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PBS Kansas’ High Tea: A Taste of Elegance and Culture

Wichita, Kan.: PBS Kansas Channel 8, your trusted source for SERIOUSLY GOOD TV, hosted a remarkable High Tea event over the weekend, bringing together enthusiasts of fine tea, culinary delights, cultural exploration, and a love for British television. Held at the beautiful Botanica in Wichita on September 9, the 6th annual event was a resounding success, capturing the hearts and palates of all attendees.

 

Highlights of PBS Kansas' High Tea Extravaganza included:

A Tea Lover's Paradise: Attendees were treated to an impressive English Breakfast tea blend meticulously curated by our expert tea sommeliers from event sponsor The Spice Merchant. The exceptional tea was beautifully paired with an array of delectable finger sandwiches and a tempting selection of pastries.

Live Classical Music: The event resonated with the enchanting tunes of live classical music, performed by the esteemed Derby High School Orchestra Quartet, under the direction of Mr. Wesley DeSpain, adding an air of sophistication and serenity to the afternoon.

Exclusive Previews: As British television aficionados, the crowd was entertained by clips from their favorite shows both old and new. Before the end of the presentation, guests viewed a premiere for Season 9 of fan-favorite series Doc Martin, prior to its full release later that evening.

Fundraising Auction: Attendees also had the opportunity support the station and British television through a fundraising auction. Exclusive items generously donated by local businesses and supporters were featured.

 

"We are immensely pleased with the enthusiastic response to our High Tea event. It was heartening to witness our community come together for an afternoon of sophistication, all while supporting a meaningful cause."

 

“PBS Kansas extends its heartfelt appreciation to our sponsor of the British High Tea, The Spice Merchant, dedicated volunteers, and the vibrant community supporters of British programs on PBS Kansas who made this event an extraordinary success,” said Victor Hogstrom, President and CEO.

 

For more information about PBS Kansas and its upcoming events, please visit our website at KPTS.org or contact us at (316) 838-3090.

 

 

About PBS Kansas Channel 8

PBS Kansas is our community-owned, public media organization whose mission is to educate, engage, entertain, and enrich Kansans. For anyone interested in joining a future board, committee, group, or simply to be a member of the local PBS Kansas broadcast network, visit us online at KPTS.org! PBS Kansas – home of SERIOUSLY GOOD TV!

 

Photos of the event may be found and used on the PBS Kansas Flicker page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kpts/albums/72177720311140802

Record Turnout at the 2023 PBS Kansas Senior Expo: A Resounding Success!

Wichita, Kan.: The 2023 PBS Kansas Senior Expo, held on Thursday, September 28, exceeded all expectations with a record-breaking attendance of nearly 750 seniors. This year's event, hosted at PBS Kansas Channel 8, saw an impressive gathering of enthusiastic seniors, caregivers, and health-conscious individuals, all eager to explore the wealth of information and resources available to enhance their quality of life.

 

The Senior Expo featured a bustling marketplace with over 80 vendor booths, offering a diverse array of products and services tailored to the senior community. From innovative healthcare solutions to lifestyle products and services, attendees had the opportunity to engage directly with vendors, discovering new products and services that cater to their specific needs and interests.

 

The event's success was further highlighted by the engaging and informative workshops led by experts in the field of senior health and wellness. With topics ranging from fraud prevention and caregiving resources to living well with Parkinson's and comprehensive self-care, attendees left the workshops equipped with valuable knowledge and actionable insights.

 

"We are thrilled with the overwhelming response to the 2023 PBS Kansas Senior Expo," said Victor Hogstrom, President and CEO at PBS Kansas. "The tremendous turnout and the positive feedback from attendees and vendors alike reflect the growing need for events that empower and support our senior population. We are committed to continue providing valuable resources and creating opportunities for all our friends in the community."

 

The 2023 PBS Kansas Senior Expo served not only as an educational platform but also as a vibrant social hub, fostering connections and camaraderie among attendees. The event's success is a testament to the collaborative efforts of the organizers, vendors, and attendees, all of whom contributed to making the Expo a memorable and impactful experience.

 

 

About PBS Kansas Channel 8

PBS Kansas is our community-owned, public media organization whose mission is to educate, engage, entertain, and enrich Kansans. For anyone interested in joining a future board, committee, group, or simply to be a member of the local PBS Kansas broadcast network, visit us online at KPTS.org! PBS Kansas – home of SERIOUSLY GOOD TV!

 

Photos of the event may be found and used on the PBS Kansas Flicker page: 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/kpts/albums/72177720311572878

PBS KANSAS Honors Outstanding Veterans at Ninth Annual Veterans Coming Home Salute

Wichita, Kan. – PBS KANSAS Channel 8 celebrated the remarkable contributions of local Veterans at the Ninth Annual Veterans Coming Home Salute held on October 12, 2023. The event, hosted by Victor Hogstrom, President, and CEO of PBS KANSAS, recognized Veterans who have continued their mission of service within the community.

 

The evening commenced with a heartfelt speech by Hogstrom, paying tribute to Senator Robert J. Dole and the spirit of selfless service that he embodied. The ceremony began with the Pledge of Allegiance led by attendees, followed by an invocation by Sedgwick County Commissioner and Veteran, Jim Howell.

 

Hogstrom expressed his gratitude towards the dedicated members of the Veterans Coming Home Committee and acknowledged the event sponsors, including the Lattner Family Foundation, F.H. Kaysing, Kansas Star Casino, Agvantis, Inc., Koch Industries, Providence Home Health and Hospice LLC, Wichita State University, Sedgwick County, The Spice Merchant, Foulston Siefkin LLP, AARP, Halsig Insurance, American Senior Benefits, and Scheels.

 

The awards ceremony showcased inspiring stories of Veterans who have excelled in various fields after their military service. Dana McCall, a former Army Master Sergeant, was honored with the PBS KANSAS Distinguished Veteran Award for her outstanding work in education and entrepreneurship. Julius Williams, a retired Sergeant First Class from the Airforce and Army, received the Providence Home Health and Hospice Distinguished Veteran History Maker Award for his remarkable experiences during major events in the 20th century.

 

John Mock, a World War II Veteran, was presented with the PBS KANSAS Agvantis, Inc. Herb Duncan Can Do Attitude Award for his resilience during his time as a prisoner of war. Additionally, DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers received the PBS KANSAS Koch Industries Distinguished Veterans Business Service Award for their commitment to sharing Veterans' personal stories.

 

The prestigious PBS KANSAS/Kansas Star Casino Robert J. Dole Award was presented to retired Lieutenant Colonel Michael George, recognizing his dedication to guiding students at Wichita East High towards their dreams of military service and planning the local Veteran’s Day parade for 19 years.

 

Hogstrom concluded the ceremony by recognizing all past award winners and inviting viewers to tune in on Saturday, November 11, 2023 at 7 p.m., for the Veterans Coming Home special, featuring these extraordinary stories.

 

PBS KANSAS extends its heartfelt congratulations to all the 2023 Veterans Coming Home Salute award recipients and expresses gratitude for their exceptional service and contributions to the community.

 

 

About PBS Kansas Channel 8

PBS Kansas is our community-owned, public media organization whose mission is to educate, engage, entertain, and enrich Kansans. For anyone interested in joining a future board, committee, group, or simply to be a member of the local PBS Kansas broadcast network, visit us online at KPTS.org! PBS Kansas – home of SERIOUSLY GOOD TV!

 

Photos of the event will be uploaded on the KPTS flicker page on October 13, 2023 by Noon (https://www.flickr.com/photos/kpts/albums)

PBS Kansas Airs Follow Up to One of Highest Viewed Locally Produced Documentaries

Wichita, Kan.:  19 towns and 1,884 miles later, PBS Kansas Senior Producer Chris Frank wraps up on filming the latest of the planned, locally-produced documentaries for the nonprofit media station. After the widely successful Kansas Ghost Towns (2002), PBS Kansas is proud to announce the release of its follow up production – Kansas Ghost Towns Part 2.

 

This historic look at towns that have all but disappeared goes in depth with new towns and stories. Frank delves into the history of each area giving a glimpse into the past through the use of interviews and storytelling. Listen as famous Kansans recall bitter county fights that brought regions to their knees, technology advances like the railroad that shuttered booming towns, or landmarks that may simply be a pillar in the dust today. 

 

Highlights of the documentary include:

Visits to the counties of Grant, Chase, Sumner, Cowley, and Garfield

A special look into the extraordinary battle between the former Park City and the current Wichita region over a county seat, Texas cattle trail, and railroad; all leading to failed attempts

More than 20 interviews of Kansans, historians, authors, and experts sharing their perspectives of what made each area so special

 

PBS Kansas is proud to invite all its viewers to visit the past with us through Kansas Ghost Towns, Part 2. Exclusive airing of the program will be Tuesday, September 5 at 7:00 p.m. CST, on local channels 8.1, and 8.2. A special encore presentation is coming this December. For additional details, viewers can visit KPTS.org for the full programming schedule.

 

 

About PBS Kansas

PBS Kansas is our community-owned, public media organization whose mission is to educate, engage, entertain, and enrich Kansans. For anyone interested in joining a future board, committee, group, or simply to be a member of the local PBS Kansas broadcast network, visit us online at KPTS.org!

 

To schedule an interview, please contact:

Chris Frank

Senior Producer

PBS Kansas

(316) 838-3090

cfrank@kpts.org

PBS Kansas Welcomes New 2023-2024 Fiscal Year Board of Directors

Wichita, Kan.:  As a new fiscal year begins for PBS Kansas, a new board of trustees takes shape to steer the direction of the Kansas-based organization. 

 

“It’s always exciting to see what fresh ideas new board members develop to help support the station. However, we also wouldn’t be where we are without the mentorship of the more tenured members on the team,” noted Jason Rowe, director of marketing and promotions for PBS Kansas. “The system works well and continues to provide representation from all our member and viewership areas.”

 

The current 2023-2024 board is comprised of the following community leaders:

Jessica Kilpatric, Board Chair, and Director of Human Resources for Fidelity Bank,

Kyle Blasdel, Board Chair Elect, and Vice President of Project Management & Business Development for Conco Construction,

Rayvon Moore, Secretary, and Director of Choral Studies for Friends University,

Russ Hoffman, Treasurer, and Portfolio Manager for Commerce Trust.

 

“We look forward to working with this great new group and would also like to thank those that have completed their service to PBS Kansas,” mentioned Rowe. After supporting the organization through board membership five years in a row, the following members have stepped down and allowed new members a spot on the board. These outgoing members are:

Tisha Johnson, Supervisor Distribution System Operations for Evergy,

Jim McCann, Media/Creative Director/CEO for Jiminy Advertising,

Rachel Wetta, Litigation Partner for Foulston Siefkin.

 

 

About PBS Kansas

PBS Kansas is our community-owned, public media organization whose mission is to educate, engage, entertain, and enrich Kansans. For anyone interested in joining a future board, committee, group, or simply to be a member of the local PBS Kansas broadcast network, visit us online at KPTS.org!

PBS Kansas Receives Humanities Kansas Grant for Ghost Towns Documentary

It will premiere on Thursday, Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. on Channel 8 and will repeat at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

WICHITA, Kan. – Humanities Kansas recently awarded a $10,000 grant to PBS Kansas, based in Wichita, Kan., to support the “Kansas Ghost Towns Documentary, Part 2.” The documentary is part of a continuing exploration of towns that have disappeared across the state. Humanities Kansas is an independent nonprofit spearheading a movement of ideas to empower the people of Kansas to strengthen their communities and our democracy.

 

“The humanities connect people to place over time and across generations,” shared Julie Mulvihill, Humanities Kansas Executive Director. “This documentary will create a space for important conversations that will help us see more clearly our past and plan for our future.” 

 

Kansas Ghost Towns, Part 2” features insightful interviews with expert scholars including author Sandra Wiechert; Jay Price, Wichita State University History Professor; and others. Part 1 of Kansas Ghost Towns premiered in September 2022, and viewers requested a sequel. 

 

“We are pleased to respond to the popular request of our viewers when it comes to ‘Seriously Good TV,’” shared PBS Kansas President & CEO Victor Hogstrom. “This documentary is no exception. It will be produced to the highest standards, much like Part 1, and the viewers will be pleased.”

 

The documentary is scheduled to be broadcast during the station’s Summerfest membership drive. It will premiere on Thursday, Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. on Channel 8 and will repeat at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

 

PBS Kansas Senior Producer Chris Frank serves as project director. He produced Part 1 and is now in production for Part 2. Frank has traveled to the following towns to gather their history and stories: 

 

Featured towns:

  • Adamsville, Sumner County
  • Cale, Cowley County
  • Cameron/Camchester, Harper County
  • Carlton, Dickinson County
  • Cedar Point, Chase County
  • Clement, Chase County
  • Elmdale, Chase County
  • Elmo, Dickinson County
  • Hewins, Chautauqua County
  • Hunnewell, Sumner County
  • Old Ulysses, Grant County
  • Park City, Sedgwick County
  • Ravanna, Finney County (former Garfield County)
  • Rome, Sumner County
  • Sumner City, Sumner County
  • Waterloo, Kingman County

 

“This film will discover how communities competed and even fought with each other to attain or maintain their viability,” shared Frank. “We will learn the challenges early-day Wichita faced from another area town and what Wichita leaders had to do to fight off those challenges to keep from becoming a ghost town.”

 

 

 

About Humanities Kansas

Humanities Kansas is an independent nonprofit spearheading a movement of ideas to empower the people of Kansas to strengthen their communities and our democracy. Since 1972, HK's pioneering programming, grants, and partnerships have documented and shared stories to spark conversations and generate insights. Together with statewide partners and supporters, HK inspires all Kansans to draw on diverse histories, literatures, and cultures to enrich their lives and to serve the communities and state we all proudly call home. Visit humanitieskansas.org. 

 

About PBS Kansas Channel 8

PBS Kansas Channel 8 is our community-owned, public media organization whose mission is to educate, engage, entertain and enrich Kansans. PBS Kansas Channel 8’s goal is to be a primary influence for a thriving, engaged community. Learn more at kpts.org.

 

 

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Photo 1 – Park City Museum

Park City is one of the towns included in the upcoming PBS Kansas documentary, “Kansas Ghost Towns, Part 2.” The museum is perhaps the only remaining building of the historic town of Park City.

 

Photo 2 – Adamsville Retail Store

Adamsville is another town included in the upcoming PBS Kansas documentary, “Kansas Ghost Towns, Part 2.” This town was a railroad stop between Wichita and Arkansas City, but rail service wasn’t enough to keep the town alive.

PBS Kansas Names Volunteer of the Year

Selena Brosius of Wichita was recognized for her years of service.

WICHITA, Kan. — PBS Kansas Channel 8 recognized Selena Brosius of Wichita, Kan., with its 2022 Irene Crews Volunteer of the Year award.  Brosius was recognized for her years of dedication to the station and for her service as a member of the station’s Community Advisory Board. 

 

The award was presented at a recent reception for volunteers in appreciation for their support and to celebrate National Volunteer Month. The award is named in honor of Irene Crews (1918-2012), a long-time volunteer and board member. 

 

PBS Kansas volunteers are involved in every aspect of our operation. We couldn’t do what we do without volunteers like Selena who are dedicated to providing quality television to our community. They stretch our dollars,” says Victor Hogstrom, PBS Kansas President and CEO. 

 

Brosius is a graduate of Wichita State University and Wichita Northwest High School. She is the office manager for Blue Water Products of Wichita as well as an independent author and poet. A volunteer since 2015, Brosius answers the phone during quarterly pledge drives and is known for making her famous enchiladas for the other volunteers. As a member of the Community Advisory Board, she helps review PBS Kansas programming to make sure it meets the specialized educational and cultural needs of the community.

 

In addition to volunteering at PBS Kansas, Brosius is a member of Meridian Avenue Baptist Church’s worship team and leads the church’s Bible study for mothers. She is a married mother of two teens.

 

If you are interested in volunteering at PBS Kansas, please contact Laura Taylor, special events and volunteer manager, for more information. She can be reached at 316-838-3090, ext. 218, or at ltaylor@kpts.org.

 

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Selena Brosius of Wichita, Kan., is PBS Kansas’ 2022 Volunteer of the Year.

Tickets on Sale for the Fourth Annual PBS Kansas Antiques Fair

WICHITA, Kan. — The fourth annual PBS Kansas Antiques Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 29 at PBS Kansas Channel 8, 8710 E. 32nd St. N., Wichita, KS. Like Antiques Roadshow, this fun event connects people with local experts who can reveal secrets about treasured family heirlooms and garage sale finds. This fundraising event helps PBS Kansas keep Antiques Roadshow, one of its most popular shows, on the air! 

“Every year, the PBS Kansas Antiques Fair just gets bigger and better,” said President & CEO Victor Hogstrom. “We are so pleased to bring this exciting event back again this year, and welcome people to our new building in Northeast Wichita.”

Admission Levels:

$10: Admission for one person to the PBS Kansas Antiques Fair, includes speaker series. (Please note: This does not include an appraisal.)

$75: Admission for two people and one appraisal, includes speaker series and PBS Kansas Passport streaming service (more than 5,000 episodes you can stream anywhere, anytime).

$150: Admission for two people and two appraisals, includes speaker series and PBS Kansas Passport streaming service (more than 5,000 episodes you can stream anywhere, anytime).

$300: Admission for two people and two appraisals, includes speaker series, Spice Merchant Coffee Card (1, 1lb. bag of coffee each month) and PBS Kansas Passport streaming service (more than 5,000 episodes you can stream anywhere, anytime).


For more information about attending or sponsoring this event, go to kpts.org or contact Laura Taylor, Special Events & Volunteer Manager, at 316-838-3090 Ext. 218. 

 

THANK YOUS:

This event would not be possible without the following sponsors:

Mel Hambelton Ford

The First Place

The Spice Merchant

 

We cannot say “thank you” enough to these experts who are donating their Saturday to evaluate a variety of items: 

Mark Buckley, Toy Depot

Tim Bulloch, Sparkle Jewelry

Brady Dreasher, Art of Estates

Denice Morris, Art of Estates,

Jason Woody, Woody Auction

 

Our speakers include the following experts:

Chris Brown, Brown Bindery

Nancy Felix-Moore, Wichita Antique Doll Study Club

Terry Johnson, State Farm

Kristi Reese, Wichita Art Museum

 

Booths include:

Brown Bindery and Conservation

Hunt and Gather Vintage 

Wichita Spinners, Weavers and Dyers Guild

 

 

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Photo 1 – JasonWoody_2022     
Woody Auction co-owner, operating manager and auctioneer Jason Woody, appraises a beautiful floor vase at the 2022 Antiques Fair held at the Kansas Aviation Museum. 

 

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Susan Pfannenstiel (far left), from Derby, KS, shows appraisers Denice Morris (middle) and Emily Miller (right) with Art of Estates, a Chinese scroll to see how much they think it is worth. PBS Kansas Director of Planed Giving & Membership Phil Richardson is behind this group waiting to help move the scroll.  

Jason Woody of Woody Auction

Denice Morris of Art of Estates

Tickets on Sale for the PBS Kansas Veterans Coming Home Salute 2022

WICHITA, Kan. — PBS Kansas Channel 8 is hosting its 8th Annual Veterans Coming Home Salute 2022 on Nov. 5, 2022, at the beautiful Wichita Marriott hotel. PBS Kansas is proud to recognize veterans from throughout Kansas. Each of these veterans has distinguished themselves during their military service and made a difference in their community. Tickets may be purchased by calling 316-838-3090 or click here from now until Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. 
 

This year’s keynote speaker will be Lieutenant Colonel Maureen E. Tanner who is the Commander of the 349th Air Refueling Squadron, 22d Operations Group, 22d Air Refueling Wing, McConnell Air Force Base, Wichita, Kansas. As Commander, she is responsible for organizing, training, and equipping combat-ready KC-135 aircrews for worldwide mobility operations. 

The highlight of this community event is the recognition of four veterans and one organization for their contributions. One veteran will r­eceive the PBS Kansas Robert J. Dole Distinguished Service Award; one veteran will receive the “Herb Duncan Can Do Attitude” award; two additional veterans will be recognized for their service; and one deserving organization will be recognized for the support it provides to Kansas veterans.
 

“We are honored for the opportunity to highlight veterans who served our country and are doing such important work for our community,” says Victor Hogstrom, PBS Kansas President and CEO.
 

Many “thanks,” to the following businesses who are sponsoring this year’s Veteran’s Coming Home Salute: FH Kaysing; Lattner Family Foundation; Spirit AeroSystems Sedgwick County; Spice Merchant; Foulston Siefkin; and AgVantis, Inc. 
For more information about attending or sponsoring this event, go to kpts.org or contact Laura Taylor, Special Events & Volunteer Manager, at 316-838-3090 Ext. 218.


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PBS Kansas Channel 8 Veteran’s Coming Home Salute 2022 Keynote Speaker: Lieutenant Colonel Maureen E. Tanner, commander of the 349th Air Refueling Squadron, 22d Operations Group, 22d Air Refueling Wing, McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas.

Lieutenant Colonel Maureen E. Tanner

PBS Kansas Channel 8 is On The Move — Open Houses in June

WICHITA, Kan. — PBS Kansas Channel 8 will soon complete the move to its $4.5 million new, 31,000 square-foot headquarters at 8710 E. 32nd St. N., formerly Meritrust Credit Union headquarters. This new building is four times as large as PBS Kansas’ current location, and includes the spacious Alvin & RosaLee Sarachek Studio, the Fidelity Bank Foundation Studio and the Sierra P. Scott Green Room. The move is the culmination of 10 years of operation downtown (3rd & Broadway), and the past 42 years in the north end of Wichita (320 W. 21st St. N.). 

All Members of PBS Kansas are invited to the open house Thursday, June 23 from 3 to 7 p.m. The public is invited to an open house on Friday, June 24 from 3 to 7 p.m. Families are invited to attend a special open house on Saturday, June 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to see the one-of-a-kind, PBS Kansas Cochener-Garvey Children’s Education & Discovery Center, the Bonavia Foundation PBS Kansas Museum and the entire facility. The first 300 children to attend Saturday’s open house will receive a Think Like Ben Franklin Science-To-Go Kit. 

“It took a great deal of hard work, determination and extraordinary support from the community to make this move happen,” says Victor Hogstrom, President and CEO, PBS Kansas. “Now, we have great possibilities in the ways we can serve the community – from expanding our local shows to live, town-hall meetings, debates, performance groups, and educating children through our new Children’s Education & Discovery Center. We also have community rooms in our new building for meetings or events, including the Alvin & RosaLee Sarachek Studio, the Sedgwick County Community Room, the Alvin Sarachek Board Room, the volunteer and training center and more. As a result, we are looking forward to building many new partnerships.”

PBS Kansas currently produces nine local shows, and staff are always working on one or two new documentaries about the communities we serve. This new building will allow PBS Kansas to grow and enhance its popular shows while improving our service to the community and developing new opportunities.

The Cochener-Garvey Children’s Education & Discovery Center is among the first of its kind in public television that focuses on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics) education and other topics for our youngest learners and their families. The Center will feature hands-on experiments, a makerspace, a media production area, and programs to foster community collaboration. Both the Children’s Education & Discovery Center and the PBS Kansas Museum will be FREE and open to the public weekdays. 

“I’m very proud of the decisions of the PBS Kansas Board of Trustees in obtaining this new building. It will make a difference for the community. I am also proud of the champion effort our entire staff is putting forth toward the move. It isn’t easy to move a television station,” says Hogstrom. “From April 18 through April 30, we will broadcast only PBS shows. None of our local shows will be broadcast while we are moving all of our equipment to the new building, and our engineers get everything reconnected. Our children’s programming on our main channel and our PBS Kansas Kids 24-7 channel will not be affected. We expect to be back to our regular schedule on May 1.”

“Thank You” to These Major Donors for Making This Project Possible:
PBS Kansas thanks the generosity of these donors who made the new PBS Kansas building possible: Alvin & RosaLee Sarachek; Sunderland Foundation; Dwane L. & Velma Lunt Wallace Charitable Foundation; Emily Bonavia; Bruce G. Cochener Foundation; Fidelity Bank Foundation; Sedgwick County; Bonavia Foundation; Anita L. Jones; A & H Electric, Inc.; Berry Family Foundation; The Docking Group/RWBaird PWM; The family of Joyce (Egan) Markley; James H. & Eleanor M. Welch; James H. Welch IV; Richard & Margaret Wieland; Lynn & Don Stephan; Larry & Anna Fralick; The James Garvey Family Charitable Trust; Lamar & Cheryle Henderson; The family of F. David Seaton; TZ Productions; Father Tom Welk; The family of William J. Wesermann; Phil & Lori Richardson; H. Edward & Marla Flentje; Mid-States Fitness Equipment; The Spice Merchant; Howard Charles Hutchison, Sr. & Jr.; Commerce Bancshares Foundation; Sierra P. Scott & Harrison Schenk; A to Z Theatrical Supply & Service; Randy & Katherine Ambrose; Marcia & Ted D. Ayres; Larry Hatteberg; Dr. William & Marlene Hayes; Ray & Wilma McChristian; Sue Najim; Ron & Renae Ryan Susan Peters; and a host of other chartered building contributors.

Public Open House 2

Join us for the public grand opening on Friday, June 24, from 3-7pm.

Family Open House 

Join us for the family open house on Saturday, June 25, from 10am-1pm.

Tower under construction at  new building at 8710 E. 32nd St. N., Wichita.

PBS Kansas Honors Four Veterans and One Business at 2021 Veterans Coming Home Salute

WICHITA, Kan. — PBS Kansas Channel 8 honored four veterans and one business at its 7th annual Veterans Coming Home Salute on Nov. 6, 2021 at the Wichita Marriott. This event honored Kansas veterans who demonstrated outstanding service to their country, fellow veterans and their communities. Marri Krupco, Commander, Department of the Kansas American Legion, was the keynote speaker.

“This was a very special evening where we recognized veterans and one business that have changed lives,” said Victor Hogstrom, President & CEO at PBS Kansas. “Their service is inspiring and reminds us all that we can make a difference. We did not only share our positive thoughts about veterans, we boldly recognized them for what they have done to protect our democracy and continued a life of service to their communities.” 

Colonel Robert Hester received the top award, the PBS Kansas Senator Robert J. Dole Distinguished Service Award, and a signed copy of Bob Dole’s memoir, “One Soldier’s Story.” Hester was recognized for his distinguished career in the U.S. Army and influencing the lives of thousands of Wichita students through Junior ROTC in Wichita.

Ronald L. Colbert received the PBS Kansas Spirit AeroSystems Herb Duncan “Can Do Attitude” Award for his service in the U.S. Air Force, the numerous groups he is a part of and especially for his efforts to bring the replica Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall to Valley Center.

John Noonan, U.S. Navy veteran, received the PBS Kansas AgVantis Distinguished Veterans Coming Home Service Award for his tireless commitment to playing TAPS to support Department of Defense military funeral honors. 

Pastor Herman Hicks, U.S. Air Force veteran, received the PBS Kansas Distinguished Veterans Coming Home Service Award for his outstanding service in the U.S. Air Force and ministry in the community.

WSU’s Veterans Upward Bound received the PBS Kansas Foulston Siefkin LLP Veterans Coming Home Business Award (accepted by Veterans Upward Bound Director Stacia Lyday). This organization was recognized for the exceptional work they do to support veterans in Butler, Harvey and Sedgwick Counties. They work to help these veterans retrain for the workforce and be successful in life.  

Thank You to our Sponsors

PBS Kansas thanks the following sponsors of the 2021 Veterans Coming Home Salute: F.H. Kaysing Company, Lattner Family Foundation, Interstate Batteries, American Senior Benefits, Evergy, The Spice Merchant, Building Controls and Services, Spirit AeroSystems, Learjet Employees Care Fund, KSN, Foulston Siefkin LLP, Wichita State University Division of Diversity and Community Engagement Military and Veteran Services, AgVantis, Senator Robert J. Dole, Veterans Upward Bound, AARP Kansas, KOCH, The City of Derby, Sedgwick County and Friend of Veterans.

2021 Award Recipients

John Noonan, Pastor Herman Hicks, Colonel Robert Hester, Ronald L. Colbert and Stacia Lyday

Click here to see photos from the event.

PBS KANSAS Moving to New Offices and Studios 

WICHITA, Kan. — PBS KANSAS Channel 8 announced today it will relocate its offices and studios to a 31,000 square foot building on 32nd Street North, just off Rock Road. The building previously served as the headquarters of Meritrust Credit Union. This larger, more modern facility will enable Kansas’ most-watched public television station to vastly expand its local programming possibilities and community outreach. The 8710 East 32nd Street location also puts PBS Kansas in a more accessible, visible location within the North Rock Road business district and K-96 corridor. PBS KANSAS will begin full operations at the new location by early 2022. 

“This is truly a momentous occasion,” says PBS KANSAS President and CEO Victor Hogstrom. “Kansans deserve a contemporary, state-of-the-art public television facility that accommodates the technological and workplace demands of the 21st century. It is also essential in providing the kinds of locally-produced programs and educational outreach that present-day public television audiences expect and deserve.”

PBS KANSAS, formerly known as KPTS – Channel 8, has been operating out of an 8,000 square-foot former auto parts store near 21st and Waco since 1980.  “This location was never ideal, but the PBS KANSAS staff through the years found ways to make it work,” Hogstrom says. “When I first walked in the door of PBS KANSAS almost five years ago, I immediately realized we needed a new building. A tiny studio with passing trains interrupting productions, cramped offices, inadequate restroom facilities and a dilapidated exterior have created continual challenges for staff and visitors. This television station belongs to the public. The public has long deserved something better. Now thanks to the generosity of a small group of community-minded donors, the public will get it.”

The new PBS KANSAS facility will include two large studios which will accommodate the production of more types of local programs and allow for the possibility of studio audiences. It will also include a Children’s Discovery and Education Center that will allow visitors to experience hands-on activities that are fun and engaging and promote lifelong learning. In addition, there will be a PBS KANSAS museum for the public to visit and a community room available for local groups to meet and hold special events.

“Public Television elevates the quality of our society with the kinds of educational and entertainment programming that is only provided by a public, non-profit television station such as PBS KANSAS,” Hogstrom adds. He says renovation work to transform the former credit union headquarters into a television station will begin shortly, upon raising additional funds. 

The station is offering 25-year naming rights opportunities for sponsorship of various rooms and offices in the new facility.  Rooms may be named after a person or company or in memoriam. The sponsor’s name will appear on a plaque next to the door of the sponsored room and the actual donor’s name will be placed on the PBS KANSAS Wall of Giving in the lobby of the new building. Those individuals who cannot manage the sponsorship of a room, may become a BuildingChartered Contributor, by contributing $1,000 to $2,000 and their names will appear on a perpetual plaque with the names of other Chartered Contributors.  This plaque will hang on the wall of the lobby of the new building.  All contributions toward the building can be sent to: Building Fund, PBS KANSAS, 320 W 21ST N Wichita, KS 67203.

Click here to make your contribution and become a Chartered Contributor.

We Got The Keys!

PBS Kansas New Building Announcement

PBS KANSAS will begin full operations at the new location by early 2022.

Ready To Start The Next Chapter

PBS KANSAS Presents: Kansas Baseball: Swinging for the Fences

PBS KANSAS Presents: Kansas Baseball: Swinging for the Fences Premieres at New Ball Park & In Homes on PBS KANSAS – Channel 8

WICHITA, Kan. — PBS KANSAS announces its newest, local documentary Kansas Baseball: Swinging for the Fences, the first comprehensive look at fascinating stories behind Kansas baseball and its historic and cultural significance to our communities. The documentary is produced by PBS KANSAS’ Chris Frank and Mike Oliver.

You can watch the new baseball documentary from home Thursday, June 10 at 7 p.m. and Tuesday, June 15 at 7 p.m. on PBS KANSAS - Channel 8

PBS KANSAS is proud to present another locally-produced documentary. Part of our mission is to educate our community, and this look back at baseball in Kansas does just that,” said Victor Hogstrom, President & CEO. “It brings awareness to the history of Kansas baseball and celebrates the impact of the game on Kansas culture. Kansas Baseball: Swinging for the Fences also highlights Kansas baseball ‘firsts’ and introduces the new professional team, the Wichita Wind Surge.” 

Wichita Story Magazine

Sponsors

Many thanks to the following sponsors who have brought this dynamic documentary to life: Humanities KansasFidelity Bank; Meineke Auto Care Centers of Wichita, Derby and Hutchinson; and the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission.

Now, let’s play ball!

How to Watch PBS KANSAS 

You can watch “Seriously Good TV” on four channels, 8.1, 8.2, 8.3 and 8.4 via antenna. You can stream our main channel (8.1) from our website – kpts.org. You can watch our main channel (8.1) and our kids’ channel (8.4) on YouTube TV.

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KPTS Hosts Judicial and Senate Race Forums

WICHITA, Kan. –KPTS – Channel 8 is hosting two, on-air forums to introduce viewers to the candidates in three contested races for district judges in Sedgwick County, and in the important race for U.S. Senate, with the winner replacing the seat being vacated by Senator Pat Roberts.

“At KPTS, we take our mission of educating and informing the community very seriously, because KPTS is seriously good TV,” said KPTS President and CEO Victor Hogstrom. “We see it as KPTS’ role to host candidate forums to help our viewers make informed choices at the polls this November, especially in these times of COVID-19 where people cannot gather at in-person events”

Watch KPTS – Channel 8 at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15 for the Sedgwick County District Judges Forum 2020 moderated by Chris Frank. This show will feature the following candidates running for contested judges’ seats in Sedgwick County Judicial District 18: Joni Cole (D) and Phillip Journey (R); Monique Centeno (D) and Quentin Pittman (R); and James Thompson (D) and Sean Hatfield (R). This program is supported by: Hite, Fanning & Honeyman, L.L.P.; The League of Women Voters; Martin Pringle Attorneys at Law; and the Wichita Women Attorneys Association.

Watch KPTS – Channel 8 at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22 for the U.S. Senate Race: Interviews with the Candidates hosted by Susan Peters. It’s the political race that could swing the balance of power in Washington. Susan Peters goes one-on-one with the two candidates vying for Kansas’ open U.S. Senate seat. No questions are off the table as the veteran journalist asks the tough questions you want answered from Republican Roger Marshall and Democrat Barbara Bollier.

Sedgwick County Judges Forum 2020, Complete Episode

This show will feature candidates running for contested seats in Sedgwick County.

2020 US Senate Race

An on-air forum to introduce viewers to the candidates in the 2020 U.S. Senate race.


Kansas Public Telecommunication Services (PBS KANSAS - Channel 8) is our community-owned public media organization whose mission is to educate, engage, entertain and enrich Kansans. PBS KANSAS’ vision is to be a primary influence for a thriving, engaged community.