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!

Watch: 50 Years at the Forefront
Learn about the people and programs from KCET's history
Share the 50th Anniversary
By Ken McAlpine |
To a very small degree, I have done my best to follow in the footsteps of Jacques Cousteau. I didn't become a marine biologist, but I did build a life around the sea.
By Elson Trinidad |
It's an under-appreciated, but extremely fundamental task, done every day for the past 50 years, to keep KCET running on the air, which requires a lot of electricity, a lot of equipment, and a lot of backup systems in order to happen.
By Ken McAlpine |
At best, our relationship with earthquakes is uneasy: Earthquakes are an inevitable part of our future. Not just California's, of course, but the world.
Timeline: KCET through the decades
Understand the impact of local and regional events shaping Southern California
Share the 50th Anniversary
Participate: How you
envision a better state?
Read responses from our traveling kiosk and share your ideas.
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