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WVPT WHTJ PBS Family Day Coming to Charlottesville June 15

This free community event, sponsored by WVPT and WHTJ PBS, will take place Sat., June 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at IX Art Park in Charlottesville. It will include appearances by Curious George and Cubby, the WVPT Bear, hands-on activities offered by over 25 community partners, food trucks, live music, magic, face painting, free children's book, and more.

Registration is recommended.

WCVE/WHTJ PBS Earns Recognition for Regional Emmy® Award Nominations

On May 15, 2019, the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter (NCCB) of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced eight Capital Region Emmy® Award nominations for WCVE/WHTJ PBS and two of its production partners. Among those recognized were the documentaries "Charlottesville," "Blackbird: Legacy of Innovation" (Fuel Creative, Inc.), and "The Hail-Storm: John Dabey in Virginia" (Field Studio); the Virginia Currents segments "Chincoteague Ponies, Pride and Love," "Southern Nightmare - The Story of the Southside Strangler," "Survivors Who Empower; Art of the Journey," and "Virginia Currents: Alzheimer's Awareness;" and the Charlottesville Inside-Out special "A Conversation with Rita Dove."

The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the  of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will hold its 61st Emmy® Awards Gala on Saturday, June 22 in Bethesda, Md.

PBS KIDS “Ready To Learn” Partners with The Market at 25th to Offer Early Childhood and Family Enrichment Opportunities

Local PBS station WCVE PBS has a permanent presence at The Market at 25th, which opened to the public on Monday, April 29th. The station’s PBS KIDS Ready To Learn outreach initiative will provide fun and educational engagement opportunities for children and families in Richmond's East End community. 

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New Season of “Virginia Farming” Premieres May 1

“Virginia Farming” is a farming news program produced by WVPT PBS, one of the Community Idea Stations. Each week, hosts Jeff Ishee and Amy Roscher provide viewers with farming advice, in-depth interviews, and an up-close perspective on the work it takes to get food from the farm to the plate.

Season 17 of “Virginia Farming” premieres Wednesday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. on WVPT PBS (Harrisonburg) and May 5 at 8:30 a.m. on WCVE/WHTJ (Richmond/Charlottesville). 

New Series Focused on Care and Rehabilitation of Virginia Wildlife to Premiere May 2 on Local PBS Stations

Virginia is blessed with a diverse abundance of wildlife species. When these wild animals run into trouble, they are often brought to the Wildlife Center of Virginia in Waynesboro for veterinary care and rehabilitation with the goal of returning each to to their natural habitat.
“Untamed,” a new series produced by the Community Idea Stations, takes viewers inside the Wildlife Center of Virginia and provides perspective on the many natural and manmade challenges facing wildlife. The series premieres May 2 at 8 p.m. on WVPT PBS and one hour later at 9 p.m. on WCVE/WHTJ PBS. A livestream on May at 8 p.m. will be available at


SPARC's 2018 LIVE ART Concert Documentary to Premiere April 25 on Local PBS Stations

In SPARC's 2018 LIVE ART concert, "LIVE ART: LOVE," Richmond students of all abilities perform alongside Jason Mraz, Josh Groban, Sara Bareilles, Michael McDonald, René Marie, and more in a joyful and visually stunning celebration of love and inclusiveness. The locally produced documentary “LIVE ART: LOVE” premieres April 25 at 9 p.m. on WCVE/WHTJ PBS and April 28 at 7 p.m. on WVPT PBS.


Virginia Foundation for Public Media Names Two New Senior Executives

Steve Humble, the chief operating officer of The Martin Agency, and Gary Ometer, the chief financial officer of the Virginia College Savings Plan, have been named as the first-ever chief content officer and chief financial officer, respectively, of the Virginia Foundation for Public Media (VFPM) and Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corporation (CPBC).