WLJT, branded as West TN PBS, serving western and northwestern Tennessee, celebrated its 55th anniversary and discovered the original master control log from 1968.
WLJT, branded as West TN PBS, serving western and northwestern Tennessee, celebrated the station’s 55th anniversary and discovered its original master control log from 1968.
WLJT went on the air in February of that year from its newly built transmitter in Lexington, Tenn., broadcasting educational television to all of West Tennessee.
Peter Noll, long-time local TV marketing and creative services executive, is now WLJT’s general manager.
“This important station historical document was found during a recent visit to the station’s transmitter facility,” says Noll. “These handwritten notes by the station’s first employees show the birth of WLJT-TV.”
When it began broadcasting WLJT reached communities and rural viewers who were able to see educational programming for the first time. The station continues to provide quality PBS and local programs. It continues to grow, adding two digital channels; PBS Kids (ch. 11.2), a 24-hour channel dedicated to children, and Create (Channel 11.3), a station showing “how-to” programming along with the Tennessee Channel and State Legislative programs.
In addition to delivering quality programming, WLJT has reached tens of thousands of children, parents and educators through in-person activities by the station’s full-time educator.
Each week, West TN PBS holds interactive outreach programs in schools, libraries and through after-school programs.
To celebrate its anniversary, WLJT is creating a “Showcase of Memories” with mementos viewers have collected from the station.
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