Louisiana Public Broadcasting
|Slogan||It's more than television.|
|Channels||Digital: see table below|
|Owner||Louisiana Educational Television Authority|
|First air date||September 6, 1975|
|Call letters' meaning||see table below|
|Transmitter power||see table below|
|Height||see table below|
|Facility ID||see table below|
|Transmitter coordinates||see table below|
Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) is a state-run, viewer-supported state network of Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) non-commercial educational Public television member stations serving the state of Louisiana outside Greater New Orleans. The stations are operated by the Louisiana Educational Television Authority. It is based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Louisiana was one of the first states in the Deep South with an educational television station within its borders when KLSE signed on from Monroe on March 1, 1957. LSU 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 intended as the first station in a statewide 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-TV. 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 stations. On September 6, 1975, WLPB-TV in Baton Rouge 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 Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas.
LPB's flagship news program is Louisiana: The State We're In, which has aired since 1976. LPB started broadcasting in stereo in 1990.
For nineteen years, the political consultant, raconteur, and author Gus Weill hosted the acclaimed "Louisiana Legends" program on LPB.
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.
Since 1985, Beth Courtney, a native of Shreveport and long-time resident of Baton Rouge, has been president and CEO of LPB.
In 2001, LPB premiered a new cable-only channel, "LPB Kids & You," on cable channel 11 in Baton Rouge. The channel, a predecessor to LPB 2, aired children's programming during prime time and adult and creative programs during daytime. When PBS U and PBS Kids went out of business in 2005, the channel became "LPB Plus" and later aired on Lafayette cable, as well. In 2008, the changed its name to the current LPB 2.
On June 12, 2009 LPB's stations turned off their analog signals at 7:00am after an episode of "Martha Speaks."
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-TV (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.
LPB transmits three channels in its digital format along with guide data:
|x.1||LPBHD||Main LPB programming / PBS|
|x.2||LPB2||PBS Kids (6 a.m.-9 p.m.)
PBS Encore (9 p.m.-6 a.m.)
|Station||City of license||Channels
|First air date||Call letters’
|Facility ID||Transmitter Coordinates|
|WLPB-TV||Baton Rouge||27 (UHF)||September 6, 1975||Louisiana
|200 kW||295 m||38586|
|KLTM-TV||Monroe||13 (VHF)||September 8, 1976||Louisiana
|6.7 kW||153.8 m||38589|
|KLTS-TV||Shreveport||24 (UHF)||August 9, 1978||Louisiana
|57 kW||258 m||38591|
|KLPB-TV||Lafayette||24 (UHF)||May 19813||Louisiana
|50 kW||463.2 m||38588|
|KLTL-TV||Lake Charles||18 (UHF)||May 5, 1981||Louisiana
|55 kW||299.1 m||38587|
|KLPA-TV||Alexandria||25 (UHF)||July 1, 1983||Louisiana
|76 kW||413 m||38590|
Note: 1. The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says KLPB-TV signed on May 2, while the Television and Cable Factbook says it signed on May 13. 2. In the New Orleans market, WLAE-TV 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.
- "TV notes: WLPB to have down time," July 6, 1990, The Morning Advocate, Baton Rouge
- LPB's website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WLPB
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KLTM
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KLTS
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KLPB
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KLTL
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KLPA
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WLPB-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KLTM-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KLTS-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KLPB-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KLTL-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KLPA-TV