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1957

The General Assembly passes a concurrent resolution calling for a study of the use of television in public schools.

1958

A 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.

1960

The General Assembly creates the SC Educational Television Commission.

1963

The 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.

1964

WITV-TV 7 in Charleston signs on.

1965

Henry J. Cauthen becomes executive director of the network upon the death of R. Lynn Kalmbach.

1966

WRLK-TV 35 in Columbia signs on.

1966

The first SCENE member's magazine is published.

1968

The groundbreaking series, "Jobman Caravan" premieres.

1969

"Jobman Caravan" garners ETV its very first Emmy Award.

1971

ETV becomes the presenting station for William F. Buckley's "Firing Line." The series runs until 1999.

1972

ETV 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.

1974

WSCI-FM 89.3 in Charleston joins the ETV Radio network.

1975

WRJA-TV 27 and WRJA-FM 88.1, both in Sumter, and WJWJ-TV 16 in Beaufort begin transmitting.

1976

WLTR-FM 91.3 in Columbia signs on.

1977

The 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.

1977

ETV begins broadcasting live from Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston.

1977

ETV uses satellites for the first time to broadcast continuing Education content on Medical seminars to Charleston and Columbia

1978

ETV joins the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) satellite system. WNSC-TV 30 and WNSC-FM 88.9, both in Rock Hill, sign on.

1978

The 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.

1979

Marian 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.

1980

WRET-TV 49 in Spartanburg signs on. WJWJ-FM 89.9 in Beaufort signs on.

1980

WHMC-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.

1988

ETV starts broadcasting "The Black History Teleconference," connecting South Carolina with communities in Detroit, Atlanta and Washington, DC. The teleconference continues to be aired each February.

1988

The 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.

1989

ETV and ETV Radio provide up-to-the minute coverage of Hurricane Hugo, assisting the Governor in distribution of press announcements.

1989

ETV ranks as the busiest teleconferencing center in the nation.

1990

WLJK-FM 89.1 in Aiken signs on.

1991

Over ETV's closed circuit network, 150 higher education courses are distributed statewide for college credit.

1991

ETV 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.

1992

The 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.

1993

ETV 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.

1994

ETV enters into a partnership with Scholastic Productions, Inc., as the presenting station for the Magic School Bus.

1995

ETV introduces its first World Wide Web site.

1996

ETV Radio begins broadcasting 24-hours a day.

1998

Paul 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.

2000

ETV 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.

2000

WRLK-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.

2001

Maurice "Moss" Bresnahan joins ETV as the new president.

2001

Knowitall.org is launched. By 2005, it had reached 2 million page views, and just a year later, it surpasses 10 million page views.

2002

ETV, 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.

2002

ETV debuts new local series, "Southern Lens," which spotlights independent films that reflect life in the South and/or were produced by Southerners.

2003

The South Carolina Channel, the state's first 24/7 digital broadcasting service, launches at the State Fair.

2004

The ETV Road Shows originated live broadcasts from dozens of South Carolina communitites for the first time.

2004

ETV 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.

2006

New local series "Carolina Stories" launched. Programs focus solely on South Carolina, its history, people and places.

2007

New local series "The Big Picture" and "The Big Picture on the Radio" are launched.

2008

David Crouch becomes president of ETV. ETV Endowment Founding Executive Director Elaine Freeman retires.

2008

ETV and ETV Radio provide the only SC statewide coverage of GOP and Democratic conventions.

2009

ETV 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.

2009

Coby Hennecy is named the Executive Director of the ETV Endowment.

2009

ETV begins a year-long celebration of its 50-year history.

 

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