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Emmy-nominated “Nick on the Rocks” Season 4 Red Carpet Premiere Friday

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

NOR Season 4 Premiere

The popular “Nick on the Rocks” television program is back for its fourth season.

A special premiere of the new episodes will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 24, in the Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) Theatre on the Central Washington University campus.

“Nick on the Rocks” is hosted by Central Washington University geology senior lecturer Nick Zentner and airs on public television, KCTS 9, which also streams the episodes at KCTS is owned and operated by Cascade Public Media.

The free red-carpet premiere event is open to the public. Seating is limited and is first come first serve.

A special ticketed VIP social will be held at 5:30 p.m. Those interested in attending the reception may purchase a ticket, via Wildcat Tickets.

The six new “Nick on the Rocks” episodes will air on KCTS on Saturday nights at 8:50 p.m. Check the station for air dates.  The five-minute episodes also will be available on YouTube and the PBS app.

Nick Zentner at Mt. St. Hellens

Zentner is an award-winning educator who was honored with the National Association of Geoscience Teachers’ prestigious James Shea Award, which recognizes exceptional delivery of Earth Science content to the general public. In addition to teaching geology at CWU since 1992, he has hosted several web and broadcast programs including “2 Minute Geology,” “Roadside Geology,” and “Central Rocks.”

The executive producer of the show is Linda Schactler, chief of staff at CWU and a member of the Community Advisory Board for Cascade Public Media.

Chris Smart serves as videographer and producer/editor of “Nick on the Rocks.” He is a regional Emmy award-winning producer who began his broadcast career as program director and music director for radio stations in North and South Carolina.

Smith Rock Caldera

This season topics Zentner will cover include:

  • Smith Rock Caldera, one of the world’s most famous rock-climbing meccas.
  • Saddle Mountains buried in 30 feet of volcanic ash from a supervolcano explosion south of Boise, Idaho.
  • Teanaway Tropics – Palm trees in the center of Washington state. Yes, if you’re willing to go back 55 million years ago.
  • Scraping together Mt. Olympus – This gorgeous mountain is not volcanic, but the accumulation of millions of years of ocean sediment pushed into a dazzling mountain range.
  • Ape Cave – exploring the third longest lava tube in the nation.
  • Mount St. Helens Crater – Fly into the 1980 crater of Mt. St. Helens and learn how volcanic forces are building a new lava dome.

Pictured above: Nick Zentner standing on Mt. St. Helens; aerial of Smith Rock Caldera

Media Contact: Dawn Alford, Public Affairs, 509-963-1484,

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