Minnesota Public Broadcasting

1. TPT

Based in St. Paul, Twin Cities PBS (abbreviated TPT, from the name Twin Cities Public Television) is a non-profit organization that operates two Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television stations, KTCA and KTCI. It was incorporated in 1955 as Twin City Area Educational Television and began broadcasting on channel 2 (KTCA) in September 1957 as the first non-commercial Public television station in Minnesota. It originally operated out of a WWII wooden barracks-type structure on the University of Minnesota Agricultural Campus but moved in the 1960s to 1640 Como Avenue in St. Paul. Today, KTCA’s Nielsen ratings are among the highest of any PBS station in the country. TPT is also one of the few public television organizations to regularly produce programs for the national PBS schedule. Just two of its major productions have included Alive from Off Center (1985 – 1996) and Newton’s Apple, the first major children’s science show (1983 – 1998). Its Friday night public-affairs program Almanac has aired weekly for more than 35 years, making it the longest-running primetime TV program in Minnesota history.

  • Volunteered for several annual fund-drives from the 1980s to the early 2000s

2. MPR

Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) is one of the nation’s premier public radio stations producing programming for radio, digital, and live audiences. It operates a 46-station radio network which serves most of the state as well as parts of the surrounding states. MPR and its three regional services (MPR News, Classical MPR, and The Current) reach around 1 million listeners each week. And operating as American Public Media (APM), MPR is the 2nd-largest producer and distributor of national public radio programs, reaching 18 million listeners nationwide each week. It is also the largest producer and distributor of classical music programming in the country. Regional programs include: All Things Considered, The Jazz Image, and Morning Edition, while APM programs heard on MPR include: Live from Here (formerly known as A Prairie Home Companion), The Splendid Table, As It Happens, On Being, and Marketplace.

Since its origin in 1967 as a single classical music station (KSJR) at St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN, the station has earned close to 1,000 broadcasting and journalism awards, including: seven Peabody Awards (aka the “Oscar of Broadcasting”), six Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards, numerous national Edward R. Murrow Awards, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Award, an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Gold Baton Award, and even a Grammy.

  • Volunteered for several annual fund-drives during the late 1990s & early 2000s

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