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KVIE Inc

Rating: 4.47 stars   15 reviews 5,862

Address:

2595 Capitol Oaks Dr Sacramento CA 95833 USA

Mission:

The mission of KVIE, Inc. is to educate, enrich, enlighten and inspire diverse audiences and individuals through high quality television programming and related services that enhance the quality of life for people in the communities we serve.

Programs:

Broadcasting from california's capital, kvie public television is a valuable part of the 16-county sacramento-stockton-modesto television market and also serves viewers in 28 of the state's 58 counties. Kvie provides educational programming and services through television, online, and live engagement screenings and events. As a pbs station, kvie's national and local productions work together to engage the mind and spirit to promote personal and community growth. As the only locally owned and managed television station in the 20th largest television market in the united states, kvie reflects the community back to itself by creating and presenting programs about its past, present and future, providing a springboard for engagement, discussion and life-long learning. Kvie expanded its productions to include more key local services, including new local programs in the areas of arts, education, environment, local history, health, civic issues, and regional lifestyle. Through new and engaging content, kvie's online audiences grew on kvie. Org, kviekids. Org, and americasheartland. Org. Kvie also continued to work on strengthening its financial position. Kvie continued education and outreach work to serve families, students, and educators. Kvie local services deeply impacted the greater sacramento region. The youngest viewers learned their abc's and 123's through the unique combination of the station's on-air programming for preschoolers and free curriculum provided to community organizations that serve them directly. Recently transplanted residents learned the rich history of their new community through kvie programming, both on-air and online. And longtime residents explored more in-depth issues that impact everyone. Key local services in 2015 included more than 50 new programs featuring our region's arts, celebrating local attractions, and delving into pressing regional issues like education and the environment, history, health and more. Kvie's locally produced and longest running original program america's heartland, which airs on pbs stations and various other channels across the country and around the world, celebrated its tenth season. Other local productions within the viewfinder series, rob on the road, yes we're open, kvie arts showcase, and studio sacramento highlighted the people, places, and issues of our region. National public television favorites like masterpiece, nova, california's gold, great performances, nature and frontline delivered an array of ideas and adventures to our citizens, all for free. Our emmy award winning studio sacramento continued its weekly focus on topics, issues and people of local interest to viewers in our region. The 26 new episodes produced in the fourth season provided insight into education, government and politics, business, economics, arts, entertainment, health, science, agriculture, and social issues. Topics covered this season: causes and consequences of youth homelessness, understanding common core education standards, healthy food for all communities, millennials in the workplace, redefining the guidelines for cancer research and treatments, professional, personal and civic leadership, the baby boom generation retires, and professional sports in sacramento. Profiles of people: helene dillard, dean of the college of agricultural and environmental sciences at uc davis father and son developers larry and denton kelley, retired deputy commissioner ramona prieto of the california highway patrol, dr. Parnell lovelace - center of praise ministries dr. Sanjay varshney, former sacramento state business school dean elk grove mayor gary davis and co-owner of freeport bakery marlene goetzeler. Our locally produced series, yes we're open, profiled some of our region's most industrious entrepreneurs sharing their secrets of success as they launched a wide array of enterprises, from family-owned eateries to high-tech startups. In episodes this season, we met a stockton couple hoping to bring their laser tag business back to life, discovered a mexican-american family's passion for winemaking, and heard the story behind one of the area's most popular restaurants. America's heartland, our locally produced national series about agriculture, brought viewers 22 new episodes with stories from across the nation. During its tenth consecutive season, the series took viewers across the country with colorful stories including a local entrepreneur creating a new vodka brand from potatoes how climate change is challenging farmers in california, wisconsin, maine and nationwide and, a story about an illinois restaurateur helping to restore bee populations by starting apiaries on a hotel rooftop. We also joined a northern california ranching family on their yearly fall cattle drive, and learned about the challenges of modern farming, including transitioning the operation to the next generation upon the retirement of the family patriarch. In another regular heartland feature, farm to fork, our celebrity chef and food expert utilized a variety of ingredients fresh from the farm to prepare delicious meals. The america's heartland combined video viewing for website and youtube was 2. 5 million views for fy 2015. Rob on the road, our weekly series hosted by rob stewart, focusing on the most amazing people and places in northern california, offered viewers 6 new full half-hours. Highlights included an in-depth exploration of the vast sacramento delta, discovering examples of franklin delano roosevelt's legacy in northern california, a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at heart castle and ranch and crocker art museum, and a deep dive into old west history in sacramento's old town. Our original viewfinder series took viewers on 10 new in-depth journeys across a wide range of topics. Kvie's focus on health initiative enabled citizens to learn about advances in medicine and health. Fading away: alzheimer's explored this tragic and growing disease and its impact on families throughout northern california and beyond. We discovered the latest leading-edge research and efforts to find treatments and a cure. Another original health documentary, a path to healing: genomics and disease prevention, focused on how advances in dna mapping are allowing for individualized precision medicine. We examined new research and treatments that may finally presage real progress for those battling cancer and other diseases. Both programs were distributed to other pbs stations for broadcast across the u. S. Other kvie viewfinder programs provided in-depth looks at the history of italian-americans in california, how chinese workers helped build the transcontinental railroad, efforts to combat sexual assault on california college campuses, and archeological discoveries linking chinese pottery, a 19th century shipwreck, and northern california native american tribes. Inside california education traveled the state to discover the latest challenges, opportunities, innovative programs, and top teachers impacting california's public schools. Premiere events at kvie and kqed in san francisco brought together hundreds of enthusiastic supporters of california education, and the program was offered to and seen on pbs stations throughout the state. Kvie's studios hosted numerous events that brought people together in our communities. One event featured the premiere of fading away, and included program participants, medical experts, and other stakeholders to meet the producers and experience an informative panel discussion about alzheimer's. Kvie also produced and hosted the bera/ose debate, a live kvie studio debate featuring republican doug ose and democrat ami bera, candidates for one of the most hotly-contested congressional races in the u. S. , produced in partnership with the sacramento bee, capitol public radio, los rios community college district, folsom lake college and the sacramento state center for california studies. The program also aired on c-span and was widely covered by the national media. Kvie played host to our region's small business community during a special business reception and screening of our newest episode of yes we're open where small business owners featured in the episode were able to network and connect with other members of the business community in a way that is often not accessible for smaller companies in the region. Kvie's annual art auction preview gala attracted 625 guests and celebrated the diverse talent of the artists within our region.

as an educational broadcaster, kvie is known for its pbs kids offerings like sesame street and dinosaur train, presenting 4,554 hours of educational children's programming in english and spanish. But the kvie mission extends far beyond the airwaves to serving children, especially those most at risk, through direct services. With so many disadvantaged children in the region and california among the worst performers in student reading achievement, an early boost is crucially important for a child's future. Kvie addresses this urgent need through its ready to learn grassroots literacy program-an ambitious, region-wide initiative that builds literacy skills among children from low-income and underserved backgrounds. Every day, children across our part of california embark on amazing adventures and make new discoveries through pbs kids programs on kvie. We are committed to our region's children through an array of grassroots outreach services aimed at enhancing the quality of educational opportunities for every child in our viewing area. In 2015, more than 10,000 children and families benefitted from 109 free literacy workshops. These interactive workshops, designed for parents, caregivers, and educators of disadvantaged preschool and school-age children, utilized trusted pbs and kvie resources to guide them in fostering core skills necessary for school readiness and academic success. Through kvie's literacy program activities, kvie educators and community partners distributed 6,842 children's books across the region, bringing the joy of reading into the homes of thousands of children. Kvie reached thousands of families and viewers through eight literacy projects and outreach events, five of those in partnership with other community organizations. Within the 16-county sacramento-stockton-modesto television market, more than a half-million people each week, young and old alike, took a journey into a world of ideas, arts and adventure with kvie. Families explored our world on nature and nova. Arts lovers enjoyed the world's best performances on great performances and masterpiece. Children laughed and learned with sesame street and new favorites like peg + cat. And everyone discovered more about our community through our unique brand of local story telling with rob on the road, studio sacramento, viewfinder and america's heartland.

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Rating: 2 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I became hired as a temporary employee, with the opportunity to become permanent with the company. I was hopeful to be able to work for KVIE, so I worked very hard at what I did. Honestly, I expected a fun, easy-going atmosphere, but found myself working with people who seemed miserable for what they were doing. I ignored it- because as a happy-go-lucky person, myself- I wanted to stay positive and get my job done right. I never had any issues in my department, and in fact, I was excelling as I am a very fast and productive learner. I got along with my co-workers just fine- except for Rose Froling who works in HR. She constantly had something negative to say to me everytime she saw me; more specifically, complaining about my attire, stating it was "innapropriate". This was completely bogus information as no one had a problem with my attire. In fact, one day when she complained about an outfit, stating it was "the worst thing I've ever worn", I sent a photo to my recruiter for her opinion. My recruiter found nothing wrong with my outfit. On top of that, I asked when I would be considered for being hired for the position, to find out that all of a sudden, they were "hiring internally." Rose blatantly lied to me, as she made it sound like they weren't going to ever consider me in the first place since I was just a "temp." I called her out on it when I told her that she was the one who stated they wanted to have someone permanent for the position- indicating that if I was good enough- they would keep me on board. She then switched it around, saying that the internal candidates take priority. Well, guess what? They hired 2 people to fill the position- one of which was a volunteer janitor with no previous experience- and another from the outside; a 19 year old college student with no previous experience. Turns out, the 19 year old bailed before she even started. I, personally had over 8 years experience and did excellent in my position. Even the department manager said he wanted to keep me on. Over-all, working for this company, I'd have to say they lack professionalism, morale, and ethics. The company is very poorly run. They could give a crap about their employees and the people that work for them, and they care more about all the money they rake in from the donors and their pledges. No one is really happy there, as I've heard many complaints from the other employees. Its just a sad, sad place to work for. To be lied straight in the face, lacks complete professionalism. If they didn't want me on board, they could've said so. They kept me for 3 months, I did my work for them, and they kicked me to the curb. I see other reviews from volunteers that are positive. They more than likely did not see the inner-workings of the company and how poorly managed it really is. I do not recommend anyone to be employed with this company- unless you're OK with being treated like dirt, disrespected and lied to.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Badly

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Unlikely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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4 people found this review helpful

KVIE is a wonderful choice to serve as a volunteer. From behind-the-scenes knowledge of television production, to on-air fundraising, to customer service and entertainment - one can learn a lot and touch the lives of many. The staff are wonderful at guiding the volunteers into just the right job. I highly recomment KVIE!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my community's enrichment.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

giving back to the community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

experts in their field.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to give!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

A great place to volunteer your time. Organized and pregared for you. The paid staff jump right in to make sure you have everything you need to do your job. Noel - the volunteer coordinator - the best of the best. Knows how to recruit and make you feel appreciated when you arrive.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

cutting to the bone without bleeding to death. It has been hard on the staff.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Figure out a way to get vlolunteers mroe air time. I volunteer in my position becaseu I sdon't want air time,. however, mores groups that come want the air tiem. It would also help to go back to the interview days where they interviewed the group.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The felxability of my volunteer hours. The effecient way that Noel uses for sign ups. The people, the people, the people. The variety of groups that volunteer.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The best of the best. Noel makes sure we are taken care of and have staff to go to. Mel Fong is the volunteer of all volunteers. He knows all and does all with a positive attitude.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Stop having plegde drives and do more commuunity education. Heck , they could do that with a few million bucks. :)

Ways to make it better...

KVIE were closer to my house. Really, I don't have a thing to add here.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Money to stay on the air. Maintaining themselves as public TV and not commmercial TV. Also, too many mailed requests for addtional donations.

One thing I'd also say is that...

The donation dollrs and volunteer hours have so much competition fro them. It's alwasy a stuggle to make it work. KVIE works hard to get those dollars and time and use them wisely.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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7 people found this review helpful

I have always found KVIE staff to be organized, efficient and friendly in both getting me prepared to do the job in question effectively and answering any questions that may come up in the process.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their continued ability to provide quality broadcasting.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make sure the staff continued to feel appreciated for all their hard work and dedication.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working on the phone bank was a lot of fun and should the opportunity present itself to do so again, I would grab it.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff was friendly and organized, qualities I appreciate. The volunteers I worked with were extremely varied, but also pleasant.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

pay their staff what they are truly worth.

Ways to make it better...

Really...I cannot think of a thing that was over-looked. KVIE staff has their act together.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the continued funding without having to resort to paid advertisements.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am greatly impressed by the staff's dedication.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-2-01

 
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4 people found this review helpful

KVIE is committed to viewers and volunteers. Staff always set a positive example to their volunteers. Volunteer opportunities are announced well in advance of events to allow volunteers to arrange their schedules. The station also actively recruits new volunteers and gives a yearly party to celebrate the contributions of current volunteers. Volunteer opportunities are offered for several functions of the station. Being a volunteer makes a person feel they are part of a team and volunteers are always regarded as such by station management.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

underwriting by numerous and varied business enterprises

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

no suggestions

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being regarded as part of the team

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very positive and competent

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

underwrite more local productions and purchase more equipment for production

Ways to make it better...

no suggestions

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding in a declined economy

One thing I'd also say is that...

no suggestions or comments

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

 
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Rating: 2 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I gave the 2nd star only because the volunteer coordinator at KVIE is capable, intelligent, and trying to improve the volunteer environment there. 1. Telephone bids during art auctions: Paid staff impatiently snapped out orders, often contradicting each other and/or the "training" instructions. Seemed to be unprofessionally nervous under "live" tv conditions. 2. Special receptions for major donors: Midl-age and older vols were assigned to behind-the-scenes & more menial duties(scooping & hauling ice, serving beverages & dessert), while young girls worked at the registration table & greeting guests. 3. Volunteers had an established and somewhat snooty hierarchy -- not a welcoming experience for new volunteers. I left after 2.5 years.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try some team-building for volunteers and paid staff;

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

mostly oblivious to the need to make new volunteers feel a part of the organization.

Ways to make it better...

deficiencies noted above were corrected.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-6-01

 
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6 people found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer at KVIE since 1977 starting by answering phones during an overnight membership drive moving on to assist at their on air TV annual auction to my current status as a studio captain training and supporting phone bank group that sign up to work quarterly membership drives. I have enjoyed every moment that I have been involved with KVIE. Giving back to your community is a wonderful experience that everyone should participate and for me KVIE has given me my opportunity. The staff there are all wonderful folks who treat all of their volunteers like royalty. They host an annual volunteer recognition dinner and award achievement for their special volunteers. Everyone who volunteers at KVIE is a winner there.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the wonderful friends I made there plus the ability to share my expertise with the other volunteers and KVIE staff.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

 
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8 people found this review helpful

I have volunteered on 4-5 occasions with KVIE;created curriculum support for the Educational Outreach program, assisted with educational mailings to the community schools and volunteered in reception areas for the art auction. I believe KVIE speaks for itself with the programs that are presented and their employees. The employees team build with the volunteers and are very passionate about their community and the resources that are provided by the volunteers. I am a teacher and a Human Resources Professional and because all of my interactions are about "people", I can't say enough about KVIE's culture. KVIE is a very desirable to just be.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

all of the various educational programs that are offered to the public. Implementing diversity has been key in making KVIE successful.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

just continue doing what you are doing. Without knowing all of the internal operations of KVIE, I cannot make a comment. I can say whatever KVIE is currently doing, it definitely has the approval of the general public.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the ability to be creative in the Educational Outreach program and meeting others who share the same passion that I do.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

supurb. You can tell the employees want to be there, love their jobs and are passionate for what they are doing.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

offer additional prime educational resources for our children that the schools are not providing due to California's insane cut in budgets.

Ways to make it better...

my other commitments did not get in the way of more volunteering.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

continued and consistent financial support. With the national economic downturn and California's financial crisis, specifically, the high unemployment rate, finding monetary contributions will be even more difficult for a non-profit organization.

One thing I'd also say is that...

my dream job would be working for KVIE.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

 
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5 people found this review helpful

volunteering at this particular KVIE has been a rewarding experience. not only am I able to assist the employees but I am also learning valuable skills.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

recent months

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

probably do something similar to what KVIE is doing

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being able to assist and learn valuable skills

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

honest and friendly. everyone I met seemed to enjoy working at KVIE

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

probably expand their studio, add more people to their ranks, etc.

Ways to make it better...

honestly I can't think of anything that needs improvement.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

haven't been volunteering long enough to know any

One thing I'd also say is that...

I enjoy volunteering at KVIE and will continue to volunteer for as long as they need me.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

 
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5 people found this review helpful

I love being able to volunteer with KVIE. It allows for a very flexible schedule. There is no pressure as to the amount of times you are expected to volunteer. I love the station and we (spouse and I) are unable to donate as much as previous years so this is an opportunity to give back. The KVIE staff are great. The other volunteers are fun. There are absolutely no complaints or recommendations to change the stations volunteer opportunity.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the consistent quality of programming even in these challenging financial times.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

also learning more about our local artists in the community based upon participating in the annual Art Auction Event. It is my favorite time to volunteer.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

 
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