In the basement of the Hershey Community Center
It was in 1963 that a bold group of educators and business leaders dreamed the dream that became WITF-TV. The dream became a reality on November 22, 1964, when WITF-TV began broadcasting instructional programs for students and enlightening programs for adults on Channel 33. The station's first home was in the basement of the Hershey Community Center, in a former bowling alley. From these humble accommodations, WITF initially served 14 counties in central Pennsylvania including about 165,000 students. Founders selected the station call letters "WITF" - which stands for "It's Top Flight."
Times have changed, and the world has changed since WITF first went on the air. But our commitment to providing high quality educational and cultural programming on-air, online, and in the community is unwavering.
It is from our founders' vision that WITF persists in its mission to serve educational aspirations across the human lifespan, from early childhood through elder maturity.
In honor of our 50th Anniversary, WITF is celebrating with special anniversary events, screenings, exhibits at the Public Media Center, and many other celebratory efforts.
Help us celebrate 50 years! We invite you to reminisce and share with us as we celebrate this historic milestone.
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