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Blue Ridge Public Television

  • Roanoke, VA
  • www.brptv.com

Mission Statement

The mission of Blue Ridge Public Television is to enrich people's lives. As the only locally owned, not-for-profit TV station in the southwestern region of Virginia, our purpose is to provide educational, informational and cultural programming that fills a unique role as a positive and lifelong resource for the communities we serve.

ruling year

1966

Principal Officer

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Mr. James Baum

Keywords

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public television, teacher resources, cultural programs, Appalachia, literacy, workforce development

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BRPTV

EIN

54-0798878

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Television (A32)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Blue Ridge Public Television is a PBS-member station licensed to the community. We belong to the 2.5 million individuals living and working in our coverage area, many in areas that are economically disadvantaged, geographically isolated, and with limited access to technology, museums, science centers, or other cultural resources. BRPTV provides important resources over the air and on-line: a view into the outside world. BRPTV produces programs specifically designed to address the needs and interests of our viewers. Our productions serve to preserve the culture and heritage of our coverage area, as well as to showcase our region to a broader audience by making our local productions available to PBS stations nationwide. BRPTV's education specialists provide teacher training for pre-K and K-12 teachers, with an emphasis on literacy, standards-based resources, and the use of technology to enhance learning. Our instructional TV broadcasts reach over 200,000 students living and learning across more than one-third of the Commonwealth of Virginia. BRPTV's web site is an important portal to resources for teachers, parents, and learners, including standards-based lesson plans, pre-K learning readiness, resources for the learning disabled, English as a Second Language resources for multi-cultural learners, and support and training for adult learners in workplace skills. BRPTV is active across the communities in our viewing area, recognizing outstanding teachers and budding young writers. Outreach projects in partnership with other regional organizations extend to a greater audience the considerable resources associated with PBS programming.

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Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Blue Ridge Public Television

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Principal Officer

Mr. James Baum

BIO

James Baum has a wealth of leadership experience at public broadcasting stations in a variety of markets. Baum joined BRPTV from MontanaPBS, where he was the station's General Manager. Previously he served as President & CEO at KETC-TV and V9 Studios in St. Louis, MO; and at WLVT-TV/Lehigh Valley PBS in Bethlehem, PA. He has held executive positions at Louisiana Public Broadcasting in Baton Rouge, LA; KRSC-TV in Claremore, OK--which he founded; and at various commercial stations in California and Oklahoma. He was also the founding General Manager of KHIB-FM Public Radio at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, OK. In addition, Baum retired as a Major after 26 years of service as a Reserve and National Guard officer. He was the Commander of the 241st Public Affairs Detachment of the Louisiana Army National Guard, with deployment to Europe and to Panama and Honduras during the Honduran-Nicaraguan conflict. He was awarded the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and two Superior Unit Citations, among other recognitions and commendations. Baum holds a BS in Media Technology from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, OK, with additional education through the Columbia School of Broadcasting in New York and U.S. Army coursework at Ft. Benjamin Harrison, IN. He is a member, past or present, of numerous boards, including colleges, and civic, cultural, philanthropic, and educational organizations. His involvement in and leadership of numerous public broadcasting boards and organizations is significant. Currently, he is a member of Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) Legislative Advisory Group, and past Chair of the Public Television Association of Missouri and the President's Council of Pennsylvania Public Television Stations.

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