“T” is for Television
The first television station to go on the air in South Carolina was WCOS-TV in April 1953. It was followed closely by WCSC-TV in Charleston. WNOK-TV (now WLTX-TV) is one of the oldest UHF channels in the country. Some South Carolina stations purchased equipment from a New Jersey company whose chief engineer was Thomas T. Goldsmith, a Greenville native and a pioneer of American television who helped develop the cathode ray tube and transmission standards for the industry. The South Carolina Educational Television network began broadcasting on closed circuits in 1958 and on the air in 1963. WSPA-TV in Spartanburg was the first station in the state to broadcast in color. By the beginning of the twenty-first century, eleven noncommercial channels and twenty commercial television stations were broadcasting in South Carolina.