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1970-1979: Gathering Support
- KFME files for Grand Forks Educational TV station.
- National Public Radio (NPR) is established.
- The board of directors votes to close KFME unless viewers respond with $40,000. Viewers respond to the crisis and meet the goal with a successful fund raising drive.
- A federal grant is received to build a television station in Grand Forks.
- The corporate name is changed from North Central Educational Television Association to Prairie Public Television.
- KGFE-TV in Grand Forks signs on.
- Prairie Public Television is now available in Winnipeg via cable.
- With help of a federal grant, color studios are established at NDSU.
- Regular pledge weeks are initiated by Prairie Public Television.
- Prairie Public Television premieres a weekly hour-long program called “SPIN.”
- Prairie Public Television wins the national “Excellence In Promotion” award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for the 4th year in a row.
- The North Dakota Legislature approves funding for a statewide public television network.
- Prairie Public Television installs a satellite receiver to interconnect with PBS network.
- KBME-TV in Bismarck signs on.