Since its creation in 1979, America's Public Television Stations (APTS) has represented the nation’s public television stations. APTS was founded by the stations in order for them to have a representative voice in Washington DC – an organization that would work to ensure that the stations’ interests were served in advocating to Congress, the FCC and other federal agencies. In addition to this important advocacy mission, APTS has also been a proponent of sound business strategies critical to the future of public television.
APTS member stations pay annual service fees to support the work of the organization. The organization’s annual goal is to include all CPB-qualified licensees as members.
APTS members play a leading role in developing our legislative agenda and regulatory policies. APTS seeks member input to set our platform on topics such as spectrum repacking, wireless devices, CPB reauthorization and digital carriage agreements.
APTS continues its commitment to keeping stations and their boards involved in every level of advocacy, including funding opportunities and coalition initiatives. Through this website, APTS hopes to greatly increase the accessibility and quality of our consultations and communications with our member stations.
APTS Member Benefits and Resources
In its role as the primary advocacy organization for public television, APTS is in constant touch with lawmakers and regulatory policy heads and keeps you informed through a variety of channels including a website, social media, newsletters and alerts. APTS also provides valuable services that can be integral to your station’s current operations and future planning. Below is brief listing of valuable resources and benefits, almost all of which are of no cost to members:
- Cost savings with APTS-Endorsed Business Solutions.
- Legislative and regulatory advocacy and education.
- Legislative updates and coordination of Hill visits.
- Advocacy toolkit and materials.
- The Congressional Directory.
- Protect My Public Media grassroots campaign management.
- Managing calls to action for stations and individuals.
- Online briefings.
- Membership in the Leadership Council.
- Answers to FCC and legal questions.
- Station consultations.
- Negotiated digital carriage rights on cable and satellite.
- The Public Media Summit.
- Monthly newsletter The Signal.
- Enhanced coalition services.
- Funding resources from the Grant Center website.
- Public television legal survival guide.
Organizations other than public television stations who are interested in supporting the APTS mission may join the Associate Membership Program.
APTS Member Stations
(stations are listed alphabetically by state)
KUAC (Fairbanks, AK)
Arizona PBS/KAET Phoenix (Phoenix, AZ)
KCET (Los Angeles, CA)
KLCS (Los Angeles, CA)
KPBS (San Diego, CA)
KQED Public Media (San Francisco, CA)
KVIE (Sacramento, CA)
PBS SoCaL (Los Angeles, CA)
ValleyPBS (Fresno, CA)
Colorado Public Television, KBDI-TV/12 (Denver, CO)
Rocky Mountain PBS (Denver, CO)
WHUT (Washington, DC)
WEDU (Tampa, FL)
WFSU (Tallahassee, FL)
WGCU Public Media (Fort Myers, FL)
WJCT (Jacksonville, FL)
WPBT/Channel 2 (Miami, FL)
WSRE (Pensacola, FL)
WUCF TV (Orlando, FL)
WUFT (Gainesville, FL)
WXEL (West Palm Beach, FL)
Public Broadcasting Atlanta (Atlanta, GA)
Network Knowledge (Springfield, IL)
WILL-TV (Urbana, IL)
WQPT (Moline, IL)
WTTW Chicago (Chicago, IL)
WTVP (Peoria, IL)
Lakeshore Public Media (Merrillville, IN)
WFWA (Ft. Wayne, IN)
WFYI Public Broadcasting (Indianapolis, IN)
WNIT Television (Elkhart, IN)
WTIU (Bloomington, IN)
KPTS (Wichita, KS)
WKYU (Bowling Green, KY)
WYES (New Orleans, LA)
WGBH (Boston, MA)
WGBY (Springfield, MA)
Detroit Public Television (WTVS) (Detroit, MI)
Quality Public Broadcasting (WDCQ/ WDCP) (University Center, MI)
WCMU (Mt. Pleasant, MI)
WGVU (Grand Rapids, MI)
WKAR (East Lansing, MI)
Lakeland Public Television (Bemidji, MN)
Pioneer Public Television (Appleton, MN)
WDSE (Duluth, MN)
KCPT (Kansas City, MO)
KETC (St. Louis, MO)
KMOS (Warrensburg, MO)
Ozarks Public Television (Springfield, MO)
UNC-TV (Research Triangle Park, NC)
WTVI (Charlotte, NC)
Prairie Public Broadcasting (Fargo, ND)
KUON (Lincoln, NE)
KENW (Portales, NM)
KNME (Albuquerque, NM)
KRWG (Las Cruces, NM)
Vegas PBS (Las Vegas, NV)
KNPB (Reno, NV)
Thirteen/WNET New York (New York, NY)
WCFE/Mountain Lake PBS (Plattsburgh, NY)
WCNY (Syracuse, NY)
WLIW21 (New York, NY)
WMHT-DTV (Schenectady, NY)
WNED (Buffalo, NY)
WPBS-DT (Watertown, NY)
WSKG (Binghamton, NY)
WXXI (Rochester, NY)
CET (Cincinnati, OH)
Western Reserve Public Media (Kent, OH)
WGBU (Bowling Green, OH)
WOSU (Columbus, OH)
WVIZ/ PBS Ideastream (Cleveland, OH)
The Oklahoma Network (Oklahoma City, OK)
Southern Oregon Public Television (Medford, OR)
MiND: Media Independence (Philadelphia, PA)
WHYY (Philadelphia, PA)
WITF Public Media (Harrisburg, PA)
WPSU/Penn State (University Park, PA)
PBS39 (Bethlehem, PA)
WQED Multimedia (Pittsburgh, PA)
WQLN Public Media (Erie, PA)
WVIA (Pittson, PA)
Rhode Island PBS (Providence, RI)
WCTE (Cookeville, TN)
WKNO (Memphis, TN)
WLJT (Martin, TN)
WTCI (Chattanooga, TN)
KERA (Dallas, TX)
KLRN (San Antonio, TX)
KLRU (Austin, TX)
KTTZ (Lubbock, TX)
Panhandle PBS (Amarillo, TX)
KBYU (Provo, UT)
KUED (Salt Lake City, UT)
KUEN (Salt Lake City, UT)
Commonwealth Public Broadcasting (Richmond, VA)
WETA (Arlington, VA)
WHRO (Norfolk, VA)
WVPT (Harrisonburg, VA)
Virgin Islands Public Broadcasting System (St. Thomas, VI)
KBTC (Tacoma, WA)
KCTS (Seattle, WA)
KSPS (Spokane, WA)
KWSU (Pullman, WA)
Milwaukee Public Television (Milwaukee, WI)
Wisconsin Public Television (Madison, WI)
Wisconsin Educational Communications Board (Madison, WI)
West Virginia Public Broadcasting (Charleston, WV)
To become an APTS Member, please contact:
Vice President, Finance, Administration and Membership