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Arkansas PBS earns $20,000 grant by meeting Susan Howarth Foundation new member challenge

Posted 14 Jul 2020

CONWAY, Ark. (Arkansas PBS) — Arkansas PBS recently surpassed a 100-day challenge to gain 3,000 new members, earning $20,000 for programming expenses from the Susan Howarth Foundation. A total of 3,123 members became supporters of Arkansas PBS during the challenge period.

“We are grateful for the generous support of our new members that allowed Arkansas PBS to receive the Susan Howarth Foundation grant,” Dr. S. Lynne Rich, Arkansas PBS Foundation Board president, said. “New contributions made by our viewers and the grant funds enable us to provide more programming viewers appreciate.

“These programs can make a difference in the lives of children and communities throughout Arkansas. We appreciate Susan Howarth’s life-long love of public media and her thoughtfulness in including Arkansas PBS as one of the stations her foundation supports.”

Prior to her passing in 2018, Howarth established the Susan Howarth Foundation to provide support to the stations she cared about so they can continue their innovative work in their communities.

Howarth, a 45-year veteran of public broadcasting, served as executive director of Arkansas PBS from 1989 to 1999, was president and CEO of WCET in Cincinnati, and was president and CEO of WEDU in Tampa Bay at the time of her passing. She served in leadership positions with numerous regional and national broadcasting organizations over the years.

Supporting Arkansas PBS has ripple effects across The Natural State, helping to support local and national programs, classroom initiatives, education projects and so much more. Anyone interested in becoming an Arkansas PBS member can visit or call 800-662-2386.

Members who donate at least $60 annually or $5 or more monthly as an Arkansas PBS Sustainer gain access to the best value in on-demand streaming and a rich library of public television programming. From Arkansas PBS originals to special extended – and often early – access to PBS favorites, Arkansas PBS Passport members can watch online or through mobile and streaming devices. Additional information is available at

Other membership levels include:

·        Basic Membership – $45.

·        Passport Level – $60 annually or $5 monthly.

·        Sustainer – any amount monthly.

·        Ambassadors Circle – $500.

·        Directors Level – $1,000.

The Arkansas PBS Foundation exists to support Arkansas PBS’s mission of enhancing lives through trusted, multiplatform public media content and educational services. The Foundation provides Arkansans with opportunities to connect with Arkansas’s only statewide public media by becoming a financial donor, corporate or foundation partner, volunteer, or by other means of giving. The Arkansas PBS Foundation builds and strengthens relationships between Arkansas PBS, donors and audiences and is committed to being a transparent and accountable steward of private financial support.

Arkansas PBS is Arkansas’s only statewide public media network, which enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. Arkansas PBS delivers daily, essential, local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers through multiple digital platforms, including on-demand services and YouTube TV, and the distinct channels Arkansas PBS, Arkansas PBS Create, Arkansas PBS KIDS, Arkansas PBS WORLD and Arkansas PBS AIRS on SAP. Members with Arkansas PBS Passport have extended on-demand access to a rich library of public television programming. Arkansas PBS depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. Additional information is available at Arkansas PBS is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro) and KETZ (El Dorado).