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WVPT Today
Since 1968, WVPT has been the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia's public television station. But that's just scratching the surface. WVPT is also a classroom, a concert hall, a conference center, a college, and a library of the airwaves. WVPT is one of the most accessible educational institutions in the region, utilizing the power of broadcasting to help carry out its mission of education, culture, and citizenship for everyone within its reach.

Beyond an exciting mix of public broadcasting and locally produced programming, WVPT conducts groundbreaking literacy programs, science-related family events, morale-building awards projects, community assistance projects and educational seminars. The reason? To educate all ages, affirm high ideals for social good, assist neighbors in need, promote our diverse culture, and to celebrate life in Virginia.

Local series and specials lift up unique cultures that make up the WVPT viewing area, remember times when the human spirit triumphed in adversity, open up pages of little-known area history, and promote that which is "Virginia" and of which we can all be proud.
To watch WVPT check your local listings for your cable or satellite provider or watch anytime anywhere on any device ON DEMAND at wvpt.net
Our Beginnings

A small group of visionaries filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission January 7, 1966 for the establishment of the Shenandoah Valley Education Television Corporation. Dr. G. Tyler Miller, president of Madison College; Arthur Hamilton, who would become WVPT's first general manager; Dr. O.L. Boyd of Augusta County Schools; and Wilbur Pence of Rockingham County Schools wanted an adequate facility to broadcast educational programming to local schools. Land for the offices was leased from Madison College on September 1, 1967 and the building program began in January 1968.

WVPT first signed on the air September 9, 1968, initially broadcasting from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays with instructional programs geared to children from kindergarten to senior high. Taking many giant leaps from there, WVPT has grown to become the vibrant institution it is today. Thank you for the privilege of serving you.

Local series and specials lift up unique cultures that make up the WVPT viewing area, remember times when the human spirit triumphed in adversity, open up pages of little-known area history, and promote that which is "Virginia" and of which we can all be proud.
Open meetings
In keeping with WVPT's open meeting policy, Board of Directors, Community Advisory Board and other advisory committee meetings are open to the public. Below is a list of Board of Directors and Community Advisory Board members.  For more information about meeting dates, location and time please call (540) 437-2455.
Board meetings will be open to the public. Strict security enforcement requires visitors to call 540.437.2455 to confirm attendance for the meeting. For security purposes, please be prepared to show your Virginia’s driver’s license in order to gain access to WVPT premises. No one will be allowed entry to the meeting without pre-confirmation and appropriate identification. Thank you.

Finance Committee:
Tues, Oct 24 at 2 pm.

Nominating Committee:

Development Committee:
Monday, October 16th at 12:45pm 

Governance Committee:
Friday, April 21st at 10:30 a.m.

Investment Committee:
April 19th, 2017
June 21st, 2017
August 23rd, 2017
October 18th, 2017 

All times are still TBD

Executive Committee:

Board of Directors (Strategic Planning)

Board of Directors:
March 22nd, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
April 26th, 2017 at 3:00 p.m
Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
Friday, June 23th, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 26th, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 27th at 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 20th, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. (Tentative)
Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

The SVETC Board of Directors will meet again on Wednesday August 30, 2017 @ 3PM. Part of the scheduled meeting will be to review and vote to approve the following amendments to the current by-laws.

The full by-laws are available for review at this link.

ARTICLE IV Board of Directors

Section 2. Number of Directors. The Board of Directors shall consist of not fewer than seven (7) nor more than twenty five (25) Directors.

Section 7. Quorum and Manner of Acting. Fifty one (51%) of the total members of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum. Directors may vote in person or by written proxy. Except as otherwise provided by law or in these By-Laws, the act of the majority of Directors present at a meeting in which a quorum is present, shall be the act of the Board of Directors.

Community Advisory Board
Monday February 26 10 AM
Stephen Davis - President, Community Investment Collaborative

Tassie Pippert 
Instructor, School of Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management, James Madison University

Richard Parker – Former WVPT General Manager
Mount Crawford

Tony Mancari - President & General Manager WVPT

Neal Menefee  

David J. Urso, Ph.D. - Dean of Life Sciences & Human Services at Blue Ridge Community College

Jim Krauss

Jon T. Sayre – Vice President, Business Banking - First Bank
Peter Jones, Chairman
Neal Menefee
Dave Shreve
Erwin Bohmfalk
Jenifer Bradford
Marie Overstreet
Justine Rose
Diane Roll
George Gillies
Mary Elizabeth Skinner
Dave Moubray
Wade Mumford
Jack Barber
Frank Vetting
Penny Keiter
Deb Snarr
Diane Anthony
Elaine Smith
Jeff Lebowitz
Lowell Smith
Slyvia Rogers
Karen Chamblee
EEO Outreach Report
Since the effective date of the new EEO rules, the WVPT/WVPY employment unit has undertaken a number of measures to achieve broad and inclusive outreach in disseminating information throughout the community it serves about specific station employment opportunities, as well as about broadcasting in general. The employment unit has engaged in more than the suggested supplemental outreach effort required for the employment unit for this time period.

As reflected in the Annual EEO Public File Reports charts below, the employment unit routinely utilizes a wide assortment of recruitment sources to disseminate widely the notice of full-time job vacancies to qualified applicants. The employment unit often has promoted specific job openings through local newspapers, including the Daily News-Record, Harrisonburg (circulation 33,000); The News Leader, Staunton (circulation 18,600); The News Virginian, Waynesboro (circulation 8,800), and The Daily Progress, Charlottesville (circulation 32,000). These newspapers enjoy broad circulation-as noted above-in the television market served by the employment unit, insuring broad reach for the notifications throughout the area.

To achieve greater exposure and inclusion, the station routinely disseminates information about specific vacancies to many different outreach or job bank services. Outreach notifications go, for example, to a number of local educational institutions, including James Madison University, Eastern Mennonite University, Radford University, Mary Baldwin College, Bridgewater College, and Blue Ridge Community College and Lord Fairfax Community College. A variety of local groups and organizations also receive announcements, including the Virginia Employment Commission, Working Women's Forum, Rotary Club and various local churches and civic organizations. Furthermore, for production or engineering positions, WVPT uses popular Internet websites of special interest to those considering careers in broadcasting, including PBS Connect, The Society of Broadcast Engineers, and CPB job line. To encourage participation in the station's job notification program, WVPT periodically broadcasts 15-second announcements notifying the public that organizations recruiting job seekers may request the station include them on its outreach referral list.

For financial, employment and diversity information please click here.

WVPT/WVPT DT Staunton & WVPY/WVPY DT Front Royal Annual EEO public file report

EEO Report June 2015 to May 2016

EEO Report June 2014 to May 2015

EEO Report June 2013 to May 2014

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