Public broadcasting in Tennessee touches the lives of residents daily in their homes, schools and communities. The state’s seven public television and 10 public radio stations play a vital role in Tennessee 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 Tennessee:
- Broadcasts weekly East Tennessee PBS shows aimed at helping adults prepare for the GED exam. The station also provides participants with a set of companion study books at no cost to the individual.
- Participates in the PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest, which helps children explore their world in a creative way by writing an original story and drawing imaginative illustrations. Tennessee children submitted thousands of stories.
- Produces numerous local, regional and state programs including:
- Southern Accents with Karen Elliott, featuring the people and places of the South with the charm and appeal that make this area unique.
- State legislative coverage.
- The Dr. Bob Show, which covers health topics such as advances in the treatment of health problems.
- 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.
- Opens the doors of public radio stations to schools and colleges, hosting visits from elementary students, broadcast students from Nashville Tech and Boy Scout troops.
- 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. NPT hosted a town hall as a forum for teachers to discuss challenges and possible solutions to the crisis.
- Launched the first WTCI summer camps to provide education and fun for area children. The camps served the community by providing literacy and science activities for children age 4 through the third grade.
- Hosts the Reading Buddies Club, which pairs fifth-grade students with kindergartners. Each week they meet and read together, play games, watch a clip of the PBS Kids’ Martha Speaks series and work together on vocabulary development.
- Created a children’s music program that airs every Saturday morning on WDVX-FM. Kidstuff, hosted by a musician/educator, exposes children and music-loving adults to a diversity of music and instruments.