Media Update: Help Us Celebrate our 50th Anniversary with Your Memories of NPT

Music Funfactory

In 1986, "Music Funfactory," a visually psychedelic, musically oriented educational series targeting 3rd and 4th grade, was a companion series to Mrs. Cabobble's Caboose. (Photo Credit: WDCN Archives)


Barney, the big purple dinosaur, took Nashville by storm in 1991 with the first episode of "Barney & Friends" and his subsequent appearance in the WDCN Studios. (Photo Credit: WDCN Archives)


This September, NPT will celebrate its 50th Anniversary, and we want you to help us mark the occasion.  From our humble beginnings as school board-licensed station WDCN, to our stature now as NPT and one of the most-watched public television stations in the country, a lot has happened in 50 years.  You have made those 50 years possible, and we want you to be a part of how we tell our story. We are gathering material and stories for a special program to be broadcast in September. We’d love if you’d grab a video camera or your cell phone and record yourself answering a few questions for us, and then post those videos to Youtube with “NPT 50th Anniversary Remembrance” in the title. Send us a link as well at  We’ll share your videos on our Facebook and Twitter pages and here on the blog. We’ll even pick a few to include in our anniversary show. Tell us anything you want, but specifically, we’d love you to answer these questions:

What are your earliest and/or fondest memories of public TV?

What shows do you remember? (examples … Mrs. Cabobble’s Caboose, Jellybean Junction, Tennessee Outdoorsmen, Action Auction, etc)

What do you remember about them?

What are your favorite NPT shows today, and why? (examples … Tennessee Crossroads, Memories of Nashville, Next Door Neighbors, Volunteer Gardener, etc.)

We’d also love if you could wish NPT a happy birthday in your own words (directly to camera).

Lastly, may we use your answers on air?

If you don’t have access to a camera, or would rather not record yourself, please answer those questions in the comments section below with your name and location. Or email us at

If you need a refresher on all that’s happened, be sure to check our groovy Facebook timeline with photos and milestones from throughout our history.

Thanks for being a part of our celebration. Have fun with it! And please let us know if you have any questions.

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