Today is the 50th anniversary of the law that led to our nation's public television and radio systems. Great Lakes Today -- a collaborative led by WBFO Buffalo, ideastream Cleveland and WXXI Rochester -- is a part of that system. So we're ready to celebrate.
Here are excerpts from President Lyndon Baines Johnson's remarks at the signing of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967:
After noting the creation of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (which would become the primary funder of Great Lakes Today and similar initiatives), he said, "This Corporation will assist stations and producers who aim for the best in broadcasting good music, in broadcasting exciting plays, and in broadcasting reports on the whole fascinating range of human activity. It will try to prove that what educates can also be exciting. ...
"So today we rededicate a part of the airwaves -- which belong to all the people -- and we dedicate them for the enlightenment of all the people."
Thanks to all of you who donate to help public broadcasting. Now party on!