At 6 p.m. on Monday, July 6, 1959, WENH-TV, Channel 11 educational public television began broadcasting.
Founded by a University of New Hampshire professor, the first program was a half-hour dedicated to the founding of the station. It was following by “Louis Lyons and the News,” “The Friendly Giant,” “Highway Holiday,” “Sew Easy,” “Japanese Brush Painting” and “The Boston Symphony.” At 10 p.m. we signed off, giving way to the test pattern until the next day.
New Hampshire PBS has come a long way in 60 years, from black and white to color TV pictures, to our current HD digital broadcast of five channels, NHPBS, NHPBS EXPLORE, NHPBS WORLD, NHPBS CREATE AND NHPBS KIDS.
NHPBS programming has evolved and expanded over the decades, with an extensive array of popular award-winning PBS and local programs focusing on New Hampshire’s stories.
Together we are celebrating 60 years of memories and looking ahead to the next 60 years of innovation with you!
MONDAY, JULY 6 1959, WENH-TV, Channel 11 educational public television signs on the air.
Channel 11 produces first public affairs program covering the state and regional issues, Column 8.
Birth of the New Hampshire Network (NHN), 5 towers deliver station's signal reaching 98% of New Hampshire residents.
New Hampshire Network (NHN) joins Public Broadcasting System.
First Color Broadcast, New Hampshire Network becomes New Hampshire Public Television.
First UNH Wildcat Hockey Game premieres.
The State We’re In debuts as a nightly news program devoted to NH news. The show was renamed New Hampshire News in the mid-70s, then Channel 11 News in 1979.
First Channel 11 Auction debuts.
May 1987 - Channel 11 moves from the Memorial Union Building on the UNH campus to its new home at 268 Mast Road, Durham, NH.
NH Agenda debuts as a new weekly public affairs program.
October, 1989 - host Mary Ann Esposito launches Ciao Italia on Channel 11
In March 1990, Channel 11 airs the Shaw Brothers in Concert.
In November, 1991 the Channel 11 Winter Expo airs and this new seasonal auction is a hit!
January 1993, Warren Rudman: Rebel with a Cause debuts on Channel 11.
We branded our educational services as The Knowledge Network.
New Hampshire Remembered with Fritz Wetherbee premieres.
September 14, 1994 New Hampshire Tonight debuts with Richard Ager, Barbara Coles and Laura Keirnan.
In August 1995, John Iriving: In His Own Words airs
The first Kids Writers Contest is offered.
In September, 1995 the the hour-long series Hitting Home premieres with producer, Richard Ager.
In January, 1996 NH Roundtable debuts with local journalists.
In January, 1997 the NHPTV Auction wins the PBS Auction best-in-the-nation award.
After the tragic shooting in the North Country, NHPTV airs Colebrook: A Time to Heal.
NHPTV premiers a new program, Just One Night about driving under the influence.
Franco Americans: We Remember, produced by Barbara Coles debuts in June, 1999.
Wildlife Journal kicks off with hosts Willem Lange and Lisa Densmore.
Wildlife Journal Jr., an exciting new educational resource for grades 4-8, launches on nhptv.org.
The first Windows to the Wild program is produced.
February 21, 2008 NHPTV becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of USNH.
In May, 2010 NHPTV launched a new digital channel, NHPTV Explore.
NHPTV loses all state funding in June, 2011 ($2.7 million). After massive layoffs, many long running shows like Granite State Challenge are placed on hiatus.
Bird Tales, a Windows to the Wild special premieres in October, 2012.
The series, Changing Aging in the Granite State airs
The Mount Washington Cog Railway: Climbing to the Clouds debuts in May, 2015
Plight of the Grassland Birds airs October 2015.
Raising New Hampshire premieres November 2015. This program focuses on creating a better future for all NH Children.
Our Hometown Colebrook airs November 2015.
Stem from the Start, a animated online educational series launches January 2017.
Our Hometown Wolfeboro premieres April 2017.
Roads to Recovery airs in May 2017.
Call to Care NH, a program about how to meet the demand for paid caregivers in the rapidly aging Granite State. Airs on October 2017.
New Hampshire PBS launches new PBS KIDS 24/7 Channel, it is also available online.
Our Hometown Milford airs on April 2018.
The 45th Spring Auction kicks off April 2018.
Jim Jeannotte retires from hosting Granite State Challenge for 34 years.
Our Hometown Littleton premieres on October 2018.
LightHawk: Destination Conservation airs October 2018.
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