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South Carolina Educational Television began in the library of a high school in 1958. A teacher shortage in French and algebra was solved by sending teachers via closed circuit television to other schools. The circuits eventually extended statewide, and into broadcast by 1963. In 1972, the network expanded again into public radio as a member of NPR. Today, South Carolina ETV consists of 11 TV transmitters and 8 radio transmitters carrying five different services statewide. Through ETV Streamline, ETV provides classroom content via the internet with safe, standards-based curriculum.
First an affiliate of NET (National Educational Television) and now a member of PBS, South Carolina ETV became a producer and presenter of national public television programs, including Firing Line with William F. Buckley, Jr., The Magic School Bus, NatureScene, and A Chef’s Life (Peabody winner). The ETV Radio service produces national series Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz (Peabody winner), Song Travels with Michael Feinstein, Chamber Music from Spoleto Festival USA (international distribution), and World of Opera.