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Here are six reasons to join the 10,000+ supporters of West Virginia Public Broadcasting:
1. We provide educational videos and curricula through our free website, West Virginia LearningMedia, that teach children about West Virginia history and inspire them to consider new careers, especially in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math.)
In 2014, we produced West Virginia STEAM: five online interactive videos featuring a pipefitter, nurse-researcher, nanoengineer, iron sculptor, and forensic scientists. All are young West Virginians who talk about what it takes to succeed in their field.
2. We produce educational programs for T.V., radio and online that improve children’s health, inform citizens about their state government, and educate West Virginians of all ages about our rich history and culture.
For example, we produced 10 short videos called “The Road to Statehood” documenting West Virginia’s struggle for statehood, with 10 lessons for 8th grade West Virginia Studies classes.
3. We instruct teachers, parents, and other caregivers how to use educational programming through the Ready to Learn service and West Virginia LearningMedia.
More than 3,500 teachers, educators and parents have registered for our free website, West Virginia LearningMedia. They rate us 8 out of 10 in customer satisfaction. Also, more than 34,000 students and 680 caregivers participate annually in a Ready to Learn event, the majority living in low-income and underserved areas.
4. We provide media programs and services to the W.Va. Department of Education and others to promote our shared educational mission.
We provide video livestreaming services to educational events, including the state Education Summit, Arts Alive, and the West Virginia Quiz Bowl. We also provide a paid, public media internship program with West Virginia State University for two minority students per year.
5. We operate a network of 16 radio and 11 television towers and our website, wvpublic.org, reaching all corners of West Virginia to provide free educational programming.
We served more than 350,000 viewers in the February 2014 Nielsen rating period and 105,000 listeners in the fall Arbitron period. A record 562,000 unique visitors used wvpublic.org in 2014 – double the year before.
6. We provide emergency live broadcasts during state emergencies and maintain a crucial broadcast link to the state Capitol complex from our headquarters.
WVPB provided live broadcasts during the January 2014 water crisis, which contaminated drinking water for 300,000 West Virginians. These broadcasts were available to all commercial and non-commercial media outlets to use free of charge.
WVPB helped install a fiber connection to allow video from the state Capitol complex to come to our headquarters more than a mile away, and then via satellite to anyone with a receiver. This will allow easier video access to the state Legislature, Governor’s press conferences, and emergency facilities inside the Capitol complex.
See our Local Content and Service Report for more information.