South Carolina ETV


ETV Radio Celebrates 40 Years of Public Radio in South Carolina

For Immediate Release
August 17, 2012

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ETV Radio celebrates forty years of broadcasting in South Carolina on Labor Day.

Originally "signing on" September 3, 1972 from a single transmitter in Greenville, the local broadcaster now covers all of South Carolina with eight transmitters. Five of the stations are in a news/talk format, three provide classical music – and all provide public radio with a distinctive South Carolina flavor.

Called "a new dimension in audio pleasure" when it debuted, the educational radio service continues its original mission of learning and enlightenment in a non-commercial format.

Each broadcast day features stories on Carolina business, history, and culture. Rudy Mancke of ETV's NatureScene gives daily NatureNotes. South Carolina's preeminent historian, Dr. Walter Edgar, has a daily feature on South Carolina A to Z and hosts an hour each Friday at noon on South Carolina's history and culture, with topics ranging from Hurricane Camille to how the staggering death toll from the Civil War changed America's way of dealing with death. Monday through Thursday, Clemson and ETV Radio team up for listener call-ins about bugs, pets, gardening, and food.

An offshoot of South Carolina ETV, the small, local radio effort quickly became a major national radio producer. From early series focusing on the Swamp Fox and the roots of African American music, producers from ETV Radio made their mark with Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz, National Public Radio's longest-running jazz program featuring legendary jazz stars from Mel Torme to Ray Charles to Tony Bennett in original performances with McPartland. The program is now in its third decade. ETV Radio also produces a sister program for rising stars, as well as a national series of chamber music from Charleston's Spoleto Festival each year, and Song Travels with Michael Feinstein, featuring guests such as Liza Minnelli, Bette Midler, Cheyenne Jackson, and Rumer.

Listeners raised over a million dollars for a new Columbia studio facility in 2011 and support the programs via yearly donations to the ETV Endowment of South Carolina.

Sister station ETV broadcast a TV special when ETV Radio signed on, and to celebrate the anniversary the TV station will air the same special on the same day and time (Labor Day at 7 p.m.) but forty years later. The TV station will follow that broadcast with a 1966 documentary on Greenville, ETV Radio's first city.

The ETV Radio classical stations are: Charleston 89.3 FM; Columbia 91.3 FM; and Greenville 90.1 FM. The ETV Radio news/talk stations are: Aiken 89.1 FM; Beaufort 89.9 FM; Conway 90.1 FM, Rock Hill, 88.9 FM; and Sumter 88.1FM. ETV Radio can also be streamed at etvradio.org.

South Carolina ETV is the state's public educational broadcasting network with 11 television and eight radio transmitters, and a multi-media educational system in more than 2,500 schools, colleges, businesses and government agencies. Using television, radio and the web, SCETV's mission is to enrich lives by educating children, informing and connecting citizens, celebrating our culture and environment and instilling the joy of learning.

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ETV Radio Celebrates 40 Years of Public Radio in South Carolina
Then ETV President Henry Cauthen and Miss Greater Greenville Belinda Branch cut the ribbon to open ETV Radio’s first transmitter in Greenville on September 3, 1972.
ETV Radio Celebrates 40 Years of Public Radio in South Carolina
Marian McPartland and guest Mel Torme in studio for a taping of ETV Radio’s “Piano Jazz.”

ETV Radio Celebrates 40 Years of Public Radio in South Carolina
Ray Charles and Marian McPartland in studio for a taping of ETV’s “Piano Jazz.”
ETV Radio Celebrates 40 Years of Public Radio in South Carolina
Suzan D. Boyd cuts the ribbon for ETV Radio’s new facilities in 2011, which was paid for by listener donations to the ETV Endowment of South Carolina.


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