Mission: Mission:wmht uses media to enrich our communities with programs and services that advance education, culture and civic engagement, empower individuals, celebrate our diversity and reveal what we have in common. Vision:wmht envisions a community confident in its identity, its potential fully realized, inspired and connected through trusted public media. Values and goals:community: we place the community at the center of our work. Integrity: we honor the trust placed in us by doing our work with honesty and transparency. Excellence: we believe that the importance of our services demands that they be carried out with excellence. Innovation: we embrace the new solutions that will be needed to serve our evolving communities. Respect: we express an authentic regard for the intelligence and diverse viewpoints of our audiences and our community.
Programs: Wmht provides weekly local and regional programming on public affairs, government, business, cooking, health, economic issues and arts in new york's capital region and beyond. During the past year we enhanced our role as the region's storyteller with substantial documentaries on topics as diverse as charles proteus steinmetz and the albany academies. Our audience discovered the story of the albany academies, a city and a school. The albany academy, founded in 1813, and albany academy for girls, founded in 1814, have been producing leaders of the capital region, the state of new york, and the world at large for 200 years. We sought out work of independent filmmakers that highlighted the good works of community institutions including the albany institute of history and art and the empire state youth orchestra and supported the regional filmmaker community with a sixth season of tvfilm. The tvfilm website, facebook page and blog engaged audiences online and allowed for additional content such as extended filmmaker interviews as well as audience reaction and conversation. We premiered a new weekly series, aha! A house for arts highlighting our region's artists and cultural institutions created our first web-only series planet hero and produced twelve initial segments of path through history highlighting the region's cultural heritage. For more than half a century wmht has had a unique and important relationship with the region's cultural community, supporting the artists, audiences and cultural institutions that together create the region's unique culture. New york now - despite its critical importance, state government is often overlooked by media as they focus on national or purely local issues. Each week, new york now brings this important coverage to citizens in the capital region and across new york state, helping the citizens of new york to understand the issues that their elected and appointed are grappling with on their behalf. Our weekly presence is complemented by an ongoing series of specials on topics as diverse as the budget and education as well as in-depth coverage of the election process. The program also features regular reports from the innovation trail; a cpb funded local journalism center following the development of a knowledge based economy in upstate new york.
wmht has 2 radio services - wext (97. 7) an aaa-format, and wmht-fm a classical music station. Wmht-fm provides comprehensive classical music programming, combining original productions, distinctive speciality programs, live concert presentations and the talents of locally and nationally-recognized hosts. The classical music station wmht-fm is located at 89. 1 in new york's capital region and on wrhv-fm 88. 7 in the poughkeepsie area (and also available via hd radio), wmht helps keep the arts thriving in our community by making wonderful classical music accessible to all. Wmht and wrhv airs renowned programs such as 'bach's lunch,' 'performance today,' 'symphony cast' and 'wmht live! ' along with npr news updates. Wmht also operates 'rise' which is a 24 hour radio information service for the blind and print disabled in new york's capital region and hudson valley. Besides wmht/wrhv and rise, wmht also operates 97. 7 wext whose focus is on emerging artists, classic songs that regular radio has forgotten, especially music from the region (the local 518).
what distinguishes wmht and pbs from other broadcasters is our public service commitment to fostering lifelong learning. This commitment is reflected in our on-air educational programs, our online services and the work we do within the community. An established pbs affiliate serving eastern nys and areas of western new england, wmht-tv offers a rich array of educational children's television programs from sesame street to curious george to newer favorites like super why! Fy 14 education/local community outreach focused on unserved and underserved audiences through a number of programs and services including:ready to learn - the importance of high quality early childhood education programs and services continued to be a central issue in national and local dialogues throughout fy 14. The demand for wmht's ready to learn programs and services continues and we were pleased to deliver 90 workshops, literacy events and screenings across 15 counties to over 3100 participants. Through ready to learn workshops, parents and early childhood educators in underserved communities in our region learn how to use hands-on activities, books, pbs programs and digital resources to implement "anytime is learning time. " in post-surveys, 100% indicated they will read to their children more often, and explore more hands-on activities related to pbs kids tv/online content. Partner organizations included: albany city school district, capital district ymca, boys & girls club of albany, the albany promise, schenectady city schools, fonda- fultonville schools, saratoga eoc, capital district child care coordinating council, trinity alliance, albany community action partnership, centro civico, albany housing authority, public libraries, museums, and community-based organizations. In june 2014 wmht received a cpb ready to learn grant cohort 3 grant to support a new initiative, albany kids ready to learn. Wmht began to collaborate with albany-based educational partners who serve children in school, after school, and throughout the summer to effectively integrate pbs kids transmedia resources in the south end neighborhood of albany with the primary goal to build the math and literacy skills of children in pre-k thru 2nd grades. Project partners include the city school district of albany, giffen memorial elementary school, albany community action partnership, capital district ymca albany branch, boys and girls club of albany and the albany promise. Vital new york-powered by pbs learningmedia enabled us to continue to provide, free of charge, an online library of more than 40,000 resources from the best of public television to over 6,400 teachers. Our professional development workshops for educators offered a hands-on introduction to public media resources, and information about how to integrate media into instruction and teach media literacy. Pre-surveys provided us with a better understanding of educator needs and helped to customize and align pd workshops to participants' requests. Wmht provided a total of 15 professional development sessions to more than 500 educators at conferences, schools and post-secondary settings. Workshops were delivered in person and via webinar to pre-service teachers enrolled in early childhood education programs at local community colleges, public and private school k-12 educators, and stem initiatives. Additional participants included staff from agencies that provide after-school and summer programs for at-risk students. Uncommon approaches to the common core- wmht was a member of the planning committee for the first uncommon approaches to the common core, a conference for librarians, museum administrators and educators, public media managers and archives professionals, led by the new york state office of cultural education. The two day conference was attended by over 200 professionals, and was the catalyst for the formation of regional collaboratives in support of professional development to facilitate implementation of the common core learning standards in new york. Games in education symposium - wmht has co-sponsored games in education (gie) since its inception in 2007 www. Gamesineducation. Org. Gie is a free two-day symposium which focuses on the effective integration of games and interactive technology as learning tools. Participants span early childhood through postsecondary educators in new york's capital district and surrounding regions who are interested in using video games and related technology to engage students. Wmht provided workshops, discussions and presentations that showcased rtl and pbs education resources to more than 300 educators who attended in august 2013. Wmht american graduate - the wmht american graduate initiative grew in fy14 with several new components to raise awareness, empower youth and share resources about the high school dropout crisis and solutions in our region. Highlights include: - american graduate day broadcast september 2013. - wmht talks education, filmed on october 1, 2013 featured a series of ted-inspired talks, as well as theatre, videos, and experiential audience participation. It was broadcast thursday, november 21, 2013. - presentation to 35 agencies at the nys council on children & families- presentation to nys board of regents november 2013- hosted a webinar for the act for youth center of excellence based at cornell university. - awarded pov american promise grant to support the production and broadcast of new york now education special that highlighted themes from the pov american promise film. We currently have over 150 community partners (compared to 120 last year) who support this project, helping to sustain and expand awareness, through the collaboratively designed new american graduate projects highlighted here. Our robust wmht american graduate website continues to grow as we expand the initiative and welcome new partners. Community connections - wmht continued to deepen our two-way, intentional dialogue with our community. In addition to community conversations, we enhanced this work in fy 14 by adding a full series of itvs community cinema screening events. Wmht convened 29 community screenings, discussions/ conversations for a total of 2,225 people. These local screenings of itvs documentaries served as a powerful catalyst to help build community through discussions about relevant issues. Several of these events were localized, small-group conversation where participants identified their aspirations for their community, the changes required to achieve those goals, and the challenges they face moving forward. These conversations help communities to focus on their goals, and provide fundamental guidance to wmht as we seek to better understand the community we serve, and by extension, serve it better. Community conversations and screenings are powerful tools for wmht to deliver our mission in-person: enriching our communities with programs and services that advance education, culture and civic engagement, empower individuals, celebrate our diversity and reveal what we have in common. Stem education - building on the success of the april 2013 girls in stem event, in fy 14 wmht facilitated the formation of the new york steam girls collaborative. The new york steam girls collaborative brings together organizations throughout new york that are committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (stem). New york steam girls collaborative is based upon a model developed by the national girls collaborative project, and replicated through a grant from the national science foundation. Project activities are designed to facilitate connections between organizations to maximize access to shared resources. Collaboration, as an interactive process, enables professionals across projects and communities to generate and carry out creative solutions and strategies that maximize benefit beyond what one project or community could accomplish. The model is structured to bring organizations together to leverage resources, share information and exemplary practices, and to plan strategically to expand stem-related opportunities for girls. Wmht is pleased to be an active member of the leadership team. Teacher e-newsletter - emailed monthly throughout the school year with program highlights and links to educational resources to supplement classroom instruction, the number of subscribers to the wmht teacher newsletter in fy 14 was 6201, representing an increase of 20% from fy 13.
public relations and communications for radio and television: in addition to its television, radio and educational services, wmht displays a robust website that features streaming of both its radio and television programming, along with both tv and radio schedules, community calendar, podcasts and online forums.