About Ideastream Public Media
Ideastream Public Media is indispensable and highly valued for its unique ability to strengthen our community.
Ideastream Public Media is a trusted and dynamic multimedia source for illuminating the world around us.
In 2001, the boards of WVIZ and WCPN consolidated all resources in ideastream, a new multimedia public service organization that applies the power of media to education and public service. The purpose of consolidation was to leverage assets to achieve greater cost effective community service using all forms of media.
In 2002, ideastream launched a model partnership with the Playhouse Square Foundation to build a regional resource for the arts, technology and education. Following a combined capital campaign completed in 2005, the Idea Center became the headquarters of ideastream, a home for Playhouse Square Community Engagement and Education and a community gathering place. In 2006, ideastream completed its physical consolidation of all staff and production facilities and moved into the Idea Center. WCLV subsequently moved to the Idea Center in 2010 and became a part of ideastream in 2013.
ideastream became Ideastream Public Media in 2021, the 20th anniversary year of its founding.
The transition to Ideastream Public Media was more than a name and logo change. It signaled the organization’s continued evolution and symbolized Ideastream Public Media’s stations and services coming together as a unified organization to strengthen the community.
Today, Ideastream Public Media is the home of five public television stations (WVIZ, WVIZ OHIO, WVIZ WORLD, WVIZ CREATE and WVIZ KIDS); WCPN, Northeast Ohio’s NPR news and public affairs radio station; and WCLV, Northeast Ohio’s classical music radio station. Ideastream Public Media produces the award-winning children’s series “NewsDepth” and manages The Ohio Channel and the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau on behalf of all Ohio’s public broadcasting stations.
Current Programs and Services
Ideastream Public Media is recognized locally and nationally as an innovative model for public media and distinguishes itself from other media organizations through a deep and abiding commitment to community partnerships, civic engagement and innovative use of media. Ideastream Public Media acquires, creates and distributes high-quality radio, television and digital content that focuses on areas that have been identified as priorities by Northeast Ohio residents: arts and culture; community affairs; education; health and science; and the State of Ohio.
Ideastream Public Media also continues to be recognized as a model of excellence for the integration of program content across media platforms. Currently, WVIZ presents educational, cultural and informational programs 24 hours a day. WCPN and WCLV offer 24 hours of news, information and music programming each day. Ideastream Public Media’s radio and television content is also available anytime, anywhere across a variety of digital streaming platforms.
Moreover, Ideastream Public Media is considered the state’s largest classroom, delivering more than 65 hours of PBS KIDS programming weekly on WVIZ, as well as managing a learning consortium of nine area school districts. Each school year, Ideastream Public Media provides enhanced learning opportunities to thousands of local students. In addition, thousands of Ohio educators rely on Ideastream Public Media for professional development opportunities and training sessions on the uses of the latest classroom technologies.
On behalf of Ohio’s public broadcasting stations, Ideastream Public Media manages The Ohio Channel and the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau in Columbus. These entities present statewide coverage of issues that impact Ohio and offer perspectives on subjects that affect the lives of all Ohioans.
Who We Serve
Ideastream Public Media programs and services are used by 2.8 million people in a typical month, primarily from an 18-county service area which includes Ashland, Ashtabula, Carroll, Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Holmes, Huron, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, Richland, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas and Wayne counties.