Learning Matters

I think the teaching profession contributes more to the future of our society than any other single profession.
— John Wooden, UCLA Basketball Coach*
Some might be surprised to hear this from a competitive NCAA Division One coach, but those who … Continued

Dear Friends, Thank You!

As we enter our 40th year of service to southern Oregon, I’m reminded of people like you who have made KSYS and KFTS and our many translators possible. Thank you! Together, we’ve accomplished a great deal providing local programming and … Continued

Forty Years of Service

This month your Southern Oregon Public Television celebrates its 40th year of bringing you the best television on television.
It all began in May of 1927 when Philo Farnsworth transmitted television pictures as part of a prototypical television system. By 1947 … Continued

Honoring Veterans at SOPTV

This month our country will elect a new President and re-elect or send new representatives to Salem and Sacramento and to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. I hope you have found coverage by The PBS NewsHour, Washington Week, … Continued

Behind the Scenes at SOPTV

This month I want to update you on a few things happening behind the scenes at SOPTV.
New Database. We are in the final stages of moving to new membership software. SOPTV will be working with our colleagues at WGBH-Boston to … Continued


Many thanks for participating in our annual member preference poll. This is the ninth year we have asked you to rate our programs, services, and your member experience.
Your comments, suggestions, and criticisms help us improve our services to you. We … Continued

Programming and Funding Updates

Hope you are enjoying your summer and have appreciated many of our recent new programs on SOPTV, including Dancing on the Edge, The Tunnel, Shetland, and the Great British Baking Show, Season 3. This month we are looking forward to … Continued

Daytime Emmy Awards

Well, we’ve done it again. This year PBS programming received 15 Daytime Emmys!
Winners included:
• This Old House – Outstanding Lifestyle program
• Sesame Street – Outstanding Preschool Children’s Series
• The Mind of a Chef – Outstanding Directing in a Lifestyle/Culinary/Travel Program
• Peg + Cat … Continued

Our Past and Our Future

Dear Friends,
Last month we launched our annual member and viewer survey. This poll is one of the ways we can understand what you value most about SOPTV’s programs and services. So please take this opportunity to share your thoughts with … Continued


The average American watches 35 hours of television a week. That’s 1,820 hours a year. This figure does not include streaming content from Netflix, Hulu, or PBS.org and video.SOPTV.org.
As a member of SOPTV, I’m sure your television viewing is probably … Continued