We need resources that ensure that we achieve our vision of being an invaluable media partner that fosters citizens who are informed, enriched and positively engaged in life.
We were founded in 1961 – as a non-commercial, education television station by a group of visionary community leaders and educators who saw in television the power to educate. We first signed on the air as WCVE Channel 23 in September, 1964 to provide programs and support for teachers in the classroom. Fairly soon after that, a second channel – WCVW Channel 57 was added, and in 1968, WCVE Channel 23 became a charter member of the Public Broadcasting System (PBS). This expanded our mission beyond the walls of the classroom and in to our living rooms. Lifelong learning began.
In the mid 1970s, we built a studio in the General Assembly Building for the purpose of providing support and service to the Governor and members of the Legislature. That studio remains in operation today.
In the late 1980’s, the television footprint of the company was extended to Charlottesville through WHTJ Channel 41. The call letters WHTJ stand for “Home of Thomas Jefferson.”
In 1988, we were afforded the opportunity to purchase a non-commercial radio station, WRFK, from Union Theological Seminary which is WCVE Public Radio today. We have recently expanded service into the Northern Neck and Chase City – two areas that were previously without service.
Today, we are a company whose mission is to Use the Power of Media to Educate, Entertain, and Inspire…
We are a media company – with radio, television, and internet capability.
We have a deep commitment to lifelong learning with a focus on early childhood education.
We provide a reliable source of news and information as we distribute PBS and NPR programs and provide significant local focus.
We strive to be an added-value partner for the Arts. We’re particularly proud of our association with The Richmond Symphony and The Richmond Folk Festival.
We take pride in our commitment to tell the stories of history – we believe that the lessons of the past can pave the way for the future. We have a strong partnership with the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia and have collaborated on a number of historic documentaries.
We work to find ways to keep young people interested in science. Our tag line is “Science Matters” – because it does. We’re pleased to have great PBS and NPR programs – we augment those with local features and are looking forward to doing new things with new partners.
The Community Idea Stations operates three television and three radio stations serving the people of Central Virginia. In addition, The Community Idea Stations has a growing internet component to deliver information, and engage our community. With two television stations in Richmond and one in Charlottesville, we reach over 180,000 people every week with our television services. The radio operation reaches over 120,000 people every week and is privileged to have three licenses – Richmond, Heathsville, and Chase City. The Heathsville and Chase City licenses were added during this decade to bring public radio service to people who had no previous access.
Previously, Monk served as the Chief Financial Officer of the corporation and Vice President for Finance and Treasurer. Before his tenure at Commonwealth Public Broadcasting, he served Crestar Bank for nearly 20 years, most recently as Executive Vice President for Retail Banking-Headquarters Region. He received his MBA from the Colgate Darden School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia, and earned his BS from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.
Our PBS and NPR programming content include respected news programs that have strong viewers and listeners. In addition, we have worked hard to develop a local content component including local news, local features, local partnerships, coverage of the General Assembly, and local weather, traffic, and stock reports.
We also pleased to be able to use Virginia Currents as a vehicle to delve into local issues.
We are the only distributors of a service called MHz Worldview to Central Virginia. This product affords access to English language newscasts from all over the globe.
Both PBS and NPR have great music and cultural programs like Masterpiece Theatre, Great Performances, British Comedies, Live at Lincoln Center on PBS. NPR offers programs like Performance Today, Prairie Home Companion, This American Life, Thistle and Shamrock, and more .
WCVE Public Radio supports the Arts community in the following ways:
·We’re the go-to place for Classical Music on the radio
· We are the primary provider of jazz music
·Additionally, we provide other eclectic and interesting music and programming to the community like World Music with Ian Stewart, the Sound of Swing, The Electric Croude, The World of Blues, and Hour with the Guitar.
Our community benefits from 88.9 FM public radio broadcasts of the Richmond Symphony and The Richmond Folk Festival, expanding the audience for these amazing local performances to thousands in central Virginia.
Media sponsorships also raise awareness about arts events in the community.
PBS has many historical programs that are distributed locally through the Community Idea Stations including Ken Burns' award-winning specials, American Experience, and Genealogy Roadshow. Viewers enjoy these on any of three public TV stations in central Virginia as well as on-demand through the PBS website.
NPR and PBS devote a large amount of their programming to Science. Two programs in our core PBS schedule, Nature and NOVA, are available both on air and online. Curious George, Sesame Street, Sid the Science Kid and more teach children, ages 2-8 STEM skills that will help them in their early childhood education. Our role is to make all of these programs available to children and adults in central Virginia.
“Science Matters” is a local multi-media initiative designed to raise awareness about issues and innovations in science; get kids interested in Science and science careers and connect parents and children to hands-on science in our community. Our STEM Leadership Team – consisting of representatives from a variety of companies and organizations--advise us on areas of concern in our community so we can more wisely target our media capability.
In November, our Science Matters efforts will bring all of our media and community outreach to bear on providing insight and tools for Living with Alzheimer's, particularly from the caregiver's perspective. Alzheimer's: The
Caregiver's Perspective a television documentary developed in
partnership with a number of local organizations that deal with this issue will premiere on November 10. WCVE 88.9 and ideastations.org
will all provide content around the issues of Living with Alzheimer's, a day-long caregiver's workshop: Refresh, Refuel, Retool and our Science Pub
RVA will provide insight and tools to deal with the issues of Living with
Today, our resources are focused on an early childhood literacy component called Ready-To-Learn .
We have many opportunities to make a difference and improve the quality of life in the communities we serve. We are the only organization in our geography that has radio, television, and internet capability. We are fortunate to be able to distribute both PBS and NPR programs – two of the most respected and trusted brands in the country and maybe the world.
We have great local impact and, as we become more and more focused through an active, ongoing strategic planning effort, we are committed to listening to others to truly understand how we can use our resources to make the most favorable impact on the fabric of our communities.
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