KAET celebrates 50th anniversary

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It’s hard to believe the Valley’s public television station, KAET, is 50 years old today. Here’s a piece Lawn Griffiths wrote for the East Valley Tribune about the occasion.

Whether it’s Arizona heritage, educational or children’s programming or British comedy and drama that you’re looking for, Channel 8 — recently rebranded as simply “Eight” — has remained a source of high-quality programming even as digital cable channels multiplied. (I think I get more BBC shows from KAET than I do from my subscription to premium cable’s BBC America. And I’m STILL sore that you can’t find classic Doctor Who reruns in either place anymore.)

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  • I’ve long wondered: was that test pattern always represented as B&W (struck up around 1966 or so), or did KAET have a color version of that TP (given that they started colorcasting in 1968)? In any case, KAET was one of only two confirmed stations west of the Mississippi to use this TP variation, which was shown in color predominantly at TV stations in the Eastern half of the U.S. (with calls starting with ‘W’).

  • I’ve long wondered: was that test pattern always represented as B&W (struck up around 1966 or so), or did KAET have a color version of that TP (given that they started colorcasting in 1968)? In any case, KAET was one of only two confirmed stations west of the Mississippi to use this TP variation, which was shown in color predominantly at TV stations in the Eastern half of the U.S. (with calls starting with ‘W’).

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