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President's Corner

Dear Viewers and Listeners:

ETV has been on the move—literally. Many of our staff members are moving to the Telecommunications Building, where our TV and radio production facilities are located. During that process, we’ve been discovering all sorts of historic documents and photographs.

One item we found is a program guide dated April 1970. In it, there’s a report about the then-Governor of Arkansas, Winthrop Rockefeller, who invited a delegation from SCETV to make a presentation to the Arkansas Legislature in Little Rock. The purpose? To talk about South Carolina’s ground-breaking educational television services in the Palmetto State. The article refers to South Carolina being a model for the nation in the area of education and technology.

The report goes on to say that educators and governmental officials from around the world had come to study SCETV’s system. They hailed from London; Glasgow, Scotland; Brisbane, Australia; and the states of Kentucky, Mississippi and Delaware. Representatives from these areas all visited ETV’s Center in Columbia during this period to gain knowledge on how they could learn from and replicate this pioneering service.

In the 1960s, ETV broadcast live to classrooms via telco landlines. I’ve heard from a number of you who learned French or algebra from ETV with this method! In a way, ETV was a “virtual school” before the term was even coined.

We are very proud that ETV has served for so many years as a model for visionary education. It is through the investment of the General Assembly that all of this has been possible. Over the years, our technology has changed dramatically. ETV’s multi-platforms of video, audio and online services are much more interactive, and the digital age has totally changed our production and distribution models. But the mission of service to our statewide community and focus on education have remained.

As we find other “gems” hidden in our archives, we’ll keep you posted.

Linda O’Bryon

President & CEO



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