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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.

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Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar received his B.A. degree from Davidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.