Public broadcasting in Montana touches the lives of residents daily in their homes, schools and communities. The state’s five public television and eight public radio stations play a vital role in Montana 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 Montana:
- Works through the Child Care Resources and Referral Network to provide training to child-care providers throughout the state, mostly in curricular areas such as literacy and science.
- Produced an hourlong interview program in collaboration with AmeriCorps and the Missoula County School District’s Alternative High School, featuring U.S. Armed Forces veterans. High school students interviewed the veterans.
- Produces numerous local, regional and state programs including:
- Montana Ag Live, which brings experts into the studio to address issues important to the wider agricultural community in the state as well as to the home gardener.
- Montana PBS Election Coverage, which offers nonpartisan candidate profiles and debate coverage for all major electoral races in Montana as well as live Election Night coverage.
- 11th & Grant with Eric Funk, Montana’s largest stage and premier music program.
- Montana Focus, an in-depth news and public affairs series hosted by Gene Brodeur that tackles issues across the state relating to politics and government, natural resources, business development and social changes.
- Montana Journal, a news program about Montana produced by students of the School of Journalism and the Department of Radio-TV at the University of Montana, Missoula.
- Presents training for the Montana After-School Network, and educates K–12 teachers through conferences and in-service training at individual schools.
- Provides the Montana Audio Information Network (MAIN), a 24-hour reading service, which offers an audio format of Montana newspapers to blind, low-vision and physically print-impaired individuals throughout Montana.
- Offers PBS Teacherline, which provides educators online professional development courses at the graduate level.
- Sends MTPR children’s programming host to schools to read stories and encourage reading and literacy.
- Makes KGLT services available for public service announcements to every group on campus; the various schools within the university, including business, engineering, art, science, education and nursing; and diverse nonprofit organizations.