Public broadcasting in Maine touches the lives of residents daily in their homes, schools and communities. The state’s three public television and 20 public radio stations play a vital role in Maine 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 Maine:
- Broadcasts radio programs in Spanish, French, Khmer, Russian, Vietnamese and Penobscot. These programs are produced by many new immigrants and some veteran community leaders.
- Produces numerous local, regional and state program, including:
- Live coverage of girls’ and boys’ high school basketball tournaments.
- Sustainable Maine, a series of documentaries highlighting the work of Sustainable Solutions Initiative researchers and stakeholders as they take on tough issues.
- Maine Watch with Jennifer Rooks, Maine's only televised statewide public affairs program.
- Capitol Connection: Insights from the State House, an online dialogue on the happenings in Maine’s legislature.
- Making our Way: Autism, a documentary that seeks to demystify autism, which is diagnosed in about one in every 110 children in America.
- Hosts a community calendar, a statewide online service that allows organizations of all sizes and areas to list their public events—from lectures to workshops to concerts to classes.
- Makes the statewide MPBN system available to federal and state authorities in the event of an emergency that requires rapid notification of the population.
- Engages its audience in open dialog about its services by sending MPBN leadership to travel the state every three months.
- Hosted the first-ever Maine Grassroots Media Conference in partnership with an area college. The public radio event was for professional, citizen and student journalists and media creators working in public media.