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Nick on the Rocks Premiere Event Scheduled for January 19

The popular “Nick on the Rocks” television program is back for a second season.

A special premiere of the new episodes will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, January 19, 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.

Those interested in attending the red-carpet event, which is free, must have a ticket because seating is limited. To obtain a ticket, go to

The six new “Nick on the Rocks” episodes will air on KCTS on Saturday nights at 8:50 p.m. during the months of January and February. The five-minute episodes also will be available on YouTube and the PBS app.

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.”

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. She also is the former Vice President of Public Affairs at CWU.

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.

This season topics Zentner will cover include:

  • The Seattle Fault, which runs right beneath downtown Seattle and out to Bainbridge Island. Is it still active?
  • What forces helped to form Eastern Washington spectacular columns of Basalt Lava?
  • Chasing Ancient Rivers: is it true that the Columbia River has had many different paths throughout its long history?
  • Lake Chelan - Battle of the Ice Sheets: was this beautiful body of water formed by a receding ice sheet from Canada
  • Bridge of the Gods Landslide: when did a mountain in Washington split and slide to Oregon in the Columbia River Gorge?
  • Ancient Volcanoes in the Cascades: what clues can lead to finding where Mount Rainier-like volcanoes, no long gone, once stood in the Cascades?

Media contact: Richard Moreno, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-2714,