National Association of Educational Broadcasters

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The National Association of Educational Broadcasters (NAEB) was founded as the Association of College University Broadcasting Stations (ACUBS) on November 12, 1925.[1]

In September 1934, the organization rewrote its constitution, and changed its name from the Association of College University Broadcasting Stations (ACUBS) to the "National Association of Educational Broadcasters."[1]

In 1938, NAEB persuaded the Federal Communications Commission to reserve five radio channels for educational broadcasting.

In 1945 the FCC reserved five of the 40 channels in new high-frequency band for Non-commercial educational stations. There were initially planned to be AM services; however, they eventually manifested as FM ones.

NAEB merged with the Association of Education by Radio-Television in 1956. It was reorganized in 1963 with two new divisions, Educational Television Stations and National Educational Radio. These divisions lasted until 1973, when they were dissolved and their roles taken over by Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and Association of Public Radio Stations respectively.

Until it folded in 1981, NAEB was public broadcasting's primary voice, forum and program distributor.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Seattler, Paul (2004). The evolution of American educational technology. Information Age Publishing Inc. pp. 217ff. ISBN 1-59311-139-8. 

Further reading[edit]

Full documention: National Public Broadcasting Archives, University of Maryland Library

  • A History of Public Broadcasting: Witherspoon, Kovitz, Avery, Stavitsky. 2000, Current Publishing Committee, Washington, DC. ISBN 0-9677463-0-2.