As of February 1, Mississippi Public Broadcasting is commemorating 50 years of service to Mississippi residents. For five decades, MPB has been at the forefront of creatively using technology to educate, inform and entertain all ages in this state and beyond.
In 1970, MPB – then known as Mississippi Educational Television (ETV) – hit the statewide airwaves, providing quality educational television programming. Since then, MPB has upheld the Mississippi Legislature’s charge of providing educational and instructional professional growth for the citizens of Mississippi.
Through locally produced television and radio programming featuring people, resources and attractions unique to the state’s culture, MPB continues to carry out that charge. MPB has further expanded its service to Mississippi by providing public safety information in times of crisis as well as created content to improve workforce development in the state.
“Without question, MPB, formerly ETV, is a state treasure,” said Ronnie Agnew, MPB’s executive director since 2011. “Since February 1970, scores of people have been educated and entertained through our programming. The people who have led this organization have taken great care to uphold high standards. As we celebrate 50 years, we owe our audience gratitude and thanks for their loyalty and appreciation.”
In the coming months, the agency will share milestones and archival content as we reflect on our past while making plans to serve Mississippi into the foreseeable future. Please celebrate with us by sharing your favorite MPB memories using the hashtag #MPB50 on social media.
Visit mpbonline.org/mpb50 to see photo and video galleries, a timeline outlining MPB’s robust history and updates all dedicated to this golden anniversary.