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Celebrating 50 years

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This fall, WDSE•WRPT celebrates 50 years of service to our community. What started in the 1950’s, as an idea to bring non-commercial educational television to the Northland, came to fruition in 1964 with the broadcast debut of the Duluth-Superior Educational Television Corporation. Thanks to a group of forward thinking community members, led by former Duluth Central High School principal George Beck and industrialist Dr. Arthur Josephs, WDSE hit the airwaves three years prior to the creation of the Corporation of Public Broadcasting and five years before the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) was organized.

Now over half a century later, WDSE•WRPT continues to provide a vibrant spectrum of engaging and entertaining programming to northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin thanks to you, our members. Financial support from community minded individuals and businesses has empowered WDSE WRPT to create local series and documentaries and to air national PBS shows and signature PBS Kids programs. WDSE•WRPT remains committed to offering programming that reflects our community, engages our natural curiosities and expands our understanding of the world around us, past, present and future. As we celebrate 50 years of service, we reflect on the moments and members who made it happen and share our gratitude for the current supporters who continue to bear the torch of public television. Thank you.