Timeline of Significant Moments in WITF's History

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Timeline of Significant Moments in WITF's History


WITF is incorporated as the South Central Educational Broadcasting Council.

November 22, 1964

WITF TV begins broadcasting with the call letters that stand for "It's Top Flight" from a converted bowling alley in the basement of the Hershey Community Center.

April 1, 1971

WITF FM signs on the air.

September 27, 1982

First day of operations at 1982 Locust Lane, Harrisburg.


WITF publishes Central PA (formerly Apprise) magazine.


WITF takes over operation of Radio PA Network, a state government news service for commercial radio stations statewide.


Lancaster translator (99.7) goes on the air.


A website is born... WITF.org takes its place on the World Wide Web.

August 26, 1998

WITF DTV is Pennsylvania's first digital television channel (and one of 7 public broadcasting pioneers in the country).

May 20, 2000

WITF's Board approves campaign plan for a new headquarters. Land for the first purpose-built facility in WITF's history is purchased in Swatara Township in 2002.


TV Smart Talk, the region's only weekly hour-long public affairs program brings thoughtful conversation on policy and politics in Pennsylvania.


ExplorePAhistory.com promotes tourism and standards-based curriculum for teaching Pennsylvania history.


WITF launches PA Public Radio, a state government news service for public radio stations statewide.

April 21, 2007

WITF celebrates the opening of the Public Media Center with the Where Ideas Take Flight Gala.

October 2008

WITF premieres Radio Smart Talk, a daily interview/call-in radio program.

January 9, 2009

WYPM FM 93.3 in Chambersburg signs on.

July 2009

Pennsylvania cuts grants to public TV by 87.5%; funding eliminated entirely in October 2009.

September 2009

The WITF Board approves On Trusted Ground: the WITF 50th Anniversary Campaign.

June 25, 2012

WITF FM shifts to an all-news and information format.


WITF honored with its first Columbia du-Pont Silver Baton award for StateImpact PA reporting on energy.


WITF wins its tenth national Edward R. Murrow award. (since 2007)


WITF introduces Keystone Crossroads, a new venture into "deep dive" reporting that focuses on Pennsylvania's cities and communities.


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