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50th Anniversary

This year WQLN celebrates 50 years of public broadcasting here in Northwest Pennsylvania, and we would like to thank our members for making this milestone possible.

Because of you and your support for our core programming, we’ve educated, inspired, and entertained—with series like Masterpiece, NPR News, Sesame Street, Classics with Brian Hannah, and so many more!

Please join us in celebrating 50 years of extraordinary programming by making a legacy donation today. Make a contribution of $60 or more, and we’ll thank you with our new member gift package which includes our monthly program guide and WQLN Passport streaming service.

  make a legacy donation today!
  • Educational Television

    Local PTAs establish Educational Television of Northwest Pennsylvania.

  • FCC approval

    March 31 — Public Broadcasting of Northwest Pennsylvania receives final approval from the FCC. Construction of WQLN Studio and Offices begins.

  • WQLN TV signs on the air

    August 13 — WQLN TV signs on the air. Mondays to Thursdays 6:00pm to 11:00pm. Sundays 7:00pm to 11:00pm

  • Mister Rogers

    June — Debut of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

  • Sesame Street

    November — Sesame Street Premieres

  • WQLN Radio signs on the air

    January 7 — WQLN Radio signs on the air. First program is Towards the Less Known Music hosted by John Fleming.

  • Jazz

    Rob Hoff begins hosting Jazz programs from WQLN Radio’s remote studio located at Mercyhurst College.

  • Jazz with Joe DiGiorgio

    Joe DiGiorgio begins hosting Jazz with Joe DiGiorgio.

  • Guppies to Groupers

    October — Premiere of Guppies to Groupers hosted by Paul Speice.

  • Five Mornings

    September 8— Jim VanDongen begins hosting the radio news program Five Mornings.

  • Great TV Auction

    May — WQLN Great TV Auction airs for first time.

  • Free to Choose

    WQLN TV’s Free to Choose with Milton Freeman airs on PBS.

  • Two Cents Worth

    Two Cents Worth with Paul Brown premieres.

  • Holiday Craft Show

    First annual WQLN Holiday Craft Show.

  • 6:00am to Midnight

    WQLN-TV begins broadcasting 6:00am to Midnight seven days a week.

  • This Old House

    Norman Abrams from This Old House visits Erie, speaks at WQLN annual luncheon.

  • Linda Wertheimer

    August — Linda Wertheimer from NPR visits Erie, speaks at WQLN annual luncheon.

  • New building

    September — New WQLN building completed

  • 24 Hours

    WQLN TV begins broadcasting 24 hours a day.

  • Whad'Ya Know

    January — Michael Feldman’s Whad'Ya Know broadcasts live from Erie’s Warner Theatre.

  • A Prairie Home Companion

    January — A Prairie Home Companion broadcasts live from Erie’s Warner Theatre.

  • State Funding Eliminated

    June — Pennsylvania eliminates all funding for public broadcasting and eliminates the Pennsylvania Public Television Network.

  • Radio Studio Dedication

    July — WQLN Radio renames its studios after Tom McLaren.

  • Our Town

    May — WQLN TV premieres Our Town with Our Town Meadville.

  • TV Studio Dedication

    July — WQLN-TV renames its studios after Phil Fatica.

50th Anniversary Party Sponsors

  • Morris Coupling Company
  • Erie Community Foundation
  • National Fuel
  • UPMC

Special Thanks

  • Bonnell’s Collision
  • Erie Federal Credit Union
  • Executive Pulse
  • Great Lakes Case & Cabinet
  • Purchase & George
  • Haines Printing
  • Mazza Vineyards
  • Larese Floral Design
  • Romolo Chocolates