History of the Community Idea Stations
In 1961 a group of Community Leaders realized that the new media of television could be a powerful teaching tool and decided to harness that power for use in the classroom. Since then, we have grown to include lifelong learning through television, radio and the internet.
Community Idea Stations: Television
- WCVE PBS made its debut on September 14, 1964 on channel 23 in Richmond. With a core mission of serving schools in central Virginia, it became the first educational television station in the south. Today, WCVE PBS serves 44 school divisions; and provides national PBS and locally-produced programs that provide life-long learning opportunities for all ages.
- WCVW PBS went into full operation in 1968 on channel 57 in Richmond. Upon its arrival, WCVW began serving the high schools while WCVE focused primarily on serving the elementary and parochial schools. Today, WCVW PBS complements WCVE with PBS and locally-produced programming and covers the Richmond City Council meetings throughout the year.
- WHTJ PBS began serving the greater Charlottesville community in 1989 with a full complement of PBS programming. WHTJ PBS has also been a producer of local programming such as Wilder: An American First, East of The Blue Ridge and Locked Out: The Fall of Massive Resistance, many of which have gone on to air nationally through the American Public Television Stations consortium (APT).
88.9 WCVE Public Radio
- 88.9 FM WCVE came under the Community Idea Stations umbrella in 1988 when the Union Theological Seminary decided to sell WRFK-FM, Richmond’s only public radio station. Today, 88.9 FM WCVE reaches more than 120,000 listeners in the greater Richmond area with NPR programming and classical and jazz music.
- 89.1 FM WCNV joined the Community Idea Stations family in the springl of 2006. 89.1 FM WCNV serves the northern neck with NPR programming and classical and jazz music.
- 90.1 FM WMVE is the latest addition to the Community Idea Stations family and serves south central Virginia with NPR programming, classical and jazz music since fall of 2006.
Today the Community Idea Stations reach more than 300,000 each week, providing programs and services that educate, entertain and inspire.