WQLN PBS NPR has been a staple in the Lake Erie region for more than 50 years. We would like to thank our members for helping us achieve our community service mission year after year.
Because of you and your support for our core programming, we've educated, inspired, and entertained—with series like Masterpiece, All Things Considered, Daniel Tigers Neighborhood, Classics with Brian Hannah, and so many more! We've also taken that passionate commitment to keeping you informed, entertained, and safe to a new level in the wake of a global pandemic.
Local PTAs establish Educational Television of Northwest Pennsylvania.
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
June — Debut of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
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.
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.
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.
August — Linda Wertheimer from NPR visits Erie, speaks at WQLN annual luncheon.
F Brady Louis
September — New WQLN building completed
WQLN TV begins broadcasting 24 hours a day.
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.
WQLN adds the Create Channel WQLN PBS 54.2
WQLN adds the World Channel WQLN PBS 54.3
Radio Studio Dedication
July — WQLN renames its radio studio after Tom McLaren.
May — WQLN PBS premieres "Our Town" with "Our Town Meadville".
TV Studio Dedication
July — WQLN renames its TV studio after Phil Fatica.
WQLN adds WQLN PBS KIDS 24/7 54.4
August — WQLN launches the WQLN PBS STREAM Machine mobile outreach vehicle
October — WQLN PBS premieres local history docu-series "Chronicles"
WQLN NPR 50th Anniversary
January — WQLN NPR celebrates it's 50th anniversary and host Rob Hoff receives Lifetime Achievement Award
September — President/CEO