KCPBS - Public Television 19, Inc.

Kansas City, MO   |
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KCPBS - Public Television 19, Inc.

EIN: 23-7114952


Kansas City PBS, 90.9 The Bridge, and Flatland serve our diverse community as essential sources for independent journalism, multimedia storytelling, music discovery, and education resources.

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President & CEO

Mr. Kliff Kuehl

Main address

125 E. 31st Street

Kansas City, MO 64108 USA

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Subject area info

Education services

Communication media


Population served info

Children and youth


NTEE code info

Television (A32)

Media, Communications Organizations (A30)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?


PBS Learning Media: Provides free high-quality curriculum-based content for the classroom with over 150,000 innovative digital resources mapped to state and national standards.  It is delivered over the internet and ready at a moment's notice.  More than 23,500 teachers in 60 school districts, serving 333,800 K-12 students use this service. KCPBS trains some 300 teachers per year in strategies for integrating media into the classroom. Early Education: KCPBS's PBS KIDS is a children's service focused on preparing children to succeed in school. This service includes the broadcast of nearly 400 hours weekly of curriculum based programs, including a 24/7 dedicated channel, outreach initiatives reaching more than 1,000 underserved children annually, and professional development for early childhood education providers and caregivers. Adult Education: KCPBS provides online resources for adults to gain a GED or Hi SET diploma.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Young adults

KCPBS features quality national PBS favorites like the PBS Arts Festival, Masterpiece Theatre, and Great Performances, as well as the NewsHour and Antiques Roadshow.
Local public affairs programs include Kansas City Week in Review and RUCKUS - weekly discussions of news and events. Our documentary, 'A Level Foundation,' took a look at how housing issues impact health, education and long-term viability of neighborhoods. 'LZ Kansas City' told stories of local Vietnam veterans' experiences after the war. Arts coverage included the annual broadcast of 'Celebration at the Station;' and 'Galleries & Museums,' which explored the differences in the organizations that house artwork in Kansas City. "68: The Kansas City Race Riots, Then and Now" is a product of a partnership between KCPBS, 41 Action News & the KC Public Library. This program & town hall featured historians, political & law enforcement leaders, along with eyewitnesses to the events that played out in Kansas City 50 years ago.

Population(s) Served

KCPBS holds many outreach events in Kansas City, including community cinema screenings like, 'I Am Not Your Negro,' 'Dolores' and 'Tell Them We Are Rising.'  Important educational community outreach events like regular professional development for PreK-12 teachers and parents, including Anti-Bias Training. KCPBS also engages our community's children with events like the annual KCPBS Block Party with activities inspired by Sesame Street in Communities, and Be My Neighbor Day with activities focusing on being a caring neighbor to people and wildlife.

Population(s) Served

The Bridge is a AAA (Adult Album Alternative - all music) public radio station: The format has a broader and more diverse playlist than most other music formats and tends to appeal to young adults. Musical selection includes a variety of music genres such as jazz, folk, world music, blues, and alternative rock. It promotes music discovery and helps give exposure to upcoming artists. It also focuses on new and emerging artists from the local community. The Bridge is a public radio non-profit organization and does not compete with KCUR, Kansas City's local news and talk public radio station.

Population(s) Served

KCPBS has built a center for local and regional journalism that distributes news through a variety of platforms including public television, public radio, the Internet & social media reporting. In addition, we have created - KCPBS's digital magazine, a destination for local and regional storytelling. Flatland shares digital-first series and stories that give you the best of people and places, eats and drinks, news and issues, arts & culture, and more. We make and share coverage about our region.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


Arts/Entertainment: Room Tone 2020

Mid-America Regional EMMY Awards

Documentary: Land of Opportunity 2020

Mid-America Regional EMMY Awards

Informational: Higher Octaves 2020

Mid-America Regional EMMY Awards

Arts/Entertainment: Me Dorothy...and this Road to OZ 2019

Mid-America Regional EMMY Awards

Public Affairs: Public Works? Evicted 2019

Mid-America Regional EMMY Awards

Special Event Coverage: Celebration at the Station 2019

Mid-America Regional EMMY Awards

Arts/Entertainment: Show Me: Arts 2018

Mid-America Regional EMMY Awards

Arts/Entertainment: In Situ 2018

Mid-America Regional EMMY Awards

Human Interest: Sandlot 2018

Mid-America Regional EMMY Awards

Community Service: LZ Kansas City: Stories/Impact from Vietnam War 2018

Mid-America Regional EMMY Awards

Informational: Public Works? The Cost of Our Aging Infrastructure 2017

Mid-America Regional EMMY Awards

Public Affairs: Public Works? The Cost of Our Aging Infrastructure 'Water Rates and Rivers.' 2017

Mid-America Regional EMMY Awards

Informational: Ferment Natio 2017

Mid-America Regional EMMY Awards

Be Good, Smile Pretty 2004

EMMY Award (National)

Justice Deferred 2022

American Judges Association’s 2022 Gavel Award

Houseless in Kansas City 2022

Regional EMMY

Heart of the City 2022

Regional EMMY

Affiliations & memberships

PBS 1971

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Community engagement and relevance, local content, and continuing to provide PBS' national content and PBS Kids' programming.

Local output is the core focus. We aim to serve our local audience by creating content and tackling subject matters that are not given enough time in mainstream media. We ask ourselves, "Is KCPT interacting with its users around content and issues they care about?" This can be anything from veteran's issues to food to program screenings. KCPT has seen success in taking the lead from PBS efforts, like 'Cancer, the Emperor of all Maladies,' or Ken Burns 'Vietnam,' and localizing content to complement the national programming. KCPT produces outreach events for PBS Kids and holds screenings for programs like Victoria and Vietnam.

As a television and radio station, KCPT has the unique ability to broadcast to our community and beyond. Our digital magazine, is another tool to provide local content around key issues.

KCPT has been very successful in finding ways to provide content. We use digital first programming at (KCPT's digital magazine) to bring important and relevant issues to the community - programs like 'Public Works? - The Cost of our Aging Infrastructure' and 'Take Note - an in-depth look at education in Kansas City.' These programs are provided digitally and then pushed to television broadcast - helping us reach a large audience. KCPT has been very fortunate to have community partners who take an active roll in helping us tell these stories and are a big part of our success. Going forward, KCPT's strategy is to research issues relevant in the local community that have not been given enough media attention and take 3-6 months to do a deep dive on any given issue and have ongoing discussions throughout this period.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback


KCPBS - Public Television 19, Inc.
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.67 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.7 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 23% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

KCPBS - Public Television 19, Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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KCPBS - Public Television 19, Inc.

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of KCPBS - Public Television 19, Inc.’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $89,250 $1,456,277 $3,739,171 $3,895,539 $2,392,077
As % of expenses 0.9% 14.5% 36.5% 38.8% 22.6%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$1,026,695 $453,530 $2,933,895 $3,307,100 $1,970,924
As % of expenses -8.8% 4.1% 26.5% 31.1% 17.9%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $10,690,111 $14,435,283 $13,129,710 $13,527,106 $14,417,252
Total revenue, % change over prior year 5.1% 35.0% -9.0% 3.0% 6.6%
Program services revenue 21.8% 8.7% 8.4% 7.4% 7.8%
Membership dues 37.2% 27.9% 35.0% 37.4% 37.2%
Investment income 0.6% 0.5% 0.6% 0.6% 0.7%
Government grants 17.3% 1.8% 1.5% 8.7% 1.3%
All other grants and contributions 12.5% 53.3% 45.4% 33.2% 46.0%
Other revenue 10.6% 7.8% 9.1% 12.6% 7.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $10,488,233 $10,042,468 $10,250,583 $10,052,135 $10,564,551
Total expenses, % change over prior year 2.7% -4.3% 2.1% -1.9% 5.1%
Personnel 45.7% 49.2% 50.9% 52.5% 51.0%
Professional fees 9.9% 11.8% 11.2% 10.2% 10.9%
Occupancy 3.0% 3.2% 2.6% 2.4% 2.4%
Interest 0.6% 0.0% 0.4% 0.4% 0.8%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 40.8% 35.9% 34.9% 34.5% 34.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $11,604,178 $11,045,215 $11,055,859 $10,640,574 $10,985,704
One month of savings $874,019 $836,872 $854,215 $837,678 $880,379
Debt principal payment $0 $545,585 $0 $1,062,979 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,360,680
Total full costs (estimated) $12,478,197 $12,427,672 $11,910,074 $12,541,231 $14,226,763

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 0.6 1.8 5.4 7.7 18.4
Months of cash and investments 3.7 5.7 10.1 13.9 23.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 3.2 4.1 7.6 11.6 13.8
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $529,336 $1,513,869 $4,641,146 $6,416,050 $16,170,778
Investments $2,680,724 $3,225,382 $3,997,294 $5,217,963 $4,676,221
Receivables $597,966 $2,547,097 $1,790,704 $1,310,895 $9,715,023
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $22,068,125 $22,385,075 $22,927,541 $23,199,412 $13,330,686
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 77.9% 81.2% 82.8% 83.5% 56.7%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 32.4% 20.8% 22.7% 13.6% 52.1%
Unrestricted net assets $5,965,700 $6,419,230 $9,353,125 $12,660,225 $14,631,149
Temporarily restricted net assets $698,638 $3,701,302 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $698,638 $3,701,302 $2,818,299 $3,022,789 $3,461,306
Total net assets $6,664,338 $10,120,532 $12,171,424 $15,683,014 $18,092,455

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

President & CEO

Mr. Kliff Kuehl

Kuehl served as CEO of KNPB. He helped the team wrap up a $6.25M campaign, tripled its major donors, and helped secure a $1M in-kind donation. He joined KCPBS in 2009 with a vision to transform public media into a more sustainable service. At a time of declining local newspaper coverage, he wants to bridge the gap with local content. The Hale Center for Journalism opened in 2013 as a multimedia center for that distributes local content through a variety of “channels.” Its goal is to cover issues/stories of the KC region in a comprehensive way. This was an effort between Kuehl and the PBS Foundation to secure $3M for local news and $1M for the PBS Fnd. In 2013 the Univ. of Central MO transferred ownership of KTBG 90.9 FM to KCPBS. Kuehl’s vision for radio is to connect listeners to local arts, inspire them to become involved in the community and to serve as a platform for local musicians. Kuehl stays engaged on the national level with memberships on the MMG, NETA, and VUHAUS boards.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

KCPBS - Public Television 19, Inc.

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Highest paid employees

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Board of directors
as of 06/15/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Kimberly Wilkerson

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Term: 2022 - 2024

Stuart Shaw

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Community Volunteer

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Community Volunteer

Roger Best

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/5/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/12/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.


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SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

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