South Carolina Educational Television

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South Carolina Educational Television
South Carolina ETV logo circa 2016.jpg
statewide South Carolina
United States
  • .1: ETV
  • .2: SC Channel
  • .3: ETV World
Channels Digital: see table below
  • .1: 1080i ETV
  • .2: 480i SCC
  • .3: 480i ETVW
Owner South Carolina Educational Television Commission
First air date September 29, 1963; 53 years ago (1963-09-29)
Sister station(s) South Carolina Public 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
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Carolina Educational Television Profile
Carolina Educational Television CDBS

South Carolina Educational Television is a public television network serving the U.S. state of South Carolina. It is operated by the South Carolina Educational Television Commission, an agency of the state government which holds the licenses for all of the PBS member television stations licensed in the state. The broadcast signals of the eleven television stations cover almost all of the state, as well as parts of North Carolina and Georgia.

The network's primary operations are located on George Rogers Boulevard in Columbia, across from Williams-Brice Stadium; SCETV operates satellite studios in Spartanburg, Beaufort, Sumter and Rock Hill.


SCETV's first telecast in 1958, from Dreher High School.

The state network traces its history to 1957, when the South Carolina General Assembly authorized a study in the use of television in the state's public schools. A studio was 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 8, 1958 via closed circuit television.[2] The South Carolina ETV Commission began operations on June 3, 1960, and by 1962 it extended closed-circuit television service to all 46 South Carolina counties.

In 1963, the Commission launched the first open-circuit educational station in South Carolina, WNTV in Greenville. One year later, WITV in Charleston signed on. Two years later, the state network's primary station, WRLK-TV in Columbia, made its debut. Over the years, the state network has grown to comprise eleven full-power 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 identifies on-air as simply "ETV."

Station identification for ETV HD (circa 2009).

The Commission entered public radio in 1972, when WEPR in Clemson signed on the air (WEPR later moved its city of license to Greenville). The state radio network eventually expanded to eight stations and was called the South Carolina Educational Radio Network (SCERN) until 2003, when it was remamed ETV Radio. While "ETV" generally refers to television, SCETV viewed "ETV" as a general brand name for both its radio and television properties. In 2015, however, the radio network rebranded as South Carolina Public Radio.

R. Lynn Kalmbach was selected as the network's first project director in 1958. Henry J. Cauthen became executive director of the network upon the death of R. Lynn Kalmbach in 1965. Paul Amos took the helm as ETV's third president in 1998. Maurice "Moss" Bresnahan joined ETV as president and CEO from 2001 to 2008. David Crouch served as president in 2009. SCETV's current president and CEO is Linda O'Bryon, who served as co-creator of the Nightly Business Report.[3]

Digital TV era[edit]

Despite the DTV Delay Act national transition extension to June 12, 2009, SCETV discontinued the analog signals of its 11 full-power stations at midnight on February 18, 2009.

Each station's post-transition digital allocations and the FCC Repack Plan (2017) are as follows:

Call Letters Initial Analog
Digital Channel[4]
Digital Channel
FCC Repack
Plan (2017)[5]
WNTV 29 9 9 8
WITV 7 49 7 9
WRLK 35 32 32 33
WJPM 33 45 45 16
WEBA 14 33 33 21
WJWJ 16 44 44 32
WRJA 27 28 28 29
WNSC 30 15 15 34
WHMC 23 9 9 11
WRET 49 43 43 off-the-air
WNEH 38 18 18 26

On April 13, 2017, the FCC identified SCECT will be compensated $43.2 million to have WRET-TV go off-the-air as part of the Spectrum auction.[6]


There are nine members of the ETV Commission. Eight are appointed by the Governor for six-year terms—one from each Congressional District and one from the State at-large who serves as Chairman. The ninth member is the State Superintendent of Education who is ex-officio. The current Commission consists of: Dr. Brent Nelsen, At-large Chair, Greenville; Ms. Parker Harrington, 1st Congressional District, Hilton Head; Ms. Elise Bidwell, 2nd Congressional District, Columbia; Mr. Craig Kinley, 3rd Congressional District, Anderson; Ms. Karen Martin, 4th Congressional District, Woodruff; Mr. David E. Vipperman, 5th Congressional District, Rock Hill; Ms. Nicole Holland, 6th Congressional District, Columbia; Ms. Jill Kelso, 7th Congressional District, Murrell's Inlet; and Molly Spearman, Ex-officio, State Superintendent of Education, Columbia. [1]


SCETV's television network consists of 11 digital transmitters that cover almost all of South Carolina, as well as eastern portions 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[edit]

SCETV initially planned to make all eleven of its television 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 abandoned 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 converted into a repeater of the network.[7]

The SCETV stations are:

Station City of license
(other cities served)
(VC / RF)
First air date ERP HAAT Transmitter Coordinates Facility ID Public license
WNTV Greenville
(Asheville, North Carolina)
29 (PSIP)
9 (VHF)
September 29, 1963; 53 years ago (1963-09-29) 65 kW 377.8 m (1,240 ft) 34°56′28.6″N 82°24′37.6″W / 34.941278°N 82.410444°W / 34.941278; -82.410444 (WNTV) 61010 Profile
WITV Charleston 7 (PSIP)
7 (VHF)
January 19, 1964; 53 years ago (1964-01-19) 20 kW 521 m (1,709 ft) 32°55′28.6″N 79°41′55.2″W / 32.924611°N 79.698667°W / 32.924611; -79.698667 (WITV) 61005 Profile
"ETV Headquarters"
Columbia 35 (PSIP)
32 (UHF)
September 6, 1966; 50 years ago (1966-09-06) 62 kW 315.7 m (1,036 ft) 34°7′7″N 80°56′12.7″W / 34.11861°N 80.936861°W / 34.11861; -80.936861 (WRLK-TV) 61013 Profile
WJPM-TV Florence 33 (PSIP)
45 (UHF)
September 3, 1967; 49 years ago (1967-09-03) 45 kW 242.4 m (795 ft) 34°16′48.1″N 79°44′34.4″W / 34.280028°N 79.742889°W / 34.280028; -79.742889 (WJPM-TV) 61008 Profile
WEBA-TV Allendale
(Aiken-Barnwell-Augusta, Georgia)
14 (PSIP)
33 (UHF)
September 5, 1967; 49 years ago (1967-09-05) 427 kW 241.3 m (792 ft) 33°11′15.7″N 81°23′49.2″W / 33.187694°N 81.397000°W / 33.187694; -81.397000 (WEBA-TV) 61003 Profile
"ETV Lowcountry"
(Hilton Head-Hardeeville-Savannah, Georgia)
16 (PSIP)
44 (UHF)
September 6, 1975; 41 years ago (1975-09-06) 440 kW 364.5 m (1,196 ft) 32°42′42.5″N 80°40′53.8″W / 32.711806°N 80.681611°W / 32.711806; -80.681611 (WJWJ-TV) 61007 Profile
"ETV Sumter"
Sumter 27 (PSIP)
28 (UHF)
September 7, 1975; 41 years ago (1975-09-07) 98.4 kW 364 m (1,194 ft) 33°52′51.9″N 80°16′15.7″W / 33.881083°N 80.271028°W / 33.881083; -80.271028 (WRJA-TV) 61012 Profile
"ETV Carolinas"
Rock Hill
(Charlotte, North Carolina)
30 (PSIP)
15 (UHF)
January 3, 1978; 39 years ago (1978-01-03) 403 kW 211.6 m (694 ft) 34°50′23.7″N 81°1′6.3″W / 34.839917°N 81.018417°W / 34.839917; -81.018417 (WNSC-TV) 61009 Profile
WHMC Conway
(Myrtle Beach)
23 (PSIP)
9 (VHF)
September 2, 1980; 36 years ago (1980-09-02) 20 kW 229.6 m (753 ft) 33°57′2.5″N 79°6′30.5″W / 33.950694°N 79.108472°W / 33.950694; -79.108472 (WHMC) 61004 Profile
"ETV Upstate"
(Hendersonville, North Carolina)
49 (PSIP)
43 (UHF)
September 8, 1980; 36 years ago (1980-09-08) 50 kW 302.1 m (991 ft) 34°53′11.3″N 81°49′15.3″W / 34.886472°N 81.820917°W / 34.886472; -81.820917 (WRET-TV) 61011 Profile
WNEH Greenwood
38 (PSIP)
18 (UHF)
September 10, 1984; 32 years ago (1984-09-10) 49 kW 229.8 m (754 ft) 34°22′20.3″N 82°10′4″W / 34.372306°N 82.16778°W / 34.372306; -82.16778 (WNEH) 60931 Profile


  • 1. WRLK-TV's call letters refer to R. Lynn Kalmbach, SCETV's first executive director.[8]
  • 2. WNSC-TV (branded as "ETV Carolinas"), WRJA-TV (branded as "ETV Sumter"), and WRET-TV (branded as "ETV Upstate") are regional production facilities. The other six transmitters are full-time relays of WRLK (branded as "ETV Headquarters").
  • 3. WJWJ-TV (branded as "ETV Lowcountry") previously maintained a regional production facility which was closed down in 2012.[7]

Digital television[edit]

SCETV offers three digital television services available over-the-air, and through the digital tiers of some cable television providers. ETV HD is the primary feed with high definition content from PBS and SCETV broadcast in the 1080i resolution format. The South Carolina Channel (SCC) carries the national Create service daily, with regionally produced documentary programs focusing on the Carolinas airing during the evening hours. ETV World (ETVW) provides live newscasts from Europe, notably from Germany's Deutsche Welle and the United Kingdom's BBC television networks, along with live coverage from the South Carolina State House. Both SCC and ETVW are transmitted in 480i standard definition.

Cable and satellite availability[edit]

SCETV's television network is carried on nearly every cable television provider in South Carolina. Additionally, Rock Hill's WNSC-TV is carried on Charter Spectrum'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 respectively carried on the Columbia, Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville, Charleston, Charlotte, Savannah, Augusta and Florence/Myrtle Beach local feeds. The South Carolina Channel and ETV World have yet to be offered by satellite services.


SCETV original programming (current and past)[edit]

Television programming[edit]

  • A Chef's Life (with Markay Media, Peabody 2013),[9] Emmy for Outstanding Directing Lifestyle/Culinary/Travel, 2014)[10]
  • Carolina Business Review (in conjunction with UNC-TV and WTVI in Charlotte)
  • Carolina Classrooms [11]
  • ETV Classics
  • Expeditions with Patrick McMillan [12]
  • For Your Home[13]
  • live coverage of the South Carolina State House
  • Making it Grow [14]
  • Palmetto Scene [15]
  • Reel South (in conjunction with UNC-TV and The Southern Documentary Fund) [16]

Historical: (partial)


  1. ^ "Stations for Owner - South Carolina Educational Television Commission". RabbitEars.Info. Retrieved February 17, 2017. 
  2. ^ ""In Our Schools" Features Finalists in Teacher of the Year Program". SCETV. April 9, 2013. Retrieved April 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ ""In Our Schools" Features Finalists in Teacher of the Year Program". SCETV. April 9, 2013. Retrieved April 26, 2013. 
  4. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved March 24, 2012. 
  5. ^ "RabbitEars.Info: Repack Plan for South Carolina ETC". April 13, 2017. Retrieved April 13, 2017. 
  6. ^ "FCC Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. April 13, 2017. p. 1. Retrieved April 13, 2017. 
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  8. ^ "A selection from a decade of visits to tower and studio sites in the Northeast and beyond". Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
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  13. ^ SCETV Presents
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