Made Possible by Viewers Like You: Maryland Public Television Turns 50 exhibit banner

Exhibit Special Features


Over the past 50 years, Maryland Public Television has earned hundreds of local, regional, and national awards for its outstanding productions, outreach programs, and fundraising efforts – including four national Emmy® awards, 164 regional Emmy® awards, several James Beard Foundation awards for cooking productions, a Peabody Award earned by ITV, the Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award for journalism, and CINE Golden Eagle awards, among many others.

CPB Bartleby Award

Corporation for Public Broadcasting, 1978, Award — Excellence in Local Television Programming for "Bartleby, The Scrivener"

Golden Eagle Award

Cine Golden Eagle Award, 1989 — for "Other Faces of AIDS"

Golden Wheel Award

Golden Wheel Award, 1999 — for "Motorweek - TV Magazine"

James Beard Award

The James Beard Award for Excellence, 1998 — Best National Television Cooking Program


NATPE International Award, 1988 — IRIS Winner for "Crabs #406"

PBS Award

PBS, 1994 — Award for Excellence in Technical Quality

Telly Award

Telly Award, 1996 — for "Numbers Alive - Points Unknown"

Webby Award

Webby Award, 2005 — for "Knowing Poe"

Empixx Award

EMPixx Award, Historic Regional Program Category, 2011 — Platinum Award Winner for "Chesapeake Bay Bridge: Spanning the Bay"

Promotional Giveaways

When public television stations appeal to their viewers for support, they usually offer a small token of thanks for making a donation. Whether a yo-yo, stress ball, or chocolate logo, MPT’s promotional giveaways have often been whimsical. But serious premium items – DVDs of favorite viewer programs, instructional books, and apparel – have often been chosen by fans as ongoing remembrances of their time well spent with Maryland Public Television.

MPT Auction on Air 1970

MPT’s first Auction on the Air in April 1970 raised $64,000


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Behind the Scenes

Rick Breitenfeld

“Maryland Public Television is important because public television is important...In Maryland we set out to do it right, and I hope we did.”

— Dr. Rick Breitenfeld, Founding Executive Director, 2018