About AETN

Agency Financials and Official Documents

Revenue: $7,526,321.83
Expenditures: $4,222,609.82
Debt: $0.00
Payments to Cities & Counties: $363.46

Revenue

Top 10 Sources:

Source Amount
TRANSFER IN $4,897,163.19
OTHER REVENUE $2,628,720.23
SPECIAL REVENUE $438.41

Expenditures

Top 10 Categories:

Source Amount
02 BROADCAST PROGRAM LICENSE $1,869,190.68
03 BENEFITS INSURANCE EXPENSE HEALTH ACC & LIFE $342,720.00
02 ELECTRICITY $271,663.02
02 OTHER RENT & LEASES $240,380.36
11 EQUIPMENT (MODIFIED) $146,700.28
02 PORTAL COURSEWARE LICENSE $143,793.00
02 BUILDING & GROUNDS MAINTENANCE $142,602.80
02 SOFTWARE/LICENSES $118,148.85
02 ASSOCIATION & MEMBERSHIP DUES $79,284.49
10 PROFESSIONAL & ADMINISTRATIVE FEES $74,575.00

Contracts

Top 10 Vendors:

Vendor Amount
PUBLIC BROADCASTING SERVICE $1,754,234.00
MISSION BROADCASTING INC $1,037,133.39
LINKEDIN CORPORATION $480,000.00
SPECTRASITE BROADCAST TOWERS INC $411,219.58
ASHLEY SHARP $270,373.23
APPLE INC $145,820.66
STEPHEN W BARNES $139,955.67
NEWPORT TELEVISION LLC $102,532.50
DELL MARKETING LP $79,666.19
JVCKENWOOD USA CORPORATION $68,327.52

Contracts

Top 10 Categories:

Categories Amount
OTHER $4,342,851.48
CAPITAL OUTLAY $273,546.54
COMMODITIES $235,070.45
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES $110,055.67

AETN Commission

FOI NOTICE: AETN Commission to meet March 4
The Arkansas Educational Television Network Commission will meet Wednesday, March 4, at 11 a.m. in studio C of the network headquarters, 350 S. Donaghey Ave., Conway, Arkansas. This is an open meeting under the provisions of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act, and the public is invited. The meeting will also be livestreamed on AR-CAN,


Skip Holland
Chair

Fayetteville, Arkansas
Commission Service:
3/23/2013-3/23/2021

John Brown
Vice-Chair

Siloam Springs, Arkansas
Commission Service:
5/20/15-3/23/23

West Doss
Treasurer

Fayetteville, Arkansas
Commission Service:
3/31/16-3/23/24

Woody Freeman
Jonesboro, Arkansas
Commission Service:
12/4/18-3/23/2026

Annette Herrington
Little Rock, Arkansas
Commission Service:
3/23/12-3/23/20

Dr. Kathryn Jones
Bentonville, Arkansas
Commission Service:
3/23/13-3/23/21

Arkansas Educational Television Network Description of Commissioner Responsibilities

Commissioners are appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Arkansas Senate. Commissioners serve eight-year terms, which are renewable. Of the eight Commissioners, one will be from each of the state's four congressional districts, one will be actively involved in the Arkansas public school system, and one will be actively involved in higher education in Arkansas. The role of an AETN Commissioner is that of citizen representative responsible for the oversight of the statewide telecommunications network. A Commissioner is an active supporter of AETN and its mission. A Commissioner is expected to increase his or her understanding of public broadcasting in general and the AETN organization in particular. When appropriate, a Commissioner is expected to contribute time, ideas and resources to advance the goals of AETN in serving the state.

A Commissioner shall be subject to removal from office is he or she is absent, without satisfactory excuse, from three consecutive Commission meetings.

Commissioners should commit themselves to:

  • Gain a thorough understanding of AETN's mission, goals, policies, services, strengths and needs.
  • Hire an executive director to carry out the mission and the policies of the Commission and to direct the staff in the operation of AETN. Conduct a regular and appropriate review of the performance of the executive director.
  • Establish and regularly review policies for AETN and oversee the business of the Commission.
  • Gain an understanding of AETN's finances in order to help the Commission fulfill its fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Support actions and programs that will ensure AETN's long-term financial stability.
  • Serve as advocates of AETN's goals to community, state, federal and business leaders.
  • Communicate the views of the public to the AETN executive director and staff.
  • Supply expertise to AETN by working on regular and special assignments or committees.
  • Prepare for and participate in Commission and committee meetings and periodically suggest agenda items that address policy-related matters.

Originally adopted by the AETN Commission 06/21/00, and amended 6/16/04

Last Updated 19 Jul 2019

AETN Employment

AETN has been recognized as one of the best places to work in Arkansas since 2002. The Arkansas Psychological Association honored AETN 3 times at the state level and nominated AETN for national awards. In 2008 the American Psychological Association named AETN one of the five most psychologically healthy workplaces in the nation and recognized AETN's team activities with a "Best Practice" award. AETN is the first entity in the history of the national APA program to win both awards.

Since 2008 AETN has received top honors in Arkansas from the Governor's Work Life Balance Program and the Mature Workers Program. In 2012 AETN was named Ambassador for both programs, as the first entity in the state to receive both prestigious awards. AETN is a great place to work! Join us!

AETN, The Arkansas Educational Television Network is looking for organizations involved in assisting job seekers. If your organization would like to be notified of job vacancies at AETN, please submit a written request to receive job vacancy announcements to:

AETN Human Resources
350 S. Donaghey Ave.
Conway, AR 72034

Current Employment Opportunities

Promotions & Digital Content Specialist

We are currently seeking ahighly creative filmmaker and storyteller with a great passion for creatingdynamic and engaging content to join our team as a Promotions and DigitalContent Specialist. This role will be responsible for the writing, shooting, editing,and graphics of the promotional content for the station. This includes videosfor social media, on-air broadcast, and behind the scenes documentaries. Thisposition is ideal for someone who has proven digital and social media successand strong audio/video/motion graphic creation skills, especially instorytelling. Do you always have ideas about how to communicate a good story?Are you tired of not being able to put all those great concepts out into theworld? Work for a team doing creative meaningful projects that can impact yourcommunity.

Mustfive (5) years of experience in digital and social media storytelling.  Additionalhigher education may be substituted up to 4 years of work experiencerequirements.  The candidatemust provide links to a portfolio or sample work.

Apply for position #22133925 Broadcast Promotion Specialist online at Arkansas.gov.


Benefits

Arkansas Teachers Retirement System (TRS)

A contributory/non-contributory retirement plan for public employees. All new applicants are enrolled in the contributory program. AETN contributes 14.25 percent to both contributory/non-contributory plans. All new employees are enrolled in the contributory plan which requires a 6.25 percent employee contribution. Eligibility: Regular, full time state employees and part-time state employees who have worked in excess of 1,040 hours. Please visit artrs.gov for more information.

Arkansas Diamond Plan

457 Deferred Compensation Plan. Pre-taxed earnings. Employee only contribution. Eligibility: Regular full-time state employees. The Arkansas Diamond Plan is an optional 3 percent pre-taxed earning. Please visit myplan.voya.com for more information.

Health Insurance

Eligible state employees may choose one of three insurance plans provided to state employees. Cost of health insurance coverage is shared between employer and employee; premiums are deducted from bi-weekly pay. Eligibility: New hire state employees on the 1st day of the month after 30 days initial employment.

AETN Foundation employees are enrolled in a group health plan. Cost of health insurance coverage is shared between the employer and employee; premiums are deducted from bi-weekly pay. Eligibility: New hire AETN Foundation employees on the 1st day of the month after 90 days initial employment.

Arkansas Cafeteria Plan (ARCAP)

A tax free method to pay for eligible benefits such as: Dependent and elder care expenses (up to $5,000 per year), out of pocket medical expenses (up to $4,000 per year), and group health and life insurance premiums. Eligibility: Regular, full-time state employees.

Section 125 / Cafeteria Plan

A tax free method to pay for eligible benefits such as: Dependent and elder care expenses (up to maximum allowable), out of pocket medical expenses (up to maximum allowable), and group health and life insurance premiums. Eligibility: Regular, full-time AETN Foundation employees.

Employee Assistance Program

A program that provides counseling, information and referral service to community resources for employees. Eligibility: All regular, full-time State and AETN Foundation employees.

Holidays

Eleven paid holidays per year, listed as follows:

  • New Years Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr.
  • George Washington's Birthday / Daisy Gaston Bates Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • Employee Birthday

Eligibility: All regular full-time and extra help employees are eligible to receive holiday pay if they are in pay status on their last scheduled work day before the holiday and at least 1 hour on the first scheduled work day after the holiday. Employees who work less than full time may take the holiday at a rate proportionately equal to their time worked.

Annual Leave

Annual leave accruals begin on the first full month of employment. Accrual increases are based on continuous years of service.

Years of Employment Monthly Annually
0 - 3 years 1 day 12 days
4 - 5 years 1 day 2 hours 15 days
6 - 12 years 1 day 4 hours 18 days
13 - 20 years 1 day 6 hours 21 days
More than 20 years 1 day 7 hours 22.5 days

Unused annual leave time will carry over to the next year provided the 30 day maximum is not exceeded. Eligibility: All regular full time employees. Job share employees accrue leave time on a pro-rated basis. Extra help employees are not eligible for annual leave.

Sick leave

All regular full time employees earn 12 days of paid sick time per year (8 hours) per month for full-time employees. Unused sick leave will carry over to the next year provided the 120-day maximum is not exceeded.Eligibility: All regular full time employees. Job share employees would receive leave time on a pro-rated basis. Extra help employees are not eligible for leave.

Other paid time off

Jury Duty: Employees who miss work while performing jury duty will receive normal and full compensation.

Maternity Leave: Eligible female employees can take up to 4 weeks of paid leave after the birth of the employee's child or placement of an adoptive child in the employee's home. Paid maternity leave will run concurrently with Family Medical Leave. Eligible male employees can take FMLA after the birth or placement of a son or daughter or to bond with a newborn or newly placed son or daughter.

Military Leave is granted at the rate of 15 days per calendar year, plus necessary travel time for annual training purposes. Up to 15 military leave days may be carried over to the succeeding year for a maximum of 30 military leave days for that calendar year. Eligibility: All employees who are members of the National Guard or any other of the reserve branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Last Updated 26 Jul 2019

Executive Staff

Executive Director Courtney Pledger

Courtney Pledger joined the Arkansas Educational Television Network as executive director in 2017. As AETN's chief executive, she is responsible for policy implementation, strategic planning, budget preparation and operations and management of the statewide educational network. Pledger has instilled a fresh vision for Arkansas's only statewide network with a focus on digital storytelling and distribution, universal elements in stories for broader appeal, refreshed local broadcast and education efforts, fundraising strategies and community connection.

Under Pledger's leadership, AETN has launched AR-CAN (Arkansas Citizens Access Network), a hub for live-streaming coverage of state government proceedings and civic literacy; brought support to student athletes and their communities through the broadcast of high school championship football, basketball, baseball and softball games statewide on AETN Sports; and has driven digital production and engagement, as well as producing for national PBS distribution with "State of the Art," telling the personal stories of diverse artists at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

Prior to joining AETN, Pledger worked for more than three decades in the film and television industry in story development, production and management. She began her career at Hearst Entertainment, Rastar and the IndieProd Company and has had senior leadership roles at multiple film and television organizations including Universal's Illumination Entertainment where she focused on IP for family-friendly films, London-based Jigsaw Films/Miramax, Radical Pictures and the U.K.'s Aardman Animation where she served as a creative consultant. From 2012-2016, Pledger was director of Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, where she revitalized the longest-running nonfiction festival in North America, earning designation as an Oscar-qualifier in Documentary Short Subject for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Pledger is member of the PBS Board of Directors, a member of the Executive Committee of the National Educational Television Association (NETA) and serves as co-chair of the Organization of State Broadcast Executives (OSBE). She is on the advisory board for Arkansas Women in Film.

Courtney Pledger
Executive Director
cpledger@aetn.org

Chief Operating Officer Ed Leon

Ed Leon is Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Director of the Arkansas Educational Television Network, where he helps guide multiple operational areas related to strategy, content and media operations. Leon joined AETN in 2018 and has been instrumental in executing new AETN initiatives in digital content expansion, statewide sports coverage and governmental transparency. He brings more than three decades of diverse experience in broadcasting, digital media, marketing, product development and creative television production to further AETN's mission to educate and inspire.

Prior to AETN, Leon served as Chief Brand Officer and SVP of Product Development for The Great Courses, leading an award-winning content studio that produced hundreds of video series on a spectrum of subjects; created content partnerships with National Geographic, Mayo Clinic and Smithsonian; expanded multiplatform distribution to Amazon Video, Netflix, Audible, Roku, Facebook Live, and SiriusXM; and launched The Great Courses Plus, a proprietary subscription video-on-demand streaming platform for mobile apps and connected media devices.

His deep media background in Los Angeles includes: SVP of Programming & Production of cable network SiTV (now FUSE), where he created original programming for multicultural audiences; senior producer of "Dr. Phil," where he earned multiple Emmy nominations; supervising producer of "The Other Half" starring Mario Lopez on NBC; creator and EP of the daily ensemble news show "That's Life" for FOX; producer-director for "Caryl and Marilyn: Real Friends" on ABC; writer-producer of the Emmy-winning "Good Day Live" on FOX; creator and executive producer of the animated "IQ Kitties" for Kids WB; producer-director of Disney's "One Saturday Morning" on ABC; producer of "Jones & Jury" with Star Jones; and producer of "The Montel Williams Show" for Viacom.

Leon has been a member of the DGA and WGA and has been awarded multiple honors including the Emmy and Golden Mike for news, multiple Telly Awards for digital media, and multiple Promax/BDA Awards in video marketing. A native of Havana, Cuba, The Imagen Foundation named him as "One of the Most Influential Latinos in Entertainment."

Ed Leon
Chief Operating Officer
eleon@aetn.org

Department Directors



For information about AETN employee compensation, go to the Arkansas Transparency website and click on "Employee Salaries".

Last Updated 09 Jan 2020

Here are many interesting facts about AETN that most people may not know:

Helping Educate Arkansans

AETN produces educational and instructional videos, interactive websites, lesson plans and streamed videos to address a variety of educational topics. AETN shares these valuable video resources on the outside of the ArkansasIDEAS portal whenever possible. This list of life-saving productions from AETN includes "108 Degrees: Critical Response", "Child Maltreatment-Mandated Reporter Training", "Leave Me Alone: Bullying", "Youth Suicide Prevention Awareness", "Hidden Wounds", and "Communicable Diseases". Other videos address instructional-based issues like "ALE-Alternative Education in Arkansas", "Dyslexia Awareness", and "Autism Awareness". Visitors to the site can also view important Arkansas history documentaries such as "Arkansas's First People", "Arkansas: A Six Region Journey", and "Governor's Mansion". Learn More

ArkansasIDEAS is a partnership between AETN and the Arkansas Department of Education. Launched in 2006, the AETN ArkansasIDEAS professional development portal is a statewide, high-quality, comprehensive online professional development learning management software (LMS). Since its inception, ArkansasIDEAS has delivered over 1 million hours of professional development. In 2015, ArkansasIDEAS launched a new LMS. The new LMS offers a fresh new design, new courses, and easier navigation and is mobile friendly. Learn More

Serving as a valuable resource for educators, AETN is always seeking opportunities to serve the state, especially its educators. In addition to the AETN ArkansasIDEAS portal, AETN provides many face-to-face professional development trainings, either at educational conferences or onsite at Arkansas schools. In addition, trainings taped at AETN are often streamed online for those who cannot attend in person. AETN also routinely hosts ADE-sponsored workshops and professional development sessions at its station in Conway. Learn More

AETN and PBS provide PBS LearningMedia - a media-rich website showcases the best classroom-ready, curriculum-targeted digital resources - to all Arkansas teachers. PBS LearningMedia builds on the strength of public media and is designed to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement. Resources are aligned to Common Core and national standards and include videos and interactives, as well as audio, documents, and in-depth lesson plans. This service is provided at no charge to all Arkansas educators by AETN, with more than 9,000 current users. Learn More

ArkansasIDEAS hosts a nationally recognized Common Core State Standards (CCSS) site that includes instructional videos, lesson plans, and facilitator training as well as assessment information about the CCSS. Recent additions to the assessment tab contain vital information from the Arkansas Department of Education regarding the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams. Over 100,000 people have visited this site. Learn more

ArkansasIDEAS also hosts a microsite to help teachers and administrators with the Teacher Excellence and Support System (TESS). This site provides valuable training for educators as they learn the domains of the new teacher evaluation system. It houses video examples of each domain and scores those examples with the TESS rubric. The new LMS for online professional development also includes a search feature that administrators can use to prescribe ArkansasIDEAS courses to teachers who need support in a particular domain. Learn More

AETN and ArkansasIDEAS have a continuing social media presence and search for more ways to interact with their viewers/users. Updates about live courses, current events, and studio tapings are communicated via Facebook and Twitter. AETN StationBreak is an electronic newsletter written by the AETN Educational Division each month for teachers, school counselors, and parents. It contains timely information about AETN, PBS, and ArkansasIDEAS resources. Learn More

Through their combined efforts, AETN and ADE provide tuition assistance and enrollment support to Arkansas educators who wish to take PBS TeacherLine courses. These graduate level courses can be used as continuing education units (CTEs) or enhanced professional development training. PBS TeacherLine's facilitated and self-paced PD courses are designed to benefit both beginning and experienced teachers. Topics include science, reading, social studies, math, instructional strategies, and instructional technology. Learn More

The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) microsite is another site that the AETN ArkansasIDEAS portal hosts for Arkansas educators. This microsite contains videos of lesson examples from Arkansas classrooms in each of the seven STEM foundations. The site has been visited by more than 16,000 educators and continues to be an anchor for school districts trying to expand their STEM programs. Learn More

Along with the Arkansas Governor's Quiz Bowl Association, AETN provides a website and live broadcast of the Arkansas Governor's Academic Quiz Bowl competition. This event showcases Arkansas's outstanding academic scholars from school districts across the state. Final rounds of the event have been broadcast on AETN each year since 1985. Learn More

AETN's In Their Words continues to be a popular resource and website even though it was launched more than five years ago. In Their Words is an oral history archive with over 100 hours of testimony from Arkansas's World War II generation. It includes video, primary sources, artifacts, and personal testimonies from Arkansans who were involved in World War II. Learn More

Television That is Valued and Watched

AETN's mission is to serve viewers with life-long learning opportunities - not to serve advertisers and create profits for shareholders.

Unlike many commercial broadcasters, AETN makes full use of its total broadcast signal. In addition to its primary program service, AETN-1 that features the best of PBS and AETN-produced programs, AETN also provides other program services on its three (3) sub-channels. These are AETN-2, a 24-7 service that features CREATE with self-help and how-to programs for adults such as cooking, painting, sewing, crafts, home repair, gardening and travel. AETN PLUS, found on AETN-3, features additional educational children's programs during the daytime and WORLD at night with new and repeats of non-fiction programs for adults.

More than 320,000 households (or more than 460,000 viewers) watch AETN at least once a week. On average, about 11,000 homes are tuned to AETN during any evening quarter hour. Each day, more than 58,000 homes on average are tuned to AETN. Nearly one-half of all Arkansas television viewers turn to AETN first for programs that help people learn.

Viewers are about evenly split between men and women during evening hours. During daytime and weekend hours, nearly one-fourth of viewers are children under age 12 while women account for about forty percent of viewers and men account for about one-third of viewers.

AETN is a commercial-free television service that is free over-the-air to nearly every Arkansas household, regardless of income. AETN-1 is carried by all Arkansas cable companies and the two satellite providers. AETN-2 and AETN-3 are carried by many of the large cable companies in Arkansas, but not by either satellite provider. As a convenience, AETN videostreams many popular local and national public TV programs to viewers at aetn.org/programs to utilize other delivery methods.

While much of children's television embraces violence, coarse language and commercials, AETN continues to provide Arkansas with an education-focused, non-commercial and violence-free children's television service.

On its primary digital channel, AETN-1 provides more than 40 hours of programming per week for pre-school children helping to prepare them for school. The AETN-3 sub-channel provides an additional 52 hours of programming for pre-school and elementary-age children. In fact, AETN provides more non-commercial, trust-worthy, children's programming in one morning on either channel than commercial stations do in an entire week.

Top favorite programs on AETN include "Antiques Roadshow", "American Experience: Ken Burns Specials", "Doc Martin", "Nature", "The Lawrence Welk Show", "Masterpiece", British comedies, and AETN's "Exploring Arkansas", "Cooking on the Wild Side" and "Arkansas Week".

AETN is proud to be affiliated with the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), which is consistently recognized as a leader in high quality television programming. In 2015, PBS programs and promotions received 49 Daytime Emmy Award nominations and won 17 awards, including five for "Sesame Street", three for "The Mind of a Chef" and two for "Odd Squad". Also in 2015, PBS received eleven (11) Primetime Emmy Awards, including seven (7) for "Masterpiece: Sherlock", and two (2) for "American Masters". In addition, PBS received eleven (11) News & Documentary Emmy Awards, including four (4) for "Frontline" and three (3) for "Independent Lens". Furthermore, PBS tied with CBS as receiving the most Emmy Awards of any network.

In 2015, PBS received four (4) Peabody Awards (the world's oldest and most prestigious public service award for media) and one (1) Academy Award nomination for "American Experience: Last Days in Vietnam".

In 2015, PBS also received one (1) Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television this year when Dame Maggie Smith's was recognized for her portrayal of Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham on "Masterpiece: Downton Abbey". A Screen Actors Guild Award was received for the cast of "Masterpiece: Downton Abbey".

In 2015, PBS programs also garnered this year three (3) Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards for for "Frontline: United States of Secrets and Syria's Second Front", as well as "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross". PBS also received one (1) George Polk Award in Journalism for Frontline "League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis" and three (3) Television Critics Association Award nominations for Frontline, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood and Sesame Street. These are just a few of the many awards that PBS programs receive each year.

In 2015, PBS received ten (10) Parents' Choice Awards with five (5) gold awards for Television for Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Odd Squad, Peg+Cat, and Ruff Ruffman: Humble Media Giants, four (4) gold awards for Mobile Apps for Daniel Tiger's Grr-ific Feelings plus silver awards for Cookie Monster's Challenge and Peg + Cat Big Gig, and one (1) gold award for Websites for PBS Parents.

On repeated surveys, eight out of ten television viewers say that they know that AETN is using telecommunications to provide life-long learning opportunities for all Arkansans. Three out of four television viewers believe that AETN is a leading source in Arkansas of high-quality education, information and entertainment programming and provides more education and information benefits than most other television.

Community Supported Television

About one-fifth of the AETN budget is funded by private sources through efforts of the AETN Foundation. This money is used to help acquire, produce and broadcast general audience programs to Arkansans.

Currently to supplement state and federal funding, more than 16,400 contributors contribute about $2 million annually to AETN through the AETN Foundation. The AETN Foundation also receives more than $200,000 from businesses, state agencies and foundations to underwrite programs and projects.

Hundreds of individuals and businesses volunteer each year, providing several thousand hours of service to AETN.

The AETN Membership Hot Line provides personal service to more than 2,000 contributors each year.

The AETN Foundation Endowment annually generates income that is used to help pay for programming on AETN. More than $3 million has been donated to date to the AETN Foundation Endowment (including the Jane Krutz Volunteer Program Endowment) through bequests, memorial or restricted gifts.

Opinion surveys consistently show that Americans value public television as a unique educational and cultural resource that generates a high return on their tax dollars. Recent Nielsen data shows that PBS and its member stations like AETN are America's most trusted institution and an excellent use of tax dollars for the 12th consecutive year.

Annual federal funding for all of public broadcasting (radio and TV) amounts to about .0001% of the federal budget- or, in other words, $1.35 per American per year. Since the Federal government spends about $7 million every minute each year, elimination of federal funding to public broadcasting would have virtually no real impact on the federal deficit. Specifically, AETN receives less than ten seconds of the entire annual Federal budget for part of its annual funding. However, federal funding is crucial for all public broadcasting stations like AETN because that money serves as an incentive match to what is raised locally, helping local stations be more productive in raising local support. From the State of Arkansas annual budget, AETN receives about 0.05% of the total state's budget - or, in other words, about $3.80 per person annually - or what the state spends in about one 30-minute period in a year. But, State funding provides for infrastructure - personnel, equipment, utility costs, etc. - that allows AETN to literally operate and broadcast.

Providing Special Services to Help Arkansans

AETN is Arkansas's only statewide television network, with six (6) digital transmitter sites and thirteen (13) microwave sites, bringing the AETN broadcast signal to more than 95% of the state and parts of surrounding states.

AETN's three studios help produce and transmit teleconferences, training and electronic town meetings to address the needs of Arkansans in a cost-effective manner. In the past, AETN has provided interactive distance learning for many state agencies and organizations, including the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, Head Start, Arkansas Department of Human Services, and the Arkansas Secretary of State. Currently, AETN in partnership with ADE is providing dozens of specialized educator training to teachers throughout the state.

AETN provides descriptive video (DVI) for visually impaired Arkansans and closed captioning (CC) for hearing impaired Arkansans. AETN also provides, at no charge, a separate audio channel on its third broadcast sub-channel - AETN-4 - for the Arkansas Information Reading Services for the Blind, which provides the reading of local and national newspaper, magazines, information and books for the blind and visually impaired of Arkansas, a service from the Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Services for the Blind.

AETN serves as part of the technical infrastructure for the state's emergency broadcast system.

AETN's Viewer Services responds to almost 2,000 phone calls letters, cards and e-mails from the AETN viewers annually, providing personalized program-related information to AETN viewers.

Productions About Arkansas for Arkansans

Each year, AETN produces on average about 120 hours of original full-length programming featuring the people and places of Arkansas, as well as issues of local, national and international importance to the state. AETN receives hundreds of telephone questions and comments during each live call-in program.

AETN seeks and secures national and foreign markets for AETN programs, successfully enhancing Arkansas's image outside its borders. Several AETN productions have been in the past or are currently being televised outside the state through PBS distribution. Several years ago, AETN's "Arkansas Outdoors" was seen throughout the world via cable syndication.

AETN annually wins local, national and/or international awards and nominations for its productions with nearly 450 in the past forty-five (45) years. The coveted regional EMMY award has been received for sixteen (16) AETN productions with the most recent production, Champion Trees, receiving two (2) awards. To date, AETN productions have received a total of forty-six (46) regional EMMY nominations for twenty-three (23) separate productions. AETN's audio CD production of the "Trout Fishing in America" episode of "AETN Presents: On the Front Row" series was nominated for a Grammy in 2008.

AETN regularly partners with many freelance and independent producers, writers and musicians as well as state agencies, universities and other non-profits to further enhance the AETN library of programs about Arkansas and disperse program information statewide.

Communicating the AETN Story

The AETN Magazine provides program schedule information and highlights, network news, upcoming events, volunteer information, Foundation news, technical updates, outreach, education and production news is mailed to more than 16,400 AETN Foundation contributors each month.

AETN keeps Arkansans informed by providing program promotion and press releases to more than 100 media outlets statewide. AETN mails thousands of program related outreach packages to schools and viewers. AETN tells its story nationwide through regional and national publications.

AETN offers multiple outreach components for many public affairs and documentary programs including such things as viewer access to elected officials, public opinion makers, community leaders and other experts; free information packets; hot line telephone numbers; teacher guides; online web site information and other resources.

Annually, AETN shares the AETN story by providing AETN speakers to civic organizations throughout the state as well as conducting tours of its network headquarters for all interested groups of ten (10) or more that are 4th grade (or age 10) and older during regular, weekday business hours.

AETN web site (aetn.org) has many webpages of information about AETN programs and services and includes links to PBS; individual program web sites; state, regional and national educational resources; and program underwriter home pages.

Trustworthy and Efficient Use of Resources

Annual audits by independent professionals of AETN and the AETN Foundation financial records reflect high quality business practices, which safeguard all resources available to AETN.

Since 1966, AETN has received more than $12.6 million in restricted grants from the federal government for new and replacement capitol equipment. These funds have been matched by nearly $31 million in state and private dollars to help acquire, replace and maintain AETN's broadcast and production equipment. Former Senator Dale Bumpers called AETN and Public Television the "best example of the public-private partnership".

AETN employee and applicant statistics are representative of the cultural and racial diversity of the state, helping AETN to better serve Arkansas needs.

AETN was honored as one of the best places to work in Arkansas in 2002, 2003, 2006 and 2010 by the Arkansas Psychological Association. In 2008, AETN was named one of the five most psychologically healthy workplaces in the United States and also honored for its team practices by the American Psychological Association. AETN won the 2008, 2009, and 2011 Governor's Work-Life Balance Gold Award and the 2010 Silver Award as one of the best medium-sized business in Arkansas for its practices of helping employees to balance the needs of both work and family. In 2012, AETN was placed in the Governor's Work-Life Balance Award "Hall of Fame". AETN also won the Governor's Mature Workers Award in 2009, 2010, and 2011 for its practices friendly to mature workers.

Last Updated 15 Oct 2015

AETN Internship Opportunities

The Arkansas Educational Telecommunications Network has a variety of internship opportunities available in several divisions. Internships are open to students thinking about a career in Public Television. Student interns experience first-hand the operations of a local PBS broadcast facility. Supervisors are flexible and work with students according to each student's schedule, experience and internship requirements. The intern position is non-paid. Therefore, AETN understands the need for outside employment and works to accommodate individual work schedules.

General internship responsibilities include:

  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Flexible work hours
  • A professional attitude and cooperative spirit
  • Good response to supervision
  • Punctuality
  • Computer proficient

Communications Division

Outreach/Publicist Intern (10-15 flexible hours a week)

  • Research
  • Write programming features and news/press releases
  • Call the statewide newspapers and develop working relationships with their editors
  • Prepare and mail outreach information packets
  • Additional duties as needed

If you are interested in an internship with AETN, please complete the Internship Application (PDF) and return to:

Karen Walker
Community Education Coordinator
AETN Foundation
350 S. Donaghey
Conway, AR 72034
kwalker@aetn.org
Phone: 501-682-0312
Fax: 501-537-9815

Research Division

Broadcast Management Intern (10-15 flexible hours a week)

The Broadcast Management Intern works with the Senior Management team including the Executive Director and Deputy Director, reporting to the Director of Research, Grants and Special Projects; attends management and team meetings; performs general administrative duties; and assists in various management and grant research projects.

General Duties:

  • Attend monthly Session Director's Meeting and assist with distributing meeting notes
  • Review Trade Publications to highlight General Reading Articles
  • Help maintain files - public file and grant files
  • Assist in preparing statistical and graphical reports
  • Attend and help keep notes for selected Team Meetings: Special Events, New Building, Programming, Budget, Pledge, Production Planning, Computer, etc.
  • Assist with planning and implementing selected Special Events
  • Assist in data gathering for Web site updates
  • Assist in various research for grants, political concerns, new technologies, demographic and viewer trends.

Operations Division

Administrative Intern (10-15 flexible hours a week)

Assist Director of Operations or Facilities Coordinator with written correspondence, scheduling state vehicles, telephone calls and reports, and record keeping.

Field/Studio Intern (10-15 flexible hours a week)

This intern will have the opportunity to work and train in the following areas:

  • Lighting
  • Setting up sets and props
  • Assist in directing and floor directing
  • Teleprompter operation
  • Studio camera work
  • Assist videographers on remote shoots
  • Assist in the editing process

Production Division

Production Intern (10-15 flexible hours a week)

This intern will assist in general office duties in the following areas:

  • Answer routine viewer calls
  • Screen and transcribe videotapes
  • Assist various producers in preparing programs for broadcast, including setting up interviews, reasearching background material for scripts, transcribing video, program development and preparing FCC reports.
  • Assist producers with phone supervision during live broadcasts, including greeting guests at the front door, escorting them to the proper area, answering phones, collecting questions and handling other requests made by the phone supervisor.

Interns in this area will complete their internship by preparing a 30-second program promo for statewide broadcast. Working with a production supervisor, the intern will develop the promo concept; prepare the outline, script and storyboard; select music and video for completion. Final editing of the project will take place on an AVID editing system. The intern may supervise the editing process.

Programming Division

Programming Intern (10-15 flexible hours a week)

Interns are invited to participate in any or all of the following areas of work:

  • Write and produce promtional materials for use on-air, including the completion of at least one videotaped promotional spot.
  • Preview and log promotion tapes from PBS's and AETN's promotion library
  • Research and update program promotion files
  • Create VOCAs (voice-over credit announcements) for the AETN broadcast logs
  • Dub promotion materials from one format to another for broadcast
  • Review viewer correspondence and draft responses
  • Research reference files and program schedules in order to respond to viewer questions and comments
  • Develop special interest mailing lists by general program topic (example: environment, women's health, etc.)
  • Review broadcast schedules and send notices to viewers of specific programs to be broadcast
  • Assist in establishing databases
  • Preview tapes and write synopses
  • Assist in data entry for producing program schedule
  • Research background information for program reports

Finance/Administration Division

Finance/Administration Intern (10-15 flexible hours a week)

The Finance/Administration (F/A) Division intern work in general office duties, including: personnel/payroll, purchasing and bid solicitation, accounting for payables and receivables, fixed asset inventory and a variety of reporting.

Accounting processes:

  • Work with accounting staff to process payables, research invoices, code and key payable vouchers, copy supporting materials, and prepare vouchers for mailing.
  • Assist with reconciling funds and bank accounts
  • Help to provide various financial reports
  • Maintain files
  • Assist with processing payroll vouchers
  • Help prepare tax reports
  • Work with inventory coordinator to process inventory updates of fixed assets and take physical inventory

Personnel/payroll duties:

  • Work with Human Resources staff to maintain and calculate biweekly payroll
  • Collect time sheets and key leave time accrual updates on data base
  • Maintain personnel files
  • Collect and report employee statistics
  • Compose and place job advertising
  • Log and report applicant statistics
  • Provide applicant resumes for hiring team review
  • Assist with contracts for professional services
  • Assist with scheduling employee training
  • Help with new employee orientation

Purchasing activities:

  • Work with purchasing agent to maintain vendor data base
  • Collect quote bids by phone
  • Help key and distribute purchase orders
  • Research products and proposals
  • Assist with writing specifications for sealed bids
  • Key updates to vendor data base
  • Solicit new vendors
  • Assist with orders and inventories of contract print and supply items

Internships are available for any school semester.

Last Updated 26 Oct 2017

Map and Directions

Take Exit 129 and follow signs west on Dave Ward Drive to Donaghey Ave. Turn right at the University of Central Arkansas' brick sign. Pass the soccer field and big parking lot. Pass Sesame street, turn left on Powell and park in the parking lot across from the front entrance unless instructed otherwise.

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Last Updated 11 Dec 2019

AETN's Mission and Vision

AETN's Mission and Vision Statements

Mission

To enrich and empower all Arkansans with compelling and relevant multiplatform programming and statewide services that educate, inform, engage and inspire, through innovative and efficient use of public and private resources.

Vision

We serve as an essential partner for all Arkansans and an indispensable resource for educators and learners. We create and share media and educational services highlighting history, science, art, culture and public affairs. We bring to light the local people, stories and experiences that make Arkansas a remarkable place to live.

Last Updated 11 Dec 2019