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Historical Timeline of Fifty Years at WETA

Enjoy this step through time charting WETA's history from its founding in the 1950s as an educational television station, the addition of a public radio station, and evolution into a major national producer for PBS.

  • 1957: Elizabeth Campbell
    1957: Elizabeth Campbell
  • 1958: Time for Science
    1958: Time for Science
  • 1961: First Broadcast
    1961: First Broadcast
  • 1964: Move to Howard University
    1964: Move to Howard University
  • 1967: Washington Week in Review
    1967: Washington Week in Review
  • 1969: Sesame Street Premieres
    1969: Sesame Street Premieres
  • 1973: Watergate
    1973: Watergate
  • 1974: Upstairs Downstairs Premieres
    1974: Upstairs Downstairs Premieres
  • 1976: MacNeil/Lehrer Report Premieres
    1976: MacNeil/Lehrer Report Premieres
  • 1978: In Performance at the White House Premieres
    1978: In Performance at the White House Premieres
  • 1981: A Capitol Fourth Premieres
    1981: A Capitol Fourth Premieres
  • 1985: Around Town Premieres
    1985: Around Town Premieres
  • 1988: WETA 90.9 Starts 24-Hour Programming
    1988: WETA 90.9 Starts 24-Hour Programming
  • 1990: The Civil War
    1990: The Civil War
  • 1995: New Shirlington Building
    1995: New Shirlington Building
  • 1997: DTV Transmitter Activated
    1997: DTV Transmitter Activated
  • 1999: Gwen Ifill joins Washington Week
    1999: Gwen Ifill joins Washington Week
  • 2000: Mark Twain Prize
    2000: Mark Twain Prize
  • 2002: WETA Launches Digital Channels
    2002: WETA Launches Digital Channels
  • 2006: WETA Guide Launches
    2006: WETA Guide Launches
  • 2007: WETA 90.9 Changes to All Classical Format
    2007: WETA 90.9 Changes to All Classical Format
  • 2007: The War
    2007: The War
  • 2009: Washington Week Peabody Award
    2009: Washington Week Peabody Award
  • 2010 VivaLaVoce Launches
    2010 VivaLaVoce Launches

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