Public broadcasting in Missouri touches the lives of residents daily in their homes, schools and communities. The state’s five public television and 18 public radio stations play a vital role in Missouri 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 Missouri:
- 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. Nine Network of KETC hosted a town hall as a forum for teachers to discuss challenges and possible solutions to the crisis.
- Produces numerous local, regional and state programs including:
- OzarksWatch Video Magazine, profiling the people and places that make the Ozarks a unique and wonderful place to live.
- Show-Me Ag, which profiles farmers and other agribusiness professionals.
- Check, Please!, a Kansas City series on food and restaurants.
- The Local Show, a weekly tour de force of interesting and important stories across the Kansas City metro area.
- Jeff City Journal, a weekly conversation with Missouri legislators on new and pending laws.
- Helps nonprofit groups by providing publicity for their community events on public radio, co-hosting community food banks and participating in the annual One Read book program.
- Engages thousands of individuals, groups and organizations in reasoned dialogue on the complex issues of immigration in Missouri.
- Documents, presents and preserves the history and heritage of the state and its regions.
- Offers several hours of Spanish language programming on public radio and in webcasts to serve minority audiences.
- Offers training programs that provide college students with hands-on experience as they develop the skills to become the broadcasters and community leaders of tomorrow.
- Participates in the PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest, in which hundreds of local children, from kindergarten to third grade, write an original story and illustrate it.