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Evolution of the Delta College Public Media logo: Orange WUCM 19 logo, Delta Broadcasting WUCM 19/WUCX 19 rainbow fountain logo, WUCM & WUCX TV 19/35 Delta College logo with stylized fountain, Q Delta College logo on a vertical blue shield, Delta Broadcasting Q-TV and Q-90.1 FM logo in blue and green boxes, and the current Delta College Public Media logo with the PBS and NPR logos beneath.

1964: The First Broadcast

George Fiscbeck in a lab coat in a science classroom on the show "What's New?"
George Fischbeck on "What's New."

At 7 pm on October 12, Delta College made its first TV broadcast under the call letters WUCM-TV 19. "UCM" stood for "University Center, Michigan." The first program shown was What's New, a science show for kids. At this point, the station only broadcast for 15 hours per week, including classes for English, Spanish, economics, and nursing students.

1967: National Educational Television

NET - National Educational Television - logo.
The NET logo as it appeared on TV in 1967.

WUCM became an affiliate of National Educational Television, or NET, a national network of educational TV stations. That same year, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting was founded by the federal government to fund and govern educational television and radio. In 1970, NET was succeeded by PBS and WUCM became a PBS station.

1971: Day By Day

A 1976 episode of Day-by-Day.
A 1976 episode of "Day By Day."

WUCM started a daily talk show called Day By Day, hosted by Andy Rapp, that ran for 3,203 episodes. Rapp would become one of the most recognizable faces at the station and hosted many other local programs over the years, including The Weekly with Andy Rapp and Trivia All Stars.

1972: The Rainbow Auction

Andy Rapp with a bullhorn at the Rainbow Auction. Cameras and phone operators can be seen around him.
Andy Rapp with a bullhorn at the Rainbow Auction.

WUCM held the first of its Great TV Auctions to raise money for new equipment and technology. Dubbed the "Rainbow Auction," the televised auction raised nearly $40,000 ($230,000 in today's money), which helped the station broadcast in color starting in 1974. The last Great TV Auction was in 1988 and the proceeds helped the station become the first in mid-Michigan to broadcast in stereo.

1986: Expansion Into the Thumb

Ribbon cutting at the WUCX-TV 35 transmitter site in Ubly.
Ribbon cutting at the WUCX-TV 35 transmitter site in Ubly.

Delta College expanded its public broadcasting in the 1980s, starting with an increased broadcast area that included the Thumb. In addition to the transmitter on the campus of Delta College, a second transmitter was constructed in Ubly that began broadcasting as WUCX-TV 35 Bad Axe-Ubly.

1989: Public Radio on 90.1 FM

Former radio program directors Paul Sturm and Howard Sharper.
Former radio program directors Paul Sturm and Howard Sharper.

Delta Broadcasting launched WUCX-FM 90.1, offering public radio programming to mid-Michigan and the Thumb. Delta College and Central Michigan University, who both wanted a public radio station in the area, came to an agreement that would allow them to operate the station jointly.

1998: Quality Public Broadcasting

A crowd gathered for the Q-TV open house in 1999.
Q-TV open house, 1999.

Delta Broadcasting adopted the name Quality Public Broadcasting. For the next two decades, the TV station was called Quality Public Television, or Q-TV for short, and the radio station was called Q-90.1 FM. The TV call letters also changed to WDCQ (for "Delta College Quality") and WDCP (for "Delta College Public").

1999: Currently Speaking

Currently Speaking host Andy Rapp and frequent guest Jim Johnson interview Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, 2008.
A 2008 episode of "Currently Speaking" with Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

The weekly public affairs show Currently Speakingfirst aired in 1999. Hosted by Andy Rapp, this live shows tackled a new topic each week with a panel of expert guests and questions from viewers at home. Over time, the show transitioned into a discussion of the biggest news events of the week with viewer calls often driving the conversation. The show ran until Andy Rapp's retirement in 2016.

2003: Going Digital

A sign that says "Delta College Welcomes You to the Frank N. Andersen Broadcast Center" with pictures of programming from four TV channels.
Sign showing Q-TV multicast channel line-up, 2004.

Q-TV became the first public TV station in Michigan to transmit a 100 percent digital signal. This allowed the station to broadcast multiple channels: originally Today's PBS Channel, the Delta Learning Channel, the Enrichment Channel, and the Children's Channel. Q-TV also broadcast in HD for the first time, although only on Today's PBS and only in the evening. An analog broadcast would continue alongside the digital one until 2009.

2005: Vanishing Voices of World War II

Director Bob Przybylski interviews Jessie Daily for Vanishing Voices of WWII.
Director Bob Przybylski interviews WWII veteran Jessie Daily.

Q-TV produced the documentary Vanishing Voices of World War II. Directed by Bob Przybylski, the documentary allowed local veterans to tell their stories. Vanishing Voices kicked off a series of award-winning local history documentaries that includes Sawdust & Shanty Boys, Vietnam Voices, and Tracks Through Time.

2016: Spectrum Auction

WDCQ broadcast tower, Gilford.
WDCQ broadcast tower, Gilford.

The FCC ran a reverse auction to buy back TV and radio broadcast spectrum to clear the way for wireless providers. With public comments showing support for Q-TV, the Delta College Board of Trustees voted not to participate in the auction.

2020: Delta College Public Media

Delta College Public Media logo.
Delta College Public Media logo.

Quality Public Broadcasting rebranded itself Delta College Public Media. The new name was meant to take emphasis away from broadcast media to show a growing focus on digital media.