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Zoel J. Parenteau papers

 Collection 0051-MMC-NPBA
Zoel J. Parenteau's public broadcasting career includes working for KCPT-TV, Kansas City, from 1960 to 1966 and for KPTS, Wichita, from 1972 to 1997. In 1978, he was elected to a three-year term as professional director at the Public Broadcasting Service. The following year, he was President and General Manager of the Kansas Public Telecommunications Service Inc., Sunflower Educational Television Corporation. In addition, Parenteau belonged to the Central Educational Network's executive and finance committees, and to the executive committees of the Board of Trustees of the National Association of Public Television Stations and its parent organization, the Association for Public Broadcasting. This collection documents the formation of the National Association of Television Stations and its parent organization, the Association for Public Broadcasting.

Dates

  • 1979-1980
  • Majority of material found within 1979-1980

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open for research uses.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials page for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.

Extent

0.25 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The Zoel J. Parenteau papers cover the years 1979 to 1980. The collection documents Parenteau's involvement on the executive committees of the Board of Trustees of the National Association of Public Television Stations and its parent organization, the Association for Public Broadcasting. The National Association of Public Television Stations was created as a trade name by the Association for Public Broadcasting's executive committee in June 1980 which retained its name as the legal one.

Biography

Zoel J. Parenteau's broadcasting career began in Atlanta, Georgia, as a producer-director for WETV in 1958. In 1960, he moved to Kansas City, Missouri to assume the position of Director-Producer for KCSD, the educational television station licensed to the school district of Kansas City, Missouri. In 1965, he became station manager. Seven years later, the license was transferred from the school district to a community group, while the call letters were changed to KCPT. Soon, Parenteau was named the general manager of the station.

In October 1972, Parenteau became executive vice president and general manager of KPTS in Wichita, and in 1973 he became president. KPTS is licensed to The Kansas Public Telecommunications Services, Inc., formerly the Sunflower Educational Television Corporation. Parenteau resigned his position August 1996 after weeks of conflict with the majority of his staff. He continued as vice president and representative to the Kansas Public Broadcasting Council until July 1997 when he retired.

In 1978, he was elected to a three year term as professional director at the Public Broadcasting Service. In addition, Parenteau has served as a member of Central Educational Network's executive and finance committees. From 1990 to 1993, he served on the board of trustees of APTS (Association of America's Public Television Stations). Then, from 1993 to 1994, he served as the first chairperson of the Kansas Public Broadcasting Council after its creation by the Kansas Legislature.

Arrangement

Organized as two series.
  1. Series 1: Association for Public Broadcasting
  2. Series 2: National Association of Public Television Stations

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The Zoel J. Parenteau papers were donated to the National Public Broadcasting Archives, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries by Zoel J. Parenteau in January of 1991.
Title
Guide to the Zoel J. Parenteau papers
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by Karen E. King, April 1993.
Date
1996-07-01
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

Contact:
University of Maryland Libraries
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College Park Maryland 20742
301-405-9212