KCTS Television Programs
KCTS 9, a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member station, provides award-winning TV programming through three free digital channels: KCTS 9, Create and Vme. In the last two years, KCTS 9 has significantly advanced our goal to increase relevant, local content production that is especially meaningful for our regional audiences. Key partnerships contribute to KCTS 9 specials such as the recent documentaries When Seattle Invented the Future: The 1962 World’s Fair; Something in the Water, exploring the Seattle music scene; and Undamming the Elwha, chronicling the historic removal of the Elwha River dams.
KCTS 9 consistently provides expanded access to our local and national on-air programming via web streaming, in addition to producing web-only content. Examples include interviews with luminaries in the arts, public affairs, science, education, and literature, and video from numerous community events including our popular Science Cafés. KCTS 9 uses social media to create interactive engagement opportunities with and among our viewers, as well as to collect vital feedback.
Community-Based Engagement and Outreach
In order to extend the reach and impact of our local and national on-air programming, each year KCTS 9 offers hundreds of media services (e.g., screenings), educational opportunities and curriculum (digital storytelling workshops, teacher trainings and classroom materials) and collaborative activities (community summits, Town Halls) to engage individuals and foster community, addressing a wide range of issues. KCTS 9 annually hosts the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive in partnership with PCC Natural Markets and our communities to benefit Wellspring Family Services and Northwest Center.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
The impact of KCTS 9’s media services has been measurably increased by successfully meeting our goal to create standards-aligned classroom materials and youth engagement. Our nationally distributed documentary The 1962 World’s Fair: When Seattle Invented the Future won an Association of King County Historical Organizations (AKCHO) Heritage Education Award for its educational curriculum created in a collaborative partnership. For our Golden Apple Awards 20th anniversary, one recipient – Lincoln High School – was spotlighted in student video diaries created with small cameras KCTS 9 provided to students who examined school reform from their own point of view. The videos and accompanying case study (available on our website) powerfully convey the story of transformative urban education in Washington state, showing how one school incorporated the writing curricula into its normal class curriculum. KCTS 9 now locally distributes the new PBS LearningMedia, a free online classroom-ready library of PreK-12 standards-aligned curriculum materials, resources and digital assets. Our editorial process to evaluate new production ideas now includes the potential for educational resources for the KCTS 9 website and PBS LearningMedia.
Our most important need is support that enables KCTS 9 to tell more of our region’s most compelling stories, including those of national appeal—in arts & culture, civic engagement & public affairs, history & heritage, and science & the environment (STEM literacy - science, technology, engineering and math). This will allow us to share the distinctive stories of what we've faced, our unique accomplishments and the innovative solutions we seek: the stories that define us, bind us together and help shape our future.