Tour Frequently Asked Questions
When are tours available?
By appointment only. They are free to groups Monday - Friday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Since we only have a small cadre of tour guides available, please give us as much notice as possible to get your tour scheduled.
How long do they last?
Approximately 45 minutes to an hour depending on how many questions participants ask.
Who can attend?
Any groups third grade and older.
How many people may we bring?
We limit 25 to a tour guide. If you are bringing more than 25 we will need to pre-arrange multiple guides.
Where are you located?
The ETV Telecommunications Center is located at 1041 George Rogers Boulevard, Columbia, SC 29201. Get Directions to ETV
What is shown on tour?
We will tour the ETV headquarters. This building includes master control, editing suites, our radio station, and our tv studio. Because we are a working tv and radio station, not all areas may be available at all times. We’ll discuss how images and sound are recorded, how we broadcast these images and sounds to your home, visit a radio station, and learn about microphones, cameras, studios, spotlights, scenery, and control rooms.
Ask group participants to be on their best behavior keeping in mind you will be touring a workplace and working studio facility.
We will need...
- for you to tell us any specific topics you need covered that may pertain to a class/group project.
- to know about any students with special needs. We have handicapped parking and a ramp available at the front of the building.
- for you to bring a list of all attendees entering the building, including chaperones, to be stapled into our security book. We do not have access to a copier in the lobby, so please plan to bring a copy specifically for us to keep.
We reserve the right to cancel within 24 hours for any unforeseen conflicts.