History of South Carolina ETV and SC Public Radio

South Carolina ETV and South Carolina Public Radio have a rich history of teaching, in both formal and informal settings.  From our first classes in the library of a high school to our multi-platform national presence, SCETV and SC Public Radio continue to be a place where talented educators and producers bring current events, history, and the culture of South Carolina to light for all generations.

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1950s

1960s

1960

R. Lynn Kalmach is named ETV’s first president. R. Lynn Kalmach is named ETV’s first president.
  • The General Assembly establishes the Educational Television Commission of South Carolina. R. Lynn Kalmbach serves as General Manager of the new state agency. Dr. George E. Bair serves as Education Director, and Henry J. Cauthen serves as Director of Production and Engineering. An empty grocery store at 2712 Millwood Avenue in Columbia is turned into the ETV studio and broadcast center. The agency will remain there, expanding into 23+ buildings up and down the street, until 1996. Classes, though still live, are now also recorded using a four-year-old technology called “videotape.”

1961

  • SCETV reaches into 31 schools in 11 counties.

1962

A TV dentistry class was part of the medical training available from SCETV.A TV dentistry class was part of the medical training available from SCETV.
  • Expansion of the closed-circuit system allows state agencies and public school teachers to use ETV for continuing professional education and post-graduate medical education. 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.

1963

  • WNTV-TV 29 in Greenville signs on, making SCETV a broadcast entity.

1964

  • WITV-TV 7 in Charleston signs on. SCETV’s class enrollment climbs to 88,700.

1965

Henry Cauthen, ETV’s second presidentHenry Cauthen, ETV’s second president
  • Henry J. Cauthen is named Director of Administration and Dr. George Bair is named Director of Education after the death of R. Lynn Kalmbach. Crime to Court, a monthly training video and booklet for judges and law enforcement officers, begins production. It will last for nearly three decades and, at its height, train 6,500 police officers, judges, and magistrates nationally.

1966

  • WRLK-TV 35 in Columbia, named for R. Lynn Kalmbach, signs on. The first SCETV program magazine (ETV Guide) is published, providing the broadcast schedule for NET (National Educational Television) from New York City as well as local productions and classes. ETV's first weekly public affairs program Off the Cuff is broadcast. Over the years the weekly, sometimes nightly, program will continue under different titles: 9:30 Newsroom (NINE30) (1971), EIGHT30 (1974), SEVEN30 (1975), Openline (1980), and Carolina Journal (1983-1990). Among the hosts are S.C. broadcasters Mackie Quave, John Wrisley, Jim Welch, Joan Barrett, Beryl Dakers, Tom Fowler, and Mike Collins.

1967

  • The Public Broadcasting Act is signed into law, paving the way for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS, and NPR. SCETV is given one of the pens used by President Lyndon Johnson to sign the act into law. It is a difficult year for SCETV funding, and the ETV Guide is temporarily discontinued. Color broadcasting is delayed. Despite the setbacks, WJPM in Florence (named for James Pierce Mozingo III) and WEBA in Allendale (named for Edgar Allen Brown) begin broadcasting.

1968

Bill Terrell, host of Jobman Caravan, on location.Bill Terrell, host of Jobman Caravan, on location.
  • The groundbreaking series Job Man Caravan premieres. The new series educates minority audiences about career opportunities and job interview techniques, and uses a mobile TV unit to travel to a different town each week. The program also features popular musical acts. A daily program for children, The June Bugg Show, premieres from the SCETV studios. It is hosted by educator June Timmerman and features local children. It encourages children to be "good June Buggs" by exhibiting good behavior.

1969

  • Job Man Caravan garners SCETV its first Emmy Award. PBS is created. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood is one of the NET programs to move to PBS, with a new program called Sesame Street. The first live domestic satellite transmission in the nation is transmitted from Columbia to Los Angeles as a demonstration during a legislative dinner. Color broadcasting begins on the Columbia station. SCETV becomes the "feeder" station for all southern public TV stations.

1970s

1970

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  • Cable television begins to expand SCETV's reach into homes. South Carolina's tri-centennial is celebrated with televised ballets and choral concerts, including a performance of Porgy and Bess from Charleston. SCETV goes live from Cape Kennedy for Apollo XIII coverage. Job Man Caravan wins its second Emmy. New SCETV television courses allow students to earn their MBA via USC at their local technical college. During the courses, the students can talk back to the TV presenter via telephone.

1971

  • SCETV becomes the presenting station for William F. Buckley's Firing Line, which moves from ABC. The series runs until 1999. Color studio production begins. The General Assembly approves $3.6 million in bonds to extend SCETV broadcasts to the entire state. Henry Cauthen is elected to the PBS Board of Directors.

1972

 SC Educational Radio The ribbon cutting for South Carolina Educational Radio
  • The South Carolina Educational Radio Network (SCERN, later ETV Radio and then SC Public Radio) is born. WEPR-FM 90.1 in Greenville (via Clemson studios) goes on the air, broadcasting the NPR Classical News format. All Things Considered is the first program aired. The service includes specialized "radio for the blind" broadcasts. Transmitted on a special sub-frequency to those with special radio receivers, the service includes volunteers reading local newspapers aloud.

1973

  • SCETV is one of 11 stations to produce episodes for PBS' The Federalist Papers. SCERN adds Saturday programming to broadcast seven days a week. For the People, a new public affairs series for the African-American community with a scholarly bent, debuts with host Beryl Dakers. Later, the series will be hosted by Listervelt Middleton and run for a quarter century. Job Man Caravan is offered in the southeastern United States. SCETV airs Saints and Legions, its first college credit course, so viewers can earn college credit at home. The ETV documentary on Kenny Rogers and the First Edition, Tell It All, airs nationally.

1974

 Play It Again Uncle Sam guests Gloria Loring and Bob Hope at ETV Play It Again Uncle Sam guests Gloria Loring and Bob Hope at ETV
  • WSCI-FM 89.3 in Charleston joins SCERN. Poll workers are trained via TV, and SCETV's new TV course The Desk Set graduates 200 secretaries who view the course each morning in their homes. SCETV produces The Gift of the Magi for television. Moderator Julian Bond hosts discussion series Race Relations. Play It Again, Uncle Sam, a TV tribute to America's musical history, features Bob Hope, Taj Mahal, the Smothers Brothers and Gloria Loring, and is offered nationally. SCETV also produces Vanishing Towns for PBS' Turning Points. The program details entire S.C. towns emptied and/or relocated to make way for the Savannah River Nuclear Site. Also offered nationally is Zee Cooking Show, a cooking program for kids. SCERN's Fiddlers Grove is also offered nationally.

1975

  • WRJA in Sumter (TV and radio) and WJWJ (TV) in Beaufort begin transmitting. WRJA is named for legislator R. J. Aycock, WJWJ for legislator W. James Waddell, Jr. Educational Radio for the Blind moves to SCERN's Columbia studios. Ilona's Palette premieres, a first-of-its-kind how-to painting program with Ilona Royce-Smithkin. Psychic Micki Dahne appears live on SCETV and callers jam the phone lines. The Garden Spot premieres, with host Willie Freeland. Produced by SCETV for PBS, the series Lowell Thomas Remembers features the 83-year-old veteran reporter recalling events from 1919 to 1963 using Movietone news footage. Also seen nationally, The Shadow Catcher is a documentary about photographer Edward Curtis' attempt to preserve Native American culture through photographs, films, and recordings.

1976

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  • WLTR-FM 91.3 in Columbia signs on. SCERN's series American Popular Song with Alec Wilder and Friends debuts nationally on public radio. The SCETV children's program Studio See premieres locally. South Carolina Instructional Radio begins five-day-a-week service with school programming over SC Educational Radio. The stage production of Sing America Sing with John Raitt traces popular American music through history, and is offered nationally by SCETV. The Highland Games in North Carolina are taped by SCETV and offered across the southeast via satellite. Columbia City Ballet's production of Cinderella is offered nationally on PBS. Two classic SCETV instructional series debut: And Then There Were Thirteen with Dr. Henry Lumpkin and Teacher as Manager. Because of SCETV's tower network, South Carolina becomes the second state in the nation to use NOAA's new weather radio system.

1977

  • The ETV Endowment is created as the non-profit entity that supports the educational programs of SCETV and SCERN. Elaine Freeman serves as the founding executive director of the Endowment. SCERN's series American Popular Song with Alec Wilder and Friends wins a Peabody Award. NPR's Options airs SCERN's documentary about a Charleston student trapped by a cult. SCETV broadcasts from Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston. SCETV uses satellites for the first time to broadcast live continuing education content and medical seminars to Charleston and Columbia. Studio See becomes a national series. As a part of a seven-nation live broadcast, SCETV originates the U.S. portion of Christmas Around the World from Columbia Mall. SCETV's Spoleto: Festival of Two Worlds airs on PBS.

1978

NatureScene debuts with Rudy Mancke, left, and Beryl Dakers, right NatureScene debuts with Rudy Mancke, left, and Beryl Dakers, right
  • WNSC in Rock Hill signs on with radio and TV service. SCERN's American Popular Song wins an Ohio State Award, and presents the 52-week concert series Toscanini on NPR. The first episode of NatureScene debuts on SCETV. The program will have a 23-year run on SCETV and become a national series. Naturalist Rudy Mancke is paired first with series co-creator Beryl Dakers and later with Jim Welch. Cinematic Eye, a college credit course analyzing 13 European films, is presented nationally. In a special Firing Line produced in Columbia, William F. Buckley is joined by Ronald Reagan. The SCETV production of Spoleto Festival opera The Consul is presented on PBS' Great Performances. SCETV provides nightly coverage of the Spoleto Festival from Charleston. SCETV joins the PBS satellite system.

1979

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  • Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz is produced by the SC Educational Radio Network for national broadcast. SCERN also tapes a concert in honor of Hoagy Carmichael at Carnegie Hall for national broadcast. Roots Musik Karamu with host Osei Terry Chandler debuts on WSCI-FM and will continue well into the next century. A second Spoleto opera from SCETV, Vanessa, is presented on PBS' Great Performances. A live performance of Carmina Burana from Columbia's Township Auditorium is simulcast. Because TV was not in stereo at that time, the stereo audio is broadcast over the radio network simultaneously. Cinematic Eye, hosted by Benjamin Dunlap, is the first telecourse nominated for an Emmy. Feelings, hosted by child psychologist Dr. Lee Salk, and The American Short Story, hosted by Henry Fonda, are presented on PBS by SCETV. SCETV's Ways of the Law debuts, the nation's first legal education series.

1980s

1980

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  • WRTS-TV 49 in Spartanburg signs on. It is later renamed WRET-TV for Rickard E. Tuckey. Radio service is added to TV service in Beaufort as WJWJ-FM 89.9. SCERN's first instructional radio series, Catch On, debuts. Closed captioning begins. The college credit course Writer's Workshop, hosted by George Plimpton, debuts with writers James Dickey, Kurt Vonnegut, John Gardner, Nora Ephron, James McPherson, Tom Wolfe, Pauline Kael and other authors each taping a class session in the SCETV studios. SCETV's classic series To Life! Yoga with Priscilla Patrick debuts.SCERN presents opera series Backstage with Richard Mohr on NPR.

1981

  • WHMC-FM 90.1 in Conway signs on. The SCERN series, Chamber Music from Spoleto Festival USA, debuts. SCETV's PBS presentations include the series The Shock of the New with Time magazine art critic Robert Hughes, the drama The Ambassadors with Lee Remick and Paul Scofield, The World of Cooking, and the opera Willie Stark on Great Performances. SCETV is selected as the National Center for Instructional Television to transmit programming by satellite to public schools nationwide. SCETV receives the Verner Award for Government Body.

1982

  • SCETV joins with KCET Los Angeles, WGBH Boston, and WNET New York to produce American Playhouse, a PBS series designed to spotlight dramatic works by American writers. Columbia's Workshop Theatre's production of Archibald MacLeish's Pulitzer-Prize winner J.B. is produced for television. Six Gun Heroes, a series about classic westerns hosted by actor Sunset Carson, is presented nationally. So too is The Sun Dagger, narrated by Robert Redford. SCERN debuts its new series American Popular Singers on NPR, as well as the national re-broadcast of Red and Mildred, a 1944 CBS radio program featuring black and white jazz artists together. Locally, Swingtime with College of Charleston host Clark Reynolds begins a 19-year run on radio.

1983

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  • Action-Packed Cliffhangers, a sequel of sorts to Six Gun Heroes focusing on serialized B-movies, is presented nationally. On PBS, SCETV joins the Great Performances and the children's movie series Wonderworks producing consortia. SCETV presents The World of James Joyce, hosted by Peter O'Toole, and Reel Journeys, hosted by Christopher Reeve, who tapes his introductions in our studio. Locally, weekly culture series Art's The Thing! debuts with host Beryl Dakers. SCERN presents a series on South Carolina Poets and Appreciation of Jazz, based on a Winthrop college music course for which listeners can receive college credit. Also debuting locally, The Attentive Ear focuses on local orchestral and choral performances. The Bluegrass Sound debuts. Created by Clarence Dreher, it will run for 32 seasons.

1984

Marian McPartland's Piano JazzPeabody Award ceremony for Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz
  • WNEH in Greenwood signs on. SCERN's Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz wins the prestigious Peabody Award. SCETV hosts INPUT, the International Public Television Screening Conference. SCETV's presentations on PBS include Counterpoint, a debate series with Harper's editor Lewis Lapham, and the two-episode Opera from Arena di Verona featuring Tosca and Turandot. SCETV's mascot, Lindsay the Leopard, debuts.

1985

  • Shag, SCETV's classic film on the state dance, debuts. Programs presented on PBS by SCETV include the series The Heart of the Dragon, a modern look into China, Great Decisions, hosted by Edwin Newman, and About Tap, hosted by Gregory Hines. Theresa Merritt and Bill Cobbs travel to Columbia to film the drama My Man Bovanne for PBS. SCERN presents Mountain Stage: Live from Spoleto nationally with West Virginia Public Radio. Locally, the series Vocal Lines explores operatic technique with host Dale Taylor.

1986

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  • NatureScene is broadcast nationally. SCERN produces the national radio program Marion's Men: The Life and Times of the Swamp Fox, local series Schumann and the Piano from USC and Charleston Folk Concerts. SCERN's first Director of Radio, William D. Hay, receives the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award for his contribution to the arts in South Carolina. SCETV produces TV versions of local arts productions La Traviata, God's Angry Man, and Swan Lake. SCETV co-produces the three-part historical mini-series Roanoak for PBS' American Playhouse. Also on PBS from SCETV: International TV with Leslie Caron, The Day the Universe Changed with James Burke, Russian documentary Candle in the Wind, and Gian Carlo Menotti: The Musical Magician for Great Performances.

1987

  • SCETV's work on PBS for the year includes Tales of the Unknown South, three dramas featuring short stories by DuBose Heyward, Julia Peterkin, and Diane Oliver, Almost Partners, a Wonderworks movie with Paul Sorvino, There Were Times, Dear, an Alzheimer's drama with Shirley Jones, The Movie Palaces with the Smithsonian, religious documentary Born Again, The Theban Plays with host Michael York, and Soviet documentary Agents of Deception. SCETV also produces Exxon Energy Cube, a nine episode national classroom resource about energy, the local documentaries AIDS and South Carolina and Architecture: Shaping of Space. SCERN's new series include public affairs series Vu-Point and Notes from Home, featuring local musicians.

1988

  • SCETV broadcasts The Black History Teleconference, connecting South Carolina with communities in Detroit, Atlanta and Washington, DC. The teleconference becomes a yearly event for nearly a quarter of a century. The 18-state Satellite Educational Resources Consortium, under SCETV President Cauthen's leadership, receives a $5.6 million grant from the US Department of Education to implement the Star Schools project, providing live, interactive instruction via satellite in math, foreign language and science. SCETV presents Main Street Jazz from Columbia's downtown. Nationally, SCETV presents CE Newsmagazine, a newsmagazine by and for kids, and Voices and Visions, a series on poetry. SCERN and SCETV co-produce Bach at Biltmore for both radio and TV.

1989

  • WLJK-FM in Aiken signs on. SCETV wins its third Peabody for CE Newsmagazine. SCETV ranks as the busiest teleconferencing center in the nation. SCETV and SCERN provide up-to-the minute coverage of Hurricane Hugo. SCETV broadcasts a three-hour flyover of the coast repeatedly so viewers can see if their homes and businesses survived. Jobman Caravan celebrates its 20th anniversary, with a slightly different spelling. Ten Bites of the Big Apple follows South Carolinians who succeeded in New York City in business, on Broadway, and in the art world. On PBS, SCETV presents the five-part series The Soviets at the Crossroads, and specials The Other Side of the Moon and Dawn's Early Light: Ralph McGill and the Segregated South. Henry Kissinger and George McGovern visit Columbia for a special Firing Line. SCERN debuts ArtScene for and about local arts, and Main Street Jazz moves to radio. Larry Klein joins The Bluegrass Sound. Henry Cauthen receives the Verner Award for Individual in Government.

1990s

1990

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Family Across the Sea
  • The Charleston TV service is restored after it was destroyed by Hurricane Hugo. Windswept Hearts, a live call-in simulcast for radio and TV, helps South Carolinians deal with the emotional aftermath of the storm. Via the Star Schools project, SCETV transmits teachers live to over 10,000 classrooms, teaching Russian (with native Russian teachers), A.P. Economics, and A.P. Calculus. SCERN presents Fred Hirsch at Town Hall nationally and debuts folk music series Of Cabbages and Kings locally. SCETV's documentary on Modjeska Simkins, Makin' a Way out of No Way, premieres, and Family Across the Sea definitively traces the basket weaving patterns found at the Charleston marketplace back to Africa. The documentary becomes a permanent part of the Smithsonian exhibit on African art. On PBS, SCETV presents programs on Joyce Carol Oates, Sonya Sanchez, Trey Ellis, Joseph Brodsky, and Allen Ginsberg. President Henry Cauthen is nominated to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting board by President George H. Bush.

1991

  • A town hall with Bill Moyers from Columbia's Longstreet Theatre is abruptly altered at the request of PBS and becomes a live, impromptu national town hall meeting after the sudden launch of Operation Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf earlier in the day. SCETV uses its satellite and closed-circuit network to distribute 150 higher education courses statewide for college credit. A single teleconference trains more than 1,000 law enforcement and correctional officers for approximately 39 cents per officer. Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz produces its 200th episode. On the Other Hand, a traditional telecourse, teaches sign language to teachers and health professionals. The Holocaust History Report and Conversations with South Carolina Writers are produced for South Carolina schools. On PBS, SCETV presents Primary Colors, a documentary about nun/artist Corita Kent narrated by Eva Marie Saint, Dangerous Assignments with Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings, Robert MacNeil, and Dan Rather, and All Our Children with Bill Moyers.

1992

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  • With a 2.4 million dollar grant, SCETV launches The Early Childhood Professional Development Network, a national initiative that delivers live interactive training seminars to over 1,000 Head Start teachers in isolated rural areas across the United States. The staff begins the move to the new SCETV office headquarters on George Rogers Boulevard, previously the home of The State and The Columbia Record newspapers. In a first, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting holds its annual meeting at SCETV. The now-classic SCETV series from WRJA Sumter, The Writers' Circle, debuts. SCETV becomes the provider for South Carolina's first "cameras-in-the-courtroom" experiment and also tapes 58 hours of oral history for the national Holocaust Museum. SCERN introduces listeners to psychiatrist Dr. Linda Austin on the weekly call-in radio program What's on Your Mind? and produces Spoleto, Italy: Olives and Opera on location in Italy to celebrate Spoleto founder Gian Carlo Menotti's 80th birthday. Spoleto Chamber Music Concerts begins its tenth season. On PBS, SCETV presents the AIDS documentary Mending Hearts, Wattenberg: Trends in the Nineties, America's Political Parties: Power and Principle, and Great Performances: Pavarotti and the Italian Tenor. Local documentaries include Carolina Alive, Spoleto's Art in Public Places, the new weekly feature series 27:Fifty and Project Discovery, a live classroom event that allows students to interact with explorers on location. SCETV's mascot Lindsay the Leopard makes a dramatic transformation into Smart Cat.

1993

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  • SCETV upgrades to a digital satellite system that allows 20 channels of two-way video and audio to schools, state government, and higher education institutions, including the Medical University of South Carolina and Richland Memorial Hospital. SCERN produces a four-part series Old Time Religion. Jobman Caravan celebrates 25 years. Local TV documentaries include The Jenkins Orphanage Band, CCI, Those Who Remain and WJWJ's The Vanishing Salt Marsh. Nationally, SCETV presents the five-part series Renaissance, The Dancing Man: Peg Leg Bates, One Third of a Nation narrated by James Dickey, Stretching for Life with Priscilla Patrick, Marcel Proust: A Writer's Life, George Marshall and the American Century (1994 Emmy winner for Best Historical Documentary), Campus Culture Wars: Five Stories about P.C., and The Merrow Report. Making It Grow! debuts from WRJA with host Rowland Alston.

1994

  • SCETV begins construction of a new studio building at George Rogers Boulevard next to the SCETV office building. The ETV Endowment raises in excess of four million dollars to purchase the property, which it will later sell to the state for one dollar. SCETV presents The Magic School Bus and three-part series The Hermitage on PBS. Local SCERN productions include music series Wait a Little Longer, Music from Piccolo Spoleto, rock n' roll series The Nightshift, and southern writer series SouthWords. Local SCETV productions include weekly teen call-in series The Zone from WNSC, Guarding the Nation's Past, a Socratic dialogue In Search of Purity about hazardous waste in a mythical town, Doing the Best I Can about female body-building, the new series Palmetto Places, musical special McCaa's Tavern from Camden, The S.C. Philharmonic, and a special honoring the opening of the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts in Clemson. Elaine Freeman receives the Verner Award of Individual Achievement. President Henry Cauthen is elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the CPB Board.

1995

  • SCETV installs satellite dishes on every middle, high, and vocational school in the state, begins Teacher Training Institutes statewide on new technologies and teaching, and introduces its first World Wide Web site. SCETV's Learning Link begins internet service to middle school teachers. Budget cuts release the staff of Charleston radio station WSCI, which remains only as a transmitter. SCERN's four-part series The African-American Music Tree is broadcast on NPR; local radio productions include The Masterclass, a four-part series that explores a musician's transition from classroom to performance hall, Orangeburg 1968: Personal Narratives, and Tall Tales from the Hunter's Camp, a dramatization of two short stories by S.C. author William Gilmore Simms. Nationally, SCETV presents series The Quiet Revolution and The Human Language, and specials Proudly We Served: Men of the USS Mason, Richard Wright Black Boy, Reynolds Price Clear Pictures, and Listening to Children: A Moral Journey with Robert Coles. Local series include Carolina Business Review and physical science series Mr. B's Basement. Local specials include Fort Sumter, Sherman's March through the South, The Snowbird Cherokees, the Brookgreen Gardens documentary A Quiet Joining of Hands, Your Child's Daycare: Ten Questions You Should Ask, Cease Fire on the Home Front, the Carolina Ballet's Nicholas and Alexandra, and the USC Symphony in concert.

1996

  • Community advisory committees around the state are created to involve more communities with SCETV. SCERN begins broadcasting 24 hours a day, and presents the second season of The African-American Music Tree nationally. In partnership with the S.C. Municipal Association, SCETV uses its system to train local elected officials. Nationally, SCETV presents the 10-part series Scandinavia, Sailing the World Alone, Children in America's Schools with Bill Moyers, The People and the Power Game with Hedrick Smith, With God on Our Side, The Nutcracker by the Moscow State Ballet and Orchestra, and An Essay on Matisse. Local TV productions include a new Character Education series for the schools, Divining the Divine, Dreams Count, and French is Elementary.

1997

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  • SCETV begins broadcasting and producing from its new studio facilities at 1041 George Rogers Boulevard. To celebrate the grand opening, SCERN host Marian McPartland and guest Bobby Short perform in concert in the studio. Nationally, SCETV presents the series The New Urban Renewal: Reclaiming Our Neighborhoods, First Person Singular with biographies of I.M. Pei and John Hope Franklin, and Wine 101 with David Hyde Pierce. Local TV productions include Brainwaves, a weekly series spotlighting innovations in local education, Seared Souls: South Carolina Voices of the Holocaust, South Carolina is Burning, and live call-in special Frauds, Schemes, and Rip-Offs. SCERN turns 25. Local radio productions include The Damnation of Faust performed by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. President Henry Cauthen announces his retirement, and is given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. It is only the second time the award has been given.

1998

  • Paul Amos takes the helm as SCETV's third president. SCETV launches the READY TO LEARN service to help meet the state's challenge of preparing South Carolina's children for first grade. Three-time Emmy winner Jobman Caravan ends a nearly three decade run with the retirement of host Bill Terrell. Connections, with host P.A. Bennett, debuts. Nationally, SCETV presents the series Traveling Lite and One World, plus specials Living with Risk, Michelangelo Restored, Gullah documentary God's Gonna Trouble the Water from WJWJ, Fatherhood USA, net. LEARNING, and Picasso biography Portrait of an Artist. Local specials include Families for Kids, exploring foster care in South Carolina, Finding Money for College, a call-in program that becomes an annual tradition, Porgy: A Gullah Version, Our World, South Carolina Notebook, Extraordinary Ordinary People, school series Smart Stuff, Kids, Crime and You, Exploring the Tidelands, The South Carolina High School Football Championships, The Very First Milo Moose Day Celebration and S.C. State Museum: 10th Anniversary. SCERN presents the four-part series Nuremberg Revisited featuring recollections from the U.S. prosecutorial team.

1999

 Entertaining at the College of Charleston Alex Sanders president of COC and wife Zoe Entertaining at the College of Charleston
  • Nationally, SCERN produces Just Plain Folks, a series on African-American storytelling and blues for NPR's Playhouse series and Mary Lou's Mass from the Washington National Cathedral. Locally, SCERN provides wall-to-wall coverage of Hurricane Floyd and debuts Hanging on to my Baton with conductor Nicholas Smith and Slavery in Early South Carolina. Just Ask Us, a radio call-in program, debuts and will become popular series Your Day, produced with Clemson University. Talkabout, from the College of Charleston, debuts with host Nicholas Drake. NatureNotes with Rudy Mancke and Making It Grow! debuts on the radio. Nationally, SCETV presents the series Frontiers of Medicine, Journey to Planet Earth, and The Mississippi: River of Song, which also has a companion radio series. Other national specials include Stalin documentary Stolen Years, Osteoporosis: Breaking the Fall, and self-help special Keeping Love Alive. Locally, SCETV local productions include a 12-minute South Carolina video that travels statewide to demonstrate the new HDTV technology, and the nightly promo series SAT Savvy to train students for the SAT. Beyond the Boundaries follows Coker and College of Charleston students who travel to Spain. Circle of Inheritance traces S.C. history from prehistoric times to the Revolutionary War. Forgotten Fires recalls two church burnings in Clarendon County, and other specials include Riverbanks Zoo Turns 25, Archbishop Desmond Tutu at Coastal Carolina, When Rice Was King, the opera Susannah from Converse, STD: A Public Health Crisis, local drama Hummingbird Kimono, The Great Divide, a four-part series discussing race, and two specials from WJWJ, A Sea Island Adventure and Masters of the Walking Stick. Also: the local rock n' roll performance special HomeGrown, Entertaining at the College of Charleston, and Seeking Solutions. Making It Grow! wins the Emmy for Interview/Discussion Program.

2000s

2000

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  • SCERN starts broadcasting multiple formats, using either NPR News or NPR Classical/News formats. SCERN also adds full programs to its website, and premieres Walter Edgar's Journal and his audio book South Carolina: A History. Local radio productions include the South Carolina Metropolitan Opera district finals from USC, and Your Day. WRLK-DT, SCETV's Columbia station, becomes the first digital television station in the state. Antiques Roadshow visits Charleston. Local TV programs include Farming in South Carolina, Where Do We Go from Here? which visits civil rights landmarks in South Carolina, Messengers in the Spirit features local African-American artists, Making It Grow! adds a webcast, Angels Among Us spotlights organ donation, Something in Common highlights stroke victims in S.C., the Legacy of Leadership series presents bios of S.C. business leaders, A Lifetime of Success, a biography of retiring Chief Justice Ernest Finney, children's series Eye Wonder, documentary The Changing Face of AIDS and HomeGrown, with local bands Jump, Little Children, Cravin' Melon, and Danielle Howle and the Tantrums. National programs include Dooley and Pals, The Mystery of Chaco Canyon with Robert Redford, Born to the Wind with Peter Fonda about the 27,000 mile sailboat race that begins in Charleston, Critical Condition with Hedrick Smith, and Journey to Planet Earth, the first of what would become a series of many national specials. Beryl Dakers receives the Verner Award for Individual in Arts Education. President Paul Amos unexpectedly passes away.

2001

  • Maurice "Moss" Bresnahan joins SCETV as the new president. KnowItAll.org is launched, SCETV's web-based instructional service to schools. SCERN launches an all-jazz station in Rock Hill. Shari Hutchinson, Director of Radio and producer of Piano Jazz, receives the Verner Award for Individual Achievement. SCETV holds an open house to explain digital TV and over 10,000 viewers and listeners attend. Local TV productions include: Living with Risk with Lynn Sherr, series A Lifetime of Success features Justice Jean Toal, the dedication of the African-American monument on the State House grounds, Healthcare: Right or Privilege, Spoleto Festival 25th Anniversary Retrospective, From the Ground Up details the renovation of the Governor's Mansion, Breaking the Silence (domestic violence), A Celebration of Life (breast cancer), the series debut of Destination: SC Parks and Touch the Earth which explores botanical garden sculptures at Clemson, narrated by Maya Angelou. National TV productions include Enemies of War, Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey, Blenko Retro, and Juggling Work and Family with Hedrick Smith.

2002

Dave Brubeck and Marian McPartland rehearse at ETV Dave Brubeck and Marian McPartland rehearse at ETV
  • SCERN celebrates its 30th anniversary with Marian McPartland and Dave Brubeck in concert from the ETV studios. SCERN debuts Partisans and Redcoats, a new audiobook series from Walter Edgar. Gullah Tales debuts on the web for classroom use. SCETV debuts new local series Southern Lens which spotlights independent films that reflect life in the South and/or were produced by Southerners. Local TV productions include: Our Health: Youth Violence, Hepatitis C in South Carolina, Seared Souls: South Carolina Voices of the Holocaust, Grave Decisions, A Light on Treacherous Water (Hunting Island light station), landscaping series From the Ground Up with Clemson University, Stateline, They Were Here: Ice Age Humans in South Carolina, South Carolina's Greatest Generation, Those Who Remain, and Snowbird Cherokees.

2003

  • The South Carolina Channel, ETV's first digital channel, launches at the State Fair. SCETV embarks on a "Roadshow" to travel across South Carolina with special broadcasts. IFRA, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers and USC create a $2 million media training studio at SCETV for journalists. SCERN is renamed ETV Radio. Local radio productions include Marian McPartland's 85th Birthday Celebration and Pat Conroy's lecture at Spoleto. Local TV productions include: Myrtle Beach Memories, Pages of History (Post & Courier's 200th anniversary), Reflections of Columbia (history), Special Children, Special Care, Dum Spiro Spero (Governor's School for the Arts concert), The New Cooper River Bridge, The Road to Equality, series At Home Southern Style with Clemson University, Open Lines (teen talk show), and Southern Manors and Chapels. National productions include: The American Tenors, In the Mood with Andrew Theilen Big Band, and three new episodes of Journey to Planet Earth.

2004

Bluegrass Express on location in Conway for the Road Show Bluegrass Express on location in Conway for the Road Show
  • SCETV launches StreamlineSC, an educational technology resource that makes over 10,000 educational videos and corresponding lesson plans and quizzes available to every public, private and home school in the Palmetto State. In just over a year, it receives its one-millionth page view. The SCETV Road Shows continue to originate live broadcasts from dozens of South Carolina communities, involving nearly all local series producing live on location throughout the year. Local radio productions include: An Evening of Chamber Music from the SC Aquarium, A Walking History Tour of Charleston with Walter Edgar and Mayor Joe Riley, Lessons and Carols from Furman University, and Handel's Messiah from Bob Jones University. Roots Musik Karamu celebrates 25 years. Stay a Little Longer ends, Guitars, Cadillacs and Hillbilly Music premieres and will run until 2016. Local TV productions include Detective Bonz, a new third-grade history series, and Your Day and Making It Grow! produce live episodes on location around the state. Jazz Explosions, a concert from Charlotte, SC Day at Washington National Cathedral, Studio Pottery with Kris Neal, The Cokers of Hartsville, NatureScene at Chernobyl, the burial of the crew of the H.L. Hunley, Inside Spoleto 2004, the series debut of Bluegrass Express from the Sumter Opera House, poetry special Authentic Voices, Beach Music Bash from Myrtle Beach, Coastal Tailgate, The Heirs Property Preservation Project, John Tudor's Magic Theatre, TV newspaper critic Doug Nye's Time Machine, and assorted local high school and college sports.

2005

SCETV films the demolition of the old Charleston bridge SCETV films the demolition of the old Charleston bridge
  • An exploration of South Carolina watersheds, RiverVenture.org launches as a part of KnowItAll.org. Science Splash!, a science festival at the ETV studios, is attended by 1,800 students. Local radio productions include Jazz and Such with host Beryl Dakers and Southern Read. Local TV productions include: the ETV Roadshow, domestic violence week specials Remember My Name, the Arthur Ravenel Bridge Dedication, history special The Great Cooper River Bridge, Chasing the Swamp Fox, the Student Choral Project with the SC Philharmonic, ETV Sports broadcasts, including the Carolina Cup, Teen Survival Week, Our Health: From Worst to First, Homecoming: The Art of Jonathan Green and Leo Twiggs, Sacred Spaces of the Charleston Lowcountry, South Carolina's Youth Gangs, Florence: A Renaissance Spirit, NatureScene Visits Kiev, Carolina Chefs: Myrtle Beach, When They Say Storm! (Hurricane Katrina), Tuskegee Airmen Live, Celebrate Freedom (Camden airshow), and Beaufort Water Festival. National TV presentations include: February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four, Re-Imagining Ireland, narrated by author Frank McCourt, two new episodes of Journey to Planet Earth, Danger Rangers, and Legends of Airpower.

2006

Battle of CamdenBattle of Camden
  • StreamlineSC reaches its one millionth hit. The ETV Roadshow covers the Lowcountry and the foothills. Local TV documentary series Carolina Stories is launched, and includes Jolly, Saving Sandy Island, Steel Roads and Iron Men, Spokes and Strings: Wheelchair Tennis, In This Sacred Place, The Last Auction, Pee Wee, Much Ado about Horses, Drive-Ins and Soda Shops, The Battle of Camden, and Nuestro Futuro. Other local TV productions include: Coastline, A Greenwood Legacy, Churches of the Scots-Irish Migration, Gaillard's Charleston, Spartanburg's local production of Carmina Burana, Gullah Kinfolk: Freedom Comin', and Bonjour Y'all. Making It Grow! wins its third Emmy. ETV Radio offers Piano Jazz as a podcast. National TV presentations include Shared History, a new episode of Journey to Planet Earth, and The Teachings of Jon. Smart Cat commits to a healthier lifestyle, slims down, and begins leading exercises on air.

2007

Filming Pirates of the Carolinas Filming Pirates of the Carolinas
  • New local series The Big Picture and The Big Picture on the Radio are launched, including a program with five former Governors in discussion. Making It Grow! wins an Emmy for scenic design. Online, Road Trip! Through SC Civil Rights History is launched, and students spend September cruising down the Broad and Congaree Rivers with Richard Bernabe blogging live. Local radio productions include: Spoleto Today, Conversations from the College of Charleston with host Joan Mack, and South Carolina A to Z, based on Walter Edgar's The South Carolina Encyclopedia. Marian McPartland is inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame. Local TV productions include: The Vanishing Generation, Down the Ballot, Expeditions with Patrick McMillan, Always First: The Story of the SC National Guard, Revitalization vs. Gentrification with Charleston and Columbia mayors, When the Mill Closes Down, Best of Making It Grow!, Juke Joints and Honky Tonks, ETV Roadshow: Horse Country, The Barnwell Ring, Pirates of the Carolinas, The Last Ride: Memories of the Myrtle Beach Pavilion, Over Here: The Homefront during World War I, and Clemson/USC history doc Just a Game. National TV presentations include: another new episode of Journey to Planet Earth with Matt Damon, Securing Our Future: From Farm to Fuel, Stolen Childhood, narrated by Meryl Streep, Painting with Anne Marie, Uncorked! with Ted Allen, and Our Health: The Medical Maze.

2008

Penn Center Legacy of Change Penn Center Legacy of Change
  • David Crouch becomes interim president of SCETV. ETV Endowment Founding Executive Director Elaine Freeman retires. Making It Grow! celebrates 400 episodes. Pirates of the Carolinas wins an Emmy for set design. SCETV and ETV Radio provide the only SC statewide coverage of GOP and Democratic conventions. Online, Career Aisle is launched. Two NPR programs, Tell Me More and News and Notes broadcast their programs from ETV Radio's studios. Marian McPartland's 90th birthday is celebrated with a radio special from Lincoln Center. Rock Hill's radio station returns to a news format. Local TV productions include: a week of local specials devoted to homelessness, ETV Sports: Carolina Cup, This is Brookgreen Gardens, A True Likeness (African-American photographer Richard Samuel Roberts), the South Carolina Piano Festival, ETV Forum: South Carolina and The War (World War II), Penn Center: Legacy of Change, The Turtle Ladies of Charleston, Finding Clovis, and Ghosts and Legends, which will eventually become three episodes. National TV presentations include: Our Health: The Noble Profession, The Power of Forgiveness, Sketches from Chronicle (Martha Graham), Germans in America, Documenting the Face of America, Take on the South, and Securing Our Future: The Nuclear Alternative.

2009

Columbia transmitter torn down for HDTV transition Columbia transmitter torn down for HDTV transition
  • SCETV ends its analog television broadcasting service. Carolina Stories: Carolina Caught is SCETV's first HD documentary. Online, Congaree Swamp Stories debuts. The Create service is added to The South Carolina Channel. The ETV World channel is launched for live State House coverage and live newscasts from Europe. SCETV begins leasing EBS spectrum to commercial providers. SC Public Radio begins streaming online. SC Public Radio productions include a concert celebrating Piano Jazz's 30th anniversary from Lincoln Center. Roots Musik Karamu celebrates 30 years. Joan Mack of Conversations retires. Local TV productions include: South Carolina A to Z, G Man: The Rise and Fall of Melvin Purvis, The Next Big Hootie, Backstage Pass, Roots in the River, 701 Whaley, Baseball in the Upstate, Charles Wadsworth, The (Chamber) Music Man, Incident at Mars Bluff and new episodes of Take on the South. National TV presentations includeThe Powder and the Glory; The Final Hours: Amelia Earhart's Last Flight; The Winemakers; Homestretch: Racehorse Rescue; Turner to Cezanne: Masterpieces from the Davies Collection, The People v. Leo Frank;and a new episode of Journey to Planet Earth. Coby Hennecy is named the Executive Director of the ETV Endowment.

2010s