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1960-1969: The First Steps

  • After the North Central Educational Television Association is incorporated by Dr. Ted Donat in 1959, The North Dakota Legislature appropriates $50,000 for educational television in 1961.


  • Clair Tettemer is hired as general manager, the first employee.


  • KFME signs on as the first educational television station in North Dakota.
  • Twenty-three school systems participate in the North Central Council for School Television.


  • KFME begins production of its first program, a 60-hour English Literature course for Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn.


  • KFME begins broadcasting programs in color via videotape, becoming one of a handful of educational stations to have color videotape facilities.
  • The local Prairie Public Television production “Children of the Dark” wins awards from the Broadcast Industry Conference and the Institute for Education through Television and Radio.
  • The Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 is signed by President Johnson, creating the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


  • The Western North Dakota Public Television Association is formed.


  • The North Dakota Educational Broadcasting Council is established.