Eight's Grand Opening Pictured: Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon; ASU President Michael Crow; Eight, Arizona PBS General Manager Kelly McCullough;
PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger and Phoenix City Councilmen Claude Maddox and Michael Johnson.
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Eight, Arizona PBS had a humble beginning in a trailer on Arizona State University’s Tempe campus with a hand-me-down transmitter and five part-time employees who also taught university classes. Eight was on air five hours a day, five days a week and off the air on weekends, holidays and during the summer.
Each decade brought changes, improvements in programming and advancements in technology.
The 1970s saw the beginning of national program distribution – Masterpiece, Nova, Great Performances, The MacNeil Lehrer Report, Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.
The 1980s marked the debut of Horizon and the beginning of a network of regional transmitters to carry our signal across Arizona.
In the 1990s, Congress mandated that all television stations convert from analog to digital broadcasting.
In 2010, Eight moved into our new digital media center in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University’s downtown Phoenix campus.
The official Grand Opening on January 29, 2011 event was celebrated at the new facility with Arizona PBS General Manager Kelly McCullough, ASU President Michael Crow, PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and Phoenix Councilmen Claude Maddox and Michael Johnson.
Over the course of more than five decades, Eight, Arizona PBS has become a resource for lifelong learning, provided a platform for information and ideas, a gateway to culture and the arts, and a place to share the adventure of learning with curious young minds.