Happy 40th Anniversary WTVP!
On June 21, 1971, a stalwart group of community activists headed by Dr. Philip Weinberg saw a dream
realized when the switch was thrown and WTVP Channel 47 was first beamed to homes across Central Illinois. The initial grainy,
black and white signal reportedly did not get much further than Pekin, and for only a few hours each day, but it travelled at the
speed of light carrying the hopes, dreams and aspirations of so many.
The incorporation documents listed the primary activities of the new station to
“consist primarily of engaging in and encouraging noncommercial educational telecommunications by radio, television or other means,
and incidentally of preparing and disseminating information and historical, literary, scientific, medical, artistic, musical, and
other material having educational value.” The station remains true and committed to that founding mission statement.
Since 1971, the station has grown, technologies have changed, and our reach has
been extended to twenty-two counties in Central Illinois. The latest measurements indicate that WTVP is now available to over 749,131
viewers by broadcast on three discrete channels, cable and satellite, and virtually across the globe via the worldwide web—twenty-four
hours each day, seven days a week, three hundred sixty-five days a year.
WTVP stands on the shoulders of giants. Many people were responsible for creating
WTVP including a virtual Who’s Who list of community activists, bankers, educators, and cultural leaders. The initial Board of trustees