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 over the next several weeks as we introduce more features and content leading up to our 50th anniversary in late September!
I've never really considered myself a historian. I've always been interested in history, though. When KCET tapped me to manage this 50th Anniversary website, it was both an honor and a huge responsibility.
I grew into KCET, starting with evenings sitting with my mother watching "The French Chef" for its unaffected slapstick and its love of making people happy with a well made meal, and later with series like "American Playhouse," "Masterpiece Theater," "Nova," "Wall Street Week," and "The Western Tradition."
We're launching this 50th anniversary site to share with you our story of how we evolved from a community-supported educational television station based in Hollywood, to an independent, transmedia presence in not only Southern California, but nationally and internationally.
KCET spent its first complete decade on the air as part of a new network, in a new home, with programming that would soon place the station firmly on the public TV map.
Sign up to find out when we release new timelines, videos, and ways to get involved as we celebrate our past 50 years, and keep up with KCET program information, event invites, and special offers.
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.
KCET's devotion to educational and cultural programming has made it the nation's largest independent public television station.