BizKid$ Gets American Forces Network Gig
Starting next month BizKid$ will hail an international platform within the nation’s military bases as a result of a deal with the American Forces Network.
The National Credit Union Foundation, which organizes support for BizKid$ among credit unions, called its contract with the military TV and radio network a significant breakthrough in reaching an overseas constituency of civilian and active duty military personnel including youngsters and their parents.
Larry Marotta, director of AFN television, said, “We are thrilled to premiere BizKid$ on our AFN family channel in June and are grateful to the producers and to the underwriters for making such a thoughtful and fun program available to our military families serving our nation overseas.” The worldwide broadcast will start June 8.
The NCUF said it would be donating the BizKid$ first 26 episodes to AFN. The episodes cover a wide variety of personal finance topics including budgeting, saving, entrepreneurship and credit.
The NCUF noted that as a result of the AFN contract BizKid$ would reach Department of Defense personnel and their families at bases in 175 countries, as well as 140 U.S. Navy ships at sea.
“AFN broadcasts the most popular American radio and television programs from all the major networks and is a service of the American Forces Radio and Television Service,” said NCUF.
NCUF oversees fundraising, outreach and administrative responsibilities of BizKid$, which started its fifth season in January. The episodes, now going into syndication, have been produced in Seattle studios. Over the past six years, more than 290 credit unions and affiliated organizations have raised more than $13.2 million that has supported the show’s production, website and curriculum, said NCUF.
“In fact, every BizKid$ episode begins and ends with a narrator reminding viewers that: Production funding for BizKid$ is provided by America’s Credit Unions, where people are worth more than money,” said NCUF.
“As a veteran who served overseas I know how important it is for members of our military to be able to watch American television through AFN on their off time,” said Christopher Morris, NCUF director of communications and former U.S. Army member. “It’s also critically important for service members and their children to better understand their finances and achieve financial freedom. Thus BizKid$ is a great fit for this new audience.”