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Local Content & Service Report FY2015-16
February 15, 2017

WNMU-TV’s mission is to provide the communities in our region with programming and media services that inform, inspire and educate. Public TV 13 has just updated our report that highlights our impact on our local community. This annual report is now mandated by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, but we were glad to go through the process because it allows us to report back to you, our local community and our Partners in Programming. We hope you will enjoy reading about WNMU-TV’s contributions to our region’s culture, education and safety. You can download the report by clicking on this link: FY15-16 Local Content and Service Report (414k PDF file)

Updated: Where to Watch Our Three Channels
Updated January 18, 2017

Antenna: Over-the-air viewers with digital TV sets or set-top converter boxes can receive three digital channels from Public TV 13: Public TV 13 (13.1 in HD), 13.2 (in SD), and TV13/Plus (13.3 in HD). To see what’s on all three channels, click here to go to our Schedule page.

Charter Spectrum Digital Cable: Subscribers can find Public TV 13 (13.1) in HD on channels 13 and 783 (782 in Sault Ste. Marie), WNMU PBS Kids (13.2SD) on channel 199, and TV13/Plus (13.3) downconverted to SD on channel 195 (197 in Sault Ste. Marie).

Other Cable Systems: Other area cable providers also have the option of picking up Public TV 13’s three channels. Call your local cable provider for more information.

DirecTV & Dish Network: Both carry our primary channel 13.1 in HD on Channel 13.

WNMU PBS Kids Now Airing on Channel 13.2
January 16, 2017

This week, Public TV 13 launched new 24/7 children's services including a new TV channel, WNMU PBS KIDS and live stream on digital platforms. The effort is Public TV 13's latest initiative to support early learning in our community. WNMU-TV now broadcasts PBS KIDS shows 24 hours a day on Channel 13.2, which is available via antenna, on Charter Spectrum Cable channel 199, and on other community cable systems throughout the U.P.

WNMU PBS KIDS will make it easy for Upper Peninsula children to watch their favorite series during primetime and other after-school hours when viewing among families is high. Viewers will be able to watch a WNMU-branded live stream through pbskids.org and on the PBS KIDS Video App, which is available on a variety of mobile devices and tablets. The live stream complements on-demand clips and full episodes, which will continue to be available at no cost on the PBS KIDS Video App and streaming via pbskids.org. In addition, the live WNMU PBS KIDS stream will soon be added to PBS's over-the-top platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Xbox One and Chromecast.

Following its initial launch, the localized live stream experience will expand to offer an integrated games feature, enabling children to toggle between a PBS KIDS show and an activity that extends learning - all in one seamless digital experience. The live stream and games feature is grounded in research demonstrating that measurable gains in learning are achieved when children engage with PBS KIDS content on multiple platforms. The games will align with the learning goals of each TV series, deepening children's involvement and supporting learning.

"Public TV 13 has been an integral part of the community for years, delivering content and services that parents trust and that help children learn," said Eric Smith, WNMU General Manager. "We are excited to build on the work we do every day for families by adding these new 24/7 services to our offerings, ensuring that our proven educational content is accessible anytime and anywhere to all kids - especially those who need it the most."

PBS stations reach more kids aged 2-5, more moms with children under 6 years old and more children from low-income families than any other kids TV network. With its new 24/7 channel and digital offerings, WNMU-TV will build on this reach and impact.

Through this new channel, WNMU-TV will extend its commitment to early learning by offering more families high-quality PBS KIDS content that is trusted by parents and proven to help kids acquire fundamental learning skills. In a recent survey, PBS KIDS led all networks in improving kids' behavior, with 74% of parents saying their child exhibits more positive behavior after engaging with PBS KIDS. Research has confirmed that PBS KIDS media content helps children build critical skills that enable them to find success in school and life, while also helping parents increase their own engagement. A recent study conducted by WestEd found that PBS KIDS resources can help narrow the math achievement gap for children from low-income families and better prepare them for kindergarten. Additionally, parents' awareness of their children's math learning increased significantly - as did their use of strategies to support their children's learning.

Designed to meet the needs of today's kids, WNMU-TV's new, free 24/7 services will provide learning opportunities for children whenever and wherever they access media. Nielsen data demonstrate that live TV is the dominant way children access video, accounting for 67% of the time children spend watching video content. Most kids' TV viewing takes place on weeknights and weekend afternoons and evenings. This trend is true for all children, but especially for those in low-income families.

WNMU's Eric Smith adds: "We want to make sure our viewers understand that for us, this new 24/7 service is not meant to encourage kids to spend more time with screens. It's really about making educational programming more accessible to kids, and giving parents more choices about where, when and how their children consume media."

WNMU's PBS KIDS 24/7 channel will include popular favorites such as DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD, ODD SQUAD, WILD KRATTS and DINOSAUR TRAIN; PBS KIDS' newest series SPLASH AND BUBBLES, NATURE CAT and READY JET GO! will also be featured. WNMU-TV will provide the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel on 13.2, in addition to its primary channel, Public TV 13 on 13.1, which will continue to feature a PBS KIDS day part. The schedule of children's programming on 13.1 will be different from the 24/7 channel, offering families a variety of options.

WNMU-TV also offers TV13/PLUS channel 13.3, Charter Spectrum 195 (197 in Sault Ste. Marie) which features the PBS west coast feed for part of the day, along with alternative programming from 7 to 10 pm ET. WNMU-TV's full local schedule for all three channels is available on our schedule page.

About one third of PBS stations, including WNMU-TV, participated in a coordinated launch of the new 24/7 Kids services on Monday, January 16. By the end of 2017, 108 PBS stations are expected to launch the PBS KIDS TV channel, making it available to 90 percent of U.S. TV households.

For more information on WNMU PBS Kids, contact us at 906-227-1300 or email dtv13@nmu.edu

WNMU-TV Format/Channel Changes
Updated December 23, 2015

This fall, Public TV 13 completed a technology upgrade which included reformatting our three channels: 13.1 (our main channel, known as "Public TV 13") was upgraded to HD; 13.2 (formerly our HD channel) was changed to standard definition (SD); and 13.3 "TV13/Plus" was upgraded to HD.

Channel availability on area providers is detailed in “Where to Watch Our Three Channels” above.

We hope you are enjoying more HD programming. Thanks for your patience during this upgrade.

Pictured: Bruce Turner with Public Eye News students Bruce Turner, 50 Years at NMU Public Broadcasting!
In May 2013, the staff of Public TV 13 is honoring our Station Manager Bruce Turner, in celebration of his 50 years of dedicated service to WNMU Public Broadcasting. Bruce is more than a Station Manager, he selects the programs in our schedule, records audio announcements, coordinates underwriters and fundraising, helps viewers with questions and reception problems, and speaks to you during our on-air pledge breaks. Bruce also works harder than anyone else here at Public TV 13 -- and that is why we love working for him. Thanks, Bruce, for all you do to make public television possible in the Upper Peninsula region! (Pictured: Bruce in our production control room with Public Eye News students.)

FCC Online Public Inspection Files
August 2, 2012

For decades, the public file for each station has been kept at the station's main studio in paper form (or more recently in electronic form) and made available during normal business hours. Relying on the advantages of current technology, however, the Federal Communications Commission has now changed its rules to require almost all of this public file information for television stations to be posted online at a new FCC site. As a result, members of the public will be able to find station information more easily and at any time convenient to them. You can read more about the FCC's Public Inspection File requirements at this link. Access WNMU-TV's Station Profile and Public Inspection File by clicking on this link: WNMU-TV FCC Public Inspection File

Behind the Scenes at Public TV 13
March 23, 2011
[This is an extended version of the Update article published in the April 2011 issue of FanFare.]

The response from our Public TV 13 viewers during our recent March fundraiser was excellent, and very gratifying for us. Our Partners in Programming are our most important source of funding, and we recognize your financial support as a form of trust. And maintaining your trust and interest in your local public television station is our highest priority -- you could say it’s our mission.

From top to bottom, all members of our WNMU-TV organization work to make our station the best it can be. Our General Manager, Eric Smith, and our Station Manager, Bruce Turner, are the most visible, speaking to you directly during pledge breaks. When they are not doing pledge breaks, they wear many other “hats” and handle a multitude of tasks related to administration, management and fundraising. Bruce also builds our program schedule each month, after considering a large array of fine television programs that are available for us to air. When we receive program suggestions from viewers, Bruce always takes the time to investigate and consider each one of them.

There are also some folks you don’t see who play a big part in our mission. Our Membership Coordinator, Marianne, makes sure that your pledges and contributions are handled with care, your program guides are mailed to the correct address, and your thank you gifts are shipped as soon as possible (a huge job during pledge drive time.) Our traffic and operations department, Irene and Becky, do the daily work of arranging our broadcast schedule, and making sure all the bits and pieces of video and audio in the schedule are organized and ready to present to you each day. You also hear Becky’s voice on many of our promotional announcements that appear between the programs we air, and she edits and creates those announcements as well.

Our engineering and technical operations departments, supervised by Mike and Grant, maintain the complex equipment necessary to broadcast our three channels, as well as supervising satellite reception of programs coming from the PBS network, program recording and archiving, and taking care of our transmitter and tower in Republic. Their crew of engineers (John, Bob and Andrew) and operators (Matt and Jason) are directly responsible for what you see on your TV screens at home, and for quickly and efficiently troubleshooting any transmission problems that occur.

Our FanFare editor and graphic artist (that’s me, Melinda) takes care of assembling the monthly program listings, laying our our printed program guide, maintaining our website, and making sure the correct program listings are available online. I also post local program videos to our PBS online video player, and answer your email questions.

Our NMU student workers and volunteers also play a big part in many aspects of our operation, including master control operations, greeting the public who visit our offices, and answering your phone calls during business hours. They also participate with our production department in making our local programs, Media Meet, High School Bowl, and the Ask the series, and they have complete responsibility for producing Public Eye News, Monday through Friday during NMU’s fall and winter semesters.

Speaking of our production department, there are four staff members who concentrate on making our TV13 local programs. Bob is our producer/director who is responsible for local productions from beginning to end. He organizes the program schedules and topics, and arranges for the guests who appear. Then he sits behind the console in our studio control room and directs the crew while blending the cameras, sound and graphics into the programs you see at home. We have two production associates who are involved in all our local productions, Becky, who is our main studio camera operator (she also works in operations as mentioned above), and Mike. Mike maintains our studio facilities, schedules and supervises our student crew, sets up our studio sets and lighting, and takes charge of audio for our studio productions. He is also our chief videographer for field recordings, and he produces and edits educational and promotional videos for NMU. Our graphic artist (me again) creates video graphics for all our productions.

Last but not least, we must mention the many part-time helpers and volunteers who allow our station to function with a very small full-time staff. Our program hosts, Bill Hart (Media Meet) and G.G. Gordon (High School Bowl), both play a large part in producing their programs, as well as being the faces and voices in front of the camera. We also could not do without our Ask the hosts, Michael Harl, Matt Surrell and Scott Seaman, and the many volunteers who come to our studios to answer phones during the call-in programs. And we must not forget Bill Brazier, our independent underwriting representative, who works with local businesses to bring in some of the funding to support all our efforts.

I also want to mention the hundreds of students and teachers who participate in our High School Bowl tournament. Each season, our Studio B facility hosts teams and audience participants from about 50 schools from the Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin. We record 49 games per season, and each 2-game recording day brings players, alternates, coaches, families and friends into our facility to play the game and support their teams. That’s about 1200(!) more people that Public TV 13 could not do without.

Then there is you, our Partners in Programming. You are part of an important group of individuals and businesses from the Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin who have made Public TV 13 a part of your life, and have trusted us with your support.

All of us would like to thank you for your trust and support, especially this year -- a critical time in the history of public television and our station. Public TV 13 is approaching its 40th year of service to the Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin, with the help of students, volunteers, Partners and Underwriters from our community. It seems like most of those years have included budget cuts, and our staff has shrunk, but we continue to do more with less.

We trust that you will continue to contribute your support to help maintain this valuable community resource. When times are tough, we know that our Partners have always come through, and strong community support will pull us through these troubled times. If you feel strongly about the value of public broadcasting, you can help us even more by spreading the word and talking about Public TV 13 with your family, friends and business contacts.

We hope you will also take the time to talk about our station with your legislators in Washington and tell them how you feel about public broadcasting. You can reach your representatives through the Capitol Operator at 202-224-3121. We also encourage you to visit www.170MillionAmericans.org to find out the most current information on budget proposals and cuts that concern public broadcasting. There is also a form on the site that will allow you to send a message directly to your member of Congress.

Thanks again for your support!

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