Press Releases


May 20, 2013

PBS Idea Channel will feature a visit to Milwaukee's Ronald Wilson Reagan College Preparatory High School, with a visit to Mr. Dan Monfre's 10th grade class. It will air on the Idea Channel's YouTube channel on May 22.

In this episode, Idea Channel host Mike Rugnetta surprises Mr. Monfre's class with a visit and talks about favorite subjects in school, favorite Idea Channel episodes and why these students are some of Idea Channel's very best commenters.

Ronald Wilson Reagan College Preparatory High School is part of the Milwaukee Public School District and is located on South 20th Street in Milwaukee. The episode can be viewed at MPTV's website at, or on YouTube at

The PBS Idea Channel is a weekly web series that examines the evolving relationship between modern technology and art. PBS Idea Channel is a YouTube video blog featuring weekly discussions about various aspects of popular culture, technology and digital art. As part of PBS Arts Online, the Idea Channel is part of the core of the PBS strategy for strengthening arts awareness, appreciation and education in America. PBS Arts will promote awareness, spur greater interest, and increase understanding of visual, cultural and performing arts.

As the community's media outlet in southeastern Wisconsin, Milwaukee Public Television is focused on enhancing education and has been committed to programs such as PBS' American Graduate Initiative. The American Graduate Initiative engages and empowers teachers, parents and students to help those most at risk of dropping out of high school through content that spotlights the many complex issues that lead a student to drop out. The initiative helps local communities identify the challenging issues and find ways to solve them, provides community events that engage a broad range of local stakeholders, and makes available classroom resources to help teachers better engage their students.

About MPTV
Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV) is southeastern Wisconsin's premier non-commercial media organization. MPTV consists of two high definition television stations, WMVS and WMVT, seven additional digital television services, the popular website, community education and engagement projects throughout southeastern Wisconsin, and the monthly magazine Fine Tuning. The MPTV stations are the area's only over-the-air source for PBS and other national public television programs, and also offer a diverse schedule of their own award-winning local series and specials. The stations are watched by over 900,000 viewers each week throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.
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Erin Eaton, Publicist/Grant Writer
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Darlyne Haertlein, Manager-Community Relations
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