West Virginia Public Broadcasting educates, informs and inspires our people by telling West Virginia’s story
The mission of West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WVPB) is to be an indispensable resource for education, news and public affairs, emergency services and economic development.
WVPB is a state authority that receives approximately half its revenues from the state. For every $1 the state invests in it, WVPB matches it with $1.
The Governor’s 2018 Budget calls for elimination of state funding for West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WVPB).
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 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 used 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 10,500 people are active 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. WVPB’s main PBS channel provides 67 hours per week of educational children’s programming. And WVPB just launched 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 W.Va. 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.