The foundation of Maryland Public Television began nearly a decade before its first broadcast. Two volunteer groups, the Women’s Committee for Educational Television and the Maryland Council for Educational Television, lobbied for two years before the FCC granted the latter group an educational, noncommercial broadcasting license in 1964. In 1966, Gov. J. Millard Tawes signed into law the establishment of “educational-cultural television” and created a special commission to guide its development. The newly formed Maryland Center for Public Broadcasting (MCPB), led by its founding executive director, Dr. Frederick Breitenfeld, Jr., was allocated Channel 67 on the ultra-high frequency (UHF) band. In June 1966, ground was broken for a 50,000-square-foot broadcasting facility in Owings Mills, Maryland. Three years later, on October 5, 1969, MCPB aired its very first program, an original historical drama called Nightmare’s Child.