For over 50 years, Connecticut Public has dedicated itself to adding value to people’s lives through high-quality educational programming and services that inform, educate, entertain, and inspire audiences in Connecticut and beyond. Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc. is a community-supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a $20 million operating budget.
Connecticut Public – whose unique media properties are comprised mainly of Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) , CPTV Spirit, and CPTV PBS KIDS, as well as Connecticut Public Radio (WNPR) – is the state’s only locally owned media organization producing television, radio, print, and web/digital content over a variety of media channels for distribution to Connecticut’s wide-ranging and diverse communities. Production studios and corporate offices are headquartered in Hartford, with an additional radio studio based in New Haven.
Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc. is a dual licensee of NPR and PBS. Connecticut Public is licensed to operate four digital television channels, two cable television networks, and five radio stations. Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) and Connecticut Public Radio (WNPR) serve the entire state of Connecticut, as well as areas of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York. In addition, Connecticut Public Radio (WNPR) is broadcast on radio stations in Fairfield and Willimantic, Connecticut, on WVOF-FM and WECS-FM, respectively, as well as in Springfield, Massachusetts, via WAIC-FM. Our main studio facilities are located in Hartford, Connecticut with a satellite radio studio located within Gateway Community College in New Haven, Connecticut.
Connecticut Public reaches over 1 million* each week across multiple digital, streaming, and Over-The-Air platforms, with 463,651** traditional television viewers each month and 194,000† traditional radio listeners each week.
CONTENT & PROGRAMMING
As the exclusive statewide, community-supported public broadcasting network, Connecticut Public serves its audiences with an array of news, public affairs, children’s, educational, and entertainment programming on multiple broadcast, streaming and digital platforms. Television programming ranges from PBS KIDS, our statewide broadcast TV channel dedicated to round-the-clock educational programming for children ages 2 – 8, to Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) and CPTV Spirit which serve our audiences with trusted, time-honored PBS programs like the PBS NewsHour, Antiques Roadshow, Nature, NOVA, Masterpiece, American Experience, cultural performances, unique drama series, topical documentary films, how-to home-and-garden programs, travel and adventure.
Connecticut Public Radio (WNPR) serves the audience need for a trusted, non-commercial source of journalism with NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered national news programs bookending the day, plus hourly newsbreaks and programs that explore a range of topics from politics, science, the arts, society and culture.
Connecticut Public employs a talented staff of local journalists, reporters, editors and producers dedicated to delivering timely news, documentaries, cultural stories and conversations that reflect what matters in the lives of our Connecticut communities, our region, and beyond. Connecticut Public Radio produces several local radio talk show/podcasts including Where We Live, The Colin McEnroe Show, The Wheelhouse, Audacious with Chion Wolf, Seasoned, NEXT, and Disrupted with Dr. Khalilah Brown-Dean.
Locally-produced television productions include the Connecticut Conversations series — exploring the relevant local impact of events like the Coronavirus Pandemic and the 2020 election, and Conversations on the Green in which international experts analyze and discuss the most impactful topics of our times. The American Graduate: Getting to Work series informs young people in our state about career opportunities in our critical industries. Where Art Thou travels the state with host Ray Hardman introducing us to some of the most fascinating creatives and artists working among us, and The Kate features unique performances by both veteran and rising-start musical artists that take place at The Kate theater in Old Saybrook. Connecticut Public’s local documentary programs such as The Island Next Door, Women’s Work, FAKE and Collision Course have been honored with several nominations and awards.
CPTV also continues to bring intriguing new series and specials to PBS stations across the nation and internationally, producing or representing programs that cover a wide range of subjects, from public affairs to performance, health, adventure and the humanities. Recent examples include like The Kate, Living with Parkinson’s, Uncertainty: Why We’re So Anxious About Anxiety, To the Ends of the Earth, Design in Mind: On Location with James Ivory, and Guru Nanak: The Founder of Sikhism.
NEW ENGLAND NEWS COLLABORATIVE (NENC)
Connecticut Public is the hub station for the New England News Collaborative (NENC), a 10-station consortium of public media newsrooms. The NENC’s multimedia coverage delves into the impacts of coronavirus in New England; climate change and clean energy; transportation, infrastructure, and stories of people and immigration affecting the region.The NENC includes Connecticut Public, Maine Public, New England Public Media, New Hampshire Public Radio, Vermont Public Radio, WBUR, WCAI, WGBH, WSHU and The Public’s Radio.
A COMMITMENT TO CHILDREN, EDUCATING YOUTH & LIFELONG LEARNING
With a commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of children and youth, Connecticut Public developed Thinkalong.org, an innovative, free, web-based learning program aimed at middle-school and high-school students. Thinkalong introduces young people to evidence-based methods of inquiry to help them to develop skills in media literacy and civil-discourse. Connecticut Public’s Learn At Home online resources provide curated, curriculum-based media to spark imagination, build knowledge and encourage critical thinking to enhance and enrich the educational experience for all students — whether in school or distance-learning.
DIGITAL, SOCIAL MEDIA & EMERGING MEDIA PLATFORMS
Connecticut Public’s website, mobile, social-media and newsletter offerings deliver compelling content and provide interactive channels for our audience to connect with us. Connecticut Public Television streams live on our website and via our Connecticut Public mobile app. CPTV programming is available to stream on the PBS OTT app for Smart TVs and for subscribers to YoutubeTV. CPTV PBS KIDS is also available for online and mobile streaming 24/7 along with interactive games and educational activities.
Connecticut Public Radio streams live on our website and mobile app. Our local radio programs are all available for on-demand listening on our website as well as via all popular podcast platforms. The NPR One app mixes national NPR news with local Connecticut Public Radio content —including podcasts of all our talk shows there. Choose WNPR as your local station.
Online services enable our audience to subscribe to newsletters, register for special events, participate in fun polls, trivia contests and surveys, support us through your donation, and honor the life of a loved-one through our obituaries service.
Ask your Smart Speaker to “Play Connecticut Public Radio” to for live streaming audio.
Connecticut Public members and donors have the additional benefit of special access to a treasure trove of local and PBS programs offered on CPTV Passport.
“What’s ON!” IN CONNECTICUT MAGAZINE
The organization has a joint publishing venture with Connecticut Magazine. All active members of Connecticut Public receive a free subscription to this monthly magazine which includes our “What’s ON!” guide to programming, other highlights and special features.
SPECIAL EVENTS & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Connecticut Public reaches deeper into the community through educational programs and initiatives, live concerts, family events, in-studio “town hall” meetings, and documentary screenings.
MediaVision is a wholly owned subsidiary of Connecticut Public. An award-winning collective of visual storytellers, MediaVision offers script-to-screen creative services for corporate, commercial, and digital content. With convenient, fully-equipped production facilities located in the heart of South Norwalk – a thriving arts community – and in Connecticut Public’s Hartford headquarters, MediaVision brings strategic marketing communications, design, and media production services to the tristate area and beyond.
*Sources for total audience reach include Nielsen, Google Analytics, Triton, Soundcloud, NPR Station Analytics, Domo, JW Player, YouTube TV, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube Analytics, Mailchimp
**Television audience figures are provided by TRAC media, for WEDH, GEDH, and HEDH, Mon-Sun 5a-5a DMA 28-Day Cume Audience Totals as of September 2020 sweeps.
†Radio audience figures are provided by Nielsen September 2020 Persons 6+, M-Su 6a-12m AVG WK Cume.