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Support IdahoPTV During FESTIVAL 2012

March 03 2012 by Peter Morrill

By Megan Griffin, Director of Development

Idaho Public Television’s FESTIVAL is a rite of spring across the Gem State. The success of Festival, our largest single fund raising event, helps to ensure IdahoPTV’s ability to buy and produce the programming and services we in turn provide to you throughout the year.


On March 3, we’ll kick off the prime-time fun with a brand new special BIG BAND VOCALISTS and Celtic Thunder’s new program VOYAGE. Throughout these sixteen days, you can explore Idaho Geology in a brand new OUTDOOR IDAHO (Thursday, March 8), hear new concerts by up and coming artists as well as old favorites, and be treated to the world premiere of the all new NATURE River of No Return (Wednesday, March 7) filmed in the Frank Church Wilderness right here in Idaho.


This on-air fundraising campaign is the time of year when we ask our loyal viewers around the state to show their support for the incredible programs and community events Idaho Public Television offers throughout the year. It is your member contributions and corporate sponsorships that fund our programming costs. 


Other specials during FESTIVAL include ticket opportunities to see the Broadway sensation War Horse, guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel, Yanni, and the timeless classic Les Misérables all live here in Idaho.


Our goal is to provide the best shows available on television that will educate, inform and inspire viewers of all ages. With your support, we can achieve that goal. Tune-in, pledge your support, and join the FESTIVAL!


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Roadtrip Nation Comes To Idaho

February 25 2012 by Peter Morrill

“So, what do you want to do with your life?” is one question that students across the U.S. have struggled to answer.


To empower students to map their interests to their future pathways, the SAT® and Roadtrip Nation have teamed up to help high school students explore avenues and opportunities that they never knew existed.


During the months of March and April, before Idaho SAT® School Day on April 18, Roadtrip Nation’s team of Roadies and the Green RV will hit the road to high schools across Idaho to bring awareness and excitement to students about the college process and how the SAT® can open doors to future opportunities.


To get updates of when Roadtrip Nation will be in your neck of the woods, follow the team on Twitter@RoadtripNation and 

Learn more about Idaho SAT® School Day at


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Sneak Peek at “Idaho Geology, a Convergence of Wonders”

February 18 2012 by Peter Morrill

Elephant's Perch, Idaho

One of the privileges of living in Idaho is experiencing the diversity of our amazing landscape. Now, most of us probably snoozed through our geology classes. So, to make up for those indiscretions, the Outdoor Idaho team has been working for the last year capturing the remarkable story of how our state came to be.

Bonnichsen and Godchaux

Through stunning HD video and compelling interviews with such renowned experts as  geologists Bill Bonnichsen and Marty Godchaux, this hour-long show premiering on Thursday, March 8, will leave you amazed  and delighted.


I’ve been told by Executive Producer and host Bruce Reichert that “Idaho Geology, a Convergence of Wonders” is the most complex program the Outdoor Idaho team has ever produced. That’s their way of telling me not to expect it completed until the last possible moment!


But I think I know what they mean. Take this past week’s efforts, for example.


Blue Heart Springs, Idaho

They traveled with scuba gear to Blue Heart Springs near Hagerman to witness first-hand the crystal clear water all bubbling from the Snake River aquifer, at a year-round temperature of 58 degrees. Frankly, it looks like you’ve been transported to the Bahamas! Check out this Facebook movie:


Black Magic Canyon, Idaho

A few days later, the crew took on a very different assignment. They trekked to the remote Black Magic Canyon, near Shoshone, which offers the eye a vast array of complex, water-sculpted basalt rock forms.


“Idaho Geology, a Convergence of Wonders” premiers at 8pm on Thursday, March 8. Be sure to watch!


Funding is provided by the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation, contributions to the Friends of Idaho Public Television and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, with special additional funding from INL and the Idaho Public Television Endowment.



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Scout On-Line Learning Video Service

February 07 2012 by Peter Morrill

Scout splash screen A new online resource provided free by Idaho Public Television for learners of all ages again demonstrates that the statewide public television system is more than just TV stations.


Through a partnership with the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL), thousands of multimedia resources are now available via IdahoPTV’s Scout learning portal, part of ICfL’s Libraries Linking Idaho service ( provides an array of educational services free to all Idaho residents.


In the Scout, Classroom Edition, Idaho teachers and students have immediate access to more than 14,000 research-based instructional resources — including videos, interactive sites, images, audio files, mobile apps, lesson plans and worksheets.


The Scout, Idaho Edition, offers online access to full-length video productions by Idaho Public Television. Users can view programs that celebrate Idaho’s people and places, examine the Gem State’s history, and analyze some of the issues it faces today.


Funding for Scout is provided in part by the ICfL, Idaho Public Television, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Broadband USA.


The Scout Online Video Collections is at .


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PBS & IdahoPTV Are Hits With Viewers

February 03 2012 by Peter Morrill

Recent audience reports suggest that PBS and IdahoPTV programming services are being used by more and more people.


According to Nielsen viewer data compiled by TRAC Media, during November 2011, IdahoPTV was the second most watched PBS station in the United States on a per capita cume basis.


In addition, is reporting that PBS is enjoying has seen impressive four percent increase in viewing nationwide.

Even more significant, PBS children’s program viewing is up 18% from last year in ages 2-5, and being watched by a whopping 79% of children ages 2-11.


For a complete report, checkout:


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