1957The General Assembly passes a concurrent resolution calling for a study of the use of television in public schools.
1958A studio is built at Dreher High School in Columbia and the pilot project begins. Henry J. Cauthen is selected as technical director and R. Lynn Kalmbach is selected as project director. Educational services are extended to five Columbia area schools.
1960The General Assembly creates the SC Educational Television Commission.
1963The closed-circuit network is extended to all counties, reaching 155 public high schools, 36 elementary schools, most state colleges, university extension centers and 10 hospitals. WNTV-TV 29 in Greenville signs on.
1964WITV-TV 7 in Charleston signs on.
1965Henry J. Cauthen becomes executive director of the network upon the death of R. Lynn Kalmbach.
1966WRLK-TV 35 in Columbia signs on.
1966The first SCENE member's magazine is published.
1968The groundbreaking series, "Jobman Caravan" premieres.
1969"Jobman Caravan" garners ETV its very first Emmy Award.
1971ETV becomes the presenting station for William F. Buckley's "Firing Line." The series runs until 1999.
1972ETV Radio is born, as WEPR-FM 90.1 in Greenville goes on the air, broadcasting the NPR Classical News format. "All Things Considered" is the first program aired.
1974WSCI-FM 89.3 in Charleston joins the ETV Radio network.
1975WRJA-TV 27 and WRJA-FM 88.1, both in Sumter, and WJWJ-TV 16 in Beaufort begin transmitting.
1976WLTR-FM 91.3 in Columbia signs on.
1977The brainchild of ETV volunteer Elaine Freeman, the ETV Endowment is born as the non-profit entity that supports the educational mission of ETV and ETV Radio.
1977ETV begins broadcasting live from Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston.
1977ETV uses satellites for the first time to broadcast continuing Education content on Medical seminars to Charleston and Columbia
1978ETV joins the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) satellite system. WNSC-TV 30 and WNSC-FM 88.9, both in Rock Hill, sign on.
1978The first episode of "NatureScene" debuts on ETV. The program would have a 23-year run on ETV, and would make Rudy Mancke and co-host Jim Welch household names in South Carolina.
1979Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz" is first produced by ETV Radio for national broadcast. The program is still going strong today, and has become the longest running cultural program on NPR.
1980WRET-TV 49 in Spartanburg signs on. WJWJ-FM 89.9 in Beaufort signs on.
1980WHMC-FM 90.1 in Conway signs on.
1983"Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz" wins the prestigious Peabody Award.
1985"NatureScene" goes national, with distribution all across the United States.
1988ETV starts broadcasting "The Black History Teleconference," connecting South Carolina with communities in Detroit, Atlanta and Washington, DC.Â The teleconference continues to be aired each February.
1988The 18-state Satellite Educational Resources Consortium, under Henry Cauthen's leadership, receives a $5.6 million grant from the US Department of Education to implement the Star Schools project.
1989ETV and ETV Radio provide up-to-the minute coverage of Hurricane Hugo, assisting the Governor in distribution of press announcements.
1989ETV ranks as the busiest teleconferencing center in the nation.
1990WLJK-FM 89.1 in Aiken signs on.
1991Over ETV's closed circuit network, 150 higher education courses are distributed statewide for college credit.
1991ETV partners with Bill Moyers and the "MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour" in broadcasting a live, impromptu national town hall meeting during the outbreak of the Persian Gulf War.
1992The Early Childhood Professional Development Network, a national initiative undertaken by ETV, is launched and delivers live interactive training seminars to Head Start teachers in isolated rural areas across the United States.
1993ETV enters state-of-the-art medical telecommunications when it establishes a two-way video link between the Medical University of South Carolina and Richland Memorial Hospital.
1994ETV enters into a partnership with Scholastic Productions, Inc., as the presenting station for the Magic School Bus.
1995ETV introduces its first World Wide Web site.
1996ETV Radio begins broadcasting 24-hours a day.
1998Paul Amos takes the helm as ETV's third president. ETV launches the READY TO LEARN service to help meet the state's challenge of preparing South Carolina's children for first grade.
2000ETV Radio starts broadcasting multiple formats, beginning with WRJA-FM in Sumter, which started airing the NPR News format. ETV Radio also provides wall-to-wall coverage of Hurricane Floyd.
2000WRLK-DT becomes the first digital television station in the ETV network and in the state.
2000"Your Day" and "Walter Edgar's Journal" premiere on ETV Radio.
2001Maurice "Moss" Bresnahan joins ETV as the new president.
2001Knowitall.org is launched. By 2005, it had reached 2 million page views, and just a year later, it surpasses 10 million page views.
2002ETV, in collaboration with the SC Partnership for Distance Education, creates, DESC.info, a web resource that consolidates all of the state's distance learning courses and places them at the fingertips of South Carolina residents.
2002ETV debuts new local series, "Southern Lens," which spotlights independent films that reflect life in the South and/or were produced by Southerners.
2003The South Carolina Channel, the state's first 24/7 digital broadcasting service, launches at the State Fair.
2004The ETV Road Shows originated live broadcasts from dozens of South Carolina communitites for the first time.
2004ETV launches StreamlineSC, an educational technology resource that makes over 10,000 educational videos and corresponding activities available to every public, private and home school in the Palmetto State.
2006New local series "Carolina Stories" launched. Programs focus solely on South Carolina, its history, people and places.
2007New local series "The Big Picture" and "The Big Picture on the Radio" are launched.
2008David Crouch becomes president of ETV. ETV Endowment Founding Executive Director Elaine Freeman retires.
2008ETV and ETV Radio provide the only SC statewide coverage of GOP and Democratic conventions.
2009ETV begins broadcasting solely in digital format. New programming options available to South Carolinians as ETV adds CreateTV programming lineup to the South Carolina Channel and launches a third channel, ETV World.
2009Coby Hennecy is named the Executive Director of the ETV Endowment.
2009ETV begins a year-long celebration of its 50-year history.
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