Times have changed, and the world has changed since we first went on the air on September 28, 1964. But our commitment to providing high quality educational and cultural programming on-air, online, and in the community is unwavering. Through the years, we have played an important role in the lives of many generations of Californians, as a source of information, learning, enlightenment, and inspiration. Join us as we reflect on our past milestones and accomplishments, while we usher in the future, inspiring a better state for all Californians.

Follow this page for regularly-updated content throughout our year-long 50th Anniversary celebration!

By Elson Trinidad |
The KCET Women's Council, a volunteer organization of women from across Southern California that provided additional fundraising support for the station, started 50 years ago this week.
By Mike Sonksen |
Departures columnist Mike "The Poet" Sonksen offers his own artistic take on KCET's 50-year history, through an original poem.
By Nathan Masters |
The sleek, mid-century modern production facility at 1313 North Vine Street in Hollywood had already acquired the patina of television history by the time KCET launched in 1964.
KCET through the decades
Understand the impact of local and regional events shaping Southern California
In a turbulent decade, a group of concerned community members established an educational television station with the intent to enlighten and inspire the people of Southern California.
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From the archives
Jesus Treviño shares the story of his arrival at KCET and his first experience reaching out to the Latino community as a representative for the station.
From mailboy to award winning filmmaker, director Taylor Hackford reflects on his career and humble beginnings at KCET.
Jesus Treviño began his career in the 60s as a civil rights activist and produced the first nationally broadcast documentary about Latinos, made by a Latino, in the 70s for KCET.
Watch Frank C. Baxter's 1965 salute to KCET and the dedication of our own Los Angeles Educational Television Station.
There is so much to be said about Huell Howser. He had a way of looking at California that was simple, genuine, and full of wonder.
Famed producer and director Taylor Hackford reflects on what makes KCET important.
Flashback to 1972 and have a glass of wine with the hosts of Citywatchers.
Huell Howser takes a helicopter ride over KCET's former studio lot in Hollywood in 2007.
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KCET's devotion to educational and cultural programming has made it the nation's largest independent public television station.

A special thanks to Bison Archives and its principal officer Marc Wanamaker for helping preserve KCET's archival information and contributing to this site.