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Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) is a state-run, viewer-supported network of PBS member stations serving the state of Louisianamarker outside Greater New Orleans. The network is operated by the Louisiana Educational Television Authority.

History

Louisiana was one of the first states in the Deep South with a noncommercial educational station within its borders when KLSEmarker signed on from Monroemarker on March 1, 1957. LSUmarker professor Lucille Woodward had urged Governor Robert Kennon to create an Educational Television Commission as part of the state department of education, and KLSE was the first station in an intended educational television network along the lines of Alabama Educational Television. However, KLSE went off the air in 1964. For the next 11 years, the only area of the state with a clear signal from a National Educational Television or PBS station was New Orleans, served by WYES-TVmarker. That station had signed on a month after KLSE, but was separately owned and operated.

Woodward continued to urge the state not to drop the idea of educational television during the 1960s. Finally, in 1971, the recently-created Educational Television Authority approved the money to launch the network. On September 6, 1975, WLPB-TV in Baton Rougemarker began as the state's first PBS station outside New Orleans. From 1976 to 1983, five more stations appeared throughout the state, extending LPB's signal to portions of Arkansasmarker, Mississippimarker and Texasmarker.

LPB's flagship news program is Louisiana: The State We're In, which has aired since 1976.

Among the original programs it has produced is Evangeline, which was broadcast by PBS stations throughout the United States and Canada in 2000. One of Justin Wilson's cooking series was also produced by LPB.

Hurricane coverage

During coverage of major hurricanes affecting the state (as has happened with Hurricanes Katrina and Gustav), LPB's Baton Rouge facilities are used by New Orleans CBS affiliate WWL-TVmarker (Channel 4) as a backup studio to provide additional news coverage from the station inland, and act as the station's main set should WWL be unable to broadcast from their Rampart Street facilities in New Orleans. As part of this agreement, WWL's coverage airs across the entire LPB network to provide a statewide conduit for news and information from a well-established news organization.

Format

LPB transmits 3 channels in its digital format along with guide data.

  • .1 LPBHD 1080I
  • .2 LPB2 480I
  • .3 LPB3 Create 480I


LPB Channels

  • LPB – LPB’s PBS station in high definition (LPB1 and HD combine)
  • LPB2 – Children’s programming in prime time, the best of PBS and LPB all day
  • LPB3 – Lifestyle and “how-to” programs, including cooking to travel.


Stations

Station City of license Channels
(Digital)
First air date Call letters’
meaning
ERP
(Digital)
HAAT
(Digital)
Facility ID Transmitter Coordinates
WLPB-TV Baton Rougemarker 25 (UHF) September 6, 1975 Louisiana
Public
Broadcasting

200 kW 295 m 38586
KLTM-TV Monroemarker 13 (VHF) September 8, 1976 Louisiana
Television
Monroe

6.7 kW 153.8 m 38589
KLTS-TV Shreveportmarker 24 (UHF) August 9, 1978 Louisiana
Television
Shreveport

57 kW 258 m 38591
KLPB-TV Lafayettemarker 23 (UHF) May 19813 Louisiana
Public
Broadcasting

50 kW 463.2 m 38588 (analog)

KLTL-TV Lake Charlesmarker 20 (UHF) May 5, 1981 Louisiana
Television
Lake Charles

55 kW 299.1 m 38587
KLPA-TV Alexandriamarker 26 (UHF) July 1, 1983 Louisiana
Public
Alexandria

76 kW 413 m 38590
Notes:
  • 1. KLTM currently has plans to move its digital broadcasts to channel 13 once the transition to digital broadcasting is complete.
  • 2. KLTS currently has plans to move its digital broadcasts to channel 24 once the transition to digital broadcasting is complete.
  • 3. The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says KLPB-TV signed on May 2, while the Television and Cable Factbook says it signed on May 13.


In the New Orleans market, WLAE-TVmarker is 50% owned by LPB and carries some LPB programming, mostly news and public affairs. WYES has rights to most PBS programming in prime time in New Orleans.

Former Logo

Image:LPB_ID.jpg|Former LPB logo, used in the early 1990s.

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