Kansas City PBS Announces Major Overhaul of Content Production Spaces

Transformative funding from The Sunderland Foundation and the Kansas Department of Commerce will support new technology and equipment upgrades.


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Kansas City, MO – Kansas City PBS is excited to announce continued facility improvements following a major building renovation that concluded last spring. This grant-funded initiative, made possible through significant support from The Sunderland Foundation and the Kansas Department of Commerce’s Kansas Public Broadcasting grant, serves to enhance Kansas City PBS' commitment to excellent public media and community service. The transformative funding will support the station in providing even more enriching content for its coverage area, spanning 15 counties in Kansas and 21 counties in Missouri.

“This investment reinforces our dedication to delivering impactful messages and stories to our region,” said Kliff Kuehl, Kansas City PBS president and CEO. “Thanks to support from The Sunderland Foundation and the Kansas Department of Commerce, we will continue to elevate the quality and versatility of our local productions, connecting more people to the content they love.”

In 2024, the station plans to leverage the additional funding to revamp its production spaces. This noteworthy renovation encompasses upgrades to studio lighting infrastructure, the buildout of a secondary studio to support smaller productions, and a dedicated workshop for set construction, among other improvements. Additionally, investments will be made in remote production equipment to expand the station's capacity to meet audiences where they are to share meaningful conversations and deliver hyperlocal content.

"The Sunderland Foundation is pleased to continue our support of improvements to the Kansas City PBS facility," said Randy Vance, President & COO of The Sunderland Foundation. "This investment enables their team to continue to support local audiences with essential content and aligns with our mission to promote cultural and educational enrichment and contribute toward a better future for all Kansas Citians.”

This recognition from The Sunderland Foundation, known for its commitment to supporting nonprofit organizations that enhance the quality of life in the communities they serve, is a testament to the station's impact on the local community and its ability to create content that resonates with a diverse audience.

Additionally, the generous Kansas Public Broadcasting grant awarded by the Kansas Department of Commerce was funded by the American Rescue Plan Act and designed to support public broadcasting infrastructure impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

To learn more about Kansas City PBS and our upcoming programming, visit kansascitypbs.org.

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