Written by: Tom Rieland
Date: December 7, 2013

The Seal of The Ohio State University

Why does Ohio State own a network of educational television and radio stations we now call WOSU Public Media?

Part of the answer is in the 1870s OSU seal imbedded with the Latin phrase Disciplina in Civitatem, which translates to “Education for Citizenship.” As a land-grant university founded with an outreach mission, Ohio State strives to educate all Ohioans to provide a smarter citizenry.

An early indicator of that mission was the Ohio Agricultural Extension. In 1906, OSU agents were sent via trains to rural Ohio — traveling the state carrying agricultural exhibits and offering presentations on farm practices reaching thousands of farmers.

So when OSU established one of the first radio stations in the country in 1922, it was modeling the Extension philosophy using the newest technology to disseminate information and entertainment. Programs in 1925 included the popular morning farm market reports; 174 lectures by OSU faculty; “live” musical programs; and play-by-play of OSU football games.

Nine decades later, our priorities revolve around similar programming themes: news and public affairs, arts and culture, and lifelong learning. And the quality and importance of this nonprofit, noncommercial programming hasn’t diminished a bit. Your support of that mission is more critical than ever.

Our team is thankful Ohio State leadership understands and appreciates this history as we continue to reflect the core OSU tradition of Disciplina in Civitatem.