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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.
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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.

Community Station Board Meeting - Television

The Community Station Board of WCVE-PBS will meet in open session at noon on March 15, 2018, at the station's headquarters, 23 Sesame Street, Richmond, Virginia. At the discretion of Board Chair, a portion of the meeting may be closed to consider matters related to proprietary business issues and personnel matters. Review the Corporation's complete Open Meeting Policy (PDF). Notice of future Board Meetings will be posted to this page. 

Community Advisory Board--WVPT PBS
The Community Advisory Board of WVPT-PBS will meet in open session at 10 am on February 26, 2018, at the station's headquarters, 847 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Harrisonburg, VA. 22801.  At the discretion of Board Chair, a portion of the meeting may be closed to consider matters related to proprietary business issues and personnel matters. Review the Corporation's complete Open Meeting Policy (PDF). Notice of future Board Meetings will be posted to this page. 

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

Community Advisory Board


February 26, 2018

The Community Advisory Board of WVPT met at 10:00 am on Monday, February 26, 2018 in the Community Room.  

Committee members in attendance were:

Chair – Peter Jones

Diane Anthony

Karen Chamblee

Jeff Lebowitz

Marie Overstreet

Dave Moubray

Dave Shreve

Frank Vetting  

Guest – Steve Boston, Studio 55 Live

Staff members attending were:

Rosa Bare

Candice Ezeigbo

Donna Meyerhoeffer

Katherine Mitchell

Curtis Monk

Amy Roscher

Jo Sites

Welcome and introductions were made.

A motion was made by Mr. Vetting and seconded by Ms. Chamblee to approve the minutes from the October 23, 2017.  Motion carried unanimously.

Curtis Monk, President and CEO of CPBC gave a general update.

The FCC gave approval for the merger and on January 29, SVETC became part of CPBC.  CPBC was founded in 1961 and began on-air classroom instruction in 1964.  It became a PBS member station in 1968.  In the 70s they began taping at the State Capitol and entered the Charlottesville market in the late 80s.  Radio also began in the late 80s.  The overall goal for the combined entity is to become one of the best Local Impact Stations in the country.

WVPT has a $1.1 million dollar holdback for one year to complete the closing of SVETC.  The additional portfolio money of approximately $8 million dollars will be used in the Valley and Charlottesville.  New field equipment, costing approximately $65,000, has been ordered for WVPT.  It was suggested that regional CABs be started to cover the Harrisonburg, Charlottesville and Richmond areas.  Mr. Shreve commented that WVPT has done a remarkable job with local content.  

The Richmond station has a studio at the State Capitol and archives all proceedings and has news coverage from there and in the studio at 23 Sesame Street.  WCVE produces Virginia Currents, Charlottesville Inside Out, Virginia Homegrown and the Flying Squirrels Insider. It was suggested that committee members be aligned with their areas of expertise to the various departments of the organization.

Programming unique to the Valley is of great interest to the committee.  How to retain and keep these programs in the schedule will be determined going forward.  Virginia Farming will be moving toward consumer education.  Farming news will still be delivered to farmers through a digital format.  Land use decisions made in Richmond that affect all farmers would be a great topic for Virginia Farming.  The committee suggested that more scientific market research/business strategy should be done and would be of great interest to them.  UVA and VCU have Centers for Research that could be used for various focus groups/surveys. Concern was raised about the programming gap from younger children to early teens.  WCVE has addressed this with a family membership program that highlights viewing choices/activities for that age group.

WVPT produces several local series including Virginia Farming, Unwine’d and Hey Virginia.  Unwine’d will be adding recipes to complement the cooking portion of the show. WVPT is the distributor for Made in Virginia and currently looking for funding for the second season.  Untamed with Ed Clark as host is being developed with a possible 13-episode season if funding can be obtained.  Vietnam Reflections of War was a five episode local companion program developed to air around Ken Burns’ Vietnam.  There is a group in Charlottesville called Parade Rest that has a World History Program for vets from World War II, Korea, the Gulf War, etc.  The Charles Neil Woodworking project is seeking funding.  WVPT would be the distributing station.  The Miller Center Forums will air the last show on Sunday.  It was suggested that local colleges could be used to create and shoot content to replace The Miller Center Forums.

Pledge will be from March 3-18.  The handout of the National Program schedule for spring was discussed.  The Great American Read highlighting the list of the 100 best-loved books will air on May 22.  Companion information will drive people to websites to vote for their local/regional favorites.  It was suggested to partner with local libraries and the Books and Brew to highlight this program.  A new children’s program, Pinkalicious and Peterrtic, has begun airing.  It is aimed at ages 3-5 and promotes arts and creativity.  There is currently no Charlie Rose-like programming to fill that time slot.

Steve Boston was a guest at the meeting.  He briefly discussed a program idea – Studio 55 Live.  He will conduct local research and funding opportunities.  Additional information will be shared with John Felton and Amy Roscher.

Wilson Fairchild will perform at the Happy Birthday America celebration at Gypsy Hill Park in Staunton on July 4. The Richmond production truck will stream the concert and maybe the parade that morning.  The concert and parade will be show on-air the next weekend.  Details are still being worked out.

There is currently a small office space on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville.  There are currently no plans to secure a larger space.  The existing space can be used as a staging point for Charlottesville events.

A new family oriented restaurant, The Fishin’ Pig, opened in Waynesboro.

Current Local Initiatives include:

  • WVPT auction at Massanetta Springs Conference Center on Saturday, April 7 from 6-9 pm.
  • 50th anniversary event on September 8 – family fun event.  Former employees will have an event on Friday evening at Tassie Pippert’s house.
  • Community conversations – the past conversations will be analyzed and new meetings will be started with community partners.  Any CAB member is invited to go with Jo Sites to meetings or to introduce her to prospects.

Community Engagement – Due to time constraints, the group will meet at a later time to fully answer the questions posed on the agenda.  CAB members thought WVPT has done a nice job on local documentaries (some need to be updated), agriculture programs, etc.  Outreach events including the Kids’ Book Festivals have been well received.  There is a “My Hometown” program idea being explored.  It would be online first. Coverage of local governments was suggested.  Previous programming suggestions were discussed but due to budget constraints, few were enacted. The committee want to be more involved with various aspects of the organizations.  CAB members can be paired up with a station contact in their area of interest/expertise. Jo Sites will be the contact portal for WVPT.  Several subcommittees dealing with areas like finance, market development, programming, etc. can be established and Ad Hoc committees as needed.  An example would be an Ad Hoc committee to find a suitable Miller Center replacement. Curtis Monk will discuss with the Board of Directors about having an ex officio member of CAB on the governing Board.  The corporate budget planning season is March and April.  The fiscal year runs from July 1 through June 30.  The CAB would like to see a 3-4 year plan with objectives and goals to see where they can best fit in for ongoing planning purposes.

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be Monday, May 21 at 10:00 am.  

With no further business, the meeting adjourned.

EEO 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 to May 2018

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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