Ten Reasons to Stand with WLIW

March 16, 2017
Students at the Perlman Music Program on eastern Long Island, featured on WLIW ArtsBeat on November 3, 2016.

Students at the Perlman Music Program on eastern Long Island, featured on WLIW ArtsBeat on November 3, 2016.

Your PBS Station WLIW21 has shown you the world, enlightened you about history, and engaged you in science and the diversity of the human experience.

You’ve learned what to call things and question what it all may mean.

From children learning about emotions on Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood to de-mystifying math with Cyberchase, to discovering little known facts on Nature and Antiques Roadshow, to listening to experts respectfully disagree on MetroFocus and PBS NewsHour — everyone can grow with WLIW21. We not only produce high-quality programming focused on the tri-state region, we’re also part of your community.

Ten Reasons to stand with WLIW


1. Balanced News Coverage

PBS NewsHour prides itself on fair, balanced and accurate reporting, and bringing in guest experts who voice opposing views with civility. While ratings for the three major network news programs are down compared to February 2016, PBS NewsHour is the only network news program to have increased its viewership. TVNewser points out that for the period from October – January, PBS NewsHour viewership is up 24 percent compared to the same period a year earlier.

MetroFocus is WLIW21’s nightly news program focusing on the New York region. The program features news, smart conversations, in-depth reporting, content from many partners and solutions-oriented reporting featuring nonprofit leaders, officials and scholars. Major areas of coverage include sustainability, education, science and technology, the environment, transportation, poverty and underserved communities.

See more of our news and public affairs programs.

2. Stories About You

WLIW21 produces stories about your family, culture, history and identity. With programs like the Emmy Award-winning Latino Americans of NY & NJ and Italian Americans of New York and New Jersey we share your stories and celebrate the lives, achievements and rich diversity of the tri-state community.

3. Access to the Arts and Local Artists

WLIW21 pulls back the curtain on local and national arts and artists. The station spearheads an arts and culture content sharing collaboration with public television stations across the country. The content is geographically diverse and artistically broad. Stations are now able to create their own local arts programming through this cooperative initiative, making WLIW21’s efforts meaningful beyond what you see in the tri-state area.

Each month WLIW Arts Beat spotlights the thriving and expansive arts and culture scene on Long Island, as well as stories from across the nation. The program is a direct result of this content sharing collaboration.

Taped at the Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center, 66th & Broadway is a series featuring cabaret artists in captivating performances. To expand on the series, the station hosted and live streamed its first open mic night featuring performances by multi-generational local artists from disciplines including spoken word, dance, music and comedy. Each performance reflected the diversity and variety of life experience that is unique to living in this region.

Public television’s critically acclaimed music performance series Front and Center brings viewers a diverse music line-up spanning genres and generations, and Live From the Artists Den brings audiences intimate music experiences, showcasing ground-breaking and inspiring artists.

4. Issues that Affect Your Community

Each week, Long Island Business Report provides an in-depth look at the people and organizations endeavoring to make Long Island a more dynamic place to live and work. Host Jim Paymar explores the economic and business trends that impact the nearly three million people who call Nassau and Suffolk counties home.

Playing by the Rules: Ethics at Work, a new documentary series, explores the vital role of ethics in contemporary business practices. Public media is uniquely placed to explore challenging topics like business ethics in depth. WLIW21 is digging deeper to tell a more nuanced and detailed story of decision-making in the work place.

5. Commitment to Veterans

WLIW21 was one of 14 public television stations that examined the military-civilian divide through the original web series Veterans Coming Home. The series is an innovative cross-platform public media initiative that tells veterans’ stories, challenges stereotypes and explores how the values of service and citizenship are powerful connectors for all Americans. WLIW21 invited the community to participate in a screening event at the Plainview studio for a solutions-oriented roundtable discussion about veteran issues and the military-civilian divide on Long Island.

To expand on our commitment to veterans, WLIW21 is launching a new, free, Veterans Content Sharing Initiative, enabling public media stations across the country to share local content about veterans, expand their programming, and better serve their communities.

Local veterans and their family members are invited to share personal stories about their service, at home and abroad, and their lives after service on WLIW21’s dedicated webpage www.wliw.org/legacies-of-war.

6. Cultural Heritage

Each week the Emmy Award-winning Treasures of New York documentary series features the premier historic establishments that impact the culture, arts, and education as well as the diverse communities of the metro area, from Lincoln Center, to the American Museum of Natural History, to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, to The Drama League, and beyond.

7. Technology and Innovation

Each week SciTech Now, the newsmagazine program hosted by Hari Sreenivasan, anchor of PBS Newshour Weekend and a senior correspondent for the nightly NewsHour, tackles topics including technology, scientific discovery and innovation. SciTech Now is an expansion of WLIW21 arts and culture content sharing initiative, which has advanced collaborations between public television stations.

8. Programs With Intelligence and Without Interruption

On broadcast or streaming, we don’t interrupt viewing with commercials. You can enjoy Masterpiece’s British dramas such as Victoria and Downton Abbey, local arts with WLIW Arts Beat and NYC-ARTS, science and the animal kingdom on Nature and NOVA, and in-depth investigative reporting by Frontline, all without interruption on WLIW21.

9. High Tea

WLIW21 is your destination for High Tea, where you can relax with the company of your favorite British characters and programs weekdays at 4pm.

10. Safe Haven Programming for Children

WLIW21 offers hours of children’s programs daily that parents can rely upon to provide educational, entertaining and safe programming for their families.

Let Federal Legislators Know Where You Stand With WLIW21

The proposed Federal budget was released March 16, and as we feared, funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) has been eliminated. CPB funds all public broadcasting, including WLIW21. Your federal legislators will consider the proposed budget between now and October 2017. Find your Federal representatives by entering your home zipcode on the site whoismyrespresentative.com.

Call or write your representative to say why you support WLIW21.