Public broadcasting in Kentucky touches the lives of residents daily in their homes, schools and communities. The state’s 16 public television and 20 public radio stations play a vital role in Kentucky 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 Kentucky:
- Trains Western Kentucky University students through WKYU-PBS in digital video production, operations, sports broadcasting, editing, programming and engineering with hands-on learning in a professional environment.
- Provides public radio content, staff and technical support free to the Central Kentucky Radio Eye, a nonprofit reading service that serves more than 1,000 blind and physically handicapped listeners in the region.
- Offers EncycloMedia, where thousands of Kentucky teachers and students average more than 50,000 log-ins and 140,000 page views each month.
- Produces numerous local, regional and state programs including:
- Education Matters, with a special live edition and 10 regional forums focusing on the governor’s TEK (Transforming Education in Kentucky) initiative.
- Kentucky Muse, which took an in-depth look at a wide variety of Kentucky visual artists, musicians, actors and writers.
- Kentucky Life, focusing on the life, culture and contributions of Kentuckians.
- Participates in the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen initiative, which focuses on reducing the high school dropout rate through national and local content, classroom resources and community partnerships.
- Participates in PBS Kids Go! Young Writers and Illustrators contest, which encourages children in grades K–3 to celebrate the power of writing and illustrating by creating original storybooks.
- Provides several resources as part of the national STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) initiative.
- Produced more programming about Kentucky (excluding news and sports) than all the state’s commercial broadcasters combined.
- Launched Everyday Science for Preschoolers, a science curriculum, tool kit and professional development package that provides early childhood professionals with the resources to create hands-on, science-based learning environments for Kentucky’s youngest learners.
- Offers workplace skills and GED test preparation for millions of Americans.