Another dip into the archives this week as we take a look back at the production of an educational program from the formative days on UNC-TV. There’s not a date on the photograph but it looks to be 1950s, perhaps early 1960s. Sadly, no idea as to the name of the program or the talent involved either. However, I’m pretty certain this was taken inside the original WUNC studios on the UNC campus (the old Swain Hall facilities).
UNC-TV has always been educational in nature and mission. As such, schools have used our programs in classrooms for decades and many shows have been produced primarily for such in-class instruction. Put together over sixty years ago, this booklet was created to help teachers utilize the educational programs broadcast on then WUNC.
This week, a shot of a banner that graced our lobby late last year to promote some PBS Kids shows. I think it’s always important to remember that educational and children’s programming is so key to UNC-TV’s mission to “provide people of all ages with enriching, life-changing television.”
If you grew up on PBS, you’ve no doubt watched many hours of fantastic educational television and been entertained by some incredible folks you probably didn’t realize, at the time, were teaching you some very cool and important stuff.
One of the programs I probably haven’t mentioned much yet I remember fondly was 3-2-1 Contact. Did you watch it? Do you ever think back on the lessons you learned from it? One person does and wrote a lovely article in The Atlanticabout it.