May 2

Reporting from the Lowcountry and South Carolina


Have you ever wondered about the people behind the news voices you hear on South Carolina Public Radio? What does it mean when you hear “South Carolina Public Radio’s Alexandra Olgin reports…” on an NPR broadcast? Are you curious about what it takes to deliver high-quality radio journalism in 2017?

ETV Endowment members are cordially invited to join the Endowment and South Carolina Public Radio for a special conversation and reception with Alexandra Olgin and Russ McKinney. Alexandra is based in Charleston and covers the Lowcountry. Dozens of her South Carolina reports have been broadcast nationally on NPR. Russ, host of State House Week and a part-time Lowcountry resident, is a news veteran with more than 30 years in radio journalism and public affairs. 

Linda O’Bryon, SCETV’s President & CEO, will moderate the discussion ranging from how Alexandra and Russ seek out local stories and make connections to the broader state and national narrative to the role of technology and storytelling in their work.  There will also be time for you to ask questions. 

Thank you to our event hosts and ETV Endowment members, Doris and George Reinhart.

May 22

Tiny Desk Contest On the Road

fueled by Lagunitas Brewing Company with South Carolina Public Radio at Lagunitas Charleston TapRoom

Join NPR Music, South Carolina Public Radio and the ETV Endowment for Tiny Desk Contest On the Road fueled by Lagunitas Brewing Company with South Carolina Public Radio at Lagunitas Charleston TapRoom. This event will feature a live performance by 2017 Tiny Desk Contest winners Tank and the Bangas, as well as some local artists who entered the contest this year: Human Resources, SondorBlue and Chaquis Maliq.

June 7-14, 2017

South Dakota: Great Faces and Great Places


    Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 10:00am to Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 4:00pm

    Just in time for your 2017 travel plans, we are pleased to announce our 6th trip with Patrick McMillan, Ph.D., naturalist, Clemson University professor and host of Expeditions with Patrick McMillan.  Patrick will guide ETV Endowment members on an unforgettable tour of South Dakota June 7-14, 2017.  We will travel to the Wild Idea Buffalo Company Ranch, Wind Cave National Park, Badlands National Park, the Vore Buffalo Jump and Devil’s Tower National Monument.  We’ll enjoy a jeep ride into Custer State Park to look for herds of wild buffalo, stop at the Crazy Horse Memorial and end the day with a visit to Mount Rushmore National Memorial.  We will head south into Nebraska and will visit the Museum of the Fur Trade, Fort Robinson and the Meng-Hudson Bison Kill Educational and Research Center.  Our final day will be spent with a visit to the Agate Fossil Beds National Monument and Fort Laramie National Historic Site.     

    The price per traveler is $3,599 for a double room and $4,199 for a single room and includes a $500 tax-deductible contribution to the ETV Endowment. Please see the itinerary and registration form for more details.  Call 1-877-253-2092 or email today to reserve your spot with a $350 non-refundable deposit for each traveler.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.  

    We hope you will decide to join us on this expedition!


    Register for the trip

June 15, 2017

Luncheon with Rudy Mancke & Mary Alice Monroe


Join ETV Endowment members on Thursday, June 15, 2017, for a special benefit event with Rudy Mancke and Mary Alice Monroe. Rudy and Mary Alice will be honored guests for a noon luncheon at the Piedmont Club in Spartanburg. They will explore the habitat of South Carolina’s coastline and the protection of our shorebird and seabird populations, which have decreased 70% across North America. This event will launch Monroe’s new novel, Beach House for Rent, to be published June 20th.  

Rudy Mancke is a South Carolina naturalist and host of SCETV’s longtime series, NatureScene. He is also the host of South Carolina Public Radio’s Nature Notes, a popular weekday feature that explores the natural world. Mary Alice Monroe is a New York Times bestselling, award-winning author. Her writing trademark is weaving important environmental messages into her stories that are inspired by South Carolina’s coastal landscape. Monroe’s debut novel, The Beach House, will be released this summer as a movie starring South Carolina’s own Andie MacDowell.    

  • Reservations
    Thursday, June 15, 2017 -
    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Piedmont Club, 361 East Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302

    Tickets are $60.  Seating will be limited.  Each guest will receive a signed copy of Beach House for Rent.  Signed copies of the book will also be available for purchase for members who cannot attend the luncheon.   

    Reserve your tickets