I’ve been fascinated by this extremely old sign in our storage area. I’ve no idea where it was originally stationed but I can certainly lay odds the time frame was very early in the station’s history.
WUNC, Channel 4 in Chapel Hill, was the first station in our statewide network. It signed on in 1955. The next was WUNB (later WUND) in the mid-60s. We grew by several stations shortly thereafter so this sign was most likely circa that time.
UNC-TV currently has eleven network stations across North Carolina. Read about UNC-TV’s history HERE.
I was rummaging through our storage bay recently when I spotted these two signs marked for surplus. (Surplus, as I understand it, is another larger off-site storage where the stuff we haven’t been using here at the station gets categorized as “probably never gonna re-use ever again.”) The signs were created, I’d guess, as part of a program or series we recorded some time back but I’ve no idea where or when. There is a Tarheel Educators (plural) listed in our programming database but it has not been broadcast within the last few decades and I don’t recall it personally. The circus sign is more mysterious – possibly a children’s program from long before my tenure here at UNC-TV? I can’t say for certain. But these little signs sure have piqued my interest.
He may have moved on to other venues and even become a pop culture icon but science educator Bill Nye will always be connected to PBS since his series Bill Nye The Science Guy helped introduce millions of children to the scientific method.
I saw this recent video featuring Nye where the science guy discusses what would happen if al the ice on Earth melted. It’s interesting and topical, so I thought I’d share.