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Causes: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Economic Development, Television, Urban & Community Economic Development, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Share the power of media to provide knowledge and understanding by: providing outstanding programming, educating and preparing children and adults for productive and satisfying futures, enriching the lives of individuals through history, the arts, and science, offering vital information for the health, safety and welfare of our community, helping community institutions achieve their goals.

Target demographics: Southeastern Michigan families, kids ages 0-12, adults 50+, mothers with small children, primary/secondary school teachers, college professors, college students

Geographic areas served: Southeastern Michigan, Canada

Programs: Broadcast and engineering detroit educational television foundation operates wtvs detroit public television (dptv), which continues as the only locally-owned, independent, non-profit television station in metropolitan detroit. The foundation also manages wrcj 90. 9 fm (on behalf of licensee detroit public schools), detroit's only public radio station dedicated to classical and jazz music. Viewership and public trust for detroit public television approximately 1. 5 million people in greater detroit watch detroit public television, wtvs, channel 56, each week. In addition, dptv is seen in 1. 2 million homes across canada via cable and satellite each week. Dptv's two digital channels, 56. 2 world and 56. 3 create, are each watched each week in nearly 100,000 detroit-area households. Public television has been the most trusted institution in america for 12 years in a row, according to annual surveys by the gfk roper public affairs media poll; the hart research and american viewpoint; and the harris interactive and orc caravan polling firms. Wrcj 90. 9 fm is listened to by nearly 160,000 listeners in southeast michigan each week and is streamed worldwide on wrcjfm. Org.

productions dptv's midtown and suburban detroit studios were busy with many productions, while dptv's hd production truck was on the road to capture important conferences, events and concerts. Below are productions by category. Arts and culture detroit performs. A weekly tv series and website to encourage participation in the arts in greater detroit. Sphinx stars and sphinx finals concert. Four half-hour programs and a one hour special to showcase talented young people, especially black and latino classical musicians. American black journal. A weekly series of news and information from an african american perspective. New years eve live with the detroit symphony. Live broadcast and webcast showing off the dso and detroit to the world. Il volo: we are love and il volo: live from pompeii. Concert specials by the italian vocal group shot by dptv in miami, fla. And pompeii, italy. Detroit remember when: dptv produced two new documentaries. "houses of worship" looked at detroit's historical churches, synagogues and mosques. "made in detroit" recalled iconic brands from detroit. Book view now. Dptv launched a new website bookviewnow. Org and provided web and broadcast coverage from book fairs in miami, fl, and new york city. Guardians of music: a history of armenian music in detroit. Dptv broadcast this locally produced documentary in march 2015. Live from the carr center. Dptv produced a series of live, lunch-hour, concert webcasts from downtown detroit. Wrcj-fm. Broadcast live and recorded concerts by detroit symphony orchestra and their youth ensembles; michigan opera theater; ann arbor symphony; and michigan philharmonic. Children and education american graduate day. Dptv partnered in a six-hour broadcast to show success stories in preventing high school dropouts. Partners in education. A series of on-air spots to highlight the value of mentorship. Career labs ii. A 30-minute special about how kids make the most of summer jobs. First in michigan robotics championship. An all-day live webcast in april 2015 of this high school engineering competition, which became a one-hour broadcast in may. Pbs kids. Dptv broadcasts 10 hours each weekday of trusted educational programs for children. Leadership and public policy gubernatorial debate. In october 2014, dptv provided live coverage of the only broadcast debate of the two candidates for michigan governor. Miweek. Weekly series offering analysis of news events in detroit and michigan. Mackinac policy conference. Live gavel-to-gavel webcast coverage of three-day conference and daily 30-minute broadcast recaps. Veterans coming home. A series of video vignettes and web resources tied to pbs programming to help military veterans find jobs. Tavis smiley. Dptv produced five nationally broadcast shows from detroit for mr. Smiley. Energy and environment beyond the light switch iii. Third episode in award-winning series exploring the future of electricity. Great lakes coverage. Dptv produced live web and broadcast reports from the great lakes water conference in grand rapids, mi, in september 2014. Dptv also produced a series of reports for pbs on the great lakes algae crisis in august and several "town hall" broadcasts to discuss challenges and opportunities for the great lakes. Bat crisis. Dptv produced a five-minute video on white nose syndrome, a disease decimating michigan's bat population. The video is available online and has been distributed to libraries and schools. Health and wellness feel grand with jane seymour. A 13-part series with health information and tips for healthier living for people aged 50-plus. Distributed nationally to pbs stations. Understanding health care with paula zahn. A 30-minute special to help people understand the affordable care act. This is your do-over with dr. Michael roizen. Dptv-produced special for pbs with tips for losing weight and living healthier. Escape anxiety with sesanne jessee. Exploration of the emotional factors leading to this condition. Vital signs ii. A thirty-minute documentary encouraging young people to seek careers in the medical sciences.

communicationsdetroit public television and wrcj 90. 9 fm are committed to creating positive outcomes in southeast michigan. We provide on-air and online resources, special events, and social media dialogue with a goal of fostering knowledge, collaboration and action. In addition to the productions listed above, examples of successful community engagement activities this year included: kids club live: a two-day family friendly event attended by more than 4,000 young people offering educational activities and live entertainment. Be school smart. Dptv launched a new bi-weekly newsletter to connect parents and educators with online resources from pbs. Materials were created and distributed at station events. During summer months, the campaign becomes "be summer smart" promoting online resources and educational summer camps. Pre-school u. Dptv produced a book and launched a series of community meetings to help children become ready for kindergarten. Veterans stories. Dptv was on location at the detroit auto show and other events to film stories of veterans' experiences in returning home from military service. Public screenings. Dptv organized a series of "sneak preview" screenings and discussions around pbs programs such as "downtown abbey," "last days in vietnam," "cancer: emperor of all maladies," and others. Connected learning. Dptv, in partnership with 16 detroit-area cultural organizations, launched a program where families and young people can collect electronic "badges" to advance learning throughout the summer. Dptv fall festival - welcomed more than 400 children and families to riley broadcast center for halloween themed activities and much more. Wrcj 90. 9 fm. Community engagement activities included: a) classical brunch concert series at the community house in birmingham, mi. B) live broadcast and booth at the detroit jazz festival and c) official media sponsors of dso neighborhood concert series and "classical tuesday" in downtown detroit's campus martius park.

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Rating: 5

I was thrilled to see my daughter's choir on the station. When I called to make the pledge, there was a bit of miscommunication, but I was contacted by their Membership Director, Ryan and everything was taken care of. My concern was handled courteously and efficiently. I was impressed he took the time to actually make contact with me, rather than just correct the problem. It was much more personalized.