Inspired by KPAC Youth Talent Competition

Inspired by KPAC aims to connect youth ages 13-19 with classical music. This program allows them to learn to appreciate masterworks of past and present and interpret classical music in their own way.

Black Music City

Black Music City is a collaborative effort that awards grants for new work to Black creatives working in a range of artistic mediums for projects inspired by Philadelphia’s Black music history.

The Great Minnesota Recipe

Our program celebrates multiculturalism and explores the diverse culinary experiences of Minnesota. We meet 3 cooks and see them go head to head to create their own version of the Minnesota Hot Dish.

Civics Bowl

Civics Bowl addresses the need for educated citizens who know about the workings of our government, understand their rights and responsibilities, and engage in civic behaviors.

Good Neighbor Awards

We hosted the PBS39 Good Neighbor Awards in the spirit of Fred Rogers’ legacy of education, community and compassion. We staged an all-star live broadcast and launched the Good Neighbor Fund.

The Stand Photo Walk and Photo Contest

The Stand holds an annual Photo Walk to explore the neighborhood and capture a typical day in photos. With COVID, an innovative approach was taken to add a photo contest and still document our city.

“Salt of Detroit” Guitar Raffle

A multi-media success story of artists, musicians, and a beloved public radio station that combined messages online, in video, and in local media to attract new listeners, donors and raise $70,000.

Classical IPR’s Kids Commute

Every weekday morning, Interlochen Public Radio (IPR) presents Kids Commute, an interactive exploration of classical music centered around weekly themes (such as mermaids, opera and elephants) that are designed to educate and entertain the youngest listeners. Kids Commute also explores ballets, their stories, and the music that goes along with them. This interactive radio experience delivers strategies for early childhood artistic development that can be easily replicated in a variety of genres.

South Florida PBS film-maker project

This unique project offered the region’s storytellers the platform needed to disseminate their films to a new audience through broadcast distribution of their finished films. The initiative served filmmakers from the Keys to the Treasure Coast with an audience reach of over 6.3 million, deepening the understanding of ourselves and our neighbors.

Million Minute Challenge

The Million Minute Challenge was an initiative to get people of all ages and backgrounds in Lehigh Valley reading. We asked our community to come together to read 1,000,000 minutes in March 2020, Reading Awareness Month, and what resulted was a fun, engaging, exciting, audience-captivating event that surpassed its goals and put reading at the center.

San Diegan Allison Justice is applying her green thumb to a very green enterprise.

KPBS Explore Local Content Project

KPBS launched the “Explore” program in 2012 as an experiment to grow the station’s library of local programs while cultivating new, young and diverse talent. Every two years, KPBS opens a community-wide call for content ideas and offers seed funding to create local TV shows, web series and podcasts. The producers retain ownership of their project and are responsible for raising the extra funds needed to stay afloat. The program has spawned four podcasts and more than a dozen TV and web series.

Giving Tuesday

Instead of focusing on ourselves for Giving Tuesday, we chose to celebrate other local nonprofits. People nominated their favorite local nonprofits and then we awarded $1000 in underwriting to randomly selected winners.

CapRadio Presents: Tiny Desk Sacramento

Spurred by the voice of a community member, Capital Public Radio created the region’s first Tiny Desk concert, showcasing multiple local entrants who entered this year’s national contest and highlighting numerous others with promotional and follow-up blog content at

Louisiana Young Heroes Awards

The LPB Louisiana Young Hero Awards annually honors students in grades 7-12 who excel in the classroom, serve their local communities and demonstrate great personal courage in overcoming adversity.

Insider Louisville’s Top 100: Change-makers and groundbreakers

Insider Louisville created a database of local civic leaders to measure their community impact. Each individual was given a civic engagement score. Criteria included but was not limited to nonprofit board participation, founding a company, charity support, elected to office, networking group membership and media exposure. Insider Louisville published a report to honor the top 100 ranked civic leaders in a report: “Insider Louisville’s Top 100: Change-makers and groundbreakers.”

The SPARK and The SPARK Awards

WKNO’s The SPARK is a monthly half-hour interview program highlighting efforts in community service and technological and collaborative innovation by nonprofits, corporations, local businesses and educational organizations. The SPARK is produced in partnership with cityCURRENT, a privately-funded organization comprised of 80+ local businesses focused on moments and media along with philanthropy and volunteerism to “power the GOOD” and provide a positive influence in the Mid-South.

Young Talent Search/Rising Stars

Discover Classical’s Young Talent Search and Rising Stars Gala is the station’s annual spotlight on talented young classical musicians in our listening area.

KVIE Art Auction

The KVIE Art Auction is an annual, live-televised fundraising event. Over 250 pieces of artwork are donated by artists throughout the greater Sacramento region, curated from hundreds of submissions. Local artists receive print, on-air and web recognition and several report gaining commissions as a result of the exposure.

The KVIE Art Gallery

KVIE has been doing a live televised art auction (245 plus pieces over 3 days) for over 30 years. To support all the artists who donate work for the auction, we decided to open an art gallery in our station. We remodeled unused lobby space. Artists now show and sell work through 6 exhibitions each year. The gallery, open Mon- Fri, requires no additional staffing.