WSIU Public Broadcasting exists to improve the quality of life of the people we serve. Through programs, services, and outreach, WSIU partners with other community organizations to promote positive change, and to support the academic and public service missions of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. WSIU’s programs and services are partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; federal and state grants; corporate support; and from station membership. In 2018 we expanded our station footprint to serve nearly five million people in parts of six states including Missouri, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, and 67-of the 102 counties in Illinois.
We reach our audience through five digital public television channels (WSIU TV, Carbondale; WUSI TV, Olney; WSEC TV, Springfield; WMEC TV, Macomb & WQEC TV, Quincy), three public radio stations (90.3FM Olney, 91.9FM Carbondale & 88.9FM Mt. Vernon), a radio information service - Southern Illinois Radio Information Service (SIRIS) for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, two websites (wsiu.org & news.wsiu.org), the WSIU mobile app, and an education and community outreach department.
WSIU is one of only a handful of stations in the country to offer college students direct, hands-on experience in all aspects of the broadcast industry. Each year, more than 100 SIU Carbondale students work alongside WSIU’s professional staff, serving as producers, directors, reporters, news anchors, camera operators, audio and lighting technicians, and more. Graduates serve with distinction at radio, television, and cable outlets in the U.S. and abroad and at high-profile media organizations such as ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and ESPN.
A TRUSTED SOURCE FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES
We take pride in our reputation as a local news leader and trusted source for family-friendly entertainment and educational content. We expanded on this commitment in FY20 with the launch of the PBS KIDS 24/7 Channel in March 2020 and by providing local and national instructional television content for middle school and high school students in April 2020.
A COMMUNITY CONNECTOR
WSIU serves as an essential link, connecting our audience to the wider world through programming focused on the arts, culture, and history. We amplify our region’s local voices and diverse perspectives with original programming such as Illinois Stories which highlights the people and places that make western, central, and downstate Illinois unique.
A REGIONAL PARTNER
WSIU is not just a service provider, but a strategic regional partner. Each year, WSIU works with libraries, museums, local service agencies, local businesses, PreK-20 educators, and community volunteers to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve. We excel in our role as a community connector, working with more than 100+ regional partners to provide in-depth reporting, community engagement, and informative programming on the issues and policies impacting our region.