a great place to live and work with PCN Tours. Each tour is led by a representative of the facility, allowing the viewer to experience television unscripted!
If you would like to suggest a PA manufacturer or museum, contact us. PCN does not charge or receive payment for producing a walking tour.
Weekly PCN Tours Schedule
Monday June 29 07:00 AM PCN Tours Warrell Candies Monday June 29 07:45 AM PCN Tours Hotsticks Firewood Tuesday June 30 07:00 AM PCN Tours Betsy Ann Chocolates Tuesday June 30 07:40 AM PCN Tours Columbia Northwest: Aliner and Somerset Camping Trailers Tuesday June 30 06:03 PM PCN Tours Betsy Ann Chocolates Tuesday June 30 06:40 PM PCN Tours Columbia Northwest: Aliner and Somerset Camping Trailers Wednesday July 1 07:00 AM PCN Tours Big Spring Spirits Thursday July 2 07:00 AM PCN Tours Bitronics Friday July 3 07:00 AM PCN Tours Blue Star Ranges Sunday July 5 06:00 PM PCN Tours Penn State Creamery
An Article from PCN Tours Producer Larry Kaspar
Putting Together PCN Tours
By: Larry Kaspar, Senior Producer and Host
“Assembly required” are words some people dread reading. Often there’s a cartoon next to them to soften the blow that shows a hapless guy with crumpled instructions scratching his head and a bike with the handlebars where the seat should be.
Me, they make my heart sing. I run for the toolbox. I actually take inventory of the parts before I dive in. Who does that?
Anyone who’s seen and enjoyed PCN Tours knows what I mean. The series shows how things are made in Pennsylvania.
Back in 1995, Harley-Davidson in York was a logical place to start. Their motorcycles inspire a unique brand of loyalty. We asked them to do the narration as the bikes went down the production line. That’s it. No professional voice-over, no script, strictly spontaneous. That simple, durable formula endures to this day.
Ever see a wad of Silly Putty as large as your sofa?
At the factory, the Silly Putty ingredients are put into a re-purposed dough kneader to mix them together. You know how when you kneaded Silly Putty in your fingers, the air bubbles made little cracking sounds? Well, the popping sounds at the factory might send you running for cover. They sound like gunshots. No kidding.
Take Martin Guitars in Nazereth. If you play acoustic guitar, this place is mecca. When you see the craftsmanship here, you gain an appreciation for guitars, whether or not you’re a musician.
These older episodes are a glimpse into the past, but viewers still stay in touch by giving us tips for new shows. Next time you’re intimidated by an assembly job, here’s a tip: don’t do it on a deadline. Then take a deep breath, take the plunge, and create.
PCN Tours airs on cable on Sundays at 7 PM, and streams on your device with the PCN Select streaming service.
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