The House and Senate have passed different versions of the state budget. The Senate budget provides full-funding for West Virginia Public Broadcasting, while the House budget cuts funding by $1 million. The two chambers are expected to work out their differences in conference committee.
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Linda McKinney, director of the Five Loaves and Two Fishes Food Bank in McDowell County, West Virginia, shares her story about how West Virginia Public Broadcasting helped inspire people from across the country to donate to her food bank:
West Virginia Public Broadcasting is an indispensable resource for education, news and public affairs, emergency communications and economic development. For every $1 the state invests in it, WVPB matches it with $1. For more info on WVPB's budget, click here.
WVPB operates a statewide network of 17 radio and 10 television transmitters and our website, wvpublic.org, reaching all of West Virginia to provide free educational programming. An estimated 265,000 people viewed WVPB in the February 2016 Nielsen rating period. More than 100,000 listeners tuned to WVPB radio stations each week in the fall ratings period. More than 1 million unique visitors came to wvpublic.org in 2016.
WVPB produces Mountain Stage, West Virginia’s calling card to the world. More than 13,000 people attended a Mountain Stage concert in West Virginia last year, leading to more than $1 million in direct economic impact.
More than 10,800 people are active donors/members of West Virginia Public Broadcasting, providing an annual donation that matches the state’s investment. Here's how you can become a member or increase your donation.
WVPB provides PBS Kids programming to low-income children who need it the most - 67 hours per week on WVPB's main PBS channel, as well as a new 24/7 PBS Kids Channel.
More than 6,000 educators and homeschoolers also depend on videos and curricula on our West Virginia Learning Media website.
WVPB provides 1,800 hours of West Virginia programming plus 600 hours of state legislature coverage each year.
WVPB provided emergency communication services during June 2016 Floods. This included emergency information before, during and after the disaster, on TV, radio, our website and social media. After the 2016 floods, WVPB helped to raise funds through a telethon and raised awareness through a special Inside Appalachia TV special.
Find out more about WVPB's revenues and expenses below: