WPBT2 (PBS) celebrated its 60th anniversary on Wednesday, Aug. 12, in its studios in North Miami Beach with guests that included WPBT2 board members, supporters, sponsors, members and staff. The celebration consisted of cake, champagne and a trip down memory lane.
The event included a behind-the-scenes tour of the station’s operations as well as short presentations by Dolores Sukhdeo, president and CEO, who shared highlights of WPBT2’s history and a glimpse of WPBT2’s future.
Max Duke, vice president of content and community partnerships, spoke about exciting local WPBT2 programs currently in production, and Armando Rodriguez, the vice president of development, shared a message of gratitude with everyone present for making WPBT2’s mission of providing commercial-free broadcasting in our community by providing millions of hours of public television programming for all ages and all audiences a reality.
WPBT2 has lived up to its mission of being a vibrant force in the South Florida community, always striving to entertain, enlighten and educate its viewers. The content which includes national PBS productions and local productions purports to change lives, inspire trust, and make a difference.
Always at the forefront of innovation, WPBT2 has been a trailblazer with local production of shows like Que Pasa USA?, Nightly Business Report and more recently, Changing Seas, art loft and Check, Please! South Florida, etc. Many of these shows have garnered national and international recognition and distribution.
Throughout the years, WPBT2 and its local productions have been recipients of numerous awards and distinctions including Emmy Awards, The George Peabody Award, Louis Wolfson II Media History Center Film and Video Awards, Telly Awards, Corporation for Public Broadcasting Awards and PBS Awards, among others.
More information on WPBT2, its programs and services for the community can be found at www.wpbt2.org.