Detroit Public TV is committed to the issues that matter to the communities we serve.
Through our five categories:
Children & Education
Energy & Environment
Arts & Culture
we reach out in a variety of ways, from partnering with other organizations and hosting special events, to producing programs and online content which address issues important to Michigan families. Learn how DPTV is making a difference in our community...
Great Lakes Now Coverage
Detroit Public Television delivered on-air, online and on-demand access to “Great Lakes Week” October, 11 - 14, 2011. This was made possible by the support of the Erb Family Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency,and the International Joint Commission.
With coverage entitled Great Lakes Now, DPTV provided broadcasts and webcasts, as well as produced other content from the conferences. All was accessible via its television channels and Web platforms, giving the public access to discussion of the most important issues. All content, live and/or recorded, was offered, at no cost, to any public or commercial news organization in North America, to make coverage of the events as accessible as possible. It was distributed to local audiences by 22 partners, which broadcast in 23 markets, as well as in Canada. DPTV's broadcasting/webcasting included:
• 25 hours of coverage of conference sessions, featuring speakers and panel discussions
• A daily half-hour recap of activity each day on October 12, 13 and 14
• Other live and on-demand programming featuring conference participants and topics.
Visit greatlakesnow.org for more information.
DAC Hosts Detroit Public TV Premiere Night
Detroit Public Television (DPTV) returned to the Detroit Athletic Club for its tenth annual PBS Premiere Night on Sept. 22, highlighting its newest programs and honoring several community leaders. Going on air in 1955, WTVS Channel 56 is celebrating its 56th anniversary, noted President and General Manager Rich Homberg, a DAC member since 2008. This fall, the station will show the “PBS Arts Festival” on Fridays, along with other new PBS and locally produced programs. Read more...
Freedom Riders and American Black Journal
Detroit Public TV hosted the Freedom Riders exhibit opening at Detroit Public Library's main branch on October 6, 2011. The evening included special guests, the taping of an American Black Journal episode, and the announcement of the winner of the DPTV Freedom Riders Video Essay Contest. View pictures from the event on our photo gallery.
Sharing history with new generations is a core value of DPTV. The May 12 episode of American Black Journal (ABJ) was dedicated to the Freedom Riders 50th anniversary celebration that took place on April 5 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. During the half-hour show, host Stephen Henderson interviewed Mark Samels, Executive Producer of American Experience, along with others who shared the Freedom Riders experience.
Energy & Environment
Beyond the Light Switch goes national. DPTV examined America's need for power balanced with concerns for the environment and national security in Beyond the Light Switch. This two-hour, two-part documentary went national on PBS stations that reach nearly 90% of U.S. households. Shown in two segments, Beyond the Light Switch, featuring Scientific American's David Biello, seeks to answer the question "What will the future of energy look like?" through interviews and investigative reporting.
Need to Know segment "Sustainable Detroit". Detroit was featured on the national PBS program Need to Know on April 22. The series focused on a watershed moment in Detroit’s history—namely, the city's current efforts to right-size. DPTV produced that story and also a key segment about an underprivileged public school (Paul Robeson-Malcolm X Academy) competing for the first time in the semi-finals of the National Engineers' Week Future City Competition. The Detroit segments were hosted by local correspondent Desiree Cooper.
Need to Know is seen in Detroit Sundays at 12:30 p.m. on Channel 56.
Arts & Culture
Webcasting the DSO. Partnering with other arts & culture organizations is one of our top priorities. During April and May, we offered a live high definition stream of four Detroit Symphony Orchestra concerts, sharing it with the outside world. On April 10, we streamed the DSO Returns as well as broadcasting it on Detroit Public Television and WRCJ 90.9 FM. Technology has allowed us to do more with our content than ever before!
You Are DPTV - Testimonial
"I just have caught onto [Under the Radar Michigan] via PBS and absolutely love it, it's uncovered places I thought I knew well only to find out these wicked/cool places I never knew about. I also found cities and towns I knew little, nothing or had a misconceived perception about....to me that is heaven on earth but these other wonderful places makes me want to take a year off and just travel MI and it reminds of what a fantastic state we live in even in these difficult times." - Nessie