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About WXEL PBS for the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast

WXEL is a nonprofit viewer-supported PBS station serving over 6 million people from North Miami to the Sebastian Inlet as their local, community-based telecommunications center.  Our broadcasting of culturally enriched, educational, local, national and international programming is changing lives by providing opportunities for life-long learning to the communities we serve.  WXEL is proud to present non-violent, commercial-free award-winning innovative PBS children’s and adult educational programming, and primetime shows that enlighten, entertain, inform and inspire.

The Garnet Society: Major Gifts Initiative


The WXEL Garnet Society was created as a major gifts initiative to help ensure the preservation of your local PBS station. It is named in honor of the station's founder, Herbert Garnet Burden, who created WXEL over 30 years ago as an educational outreach for children of local migrant workers.  WXEL proudly remains today as a vital educational multi-generational community resource advocating for early childhood development, preservation of the arts and life-long learning. Mr. Burden would be proud to know that with our educational partners, WXEL has distributed over 1 MILLION BOOKS to local at-risk children. 



In far too many households television is a child’s only connection to the outside world.  In South Florida thousands of local pre-school children count on WXEL for essential children’s educational programming, television that is safe, engaging and proven to open their minds to learning.  Your support to our PBS KIDS educational programming ensures that our local at-risk children are ready to learn when they enter the public school system and that no child is left behind.




Your support is a gift to thousands of local children-It is proven that children who watch PBS programming like “Sesame Street” in pre-school enjoy learning and spend more time reading for pleasure in high school and they obtain higher grades in English, Math and the Sciences. 




Each PBS station is required to pay annual programming fees and your support helps us to continue to air quality, safe, educational programs like: Sesame Street®,  Curious George,  The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That!,  Clifford the Big Red Dog™ and  Thomas & Friends™.


  •  We are #1 in public trust and importance – each month over 120 million people watch PBS and nearly 90% of all U.S. television households watch their local PBS station

  •  We are the #1 educational brand  serving as the #1 source of media for our nation’s preschool teachers

  •  We prepare children for success in school & life – children exposed to PBS Kids content at home outscore children on standardized tests

  •  We are the undisputed leader in children’s programming – PBS won more Emmys than any other broadcast or cable outlet for the 15th year in a row

  •  Our station is a trusted and safe place to watch television – PBS Kids gives at-risk children a safe window to the world they may not otherwise encounter.  28 million students are impacted by PBS learning media


Your support helps us to present award-winning programming that provides our viewers with front row seats to world-class arts performances.


  • PBS is most frequently turned to for arts programming – over 100 million people watch our arts and cultural programs.
  • PBS promotes an understanding of nature and science – our programs are filled with breathtaking, informative and innovative content.
  • PBS is a leader in addressing important issues – our programs provide a variety of viewpoints while addressing important issues.

WXEL offers viewers from every walk of life the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television.  We invite our viewers to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs and offer them the opportunity to hear diverse viewpoints and to take front row seats to world-class drama and artistic performances.






Become a WXEL Garnet Society Member







"I am proud to serve as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of my local PBS station whose mission is dedicated to programming that Educates, Enlightens and Informs. The commercial-free platform presents thought-provoking, quality television for viewers of all ages.

We need to get our children reading, and PBS Kids' award-winning, educational programs like Super WHY! have been proven to play a crucial role in ensuring that every child has the chance to become a successful reader."

"It is an honor to be part of WXEL and I am proud to serve as a member of the WXEL Board of Trustees. I hope that you will join me in my efforts to preserve PBS for the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast and join the WXEL Garnet Society."

Dr. Perricone has served as the Lead Sponsor for the WXEL Garnet Society annual Women with Wings and Wisdom luncheon. The 13th Annual Women with Wings and Wisdom luncheon will be held this season at The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach on March 08, 2016.

"WXEL has always been an integral part of our lives.  We are proud to support the goals and mission that PBS has achieved, especially the hard working and dedicated people at the station"

"PBS serves as an educational gateway to the arts as well as a vehicle in which the holistic person is developed."

"It is an honor to help preserve this local gem and a privilege to work with the communities we serve.  We are a vital educational resource that informs, enlightens and inspires, and I hope that you will join us and become a Garnet Society member.”