West Virginia Public Broadcasting is the largest cultural and educational service in the state. This free and non-commercial service offers a diverse range of programming for all of the state's citizens. Public broadcasting is distinguished from other media through its mission to nurture personal growth and civic responsibility, respect people’s intelligence, and promote lifelong discovery. Services include West Virginia Public Radio, West Virginia PBS, Ready To Learn and WVPubcast.org.
As many as 437,300 people tune in each week to West Virginia Public
Radio and/or West Virginia PBS. Both are
statewide networks licensed to the Educational Broadcasting Authority.
In addition, the West Virginia Public Broadcasting and Mountain Stage® websites
received 778,881 visitors in 2011. These individuals are taking advantage of story archives, blogs, on-line streaming, podcasts and social media.
Award-winning Journalism -- West
Virginia Public Broadcasting’s news and public affairs team claimed top honors
in 12 of 18 categories from the West Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters
Association for stories done in 2011 including: “Outstanding News Operation,”
“Best Anchor or Anchor Team,” "Best Regularly Scheduled Newscast," and "Best Website."
To Learn® Service – West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s
Ready To Learn service continues to focus on early reading skills and incorporating the latest
educational research to work in specific West Virginia communities. The goal is to help children ages
2-8 learn from different types of media, including television, with an emphasis
on these literacy skills: Letter Identification, Rhyming, Alliteration,
Phonics, Letter Sequencing, Phonemic Awareness, and Reading/Vocabulary.
In 2011, West Virginia Public Broadcasting worked in 28 counties, sponsoring 121 literacy-related events or workshops that benefited 32,590 children. Since 2000, the Ready To Learn service has worked in all 55 counties sponsoring 1,070 events and workshops that benefited 253,090 children and their families.
More than 19 percent of our operating budget comes from community support, including 11,578 individual members and 85 businesses and organizations. Contributions from our members allow us to create the quality programs that you enjoy.