We believe that communication is the foundation of civilization. It is the path by which knowledge, understanding, discourse and values are achieved, nurtured and passed down. We envision our communities as informed, energetic, engaged and with a pervasive sense of interconnectedness to each other and to the world. And we believe that our role as a trusted enabler of communication is fundamental in building the beloved community to which we aspire.
In 1958 when PBA 30 signed on the air as Georgia’s first public television station, everybody liked Ike, “The Phil Silvers Show” was tops on TV, and two new concepts — beatniks and space travel — had people puzzled. But both Elvis and Nat King Cole were kings of the charts, Bridge Over the River Kwai was a runaway hit, and some fellow calling himself Dr. Seuss introduced us to The Cat in the Hat.
Licensed to the Atlanta Board of Education, and funded by the Atlanta and Fulton County Boards of Education, PBA 30 (then WETV), began as a classroom television service and telecast only during school hours. It joined WABE 90.1 FM, which had signed on in 1948.