Public broadcasting in the Virgin Islands touches the lives of residents daily in their homes, schools and communities. The territory’s public television station plays a vital role in Virgin Islands education through its services for teachers and classrooms, parents and caregivers. In partnership with schools in the territory and nationwide, public broadcasting continues to pioneer technology to build the classrooms of tomorrow, today. Among other programs, projects and services, public broadcasting in the Virgin Islands:
- Provided vouchers for a free glucose monitoring machine to anyone who had been diagnosed by a physician with an escalated glucose level. The funding of these machines came from the sale of WTJX’s documentary on the life of local musical icon Nick ”Daddy” Friday, who died of complications resulting from diabetes.
- Presented The Electric Company’s Summer Learning Program to summer camps to prevent summer learning loss.
- Produces numerous local, regional and state programs, including:
- The Teacher Is In, an educational program helping students with math, science, English, history and other subjects. Broadcast twice a week during the school year, some of the shows are live, and students are encouraged to call in for assistance with difficult subject areas.
- Graffiti Street, the only weekly talk show for teens in the Virgin Islands. The show addresses issues that teens think are important.
- Ritmo de Doce, a weekly half-hour variety show geared toward increasing the station’s Hispanic viewership. The show covers the latest social concerns, trends, entertainment and cuisine in the large Hispanic community in the Virgin Islands.
- Expanded its Kids Channel to run 24/7.
- Participated in Head Start forums for parents.
- Distributed the Dinosaur Train apps to underserved families.
- Presented PBS LearningMedia to school principals and superintendents.
- Provided 100 books to underserved children.
- Participated in the Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge.
- Created a website (www.wtjx.org/elections) with profiles of candidates running for senator, delegate to Congress, Board of Education and Board of Elections. The website featured the candidates’ photos, bios and links to their websites, their five-minute speeches from “The Candidates Speak,” the League of Women Voters Forum’s “Meet the Candidates,” an election calendar, links to the Board of Elections and other election-related sites and a host of other election-related information.
- Live-streamed the primary debate in the race for delegate to Congress and provided live coverage of the 2012 Virgin Islands general elections.