ERIC Number: ED226696
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Expanding the Reach of the Sun Prairie Cable Children's Channel: A Study to Determine the Feasibility of Extending the Existing "KIDS-4" into a County-Wide Facility.
American Council for Better Broadcasts, Madison, WI.
This study was undertaken to ascertain the need for and determine the feasibility of extending KIDS-4, a non-profit, non-commercial children's cable television project, from its base in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, to other communities in Dane County. The programming and production for this project, which was started in 1977, are entirely conceived, developed, and implemented by local school children ranging in age from 9 to 14 years. Two community surveys--one to ascertain the attitudes of parents to children and television, and the other to determine the viewing patterns and favorite television shows of school children--were commissioned, as well as a technical survey to examine the feasibility and cost effectiveness of physical interconnection of the systems throughout the county. In addition, personal in-depth interviews were conducted with business persons, community leaders, elected officials, and educators to assess their awareness, interest, potential support, and the political climate in which the expanded children's channel would develop. Results of the study showed that the projected expansion would be both desirable and feasibile, and welcomed by Dane County communities. Appendices include a statement of the rationale for the program; reports on each of the surveys; a description of an international live satellite interconnect demonstration which linked children in interactive participatory television; descriptions of KIDS-4 which have appeared in several publications; and a packet of project administrative materials. (LMM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Telecommunications and Information Administration (DOC), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Council for Better Broadcasts, Madison, WI.
Identifiers: KIDS 4; Wisconsin
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