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08.01.16 | GUSTO! Events | by Kay Champagne

    2017-2018 Gusto! Brochure

    Monday, October 9, 2017, 10 a.m.

    How Public Media Works—and Why It Still Matters
    Alan Melson
    Vice President of Digital Media and Education

    KERA has been the public media destination in North Texas for nearly six decades, providing quality programs from PBS, NPR and other producers for radio and TV audiences. KERA now offers live and on-demand digital content to new audiences through websites, streams and apps. It is a member-supported nonprofit organization that reaches some 2 million people each week.

    We will hear all about our local PBS/NPR member station at 10 a.m. on Monday, October 9, when GUSTO! hosts Alan Melson, KERA vice president of digital media and education and longtime King of Glory member.

    Melson will walk us through the history of public broadcasting in the United States and KERA's role in North Texas. He will explain how the organization operates and what stories are covered. He will also discuss the challenges facing public broadcasting in the 21st century, plus share some previews of programs coming up this season.

    A journalism graduate of Texas Christian University, Melson has been building web sites since the mid-1990s. He spent seven years as a content producer and editor for The Dallas Morning News and WFAA-TV web sites. He was part of WFAA’s team that won a USC Annenberg Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence for joint television/digital political coverage and a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for best broadcast-affiliated website.

    Melson joined KERA as interactive manager in 2007, and since then has launched a dozen new web sites, mobile apps, streaming and member portals. KERA’s digital footprint now reaches over 3.5 million users per year. KERA’s digital news and arts coverage has garnered numerous honors, including multiple regional Edward R. Murrow and Texas Associated Press Broadcasters awards; the station shared a Peabody award with NPR for coverage of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Dallas.

    “How Public Media Works—and Why It Still Matters” is free to the public and will be held at King of Glory Lutheran Church, 6411 LBJ Freeway, Dallas. Coffee is served at 9:45 a.m., the program is at 10, and a Q&A and reception follow. Friends are always welcome.


    Monday, October 23, 2017, 10:30 a.m.

    Inside Public Media
    Field Trip to KERA/KXT Studios, Dallas

    KERA is a member-supported nonprofit organization, funded primarily by individuals and foundations. KERA programming encompasses local, national and world news, community affairs, history, science, the arts, entertainment, and educational and children’s programming. Public media for North Texas reaches the fourth-largest population area in the country. Each week, more than 2 million people listen to and watch KERA TV, KERA FM, KERA World and KXT 91.7 and access a broad network of websites, social media and mobile apps.

    GUSTO! will tour the KERA/KXT studios in Dallas on Monday, October 23, starting at 10:30 a.m. The tour will be hosted by Alan Melson, KERA vice president of digital media and education. The tour will cover both the TV and radio studios and control room spaces. Melson will also discuss the building’s history and how programming happens at KERA.

    The King of Glory bus will leave church promptly at 10 a.m. and return to church about 2 p.m. The tour starts at 10:30 a.m. Lunch on your own will be at a local restaurant.

    Registration for this tour starts at the Monday, October 9, GUSTO! meeting. The KoG bus holds 24 people. Carpools can be arranged for overflow. To find out more about this field trip, email .

    The KERA/KXT studios are located at 3000 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas. More about KERA and its parent, North Texas Public Broadcasting, is at

    2017-2018 Gusto! Brochure