Celebrating 55 Years of Connecting Community

On September 13, 1964, WDSE•WRPT sent out its first signal. Since that fall day, we have been connecting community with high-quality educational and informational media and events. In honor of our 55th anniversary, WDSE•WRPT is hosting events and programs throughout the fall. We hope you will join in on the celebration with us!


Our Story is Your Story

Join us as we look back over 55 years of memories, programs and events throughout our community. Community partners throughout our viewing area are displaying collections of photos from throughout our history of our most popular national and local shows. Keep an eye out at these participating shops:

Brewed Awakenings in Grand Rapids – On display throughout September
North Shore Winery in Lutsen – On display September 9 through November
Red Mug in Superior – On display throughout September and October
Cedar Coffee Company in Two Harbors – On display throughout November

Inspired to share your own memories? Share with us how WDSE•WRPT has impacted your life by filling out this link and we’ll share your story on our 55th Anniversary Memory Wall, and may even share your memory on the air!


A Night of Country Music

September 7 at 7pm
Minnesota Discovery Center

Enjoy a night of country music and a free screening!
Country musician Joe Flip will open the evening with a live concert before we watch a never-before-seen sneak peak of Ken Burn’s 8-part series, Country Music.
Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is strongly advised as seats are limited.
RSVP Here!


Tune in for a Special Edition of Almanac North

September 13 at 5:30pm on Explore and 8pm on PBS North
Almanac North kicks off its 28th season on September 13, 2019 – WDSE’s 55th anniversary! We’ll celebrate with a special hour-long episode in front of a live studio audience. Look for some familiar faces as special guests, old clips and some of our favorite moments from WDSE•WRPT’s history.


Lot Party

September 17 at 11:30am-2pm
WDSE•WRPT’s Studio

Meet up at WDSE’s Studio parking lot for free lunch from the Chow Haul for the first 150 people, games, swag, live music and to learn about WDSE. We’ll also have information on potential internships for students.

Live Music from:
11:30am Jacob Mahon
1pm Woodblind

Everyone’s welcome! Find more information here.


55th Birthday Party!

September 28 at 11am
Superior Public Library

Celebrate our birthday at the Superior Public Library with Curious George!
We’ll have story time, games … and even birthday cake!!
All PBS Kids fans and their families are welcome to join us for an hour of fun. Thank you to Barnes and Nobles for their support of this event.


Zeitgeist Art Opening

Save the Date!
January 13, 2020 (time TBD)
Zeitgeist Arts Café and Atrium

We’ve invited local artists from throughout our viewing area to create work around “The transformative power of public television.” Join us as we unveil their amazing work!