About PBS North Coast

Our History: Milestones

 

1962

  • Local public TV station becomes the dream of a small group of television pioneers who saw the need for an educational television station.

1967

  • Redwood Empire Public Television Station (a.k.a. KEET-TV) receives an endorsement by the California State Television Advisory Committee and top priority in the State of California to construct a new educational television station.
  • Donald Telford becomes the first Vice President and Director of KEET-TV, establishing the first offices in the Humboldt County Schools office.

1968

  • Redwood Empire Public Television Station plans 20 hours a week of instructional television for classroom use and five additional hours of cultural programming. KEET-TV moves to downtown Eureka into a garage.

1969

  • The Corporation for Public Broadcasting issues its first check to KEET-TV. $10,000 later, KEET-TV is on the air! The KEET-TV studio is located in a garage in downtown Eureka. On April 14, 1969 KEET-TV broadcasts its inaugural signal and thus becomes the 162nd public broadcasting station in the country. Transmission of programming was accomplished employing used equipment-- some donated and some borrowed -- which allowed KEET-TV to broadcast with just fewer than 5,000 watts of power.

1970

  • KEET-TV broadcasts the first of many political forums hosted by the League of Women Voters of Humboldt County.

1974

  • KEET-TV studio moves to Sacred Heart School.

1975

  • Fire-damaged studio on Humboldt Hill is donated to KEET-TV. 7246 Humboldt Hill Road becomes station's new home. KEET-TV broadcasts hearings on the expansion of Redwood National Park.

1977

  • KEET-TV is the first local station to use satellite technology to receive programming. General Manager St. Clair Adams joins KEET-TV.

1979

  • Ten Years! KEET-TV celebrates its first decade of broadcasting.

1983

  • The nation's first 60-minute newscast premiers as the "MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour".

1985

  • KEET-TV airs its inaugural broadcast of the Rhododendron Festival Parade.

1986

  • KEET-TV receives a grant for a new transmitter and families in outlying areas begin to receive Channel 13.

1987

  • "The Return of the King" is produced by KEET-TV. The 30-minute documentary about salmon restoration efforts is distributed to PBS stations nationwide.

1989

  • KEET-TV's broadcast schedule is expanded to meet viewers' needs. Channel 13 now provides continuous programming from early morning to late night.

1990

  • KEET-TV broadcasts in stereo.
  • California's Gold with Huell Howser premieres.

1994

  • 25th Anniversary. Then-Assemblyman Dan Hauser presents KEET-TV representatives with a California proclamation congratulating the station on 25 years of service.

1995

  • KEET-TV begins broadcasting a second audio program (SAP) allowing the station to offer descriptive video services to the blind and those with low vision. The sight impaired can now hear descriptions of what is seen on the screen for programs including Nature and Masterpiece Theatre. KEET-TV becomes one of only five PBS stations in California to reach out in this way to the blind.
  • KEET-TV presents the first Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators contest. This is a national contest that encourages, challenges and rewards students from kindergarten through third grade who tell their own stories in their own words and their own pictures.

1996

  • The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) establishes digital television (DTV) as the new technological standard in the 21st century.
  • In October the Corporation for Public Broadcasting grants funding to KEET-TV to become a Ready To Learn station. RTL expands KEET-TV's commitment to children's educational development with a series of workshops and resource materials designed for parents, care-givers and teachers using KEET-TV children's programming.
  • In June KEET-TV begins broadcasting 24-hours per day.

1997

  • KEET-TV purchases 64 acres on Kneeland Ridge to construct a new tower and transmitter for the digital conversion.
  • Channel 13's Ready to Learn program distributes its first book through the First Book literacy effort. This PBS-fueled project educates teachers, parents and child care providers how to use television as an educational tool rather than a pastime. The benefits of the program have caught on in recent years. Besides donating thousands of books to low-income families, Ready to Learn has also re-emphasized the theory that television, when used properly, can be of educational use within families and classrooms.
  • "Northcoast Landscapes II: Water Concerto's" produced and made available for sale. This program is the sequel to "Northcoast Landscapes" featuring some of the most beautiful aspects of our local environment.
  • KEET-TV receives a Literacy award from the Humboldt/Del Norte Reading Council at their annual tea.

1998

  • KEET-TV becomes a local leader in researching DTV opportunities. Six PBS stations debut digital television. KEET-TV makes history again by unveiling the North Coast's first-ever digital television demonstration. Reporters, board members and community leaders pack into the studio to see first-hand the technological marvel of DTV.
  • KEET-TV expands its services to the sight impaired by using its second audio channel to broadcast readings of local newspaper articles with the help of the Reading Service of the Redwoods. The blind and those with low vision now access 25 to 30 news articles each week through KEET-TV services.
  • Living Biographies premiers in August. This on-going series enabled KEET-TV to preserve the stories and bits of local history provided by the elder citizens who participated.

1999

  • Celebrate! KEET-TV reaches its 30th anniversary. A group of the station's inaugural members help celebrate. St. Claire Adams, General Manager of KEET-TV announces his retirement. After 20 years with KEET-TV he came to personify public television in our community and, when in public, he was frequently called "Mr. KEET-TV".
  • KEET-TV produces the first interactive live, on-line television program on the North Coast with "Our Schools Our Solutions". This one-hour interactive program explored the solutions for stopping school violence with an all teen panel. Live productions continue with two forums on Measure J - Rezoning of Eureka's Balloon Track.
  • KEET-TV receives a Bronze Telly Award for "Foster Care Outreach".
  • In December KEET-TV welcomes its new Executive Director Ronald Schoenherr.

2000

  • KEET-TV receives grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PG&E, and the PBS Democracy Project for "Teen Vote 2000". This year long effort focused on educating teens about the voting process and its importance in a democracy. It also allowed teens to cast their ballots at special polling places on election day. The effort culminated in a live program hosted by teens on election night comparing their votes with those of the adults.
  • "Engineering Is Everywhere: Secrets of North Coast Wonders" debuts. This program was part of KEET-TV's community outreach which paired local civil engineers with 7th and 8th grade classes, after school programs and the Eureka Teen Center. The engineers shared hands-on activities with the students, discussed engineering careers and information about local structures.
  • "The Spirit of Giving" debuts which put the spotlight on local philanthropists. Inspired by a national summit on philanthropy, KEET-TV produced this program which shared the stories of volunteerism and charitable giving in our community.
  • As a companion piece to the national broadcast of the four part series "On Our Own Terms: Moyers On Dying", KEET-TV produced "Isn't It Time we Talked About It?" a North Coast discussion about death and dying. This program was a part of a long term project in association with Hospice of Humboldt and other community organizations.

2001

  • KEET-TV kicks off its first Capital Campaign "Focus On the Future" to raise funds for a digital transmitter. The total cost for the digital conversion may be as high as $4.6 million.
  • KEET-TV receives $494,769 from the Public Telecommunications Facilities Program (PTFP) towards the digital transmitter and tower.
  • KEET-TV Coast receives $230,000 from the California State Office of Emergency Services to be used toward the digital conversion.
  • KEET-TV Coast receives a regional EMMY nomination for its program "Engineering is Everywhere".

2002

  • August sees the completion of the new broadcast tower, a major component of the station's conversion to digital.
  • KEET-TV also was awarded the Area Agency On Aging's Annual Media Award for the production of "And Thou Shalt Honor" which addressed issues of care-giving.
  • Every 15 Minutes receives a Bronze Telly award. This half-hour program chronicled the Every 15 Minutes drunken driving prevention program at Fortuna High School.
  • KEET-TV and the League of Women Voters presented 12 forums for the November election, the most ever produced in one season.
  • KEET-TV purchases property in Eureka at the foot of T street. This is to be the new home for the KEET-TV studios.
  • KEET-TV is recognized by the Northwest Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities for the stations on going efforts to provide information to the visually impaired.

2003

  • In partnership with College of the Redwoods, KEET-TV provides the Annenberg Channel to air on C/R's cable channel 8. The Annenberg Channel offers professional development courses for educators K - 12 and other education programs.
  • KEET-TV is awarded two grants totaling $499,165 to purchase a digital transmitter and a video server.
  • KEET-TV Coast is first in the broadcasting community to begin transmitting a digital signal.

2004

  • KEET-TVt celebrates 35 years of service on the North Coast.
  • KEET-TV is awarded a $350,548 USDA Public TV Digital Transition Grant to help finance conversion to digital broadcasting in rural Humboldt and Del Norte Counties.
  • As a companion piece to the national PBS program THE FORGETTING, KEET-TV produces "Taking Care: Alzheimer's On the North Coast", a documentary offering care giving and resource information for families living with Alzheimer's Disease. In addition, PBS North Coast launched the Humboldt Count contingent of Pet Partners, and animal assisted therapy program in partnership with the Eureka Alzheimer's Resource Center and the Sequoia Humane Society.
  • In partnership with the Eureka Adult School and Tu Casa, KEET-TV creates the New Americans Resource and Opportunity Fair.

2005

  • In an effort to encourage exploration of our beautiful surroundings, KEET-TV produces "Hiking Humboldt's Backyard Trails", a nature-walk program featuring the Humboldt Wildlife Sanctuary, the Manila Dunes, Trinidad Tied Pools and Mad River Bluffs.
  • KEET-TV receives funding from the Benton Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the California Endowment, Humboldt Area Foundation and Union Labor Health Foundation to conduct a multi-generational, multi-media awareness and prevention campaign on the effects of methamphetamine use on our community.
  • KEET-TV produces "In Case of Emergency" featuring a panel of local emergency experts who discussed how Humboldt County is prepared to handle natural disasters and what families can do to prepare for such a crisis.
  • KEET-TV dedicates Sunday evenings to programming by Native Americans.

2006

  • KEET-TV launches the live weekly series, "HomeWork Hotline". Teachers from dozens of local schools and hundreds of students from all over Northwestern California participate.
  • KEET-TV produces "Life After Meth: Facing the Northcoast Methamphetamine Crisis", which receives a Silver Telly Award. KEET-TV staff work with students at Zoe Barnum High School to produce "Speak Up: The Truth About Teens and Methamphetamine". Outreach partners, KHUM-FM receive an Edward R. Murrow Award for their radio documentary "Picking Up".
  • KEET-TV begins the monthly screening and discussion series First Thursday Film Night at the Morris Graves Museum of Art.
  • KEET-TV is one of only six PBS stations in the country to four consecutive years of receive funding from the Fetzer Institute for the Campaign For Love and Forgiveness, which features facilitated conversations, forums, theatre pieces, TV and radio testimonials, a museum exhibit, curated art show, mini-grant program, and digital storytelling training.
  • KEET-TV is the presenting station of "Kitka and Davka: Old and New World Jewish Music".

2007

  • KEET-TV begins broadcast of second digital channel PBS North Coast WORLD.
  • KEET-TV produces "Original: Northern California Indian Veterans of World War II" as a companion piece to the national PBS program "The War".
  • KEET-TV conducts art history outreach with the Northcoast Masters painting contest and exhibition at the InkPeople Center for the Arts, as well as art history courses at the Morris Graves Museum and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
  • KHSU-FM begins simulcasting PBS North Coast's candidate forums.
  • KEET-TV's local programs are made available om www.keet.org for viewing on-demand.

2008

  • KEET-TV erects a digital broadcast tower in Smith River, CA to provide public television to Del Norte and Curry Counties.
  • KEET-TV's Ready To Learn Service is awarded at $20,000 sustained partnership grant from First 5 Humboldt.
  • Ready To Learn begins the KEET-TV Kids Club monthly family arts workshops at the Morris Graves Museum of Art.
  • In collaboration with the Water Safety Coalition of Northwestern California, KEET-TV produced 5 water safety public service announcements addressing a range of issues specific to the North Coast.
  • KEET-TV is the presenting station for "Assignment Earth", a series of environmental journalism.
  • KEET-TV begins streaming local candidates forums live on www.keet.org.

2009

  • KEET celebrates its 40th Anniversary - For 40 years KEET has been able to provide viewers with award winning programming for children and adults, as well as local programming such as HomeWork Hotline, candidate forums and documentaries. As the station grew, it became more than just a broadcast facility. It has provided early childhood training for childcare providers, holds community screenings and dialog sessions, partners with area libraries to provide story times and distributing books to children, and provides a reading service for the visually impaired, closed captioning for the hearing impaired and so much more.
  • Sid the Science Kid (from PBS Kids) visits the North Coast children - Sid uses comedy to promote exploration, discovery and science readiness among preschoolers.
  • Live presentation of the Presidential inauguration of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama. Hosted by Jim Lehrer.
  • North Coast Cuisine, a six part series featuring local Humboldt County restaurant chefs, premiers.
  • KEET receives several grants - $7,500 grant to produce a documentary Redwood National Park: Preserving Ancient Forests; $10,000 from Music Instinct to conduct workshops with middle school youth on the effect of music on the mind and body; $4,000 from Art:21 to offer college level discussion on contemporary art to the public.
  • KEET received over $75,000 from the Fetzer Institute for the Campaign for Love and Forgiveness over four years.

2010

  • KEET begins broadcasting Create TV, a 24/7 life style, how-to channel on digital channel KEET-3.
  • KEET’s local music series Lost Coast Sessions premieres.
  • Bill Moyers of Bill Moyers Journal retires after four decades in broadcasting.
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog comes to Eureka to help kick off Quacks for KEET by leading the mutt strut parade during Woofstock.
  • KEET and the League of Women Voters of Humboldt County again present 12 candidate forums

 

2011

  • KEET’s latest production Blue Print Humboldt – Road to the Future addresses local sustainability issues.
  • The Cat in the Hat visits the North Coast bringing lots of fun hands-on activities to share with children of all ages. This special visit is in support of KEET’s Ready to Learn program.
  • KEET Kids Club at the Morris Graves Museum of Art begins.
  • KEET continues its commitment in bringing to the community the Rhododendron parade live.
  • HomeWork Hotline continues its 6th season.
  • KEET receives a grant from the California Civil Liberties Public Education program (administered by the California State Library) to produce a documentary about the Japanese jazz bands in the internment camps in California.
  • KEET receives an additional $97,000 grant from the National Park Service for the production of the jazz bands in the Japanese internment camps during World War II.
  • Jim Lehrer of the PBS NewsHour retires after 50 years in news.
  • Math courses are offered by the College of the Redwoods on KEET-4 digital channel (over the air only). This channel also airs the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors meetings.
  • The second season of North Coast Cuisine premieres. This six part series showcases local restaurant chefs.

2012

  •  Bill Moyers returns to Public television with his new series Moyers & Company.
  • KEET’s Ready to Learn program brings Super Why! characters Whyatt and Woofster to the North Coast.
  • KEET and the League of Women Voters of Humboldt County present four candidate forums for the June election and four in October.
  • Next Avenue is added to the KEET website. This new website offers interesting and useful information about topics of interest to those 50 years of age and older.
  • KEET adds PBS/Learning Media California to its website. This site is for educators which includes lesson plans and all forms of digital media that can be downloaded and used in the classroom by teachers and also students.
  • Searchlight Serenade: Big Bands in the WWII Japanese Incarceration Camps premieres.