Milwaukee PBS is southeastern Wisconsin’s premier non-commercial media organization. Milwaukee PBS consists of two high-definition television stations, WMVS and WMVT, and four additional digital television services. The Milwaukee PBS stations are the area’s only over-the-air source for PBS and other national public television programs, and also offer a diverse schedule of their own award-winning local series and specials.
WMVS and WMVT are licensed to the Milwaukee Area Technical College District Board, and the stations’ studios and offices are located on MATC’s downtown campus at 1036 N. 8th Street, Milwaukee. Station performance is discussed monthly by the Public Television Committee of the MATC Board in meetings that are open to the public.
Each year, approximately 60 MATC students gain real-life industry experience working alongside Milwaukee PBS’s professional staff, on Milwaukee PBS’s local weekly series, and also special on-air student showcases like “Student Operations Day” on WMVT. These students are enrolled in MATC’s Associate of Applied Science Degree program in Television and Video Production.
Throughout its history, Milwaukee PBS has made local productions a priority, in order to provide viewers a local perspective and give a voice to our community. Milwaukee PBS’s programs offer a platform for the African-American and Latino communities, offer local political opinions a place for expression, allow viewers the ability to experience the local arts scene, and more. Current locally-produced weekly series include; 10THIRTYSIX, ¡ADELANTE!, AROUND THE CORNER WITH JOHN MCGIVERN, BLACK NOUVEAU, OUTDOOR WISCONSIN and THE ARTS PAGE. Milwaukee PBS also produces several specials each year, such as MAKING OF MILWAUKEE and BEHIND THE PEARL EARRINGS: THE STORY OF DICKEY CHAPELLE, COMBAT PHOTOJOURNALIST.
Milwaukee PBS educates, informs, entertains and stimulates the imagination of adults and children alike. We make the best use of noncommercial media and related services to enhance the quality of life in our community by encouraging people to consider issues and explore ideas, and by inspiring a continued sense of wonderment.
Over 600,000 viewers watch Milwaukee PBS’s two primary broadcast channels each month from throughout southeastern and parts of south central Wisconsin, and in northern Illinois. Click here for a Coverage Map.