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SCDOT to host four Upstate discussions on electric vehicle plans

The South Carolina Department of Transportation will hold four public open house meetings across the Upstate, beginning April 24. The Upstate meetings are open to the public and the schedule includes...
 A rendition of Tesla's coming distribution center in Fountain Inn. The development marks the EV maker's first major investment in South Carolina

A Tesla distribution center is coming to the Upstate

Electronic vehicle maker Tesla announced Thursday that it will open a regional distribution center in Fountain Inn. The city straddles parts of Greenville and Laurens counties; the site will be at the...
Growth in the Upstate is exhausting the 864 area code. The number could max out by the end of next year.

Upstate to get new area code

South Carolina is getting a fourth area code. New phone numbers issued in much of the Upstate will soon begin with area code 821. The new area code will mingle among the current 864 that begins...

Ghosts and Legends: Longstreet Theatre

Ann C. Dreher, professor of Theater at USC, discusses Longstreet Theatre, and tells of the building's past uses as a hospital and a morgue, as well as a seminary. When people are there at night, the...

About ETV Upstate

ETV Upstate, one of four regional stations in the SCETV network, is dedicated to serving the upstate of South Carolina. ETV Upstate currently produces a wide variety of content, ranging from broadcast and web to educational and historical. Recently, ETV Upstate has been producing the annual Arts Commission Awards programs. Other works include Ghosts and Legends of South CarolinaThe Mapping of Kosciuszko’s TunnelThe Southern Campaign of the American RevolutionWomen Vison SC and Your Path, Your Journey PSAs. ETV Upstate has been instrumental in providing services to schools and local institutions that have needed professional video support. We also have the ability to produce broadcast-quality television programs shot on location and post produced on state of the art editing systems.

History of ETV Upstate

ETV Upstate first signed on the air on September 8, 1980. Originally named WRTS-TV 49, the name was changed to WRET-TV for Rickard E. Tuckey, leader of the Spartanburg County Chamber of Commerce and one of the driving forces in getting USCS and ETV Upstate established. WRET-TV’s production studio, housed on the campus of the University of South Carolina Spartanburg, opened in 1985. ETV Upstate has produced various programming based on the needs of the Upstate community, such as Carolina Journal, Teenvoice, Reading Allowed, Impressions, Piedmont Quiz Bowl, and Upstate Memories. Other programming includes documentaries, special programming featuring community affairs, and workforce needs in the Upstate community. The station has also partnered with USC Upstate and other Higher Educational Institutions facilitating Distance Learning classes from our studios to locations statewide.


ETV Upstate currently partners with USC Upstate concerning the use of the studio and facilities for some of USC’s Journalism classes. The Control Room Operations class is offered every semester. This class instructs operations on all studio and control room positions needed to complete a studio produced program.

Get involved with ETV Upstate

Internship Opportunities

ETV Upstate participates in the highly competitive ETV Endowment Internship program. This opportunity for college students has been in existence since 1980. At least seven internships, all funded by the ETV Endowment of South Carolina, are available with SCETV and South Carolina Public Radio each summer. Interns work ten 40-hour weeks in a professional department. Assignments will be based on the needs of SCETV and SC Public Radio.

Facility Rental Services

ETV Upstate’s Studio is a 2,400 square foot space that can be configured to host a wide range of events, such as a seating-only classroom for up to 75 people, or a corporate meeting that can be streamed to multiple locations. In addition to facility use, ETV Upstate's staff can provide a number of services to assist in the production of digital content.

  • Digital (SD Widescreen) Broadcast Studio 
  • Non-Broadcast Studio Services 
  • Multimedia Production 
  • Field Production Services 
  • Post Production Services 

Visit or Contact Us

We are located on the campus of USC Upstate at 800 University Way (Media Building) in Spartanburg, SC. Parking is available on the ramp outside of our studio or in the lot behind USC’s media building.

Contact William Richardson for inquiries or to schedule a visit at (864) 503-9371 or