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South Carolina Educational Television
South Carolina
Branding ETV
Slogan Watch, Listen, Learn
Channels Digital: see table below

South Carolina Channel XX.2

ETV World XX.3
Affiliations PBS
Owner South Carolina Educational Television Commission
Founded September 1963 (television)
September 1972 (radio)
Former affiliations NET (1963–1970)
Transmitter power see table below
Height see table below
Facility ID see table below
Transmitter coordinates see table below

South Carolina Educational Television is the statewide public television and public radio network in the U.S. state of South Carolina. It consists of all the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television stations and National Public Radio (NPR) member radio stations in the state. It is operated by the South Carolina Educational Television Commission, an agency of the state government. The network is headquartered on George Rogers Boulevard in Columbia, across from Williams-Brice Stadium. It operates satellite studios in Spartanburg, Beaufort, Sumter and Rock Hill.


The state network traces its history to 1957, when the General Assembly authorized a study in the use of television in the state's public schools. A studio opened in the library of Dreher High School in Columbia. The first telecourses (a French course taught by Madame Lucille Turney-High and a geometry course taught by Cornelia Turnbull) aired on September 6, 1958 via closed circuit.[1] The ETV Commission began operations on June 3, 1960, and by 1962 extended closed-circuit television service to all 46 of South Carolina's counties. In 1963, the Commission opened the first open-circuit educational station in South Carolina, WNTV in Greenville. A year later, WITV in Charleston signed on. Two years later, the state network's primary station, WRLK-TV in Columbia, signed on. The state network now comprises 11 stations. After years of receiving NET and PBS programs on tape-delay, it entered PBS' satellite network in 1978. In 2000, SCETV broadcast the first digital television program in the state. Since 2003, the state network has been known on-air as simply "ETV."

The Commission entered public radio in 1972, when WEPR in Clemson signed on (WEPR later moved to Greenville). Eventually, the state network expanded to eight stations and was known as the South Carolina Educational Radio Network (SCERN) until 2003, when it became known as ETV Radio. While "ETV" generally refers to television, SCETV views "ETV" as a general brand name for both radio and television. The current president and CEO is Linda O'Bryon, known for co-creating Nightly Business Report.[2]


SCETV's television network consists of 11 digital transmitters that cover almost all of South Carolina, as well as eastern parts of Georgia (including Augusta and Savannah) and southern portions of North Carolina (including Charlotte and Asheville). SCETV's headquarters and main production facility is located in Columbia, with production facilities in Rock Hill, Spartanburg and Sumter.

Regional television stations

SCETV initially planned to make all 11 of its stations capable of airing local programming. Four full-fledged stations were built and staffed in Beaufort, Rock Hill, Spartanburg and Sumter before the idea was given up in the early 1980s. After a massive reduction in force in 2004, the stations were downgraded to production facilities. In 2012, WJWJ-TV in Beaufort was downgraded to a repeater of the network.[3]

The SCETV stations are:

Station City of license
(other cities served)
(TV / RF)
First air date ERP HAAT Transmitter Coordinates Facility ID Public license
WNTV Greenville 29 (PSIP)
9 (VHF)
September 29, 1963 65 kW 377.8 m 56|28.6|N|82|24|37.6|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=WNTV


61010 Template:FCC-TV-Station-profile
WITV Charleston 7 (PSIP)
7 (VHF)
January 19, 1964 20 kW 521 m 55|28.6|N|79|41|55.2|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=WITV


61005 Template:FCC-TV-Station-profile
"ETV Headquarters"
Columbia 35 (PSIP)
32 (UHF)
September 6, 1966 62 kW 315.7 m 7|7|N|80|56|12.7|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=WRLK-TV


61013 Template:FCC-TV-Station-profile
WJPM-TV Florence 33 (PSIP)
45 (UHF)
September 3, 1967 45 kW 242.4 m 16|48.1|N|79|44|34.4|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=WJPM-TV


61008 Template:FCC-TV-Station-profile
WEBA-TV Allendale
(Aiken, Barnwell, Augusta, GA)
14 (PSIP)
33 (UHF)
September 5, 1967 427 kW 241.3 m 11|15.7|N|81|23|49.2|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=WEBA-TV


61003 Template:FCC-TV-Station-profile
"ETV Lowcountry"
(Hilton Head, Savannah, GA)
16 (PSIP)
44 (UHF)
September 6, 1975 440 kW 364.5 m 42|42.5|N|80|40|53.8|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=WJWJ-TV


61007 Template:FCC-TV-Station-profile
"ETV Sumter"
Sumter 27 (PSIP)
28 (UHF)
September 7, 1975 98.4 kW 364 m 52|51.9|N|80|16|15.7|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=WRJA-TV


61012 Template:FCC-TV-Station-profile
"ETV Carolinas"
Rock Hill
(Charlotte, NC)
30 (PSIP)
15 (UHF)
January 3, 1978 403 kW 211.6 m 50|23.7|N|81|1|6.3|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=WNSC-TV


61009 Template:FCC-TV-Station-profile
WHMC Conway
(Myrtle Beach)
23 (PSIP)
9 (VHF)
September 2, 1980 20 kW 229.6 m 57|2.5|N|79|6|30.5|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=WHMC


61004 Template:FCC-TV-Station-profile
"ETV Upstate"
Spartanburg 49 (PSIP)
43 (UHF)
September 8, 1980 50 kW 302.1 m 53|11.3|N|81|49|15.3|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=WRET-TV


61011 Template:FCC-TV-Station-profile
WNEH Greenwood
38 (PSIP)
18 (UHF)
September 10, 1984 49 kW 229.8 m 22|20.3|N|82|10|4|W|type:landmark_scale:2000 name=WNEH


60931 Template:FCC-TV-Station-profile


  • 1. WRLK-TV's call letters refer to R. Lynn Kalmbach, SCETV's first executive director.[4]
  • 2. WNSC-TV (ETV Carolinas), WRJA-TV (ETV Sumter), and WRET-TV (ETV Upstate) are regional production facilities that occasionally break off from the main feed to air local programming. The other six transmitters are full-time relays of WRLK (ETV Headquarters).
  • 3. WJWJ-TV (ETV Lowcountry) was a regional production facility but closed down in 2012.[5]

Digital television

SCETV offers three digital television services available over-the-air, and through some digital cable providers. ETV HD is the primary feed with high definition content from PBS and SCETV broadcast at a screen resolution of 1080i. The South Carolina Channel (SCC) carries the national Create service daily, with programs accenting the Carolinas in the evening. ETV World (ETVW) provides live newscasts from Europe, notably from Germany's Deutsche-Welle television and England's BBC, and live coverage from the South Carolina State House. Both SCC and ETVW are in standard definition at resolution of 480i.

The lineup of the sub-channels are as follows:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
xx.1 1080i 16:9 ETV Main SCETV Programming / PBS
xx.2 480i 4:3 SCC Create (12 a.m.-6 p.m.)
PBS Kids (6 p.m.-8 p.m.)
Carolina documentaries (8 p.m.-12 a.m.)
xx.3 ETVW statehouse coverage, DWTV

Analog-to-digital conversion

Despite the DTV Delay Act national transition extension to June 12, 2009, SCETV ended analog services on its 11 full-power transmitters at midnight on February 18, 2009.

After this, the following changes occurred:[6]

  • WITV's digital signal in Charleston moved to its old analog position on channel 7,[7] requiring viewers to re-scan or manually add the new station.
  • WNTV, WRLK-TV, WJPM-TV, WEBA-TV, WJWJ-TV, WRJA-TV, WNSC-TV, WHMC, WRET-TV and WNEH remained on their pre-transition digital channels (9, 32, 45, 33, 44, 28, 15, 9, 43 and 18).[8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17]

PSIP is used to display a virtual channel for each SCETV station which corresponds to its former analog channel.

Cable and satellite availability

SCETV's television network is carried on nearly all cable systems in South Carolina. Additionally, Rock Hill's WNSC-TV is carried on Time Warner Cable's systems on the North Carolina side of the Charlotte market.

On DirecTV and Dish Network, WRLK-TV, WNTV, WITV, WNSC-TV, WJWJ-TV, WEBA-TV, and WJPM-TV are carried on the Columbia, Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville, Charleston, Charlotte, Savannah, Augusta and Florence/Myrtle Beach local feeds, respectively. The South Carolina Channel and ETV World have yet to be offered by satellite services.


SCETV Radio consists of eight FM transmitters covering almost all of South Carolina and parts of Georgia and North Carolina.

Three of them broadcast a mix of NPR information programs and classical music; five of them broadcast strictly NPR news and information. However, they simulcast NPR's more popular shows, such as Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

News/classical service
City of license (other cities served) Call letters Frequency
Charleston WSCI 89.3 FM
Columbia WLTR 91.3 FM
WEPR 90.1 FM
News/talk service
City Call letters Frequency
(Augusta, Georgia)
WLJK 89.1 FM
(Hilton Head Island, Savannah)
(Myrtle Beach)
Columbia, Florence)
Rock Hill

Until 2001, the stations were known as "South Carolina Educational Radio," and all of them aired a format similar to the Classical stations today. However, since much of the state gets grade B coverage from at least two full NPR member stations, the ETV Commission opted to split the radio stations into two networks. WJWJ was the first to split off, in 2001, because nearly all of its coverage area also gets classical music from WSVH in Savannah. It was followed by WRJA and WHMC later in 2001, with WLJK joining in 2003. Presently, the only area of the state that doesn't get grade B coverage from two NPR stations is WEPR's coverage area in the west.

Until the rebranding to ETV Radio, WJWJ, WSCI, and WEPR aired occasional local shows from ETV's studios in Beaufort, Charleston and Greenville. Due to budget cuts and the creation of the two ETV Radio state networks, all stations now are fed programming directly from Columbia, although ETV maintains several local offices.

From 2001 to 2008, WNSC-FM in Rock Hill broke off from the rest of the state network to air jazz music in order to avoid programming duplication with WFAE in Charlotte. However, starting on July 1, 2008, WNSC-FM joined the NPR News radio. Then-SCETV president Moss Bresnahan told The Charlotte Observer that SCETV didn't want to deny people on the South Carolina side of the Charlotte market access to SCETV's growing slate of local programming. The move left the Charlotte market without a jazz station of its own.[18] Ironically, WNSC was the Charlotte area's first NPR station when it signed on in 1979; WFAE didn't sign on until 1981.

In 2009, ETV Radio began streaming both the Classical and News networks on the Web. It had been one of the few NPR members not to offer live streaming.

In 2011, listeners donated 1.5 million dollars for a new studio facility.[19]


The early SCETV logos lacked the human figure that was incorporated from 2000.

SCETV original programming (current and past)

Television programming

  • The Big Picture
  • Carolina Business Review (in conjunction with UNC-TV and WTVI in Charlotte)
  • Connections
  • ETV Classics
  • Expeditions with Patrick McMillan
  • live coverage of the South Carolina State House
  • Making it Grow

Historical: (partial)

Radio programming

  • Chamber Music from the Spoleto Festival
  • Piano Jazz
  • Piano Jazz Rising Stars
  • Song Travels with Michael Feinstein
  • Walter Edgar's Journal
  • Your Day (produced by Clemson University Radio Productions)
  • On The Keys with David Kiser


External links

  • SCETV official site
  • SCETV Regional Stations
  • The South Carolina Channel
  • ETV Radio official site
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