Public broadcasting in West Virginia touches the lives of residents daily in their homes, schools and communities. The state’s three public television and 11 public radio stations play a vital role in West Virginia 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 West Virginia:
- Offers NASA Science Hour, in partnership with NASA Science Center, each Wednesday. Programs include NASA Connect (grades 6-8), NASA 360 (general public), Ask an Astronomer (general public), NASA’s Destination Tomorrow (grade 9-adult) and SCIFiles (grades 3-5).
- Partners with the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research to produce radio and television stories that feature scientific and technological advances being made in West Virginia.
- Hosts eight Super Why! Reading Camps in Clay and McDowell counties for 180 children ages 3-8. Evaluations show a 4 percent improvement in overall literacy skills. Also hosts Martha Speaks Reading Buddies/Martha Speaks Read Aloud in elementary schools in Boone and McDowell counties with 38 student pairs participating.
- Participates in the PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest, in which K-3 students write and illustrate their own stories.
- 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.
- Trains high school students, giving them the opportunity to deejay on public radio and to produce announcements for broadcast.
- Broadcasts instructional television programs statewide for one hour each weekday, October-May, for approximately 140 hours of programming. Thirty programs of various lengths cover math, science, health, foreign language, current events, history and more. This includes 16 programs about West Virginia culture, history and geography.
- Provides a series of health tips from local medical centers along with a series of radio PSAs on safe winter driving on mountain roads from the county sheriff’s department.