The following Perspective is an expression of opinion by the Editorial Board at WIS, and presented by General Manager Donita Todd:
60 years ago on November 7, 1953, WIS signed on the air with the battle of the Carolinas: a live broadcast of a football game between the University of South Carolina and the University of North Carolina. You will be happy to know that the Gamecocks defeated the Tar Heels 10-0.
Some of the first WIS on-air personalities were weather man Spec Munzell, Sports Director Jim Jackson, home economist Emily Smith, announcers Farrell Smith and Pete Collins, and Mackie Quave who played Cactus Quave on the Bar-Q-Ranch Show.
A lot has happened in those 60 years, but what hasn't changed is WIS's commitment to providing the best in news, information and entertainment to the midlands, and our public service to the community we live in. We've gone from broadcasting in black and white to providing WIS on the air in high definition as well as online with wistv.com and on mobile.
Thanks for inviting us into your homes over the past six decades. We'd love for you to share your favorite WIS memories with us. Many of you worked here, appeared on television broadcasts here, or witnessed history in the making while watching WIS over the years, and we'd like to hear those stories.
Please share your Perspective on 60 years of WIS television.
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