South Carolina Educational Television

South Carolina Educational Television

call_letters = South Carolina Educational Television
station_slogan =
station_branding = ETV South Carolina
analog = see table below
digital = see table below
subchannels = (see article)
affiliations = PBS
founded = September 1963
location = statewide South Carolina
owner = South Carolina Educational Television Commission
licensee =
former_affiliations = NET (1963-1970)
effective_radiated_power = see table below
HAAT = see table below
facility_id = see table below
coordinates = see table below
homepage = []

South Carolina Educational Television is the statewide public television and public radio network in the U.S. state of South Carolina. It consists of all the PBS member television stations and NPR member radio stations in the state. It is operated by the South Carolina Educational Television Commission, an agency of the state government.


The network traces its history to 1957, when the General Assembly authorized a study in the use of television in the state's public schools. A studio opened in the state capital, Columbia, a year later. The Commission began operations on June 3, 1960, and by 1962 extended television service to all 46 of South Carolina's counties. Also in 1963, the Commission opened the first educational television station in South Carolina, WNTV in Greenville. A year later, WITV in Charleston signed on. Two years later, the network's flagship, WRLK-TV in Columbia, signed on. The network is now comprised of 16 stations. 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 network has been known on-air as simply "ETV South Carolina."

The Commission entered public radio in 1972, when WEPR in Greenville signed on. Eventually, the network expanded to eight stations and was known as the South Carolina Educational Radio Network (SCERN) until 2003, when it became known as ETV Radio -- while "ETV" generally refers to television, SCETV views "ETV" as a general brand name for all SCETV-related media, not just television.


SCETV's television network consists of 11 stations that cover almost all of South Carolina, as well as parts of Georgia and North Carolina. All stations are currently available in analog and digital. SCETV programming is generally the same statewide, though some stations show some local programs pertinent to their region.

As of 2008, the SCETV stations are:

;News and information:

Until 2001, all of the stations aired a format similar to the Classical stations today. WJWJ-FM was the first station to switch to all-news, as its signal overlaps with Charleston's WSCI and Savannah's WSVH, both of which broadcast classical music. By 2003, the stations had split into their current networks.

Until the rebranding to ETV Radio, WJWJ-FM, WSCI, and WEPR had local studios with occasional local shows. Due to budget cuts and the creation of the two ETV Radio networks, all stations now are fed programming directly from Columbia, although ETV maintains several local offices.

From 2001 to 2008, WNSC-FM in Rock Hill broke off from the rest of the network to air jazz music in order to avoid programming duplication with WFAE in Charlotte. However, starting on July 1, 2008, WNSC-FM joined the NPR News network. SCETV president Moss Bresnahan told "The Charlotte Observer" that SCETV didn't want to deny people on the South Carolina side of the Charlotte market access to SCETV's growing slate of local programming. The move left the Charlotte market without a jazz station of its own. [Washburn, Mark. [ Sorry, Jazz fans, change may have you singing blues] . "The Charlotte Observer", 2008-07-01.] Ironically, WNSC was the Charlotte area's first NPR station when it signed on in 1979; WFAE didn't sign on until 1981.

ETV Radio is one of the few NPR members that does not offer live streaming of its broadcasts.


SCETV original programming (current and past)

*"At Home Southern Style"
*"Firing Line"
*"NatureScene" (SCETV's long-running outdoors program, syndicated to PBS stations nationwide)
*"Making it Grow"
*"Carolina Journal"
*"Jobman Caravan"
*"Palmetto Places"
*"Carolina Business Review" (in conjunction with UNC-TV in North Carolina and WTVI in Charlotte, North Carolina)
*"State House Tonight"
*"Mary Long's Yesteryear" (no longer in production, Mary Long died in 1998, but reruns continue on ETV as well as on SC Channel on cable)
*"The Magic School Bus" (Animated Nelvana/Ellipse production based on the children's book series; presented by SCETV and aired on PBS from 1994-1998)
*"Sandlapper's Corner" (Late 1970s children's educational show focused on South Carolina culture and history)
*"Profile" (Part of the ETV Classics series branding)
*"Studio See" (SCETV's magazine-style children's show, seen nationwide on PBS in the late-1970s and early-1980s)
*"Under The Blue Umbrella" (In-school program from the 1970s that dealt with a single-subject; nationally-syndicated to PBS stations)
*"Under The Yellow Balloon" (Similar to "Blue Umbrella"; from the early-1980s)
*"Six Gun Heroes" (1980s series on the western stars from the golden age of cinema; also seen nationwide on PBS stations)
*"The Dooley and Pals Show" (SCETV distributes the secular version of this children's series to PBS stations)

ETV occasionally broadcasts college sports from various state colleges in South Carolina.


External links

* [ SCETV official site]
* [ SCETV regional stations]
* [ WJWJ-TV official site]
* [ WNSC-FM-TV official site]
* [ WRET-TV official site]
* [ The South Carolina Channel]
* [ ETV Radio official site]

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