Our staff is proud to serve the public by sharing its expertise and enthusiasm for responsible broadcasting, award-winning productions, new technology, and commitment to community.
Milwaukee PBS tours are interesting, informative, free and open to the public. Groups such as scouts, media classes, retirement organizations, schools, and people with special needs visit Milwaukee PBS annually.
Reservations are required two weeks in advance
Tours are conducted as a free community service of Milwaukee PBS, on weekdays only. Start times range from 10:30am to 3:30pm. Tours last approximately 60 minutes. Reservations are required two weeks in advance. Participants must be in kindergarten or older.
Participants are encouraged to watch locally produced programs, such as 10thirtysix, Around the Corner with John McGivern, ¡Adelante!,Black Nouveau, and The Arts Page to see what the sets look like, and to prepare questions prior to their tour.
Tour guides are trained volunteers or staff members who present Milwaukee PBS studios, control rooms, and the prop room. Guides may also explain the management, operations, training, and fundraising aspects of the station.
Groups of 5 to 30 people can be accommodated comfortably at one time. Larger groups may be split. Groups often send a portion of their group to nearby restaurants, or the Milwaukee Public Museum or the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Groups of 4 or fewer may join tours already scheduled, or invite others, to get up to the five-person minimum.
Directions to Milwaukee PBS & Parking
Street parking is limited. Parking lots are located on the west side of the street on 8th Street for a fee. There is no bus parking available. A handicapped access door is available on the corner of 8th and Highland. The stations are located in the C Building on the MATC Campus in downtown Milwaukee, at 1036 N. 8th St. The elevator is just past the vending machines on the right. Pushing the "TV" button in the elevator brings visitors to the reception area on the 4th floor. On return, selecting the second floor button brings visitors back to ground level.
Questions, Reservations, or Cancellations
Please call the Marketing and Community Engagement office at (414) 297-8229.
Cancellations are appreciated by 5 pm the prior workday.
Speakers' Bureau Directory
Milwaukee PBS has compiled a listing of staff members who are available to speak to organizations on many media-related topics.
Organizations requesting a speaker must:
- Apply six weeks before the event.
- Provide an audience of 15 or more at the event.
- Supply a TV, DVD, overhead projector, audio, or other equipment as needed.
- Permit Milwaukee PBS to distribute membership forms.
- Permit Milwaukee PBS to capture images from the event for use on social media.
To arrange for a speaker or presentation, please contact:
Marketing and Community Engagement
- Local Productions
- Value to the Community
- Mission of Serving Minorities
- Working in the Community
Julie Hill Lehr
Manager, Marketing & Community Engagement
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