Finn said public television currently has in production a biography on Jay Rockefeller, and a documentary on child poverty in West Virginia -- but he noted that they will fill just two hours of a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week schedule.
Least cited as favorite programs were the locally produced "The Law Works" and "Doctors on Call," each cited one time, and the children's series "Abracadabra," with no citations.
Likewise, when asked to give their opinions on each of a number of public television programs, a large majority of those surveyed said they were not familiar with those local programs.
Finn said that shows Public Broadcasting needs to do a better job marketing its locally produced programs.
Also receiving only one citation in the survey was "The Lawrence Welk Show," which is one of public television's higher-rated programs.
"We know a lot of people in their 70s, 80s and 90s who don't do online surveys who watch this show," Finn explained.
Top public radio programs in the survey were the "Morning Edition/West Virginia Morning," newscasts, the quiz show "Wait, Wait . . . Don't Tell Me," and "Mountain Stage."
Least-cited programs in the survey: "The World," an international news program; the long-running quiz/variety program "Whad'ya Know?" and "Marketplace," a daily newscast focused on business and the economy.
Noting that broadcast rights for each of those programs are expensive, Finn said the survey could help influence programming decisions.
He said Public Broadcasting is working with the Marshall School of Mass Communications to follow-up with a quantitative state survey on programming next year.
Reach Phil Kabler at ph...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1220.