Montana Public Radio, MontanaPBS Earn Grant for Veterans Project

May 03, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Corporation for Public Broadcasting recently announced a grant of $25,000 to Montana Public Radio and MontanaPBS for “Veterans Coming Home: Finding What Works,” a digital-first content and engagement project.

Montana Public Radio and MontanaPBS will focus on successful examples of veterans “finding what works” as they transition to civilian life: advancing their education, furthering their careers and contributing to their community.

“There are a number of uniquely Montana programs that have been created to help our veterans through tough times in their lives,” said Ray Ekness, director of the University of Montana Broadcast Media Center that houses both Montana Public Radio and MontanaPBS. “Many of our Montana friends and family members are veterans, so I’m glad we’ll be able to highlight some of the projects that are working in our state.”

The new grants are the third phase of public media’s “Veterans Coming Home” project, which has featured nearly 200 new, digital veteran-related stories shared across public media, partner organizations and social media since 2016.

The videos, including locally produced stories, have been viewed more than 4.5 million times as part of a cohesive national digital series and innovative campaign to help bridge the military-civilian divide.

“One of the most important ways public media honors and supports those who serve our country is by telling their stories of commitment, courage and perseverance,” said Pat Harrison, president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. “As veterans return to civilian life, public media is connecting these men and women and their talents to a productive future through jobs and careers.”

The Montana project is one of 14 station projects receiving these “Veterans Coming Home: Finding What Works” grants as part of the national effort. These stations will produce local digital content as part of a co-production and social media campaign with national producer The Kindling Group and Wisconsin Public Broadcasting.

Montana Public Radio and MontanaPBS will convene local organizations, community leaders and engaged citizens to increase dialogue around what works for post-9/11 veterans’ reintegration. The events and social media engagement will launch over the summer and culminate in a digital series to premiere on Veterans Day in November.

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About Montana Public Radio

Montana Public Radio is a public service of UM and broadcasts on 89.1 Missoula (KUFM), 91.5 Missoula, city (K218AI), 91.9 Hamilton (KUFN), 89.5 Polson (KPJH), 90.1 Kalispell, Whitefish, North Valley (KUKL), 90.5 Libby (KUFL), 91.7 Kalispell, city (K219BN), 101.3 Swan Lake (K267BJ), 91.3 Butte (KAPC), 91.7 Helena (KUHM), 91.7 Dillon (K219DN) and 89.9 Great Falls (KGPR). Learn more at http://mtpr.org.    

About MontanaPBS

MontanaPBS (KUFM-TV in Missoula, KUSM-TV in Bozeman, KUKL-TV in Kalispell, KBGS-TV in Billings, KUGF-TV in Great Falls and KUHM-TV in Helena) is a service of UM and Montana State University. For more information, visit http://www.montanapbs.org/

About Veterans Coming Home

“Veterans Coming Home” is a collaborative, multiplatform effort to highlight innovative, effective programs and individuals that are leading the way to better outcomes for veterans transitioning to civilian life. Combining public media storytelling, local station convenings, deep local partnerships, and innovative digital distribution and dialogue, “Veterans Coming Home” is moving the narrative beyond traditional veteran stereotypes to build understanding of veterans’ value to their communities and ease their transitions to civilian life.

About CPB

CPB, a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of nearly 1,500 locally owned and operated public television and radio stations nationwide. CPB is also the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television, and related online services. For more information, visit http://www.cpb.org, follow on Twitter @CPBmedia, Facebook and LinkedIn, and subscribe for email updates.

Contact: Ray Ekness, Broadcast Media Center director and MTPR general manager, 406-243-4154, ray.ekness@umontana.edu.