PBS was not yet a network when KAET-Channel 8 began broadcasting in 1961, and the high definition programs that you now expect from Eight - Arizona PBS are a far cry from those early days of black and white images and monaural sound.
Today, we broadcast three digital channels, reaching 85 percent of Arizona homes and approximately one million viewers each week. We have compiled an impressive collection of local, regional and national awards, and earned the support of more than 46,000 annual contributors.
For five decades, we have chronicled the beauty and heritage of our state in our special Arizona Collection series. We helped unravel its political issues on Horizon and Horizonte. We crisscrossed our state, uncovering stories that helped us better understand who we are and each other. We have profiled the people who shaped our legacy. Over the years we have created a library for generations to enjoy.
Today, we are Arizona's largest town hall... the average weekly audience for Horizon is the equivalent of a sold-out Arizona Cardinals game.
We are Arizona's largest performing arts venue... the audience for a single broadcast of Great Performances would fill most of the Valley's performance theaters combined.
We are Arizona's largest preschool ... hundreds of thousands of children watch and learn from our PBS Kids programs each week.
We are a trusted resource for parents and caregivers, providing early literacy and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) workshops in neighborhood locations across the Valley.
Today, more than ever, our focus is on our community's needs and opportunities.
Exactly 50 years ago on Sunday we signed on the air. Today, we continue to serve and celebrate Arizona. And we owe it all to you. Thank you.
General manager, Eight, Arizona PBS