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KPBS' 50th Anniversary

History

September 12, 1960 was just another day for most San Diegans. But for a small group of students at San Diego State College (now SDSU), it was a day that gave rise to a new voice of broadcasters. KEBS formed as San Diego’s first public broadcasting entity, transmitting a radio signal for just a few hours a day, five days a week. Fifty years later KPBS has transformed from humble beginnings into a leading public radio and television station. Click below to learn more about KPBS’ history and the vision for tomorrow.

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KPBS Creates Hall of Fame

Sept. 13, 2010 | By KPBS

KPBS Creates Hall of Fame

As part of KPBS’ 50th anniversary, the newly established Hall of Fame serves to honor the extraordinary individuals and families while providing inspiration for the future generations. These charter inductees are very diverse in their contributions and accomplishments, but they share one common characteristic: the vision and dedication to help KPBS grow and thrive in the San Diego community for future generations.

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The 1960s

May 3, 2010 | By KPBS

The 1960s

Ken Jones, a San Diego State professor, had the vision to create an educational radio station on campus. Seven years later, President Johnson signs the Public Broadcasting Act with KPBS General Manager John Witherspoon at his side and spurs the formation of National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting Service.

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The 1970s

May 3, 2010 | By KPBS

The 1970s

In October of 1970, the station officially changes the call letters to KPBS and lengthens its daily radio broadcast to eighteen hours. That same year, the first program guide is published in 1970 with Gloria Penner as editor. In 1971 KPBS establishes a membership program and holds its first ever pledge drive - more than 1,500 people join.

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The 1980s

May 3, 2010 | By KPBS

The 1980s

A new transmitter allows KPBS to deliver high quality radio and television programs to a larger San Diego audience. Demand for such programs increases and KPBS delivers with innovative local programs like "Club Date" and "Sing Out" - and debuts national programs like "This Old House," "Nature," "Reading Rainbow" and "the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour."

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The 1990s

May 3, 2010 | By KPBS

The 1990s

In response to the first Gulf War in 1991, KPBS Radio shifts to an all news and information format during the day and creates the call-in show "These Days." To this day, "These Days" remains the signature, locally produced program on radio. In 1995 KPBS opens a state-of-the-art facility on the San Diego State University campus to support the TV and radio operations under one roof.

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The 2000s

May 3, 2010 | By KPBS

The 2000s

The new millennium is marked by rapid growth and change in the media landscape during which the station quickly becomes a powerful and trusted news source, especially during times of crisis.

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The Future

May 3, 2010 | By KPBS

The Future

Today, KPBS is a multi-media powerhouse providing thoughtful, quality programming and local content on radio, TV, and KPBS.org. KPBS continues to expand and grow its news division with the goal to be the premier source of local news and analysis.

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From Lamb Chop To Chopped Liver

Oct. 13, 2010 | By Tammy Carpowich

From Lamb Chop To Chopped Liver

As a kid, I loved people in costumes. I saw the characters at Disneyland and aspired to be part of the “cast.” I had just graduated from college when I finally got my chance.

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Our Guiding Principles in Action

Aug. 26, 2010 | By Bob Kanish

Our Guiding Principles in Action

Throughout my eight years working in the Audience Services department here at KPBS, many callers have asked me, "What is KPBS' mission statement? What are your guiding principles?" It seems like such a simple question, but it's also a very important one. You can read the whole thing by clicking here, but this is my favorite part: "KPBS staff are committed to creating engaging and appealing programs and services, and through their endeavors, reflect the values of civility, respect, integrity and individual responsibility."

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