Public broadcasting in South Dakota touches the lives of residents daily in their homes, schools and communities. The state’s nine public television and 15 public radio stations play a vital role in South Dakota 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 Dakota:
- Reports regularly on news, events, initiatives and cultural activities of the eight Nakota, Dakota and Lakota Native American tribes in South Dakota.
- Serves as the exclusive partner of the South Dakota High School Activities Association, providing coverage and Web support to more than 16 high school championship activities, including sports, all-state band and choir, one-act plays and debate.
- Creates and distributes an emergency plan for expected Missouri River flooding.
- Produces numerous local, regional and state programs including:
- Dakota KidStories, a half-hour television program featuring the winners of the South Dakota PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest.
- Meet the Candidates series on TV and the Web featuring state legislature candidates.
- Nature Adventures, a program aimed at fourth-graders that focuses on the outdoors. The website includes a teacher’s guide and lesson plans.
- South Dakota Focus, local pre-election and election coverage that airs two or three times a month.
- Active Duty, a mediaproject that followed South Dakota National Guard soldiers during their year in Afghanistan.
- Provides the only source of over-the-air TV for many rural areas.
- Serves as the statewide emergency alert service information provider.
- Makes science come alive for kids as SDPB Science Guy Steve travels to events throughout the state and shows teachers how to duplicate simple experiments for their classrooms.