WVIA Celebrates 50th Anniversary


WVIA TV recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, marking a half-century of committed public service in northeastern Pennsylvania and the Central Susquehanna Valley.

The station went on air in September of 1966, administered from two Sunday school rooms in the basement of the First Presbyterian Church in Wilkes-Barre. All program tapes were received by mail and driven to the transmitter site in Mountaintop in order to be aired.

As a non-profit, public service organization, WVIA uses the power of media for the good of the community. To this end, it airs programs such as “Call the Doctor,” “Homegrown Music Concerts,” “Scholastic Scrimmage” and other shows that focus on the region as a whole. WVIA is also a PBS member station.

“This is a special milestone for the station,” said Tom Curra, WVIA’s president and chief executive officer.  “For 50 years, WVIA has been a proponent of education, arts and culture in our viewing area. It’s all because of our community in Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Central Susquehanna Valley.”

The Chamber congratulates WVIA on this milestone and thanks them for their commitment to the region.