Public broadcasting in Kansas touches the lives of residents daily in their homes, schools and communities. The state’s six public television and 14 public radio stations play a vital role in Kansas 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 Kansas:
- Offers online PBS TeacherLine courses, allowing teachers to earn graduate credit and professional development points, continuing education units and courses for teaching.
- Sponsors a Young Authors Contest for children in grades K-2 and 3-5, encouraging students to write and illustrate original stories.
- Produces numerous local, regional and state programs including:
- Doctors on Call, a program that allows viewers to call in and ask medical questions to a panel of medical professionals.
- Kansas Legislature, a program with a panel of state senators and representatives answering questions from callers and commenting about the legislative session.
- I’ve Got Issues, a television series that brings community issues paramount to viewer interest to the public’s attention each month.
- Distributes thousands of books to classrooms, libraries and homes of children in Kansas.
- Features both Celtic and Native American music as part of the regular mix on public radio’s New Instrumental program.
- Participates in Ready To Learn, an innovative public media initiative that improves the math and literacy skills of our nation’s youngest citizens, ages 2–8 years, especially those from low-income backgrounds.
- Participates in the Kansas Book Festival, promoting literacy and encouraging a lifelong love of reading.
- Hosts several summer reading camps, such as Super Why! for pre-K children.
- Sponsors underwriting announcements on public radio to promote the Liberty Memorial and National World War I Museum. The sponsorship helps promote the museum, its archives, programs and events.