About PBS North Coast

PBS North Coast FAQ

 

 

How do I order a video of a program I saw on PBS North Coast?

Most of the programs we air on PBS North Coast are available on videotape. PBS Home Video maintains a listing of many videos currently offered online. You may also call PBS Home Video at (800) 645-4PBS. For information on videos for continuing series such as Nature, Mystery! or Frontline, please visit the specific program's Web site for availability and ordering information. Please always feel free to contact the station for more information about ordering a videotape or DVD.

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I don't want to buy a copy; can PBS North Coast make a copy for me?

PBS North Coast only has rights to broadcast the programs we air. The station does not have rights to duplicate any programs you see on Channel 13. In fact, if we did duplicate a program seen on air, we would be breaking the law. If you missed a program on PBS North Coast, check your monthly Spotlight guide index to see if the program repeats so that you can see it during its second showing on Channel 13.

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Who owns PBS North Coast?

PBS North Coast is a community licensed public television station. In essence, that means PBS North Coast is owned by the community and supported by the community through membership contributions. Many other public television stations are state licensed or university licensed which ensures that they receive a certain percentage of their budgets through local or state tax monies. At this time, the State of California does not financially support any public broadcasting station.

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Where does PBS North Coast get its programs?

The station receives programming from a variety of sources. The National Program Service fed by PBS provides about half of PBS North Coast's programs. This includes mostl of the station's children's programming and most of its prime time programming between 8:00 and 11:00 p.m. The station is also producing more programs locally than ever before. A current example is Homework Hotline which airs most Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 4:00 pm. Throughout the year, PBS North Coast produces as many local programs as possible - all supported in part by our members. Other programs come to Channel 13 from a number of program services. PBS North Coast pays fees to PBS Plus, PBS Select, American Public Television (APT), the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA), BBC Lionheart, and other services to receive some of the station's viewers' favorite programs. Other sources of programming are independent producers, other public television stations, and distributors throughout the country.

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When will a specific program repeat?

Many of PBS North Coast's most popular programs repeat to give viewers like you another chance to catch your favorite programs. Repeats also give you a chance to see the first part of a program you missed the first time you watched it. For information about repeat times of all of PBS North Coast's programs, check the Spotlight program guide or refer to our on-line program index.

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Are programs aired on PBS North Coast used in the classroom?

PBS is the number-one television resource for classroom programming in the country, according to Cable in the Classroom's three national surveys of teachers and school librarians. According to a 1997 study by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, 12 of the top 15 programs named best for classroom use by teachers were PBS programs. The PBS Ready to Learn Service provides educational and entertaining children's programming from early morning to early evening and PBS North Coast's local Ready To Learn Service provides complementary learning tools to help parents and child-care providers prepare youngsters for school. PBS TeacherSource, an online neighborhood for pre K-12 educators, aggregates public television's educational services and helps teachers learn effective ways to incorporate video and the Web in the classroom. TeacherSource includes more than 1,300 free lesson plans, teacher's guides and online activities - all correlated to many national and state curriculum standards.

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How can I find out what programs are on?

Since you are on-line right now, check out PBS North Coast's on-line programming information. Another great way to find out what programs are on is by using the station's monthly Spotlight program guide. This schedule of programs includes the listing for PBS North CoastWorld as well.  Many of the programs are highlighted with detailed descriptions and photographs.  The Spotlight program guide also keeps viewers up-to-date on the station's community projects such as children's literacy programs at local libraries and upcoming fundraisers. All members of PBS North Coast receive the Spotlight.

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Why does the information listed in the Spotlight guide not match what actually aired?

Occasionally, a program listing will be incorrect in the Spotlight program guide because of a last minute programming change. These changes occur due to a variety of reasons out of our immediate control including an early deadline for the program guide. In our effort to serve our community in a highly professional manner, PBS North Coast makes every effort to avoid such changes. For the most up-to-date programming information available, please take advantage of PBS North Coast's on-line program information.

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Why does PBS North Coast move programs during the pledge drives and auctions?

Pledge drives and auctions are two of the most important and effective ways for PBS North Coast to raise the funds necessary to bring you your favorite programs. Although PBS North Coast's primary objective is to bring you exceptional programming free of interruption each day, without pledge drives and auctions, there may be no programming to bring you! Therefore, we must adjust the schedule to accommodate these important fundraising events. We thank the thousands of people who have become members of the PBS North Coast family during our pledge drives. And, we thank all of you who have bid on or donated items for our televised auctions. Together, you have supported your local public television station's programs and services for more than 40 years!

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How is the station funded?

The station receives funding from a variety of sources. Based on an annual budget of $1,330,000, approximately 21% of the funds are raised through member contributions. Channel 13 is one of the smallest public television stations in the nation when comparing budgets, but it ranks in the top 10 percent of those stations in terms of membership . In fact, 20 percent of the people who watch PBS North Coast on a regular basis are members. PBS North Coast also receives annual federal funding in the form of a Community Service Grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting that represents about 33% of the budget. Other funding sources include program underwriting (9%), televised auctions (7%), facilities rental (5%), Ready to Learn funding (4%), special events (3%), and other miscellaneous funding including special project grants, royalties, and power reimbursements (18%).

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The sound I hear during some programs does not match the video. Is there something wrong with PBS North Coast's transmission?

Not to worry. The unexpected audio you are hearing is actually one of PBS North Coast's projects at work! PBS North Coast uses what is called a separate audio program or SAP channel that can be used for any supplemental audio. PBS North Coast uses the SAP channel extensively to assist those with visual impairments. Using the descriptive video service (DVS), many of our viewers favorite programs aired on Channel 13 are now accessible to visually impaired audiences by providing narrated descriptions of the key visual elements on the SAP channel.  If you are hearing unexpected audio, you may be hearing DVS.

To turn the SAP channel off, simply deactivate the SAP feature on your television.

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Who watchs public television?

99% of all U.S. homes with a TV can receive a public TV station. The most widely available cable networks can be seen by only 77%. Public TV is freely available to viewers while cable can cost hundreds of dollars per year. The public TV audience reflects the social and economic makeup of the nation. 77.2% of all American television-owning families - 77.8 million households representing 148.9 million people - tuning in for an average of just under eight hours during the month. From October 1998 to September 1999, 90.8 million viewers in 54.8 million households watched public TV each week, according to the Nielsen Television Index (NTI). This represents 55.7% of America's 99.4 million households with TVs. During prime time in this period, public TV was watched each week in 32.1 million households by 46.4 million people. During the October 1998-September 1999 period, PBS' average prime-time rating was 1.9, compared with 1.9 for USA, 1.5 for Nickelodeon, 1.5 for TBS, 1.2 for Lifetime, 1.0 for A&E, 0.9 for Discovery Channel and 0.7 for CNN and 0.4 for the History Channel. The average viewing household during this period watched almost three hours of public TV in the course of a week; of this amount, nearly an hour and a half was spent with prime-time programming.

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How can I give PBS North Coast feedback about a program I saw?

The station has a number of ways for its viewers to give feedback. One of the easiest ways to offer feedback is on-line with our email form. You may also call our viewer response line at (707) 445-5783 or write to us at PBS North Coast, P.O. Box 13, Eureka, CA 95502-0013. We welcome your feedback and look forward to hearing from you!

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How is PBS North Coast working to prevent violence?

Violence, on television and in our society, is an abiding concern of public television stations across the country. For more than three decades, public television has been the steadfast ally of parents and families in their effort to encourage decent and humane values. Because of its noncommercial, public service mission, public television is free of commercial pressures to sensationalize programs in order to attract more viewers. PBS North Coast has an unshakable commitment to parents to provide a violence-free children's service. PBS North Coast offers more than six hours of non-violent childrens programming each weekday featuring episodes designed to teach children how to cope with anger and aggressive behavior in appropriate, nonviolent ways. PBS North Coast also offers workshops through its Ready to Learn service that help parents and childcare providers teach conflict-resolution skills to young people. PBS North Coast has also produced local programs that seek to prevent violence. For older viewers, PBS North Coast recognizes that the responsible treatment of important issues sometimes justifies the inclusion of sensitive material. Such material is used only to the extent necessary for an understanding of the subject matter at hand; gratuitous violence and the sensational treatment of a topic are not features of PBS programming. UCLA's television violence studies (1995, 1996 and 1997) consistently found that public television programs are virtually free of violence. When violent elements are seen, "they are usually so minimized or contextually appropriate that they are of little concern," the 1997 report stated.

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What geographical area does PBS North Coast serve?

PBS North Coast digital signal serves more than 62,000 households with televisions in Humboldt, Del Norte, and northern Mendocino Counties and Brookings/Harbor, Oregon.  PBS North Coast operates digital translators in Hoopa, CA, Shelter Cove, CA and Smith River, CA.  Our digital translator carry the entire PBS North Coast multicast, which consists of four program streams.  Additionally, PBS North Coast-HD and PBS North Coast World are available on SuddenLink cable within their service area.  Charter Cable in Del Norte County carry PBS North Coast-HD, PBS North Coast World and PBS North Coast Create.  Check your local cable company for channel numbers.

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Does public television's children's programming really work?

Research ascertaining the educational and motivational effectiveness of PBS' children's series has documented positive results for virtually all of them. Reading Rainbow, for example, encourages the use of public libraries, Sesame Street increases emerging literacy skills in preschool children, and Mister Rogers models the kinds of social interaction deemed necessary for school readiness. PBS KIDS programs have won more prestigious awards than any other network. In 2003, for instance, PBS programs were honored with more children's Daytime Emmys than any commercial broadcast or cable network for the sixt consecutive year. Also in 2003, a total of 10 Parents' Choice Awards went to 10 different PBS KIDS series. A June 1999 analyses by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania reported that PBS had by far the highest quality and most educational children's programs on television. In a 2004 survey by the non-partisan, international research company RoperASW, the American public called PBS the most trusted institution on a list of nationally known organizations in the country and the best use of tax dollars, second only to military defense. For more information about children's television viewing, please visit this site's Ready to Learn page.

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What exactly is PBS?

PBS, which stands for Public Broadcasting Service is a private, nonprofit corporation whose members are America's public TV stations including PBS North Coast. Noncommercial educational television became a reality on May 25th, 1953 with KUHT in Huston Texas. Today PBS provides quality TV programming and related services to 348 noncommercial stations serving all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa. Staff members in Alexandria, Virginaia, oversee program acquisition, distribution and promotion; education services; new media ventures; fundraising support; engineering and technology development; and video marketing. Across the country, 171 noncommercial, educational licensees operate 348 PBS member stations like Channel 13.

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