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PBS Western Reserve Launches New Channel

KENT, Ohio — PBS Western Reserve, WNEO, will launch a new digital television channel March 1 that carries Native American programming. 

FNX, or First Nations Experience, will broadcast on WNEO Channel 45.3. It replaces the organization’s MHz Worldview channel, which will no longer be available to public television stations after Feb. 29.

FNX features content from tribes across the United States and also includes programming that directly connects with a minority and immigrant communities. Programming includes indigenous stories from throughout the Americas, including the Latino community who identify with Nahuatl and Mayan cultures.

Beyond that, the station includes content from indigenous communities in New Zealand (Maori), Australia, Japan (Ainu), Sweden and Finland (Sami), Africa and the Middle East. FNX carries feature films, short films, documentaries, cooking shows, children’s programming, cultural content, comedy series and more.

“We are the only station in Ohio and only one of a few stations in the Midwest to offer FNX,” says Trina Cutter, president and CEO of PBS Western Reserve. “The total population of Native Americans in Ohio is small, but six of the 10 Ohio cities with the largest population of Native Americans are located in our broadcast coverage reach. This is truly the definition of serving an underserved audience, plus it is an opportunity to bring rich cultural diversity to our content for the benefit of all of our viewers.”

FNX is a partnership of the San Manuel band of Mission Indians and public station KVCR in San Bernardino, Calif. Cable providers in northeastern Ohio that carry WNEO 45.3  include Armstrong Cable on channel 98, MCTV on Channel 85 and Spectrum Cable on channel 994.

For information, go to PBSWesternReserve.org.

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