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South Carolina Educational Television (branded as South Carolina ETVSCETV or simply ETV) is a state network of non-commercial educational television stations serving the U.S. state of South Carolina. It is operated by the South Carolina Educational Television Commission, an agency of the state government which holds the licenses for all of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member stations licensed in the state. The broadcast signals of the eleven television stations cover almost all of the state, as well as parts of North Carolina and Georgia.

The network's primary operations are located on George Rogers Boulevard in Columbia, across from Williams-Brice Stadium; SCETV operates satellite studios in Spartanburg, Beaufort, Sumter and Rock Hill.

HistoryEdit

The state network began in 1957, after the South Carolina General Assembly authorized a study in the use of instructional television in the state's public schools. A studio was opened in the library of Dreher High School in Columbia. The first telecourses (a French course taught by Madame Lucille Turney-High and a geometry course taught by Cornelia Turnbull) aired on September 8, 1958 via closed circuit television. By action of the South Carolina General Assembly, The South Carolina ETV Commission was created as a state agency and began operations on July 1, 1960, and by 1962 it extended closed-circuit, classroom television service to all 46 South Carolina counties.

In 1963, the Commission launched the first open-circuit (broadcast) educational station in South Carolina, WNTV in Greenville. One year later, WITV in Charleston signed on. Two years later, WRLK-TV in Columbia, made its debut. The network grew to eleven television transmitters covering all of the state. After years of receiving NET and PBS programs on tape delay, it entered PBS' satellite network in 1978. In 2000, SCETV broadcast the first digital television program in the state. Since 2003, the state network identifies on-air as simply "ETV."

The Commission entered public radio in 1972, when WEPR in Clemson signed on the air (WEPR later moved its city of license to Greenville). The state radio network eventually expanded to eight stations and was called the South Carolina Educational Radio Network (SCERN) until 2003, when it was renamed ETV Radio. While "ETV" generally refers to television, SCETV viewed "ETV" as a general brand name for both its radio and television properties. In 2015, however, the radio network rebranded as South Carolina Public Radio.

R. Lynn Kalmbach was selected as the network's project director in 1958 and led it until his death in 1965. Henry J. Cauthen became president and general manager of the South Carolina Educational Television Network (ETV) and served in numerous leadership roles developing American public broadcasting, including chair of The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). Mr. Cauthen retired in 1997. Paul Amos took the helm as ETV's third president in 1998 until his death in 2000. Maurice "Moss" Bresnahan joined ETV as president and CEO from 2001 to 2008. David Crouch served as interim president in 2009. Linda O'Bryon served as president from 2010 to 2017. Anthony Padgett is the current president and CEO.

SCETV and SC Public Radio have posted a more detailed history.

StationsEdit

Full Power StationsEdit

Call signs Location CH First Air Date
WNTV GSA, SC 29 September 29, 1963
WITV Charleston, SC 7 January 19, 1964
WRLK Columbia, SC 35 September 6, 1966
WJPM Florence, SC 33 September 3, 1967
WEBA Allendale, SC 14 September 5, 1967
WNEH Anderson, SC 38 January 1, 1968
WJWJ Beaufort, SC 16 September 6, 1975
WRJA Sumter, SC 27 September 7, 1975
WNSC Rock Hill, SC 30 January 3, 1978
WHMC Myrtle Beach, SC 23 September 2, 1980
WRET Spartanburg, SC 49 September 8, 1980

Logo HistoryEdit

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GalleryEdit

TV stations in South Carolina
Columbia market: Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville market: Charleston market: Florence/Myrtle Beach market: Charlotte, NC market: Aiken market: Savannah, GA market:
WRLK, Columbia WNTV, Greenville WITV, Charleston WHMC, Conway/Myrtle Beach WNSC, Rock Hill WEBA, Allendale WJWJ, Beaufort/Hilton Head Island
WRJA, Sumter WNEH, Greenwood WJPM, Florence
WNTV, Spartanburg
TV stations in the Midlands of South Carolina, including Columbia
WIS 10 (NBC)
WLTX 19 (CBS)
WOLO 25 (ABC)
WRJA 27 (PBS)
WRLK 35 (PBS)
WZRB 47 (Ion)
WKDC-LD 50 (Daystar)
WACH 57 (Fox)
WKTC 63 (CW/MNTV)
TV stations in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, including Charleston
WCBD 2 (NBC)
WGWG 4 (H&I)
WCSC 5 (CBS)
WITV 7 (PBS)
WHDC-LD 12 (Ind)
WLCN-CD 18 (CTN)
WTAT 24 (Fox)
WAZS-LD 29 (AZA)
WJNI-LD 31 (Youtoo)
WCIV 36 (MNTV)
TV stations in the Pee Dee region, including Myrtle Beach and Florence, South Carolina
WBTW 13 (CBS)
WPDE 15 (ABC)
WWMB 21 (CW)
WHMC 23 (PBS)
WUNU 31 (PBS)
WMBF 32 (NBC)
WJPM 33 (PBS)
WFXB 43 (Fox)
TV stations in the Coastal Empire & Lowcountry, including Savannah, Hilton Head and Beaufort
WSAV 3 (CBS)
WVAN 9 (PBS)
WTOC 11 (CBS)
WJWJ 16 (PBS)
WJCL 22 (ABC)
WTGS 28 (Fox)
W30CV-D 30 (Ind)
WHDS-LD 32 (Ind)
WSCG 34 (H&I)
WXSX-LD 46 (SBN)
TV stations in the Central Savannah River area, including Augusta, Georgia and Aiken, South Carolina
WJBF 6 (ABC)
WRDW 12 (CBS)
WEBA 14 (PBS)
WCES 20 (PBS)
WAGT-CD 26 (NBC)
WBPI-CD 49 (Ind)
WFXG 54 (Fox)
TV stations in the Charlotte, North Carolina area
WBTV 3 (CBS)
WSOC 9 (ABC)
WHKY 14 (Ind)
WCEE-LP 16 (ESTRELLA)
WUNE 17 (PBS)
WCCB 18 (CW)
W21CK-D 21 (3ABN)
WHWD-LD 21 (Daystar)
WDMC-LD 25 (Daystar)
WGTB-CD 28 (Ind)
WNSC 30 (PBS)
WCNC 36 (NBC)
WVEB-LD 40 (Cozi)
WHEH-LD 41 (AZA)
WTVI 42 (PBS)
WJZY 46 (Fox)
WMYT 55 (MNTV)
WUNG 58 (PBS)
WAXN 64 (Ind)
TV stations in the Western Carolinas, including Greenville–Spartanburg–Anderson, SC and Asheville, NC
WYFF 4 (NBC)
WSPA 7 (CBS)
WLOS 13 (ABC)
WGGS 16 (Ind)
WHNS 21 (Fox)
WUNW 27 (PBS)
W28DB-D 28 (GEB)
WNTV 29 (PBS)
WGTA 32 (Ind)
WUNF 33 (PBS)
WNEH 38 (PBS)
WMYA 40 (MNTV)
WRET 49 (PBS)
WSQY-LP 51 (Daystar)
WYCW 62 (CW)
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