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Smoky Hills PBS has now been "In Your Neighborhood" for 40 years!  

Thanks to viewers like you we have been found on your television screens, in your community with special events, in classrooms with PBS KIDS and PBS Learning Media, and even at your fingertips with our NEW Smoky Hills PBS app. 

Times have changed throughout our 40 years, but one thing has been consistent .. The LOVE we have for our viewers and friends!   


Hear What Our Friends Are Saying ....

Smoky Hills PBS Testimonial - Helen Hands

Smoky Hills PBS Testimonial from Helen Hands about Smoky Hills PBS book distribution and their 40th Anniversary.

Smoky Hills PBS | NOVA Testimonial l The Importance

Learn how NOVA inspires viewers and impacts their lives, teaching them a LOVE of science. 

Smoky Hills PBS 40 Years l Children's Programming

Hear from one of our viewers on the memories they have of Smoky Hills PBS and how important SHPBS was throughout their childhood and even into adulthood. 

Smoky Hills PBS | Viewer Testimonial l Kids Club Program

What is the Smoky Hills KIds Club program? Learn how your kids can be a part of this program and also support the shows they love. 


Get To Know SHPBS Staff and Board Members In Your Neighborhood ...

Meet Les, Senior Producer/Director

Les Kinderknecht

Senior Producer/Director

Meet Betsy Schwien, General Manager of SHPBS

Betsy Schwien

General Manager

Meet Josh, SHPBS Board Member

Josh Waddell


Meet Randall, SHPBS Board Member

Randall Weller

BOARD MEMBER (Chair-Emeritus)

40 Years

40 for 40

Contributing to our 40 Years “In Your Neighborhood” Fund is one of the most effective ways you can support SHPBS and public media in Central and Western Kansas.  It promotes a promise to the future of Smoky Hills PBS.  

YES - COUNT ME IN -> $40 to honor 40 Years!

3 ways to make your donation:

  1. Online by clicking the button below
  2. By phone:  1-800-337-4788
  3. By Mail:  Click the button below to send in your 40 for 40 slip with your check or money order

Save the Date

10/10/23 - Come celebrate with us!  We will have a 40th Celebration Dinner and Movie event at the FOX Theatre in Hays, KS.  More details to come in 2023!  Mark this important date!

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