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  • Kansas, New Mexico stations will add content to pubcasting archive

    Public broadcasting stations in Kansas and New Mexico are collaborating with the American Archive of Public Broadcasting on a new project to digitize their content.  The project is intended to increase the geographic diversity of AAPB’s collection, which does not currently represent Kansas and New Mexico. AAPB is the product of a collaboration between the Library of Congress and the WGBH Educational Foundation to preserve public media content that is at risk of being lost and to make it accessible for research.  AAPB will work with Kansas stations KMUW-FM in Wichita, High Plains Public Radio in Garden City, Kansas Public Radio in Lawrence, KRPS-FM in Pittsburg, KPTS-TV and KHCC-FM in Hutchinson, and Vietnamese Public Radio, which airs on a KMUW subcarrier.

  • After 50 years, NPR upholds public broadcasting’s founding values

    In 1905, 10 years before the invention of educational radio in the state of Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin President Charles Van Hise provided a core idea when he said, “I shall never be content until the beneficent influence of the University reaches every family of the state.” This became popularized as the Wisconsin Idea, that “the boundaries of the campus are the boundaries of the state.”  Today we carry access to the world’s information in the palms of our hands, but early-1900s Wisconsin was a different story. Newspapers were common, but the literacy rate was 61%.

  • At APTS Summit, Butler says FEMA grant program would be government’s ‘best investment’ in public safety

    WASHINGTON — Public broadcasters would be able to expand their role in providing public safety services if Congress approves a $20 million appropriation request through the Department of Homeland Security, America’s Public Television Stations President Pat Butler told attendees Monday at the annual Public Media Summit. “Today’s technology makes it possible for us to reduce earthquake warnings from 30 seconds to less than two seconds or chart the route to safety from a tornado or hurricane or a flood,” Butler said.