A Rich History and a Bright Future
In the late 1950s, community leaders, educators and owners of commercial television stations joined together to endorse a proposal to start an educational television station in North Texas.
KERA Channel 13 went on the air in late 1960 with a limited schedule of programs for teachers and students. Since that time, KERA TV has evolved to carry a full slate of public television programs and independent productions, including an extensive lineup of weekday programs committed to the intellectual and social development of children. KERA also continues to produce local content for its North Texas audience with shows like CEO with Lee Cullum. Throughout its history, many of KERA’s original productions about the arts, community affairs and current events have received notable national honors including the Emmy Award and the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, among others.
In 2009, a second television channel, KERA WORLD 13.2, was launched and significantly increased the availability and variety of public television programming in North Texas.
KERA’s public radio station 90.1 FM went on the air in 1974, serving Dallas, Fort Worth and Denton. In subsequent years, the station expanded its broadcast reach to Wichita Falls (88.3), Tyler (100.1) and Sherman (99.3). KERA FM has a news and information format. The station’s own productions include reports and specials from the KERA news staff, Think with Krys Boyd and Anything You Ever Wanted to Know with Jeff Whittington.
A second radio station, KKXT 91.7 FM with a music format, began broadcasting in late 2009 to the greater Dallas, Fort Worth and Denton metropolitan area. This station’s programming is also streamed online at kxt.org. The majority of KXT 91.7’s music programs are locally hosted by DJs Gini Mascorro, Joe Kozera and Paul Slavens. KXT also has a mobile app, and pages on Facebook and Twitter.
In recent years, Art&Seek has brought unprecedented attention to and coverage of the arts in North Texas through reporting and programs on KERA TV, KERA FM and KXT. The website artandseek.org has over 3,000 community partners. Follow what’s new in the arts on Art&Seek’s pages on Facebook and Twitter.
North Texas Public Broadcasting, which is the parent organization for all services, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization that, from its earliest days, has largely been funded through the generous financial support from individuals and foundations. NTPB is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. President and CEO Mary Anne Alhadeff leads a staff of 77.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mary Anne Alhadeff
Since October of 2005, Mary Anne Alhadeff has been President and CEO of North Texas Public Broadcasting, a not-for-profit public media organization that serves the people of North Texas through programming on KERA TV, KERA WORLD, KERA FM, KXT 91.7, Art&Seek and online and mobile resources. Mary Anne is a public broadcasting veteran of more than 20 years. She was elected to the PBS Board of Directors, served on its Executive Committee and chaired the Content Policy Committee which oversees PBS programs. She was also appointed to the PBS Strategic Planning Advisory Group and the Editorial Standards Review Committee. Previously, Mary Anne was the President and CEO for the statewide Maine Public Broadcasting Network and CEO at Prairie Public Broadcasting. Currently, Mary Anne serves on the board of American Public Television and on the General Managers’ Advisory Council of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Locally, she is a member of the Board of Directors for the SMU Tate Lecture Series, the UNT Board of Visitors, the President’s Advisory Council of the AT&T Performing Arts Center, the Downtown Dallas Residents’ Council, the Dallas Summit, the Dallas Assembly, the St. Alcuin School Advisory Board, the Dallas Theater Center Advisory Council and the International Women’s Forum.