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From Signal to Story: 50 Years of WNIT Public Television

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In 2024, PBS Michiana WNIT commemorates five decades as a broadcast station. The documentary will revisit pivotal moments in the station's public television legacy.

Originating in 1968, WNIT TV emerged as a grassroots initiative to launch an educational television station. From its inception as a broadcasting training ground to its evolution into a producer of documentaries and television programs, WNIT has remained steadfast in its mission to deliver high-quality educational and cultural content. This special program will reflect on the challenges, achievements, and contributions of volunteers, students, and staff members navigating a changing media landscape while upholding the station's values as a vital voice, storyteller and educator in the community.

WNIT TV Timeline

  • Pre 11/7/1967 - Community group forms, leadership primarily from South Bend - Mishawaka - Elkhart - Notre Dame
  • 11/7/1967 - Federal Public Broadcasting Act Signed
  • 6/19/1968 - Articles of Incorporation Filed
  • 1968-1973 - Jerry Hammes MPBC Board Chair during formation and initial construction phase
  • 6/19/1969 - IRS Determination letter received giving MPBC 501c3 status
  • 4/26/1972 - FCC issues WNIT a Construction Permit
  • 10/2/1973 - First Studio Equipment Deliveries arrive at Elkhart Career Center Studios
  • 10/4/1973 - Transmitter was delivered to transmitter site in South Bend (transmitter was purchased “used” from a station in Wisconsin
  • 1/31/1974 - WNIT’s first official broadcast



  • May 30th, 2024 @ 7pm (34.1)
  • June 2nd, 2024 @ 7pm (34.2)
  • June 10th, 2024 @ 10pm (34.2)
  • August 4th, 2024 @ 8pm (34.2)

Underwritten by

  • Barb and John Phair Foundation
  • Mel Hall
  • Linda and Bipin Doshi
  • Joyce and Roger Foley
  • Carmi and Chris Murphy III
  • Lorrie and Bill Schmuhl
  • Roberta and Ben Ziolkowski
  • Billie and Dave Bankoff
  • Carleton, Inc - Sue and Pat Ruszkowski
  • Paul T. Cholis
  • Larry M. Davis and Libby Mountsier
  • Dr. Frederick K. Dean
  • James and Nancy Krzyzewski
  • Maggie and Steve Goldberg
  • Jennifer and Fred Helmen
  • Sara Marcus
  • Mary Pat and Dick Nussbaum
  • Joey and Kurt Stiver
  • Janet and Larry Thompson
  • John and Josephine Broden
  • In Memory of Les Judd
  • Lynda Simon