Blue Ridge PBS, founded in 1967, is the sole public multimedia enterprise serving 42% of the Commonwealth in addition to individuals in portions of three states. Through our over-the-air broadcast, cable channels and streaming channels, the station reaches southwestern, central and southside Virginia as well as bordering counties in Tennessee, West Virginia, and North Carolina. As the region's storyteller, Blue Ridge PBS offers outstanding informational, educational and cultural programming, along with an award-winning local production team devoted to regional issues and interests. Thousands of schoolchildren and their teachers benefit from the station's educational programs that provide a safe, trusted environment for innovative on-air and online learning.
Based in Roanoke, Va., Blue Ridge PBS is comprised of five broadcast channels: WBRA-TV 15.1, Southwest Virginia PTV 15.2, Blue Ridge PBS Kids 15.3, Blue Ridge PBS Create 15.4, and ECHO (Education. Community. Health. Opportunity) 15.5.
In addition, Blue Ridge PBS has three streaming channels: Blue Ridge Streaming, ECHO, and Project Southwest. Project Southwest focuses on sharing the sights, sounds and stories of far Southwest Virginia with people from all over the world.