Public broadcasting in Idaho touches the lives of residents daily in their homes, schools and communities. The state’s five public television and 12 public radio stations play a vital role in Idaho education through their services for teachers and classrooms, parents and caregivers. In partnership with schools in the state and nationwide, public broadcasting continues to pioneer technology to build the classrooms of tomorrow, today. Among other programs, projects and services, public broadcasting in Idaho:
- Supported D4K, a children’s project designed to give educators an engaging way to teach science. More than 700,000 unique visitors explored the D4K website, with its in-depth educational content and science “whiteboard” games.
- Launched an Internet educational resource, called Scout, for students’ and teachers’ use at public and private school libraries throughout the state.
- Produces numerous local, regional and state programs including:
- Live video coverage of the Idaho legislature and public meetings.
- Audio coverage of committee meetings.
- Outdoor Idaho, Dialogue for Kids (D4K), Dialogue, Idaho Reports, Hymns of Thanksgiving and The Color of Conscience.
- Works with hundreds of nonprofit organizations to provide them with free or discounted public service announcements on radio. These announcements help nonprofit groups serve their audience more effectively.
- Involved hundreds of young Idaho students in the PBS Kids writers contest. Winners attended four regional award ceremonies, cheered on by proud families and friends.
- Provides statewide coverage of the finals of the high school INL Scholastic Tournament and coverage of Hymns of Thanksgiving, a live event with an all-volunteer community choir and orchestra.
- Premiered six segments of Outdoor Idaho, the West’s oldest outdoors program: Eyes of the Forest, on historic fire lookouts; Boat Builders, showcasing talented Idaho craftsmen; Working for Wildlife, featuring the intrepid individuals who work with Idaho’s wildlife; The People’s Land, dealing with management concerns on Idaho’s public lands; Salmon River Lodges and Legacies, on the remote retreats found along the Salmon River; and Writers at Harriman, which looked at an unusual writers’ camp for children at one of Idaho’s premier state parks.