Public broadcasting in Pennsylvania touches the lives of residents daily in their homes, schools and communities. The state’s seven public television and 24 public radio stations play a vital role in Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania:
- Connects educators from more than 33 school districts to PBS39 services such as online teaching tools via Discovery Streaming, professional development approved to grant ACT 48 credits, discussion-based blogs and more than 1,000 classroom-ready multimedia resources.
- Partners with school districts on such topics and shows as Scholastic Scrimmage, Artist of the Week, The Congressional Arts Competition, A Great Teachers Essay contest and the Scholastic Achievement Awards Show.
- Airs news, local public affairs, classics and jazz on WOLN Radio—producing 59 hours of original programming every week, more local programming than any other Erie radio station.
- Produces numerous local, regional and state programs including:
- NewsWorks Tonight, a half-hour WHYY-FM newsmagazine featuring regional news reports.
- Long Road Home, exploring the effects of wartime post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Our Town, which places cameras in the hands of residents as day-in-the-life videographers to show off what makes their town a warm and inviting place to live in or to visit.
- Lehigh Valley Arts Salon, featuring artists and community arts organization representatives talking about coming cultural events.
- 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. WHYY hosts a Civic Dialogue series, convening teachers, administrators, parents and nonprofit organizations to discuss solutions to the crisis.
- Provides family literacy workshops for parents and their children in schools and child-care centers every year.
- 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.
- Offers public radio and television internships to students interested in learning more about reporting, production and the broadcast industry.
- 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.
- Hosts live on-air lobby performances when artists and musical/choral groups are in town.