Public broadcasting in South Carolina touches the lives of residents daily in their homes, schools and communities. The state’s 11 public television and nine public radio stations play a vital role in South Carolina 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 South Carolina:
- Provides more than 10,000 educational videos on every possible subject, all correlated to South Carolina curriculum standards, through ETV’s video-on-demand service, StreamlineSC. Teachers can also create and share their lesson plans, quizzes and other materials. It is accessed through a unique password but is offered at no cost to public, private and home-based schools.
- Launched two initiatives targeted at high-risk teens: ETV’s American Graduate, which works to lower South Carolina’s dropout rate, and the Y.E.S. (Youth Electronic Synching) Project, which promotes civic engagement, critical thinking, reflective practice, collaboration and career awareness through media production.
- Serves as the backbone of the state’s emergency alert system through SCETV Radio. All 46 counties are served by AMBER Alert and National Weather Service alerts via ETV & ETV Radio.
- Produces numerous local, regional and state programs including:
- Finding Money for College, a live call-in program that helps parents learn about ways to pay for higher education.
- Making It Grow!, a weekly production catering to gardeners around the state.
- Maintains more than 600 towers statewide, with its 47 Tall Towers housing 112 nonbroadcast communication systems, ensuring 24/7 communications for emergency and law enforcement agencies such as the FBI, Civil Air Patrol, FEMA, NOAA, 911 and many more.
- Provides educational tools, content and training to schools and agencies.
- 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.
- Invited Cub Scout troops statewide to visit ETV on a Saturday. The Scouts must tour a TV or radio station to receive one of their badges.
- Encourages high school students to volunteer at the public radio station and earn Beta Club points.