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Board Gives Green Light for Educational Television

December 15, 1961

The Spokesman-Review

Public school officials were given authority Wednesday night by the School Board to work toward establishment of an educational television station in Spokane.

The board set Dec. 27 for a public hearing on the subject and invited Loren Stone, manager of the Seattle educational television station, to the event.

Oscar C. Santschi, board member who has investigated the subject, made the motion which was adapted unanimously.

Supt. W.C. Sorenson said surveys showed that equipment for a station would cost “in the neighborhood” of $150,000 and a building about $300,000 although he indicated the total building facility would not be needed immediately.

Channel 7 has been set aside by federal authorities as an educational channel in Spokane, he said.

Area Not Covered

Sorenson and Santschi said that the Spokane area extending to Walla Walla on the south and Ephrata on the west was the only part of the state not now serviced by an educational television channel.

Two groups of people need to be ready to accept educational television before the district can move, Sorenson said.

He indicated the groups as the district’s faculty and the Spokane community.

Sorenson said a questionnaire on the subject was sent to teachers and 85 per cent responded.

“Ninety-nine per cent of those replying thought educational television was good and wanted to see it in Spokane,” Sorenson said.

Response Heavy

As to the public, he cited the response to district programs on commercial television stations which reached a peak of 500 letters a day soon after a German program was started.

It also was indicated that Spokane needs to involve other school districts of the area in both the programming and financing.

Friday, December 15, 1961

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