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Arkansas PBS new member challenge offers benefit of Arkansas PBS Passport

Posted 24 Mar 2021

Ambassadors Circle will award $21,000 if goal is met

CONWAY, Ark. (Arkansas PBS) — Arkansas PBS now offers members exclusive online and streaming access to hundreds of hours of locally produced shows and documentaries – like “Exploring Arkansas,” “Cooking on the Wild Side” and “Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street” – and BBC favorites like “Dickensian,” “Pride and Prejudice” and “Sanditon” through Arkansas PBS Passport. The network has begun a new member challenge, which seeks to gain 3,000 new members by June 30, which is approximately one new member per hour from the challenge’s Feb. 25 launch date. If the challenge is met, Arkansas PBS will receive additional funds of $21,000 from members of the Ambassadors Circle. Anyone interested in becoming a member should visit or call 800-662-2386.

“We are so grateful to our Ambassadors Circle donors for their generosity in providing this membership challenge,” Arkansas PBS Foundation Chief Executive Officer Marge Betley said. “They recognize – as we do – that our members are the heart of Arkansas PBS.

“We really couldn’t do what we do without them – and we look forward to welcoming 3,000 new members into our Arkansas PBS family through this challenge!”

Every hour of programming on Arkansas PBS is made possible by support from viewers. Arkansas PBS counts on members’ generous gifts to create and secure the programs Arkansans love, hour after hour and year after year. Donors are invited to challenge their friends and family members to help meet this goal by sharing personal invitations, sending emails and posting on social media outlets using #ARPBSChampion.

Members who donate $5 or more monthly as an Arkansas PBS Sustainer receive the added benefit of Arkansas PBS Passport, 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. This month, Arkansas PBS Passport specials include “Miss Scarlet & the Duke,” “All Creatures Great and Small” and “No Second Chance,” “In Concert at the Hollywood Bowl” and "When Disaster Strikes.” 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.

Members of the Arkansas PBS Foundation Ambassadors Circle provide crucial unrestricted funds to ensure the availability of high-quality programs and outreach services for viewers, students and families across the state of Arkansas.

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, Arkansas’s only statewide public media network, 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 livestreaming at, 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).