Who Knew? Back in 1954, CET became the first public television station in the U.S.

CINCINNATI - The Tri-State is home to many fascinating facts, offbeat oddities, and "I did not know that" moments. With that in mind, WCPO asks, "Who Knew?"

Celebrated for its storied broadcast history, Cincinnati is home to more than great commercial radio and television achievements; it also established the first licensed public television station in the United States.

We asked Sue Brinson, communications manager for CET, to explain this little-known story about the PBS-affiliate that spread educational television nationwide.

Tell us about the early days of WCET.
In July 1954, CET went on the air with approximately 11 hours of live and four hours of filmed programming per week. At that time, there were 500 television sets in Cincinnati that could receive CET’s UHF (ultra-high frequency) signal.

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