Maryland Public Television

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Maryland Public Television
statewide Maryland
Branding MPT
Channels Digital: see table below
Affiliations PBS
Owner Maryland Public Broadcasting Commission
First air date October 5, 1969
Call letters' meaning see table below
Former affiliations NET (1969–1970)
Transmitter power see table below
Height see table below
Facility ID see table below
Transmitter coordinates see table below

Maryland Public Television (MPT) is the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member state network for the U.S. state of Maryland. Its six transmitters cover nearly all of the state, plus Washington, D.C. and parts of Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. It operates under the auspices of the Maryland Public Broadcasting Commission, an agency of the Maryland state government. It benefits from the support of an affiliated 501(c)(3) organization, the MPT Foundation, Inc. (formerly known as the Maryland Public Broadcasting Foundation, Inc.) Studios are located in the unincorporated community of Owings Mills.

The network first signed on in 1969 as the Maryland Center for Public Broadcasting. It became known as Maryland Instructional Television (Maryland ITV) in 1976, and adopted its current name in 1984.

MPT's local and regional television credits include several state-focused programs on civic and public affairs, as well as a variety of original performance, documentary, and entertainment offerings for the citizens of Maryland. Beyond broadcasting, MPT creates instructional videos, develops training, and builds Internet sites that serve tens of thousands of students, teachers, and child-care providers annually. The centerpiece of MPT's service to Maryland educators, students, and families is Thinkport, a Web site that offers online teaching resources, professional development opportunities and digital technology tools to assist educators.

Maryland Public Television has earned awards ranging from television Emmys for its quality productions to government citations for its volunteerism and educational accomplishments. MPT has been led by Larry Unger, president and chief executive officer, since 2011.


Inside MPT's Studio A during the taping of "Chesapeake Collectibles" in June 2010

Current Regional Productions[edit]

  • Chesapeake Collectibles:[1] weekly series featuring people and their collectibles from the Eastern Shore.
  • Chesapeake Bay Week:[2] week long series of programs dedicated to the Chesapeake Bay
  • Direct Connection:[3] public affairs call-in show focusing on discussion and analysis of politics and the news
  • Outdoors Maryland:[4] outdoors show highlighting the Mid-Atlantic region's diversity and beauty
  • State Circle:[5] news and analysis program detailing Maryland's General Assembly proceedings
  • You Can Afford College:[6] annual special on finding money for higher education
  • Your Money & Business:[7] consumer-oriented business magazine
  • ArtWorks:[8] regional arts updates and specials highlighting Maryland's culture and history

Nationally Distributed Productions[edit]

Past productions[edit]


The MPT television stations are:

Station City of license Channels TV/RF First air date Callsign meaning ERP HAAT Transmitter coordinates Facility ID Public license information
WMPB Baltimore 67 (PSIP)
29 (UHF)
October 5, 1969 Maryland
Broadcasting (4th letter may also mean Baltimore)
42.6 kW 309 m 39°26′50″N 76°46′48″W / 39.44722°N 76.78000°W / 39.44722; -76.78000 (WMPB) 65944 Profile
WMPT1 Annapolis 22 (PSIP)
42 (UHF)
September 22, 1975 Maryland
516 kW 289 m 39°0′36″N 76°36′33″W / 39.01000°N 76.60917°W / 39.01000; -76.60917 (WMPT) 65942 Profile
WCPB Salisbury 28 (PSIP)
28 (UHF)
March 18, 1971 Coastal
(or: Corporation for
132 kW 155 m 38°23′9″N 75°35′33″W / 38.38583°N 75.59250°W / 38.38583; -75.59250 (WCPB) 40618 Profile
WWPB Hagerstown 31 (PSIP)
44 (UHF)
October 5, 1974 Western Maryland
500 kW 369 m 39°39′4″N 77°58′15″W / 39.65111°N 77.97083°W / 39.65111; -77.97083 (WWPB) 65943 Profile
WGPT Oakland 36 (PSIP)
36 (UHF)
July 4, 1987 Garrett County
100 kW 285 m 39°24′14″N 79°17′37″W / 39.40389°N 79.29361°W / 39.40389; -79.29361 (WGPT) 40619 Profile
WFPT Frederick 62 (PSIP)
28 (UHF)
July 4, 1987 Frederick
41.2 kW 158 m 39°15′37″N 77°18′44″W / 39.26028°N 77.31222°W / 39.26028; -77.31222 (WFPT) 40626 Profile


  • WMPT used the callsign WAPB (the "A" standing for Annapolis) from its 1975 sign-on until July 4, 1984.

Cable and satellite coverage[edit]

MPT is available on all Maryland cable systems. Additionally, WMPB is available on the Baltimore DirecTV and Dish Network feeds. WMPT is available on nearly all cable systems in the Washington area, as well as the Washington DirecTV and Dish Network feeds. WCPB is available on the Salisbury DirecTV and Dish Network feeds.

Digital television[edit]

The station's digital signals are multiplexed:

Sub-channel Programming
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Main MPT programming/PBS
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MPT 2, tailored to lifestyle, cultural, and informational programming for older audiences
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Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

MPT broadcast an analog signal from its start in 1969 until the analog television shutdown on June 12, 2009, and now broadcasts only in digital. The first MPT digital broadcast started in February 2000 from WMPT's transmitter in the Annapolis/Crownsville area. After the analog television shutdown:[11]

  • WCPB and WGPT returned to RF channels 28 and 36, respectively;[12][13]
  • WMPB, WMPT, WWPB, and WFPT remained on their pre-transition digital RF channels (29, 42, 44, and 28, respectively).[14][15][16][17]

Using PSIP to display virtual channels for each MPT station corresponding to their previous analog channels.


For 2008, MPT received 14 Emmy Award nominations from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). MPT received Emmys for Eatin’ Crabs Chesapeake Style, two awards for Bob the Vid Tech: The Mystery of the Missing Pizza and one for ArtWorks: Manuel Barrueco Special.

MPT received two 2008 CINE Golden Eagle Awards for The Transformation Age: Surviving a Technology Revolution with Robert X. Cringely, a coproduction of MPT/University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business, and Lethal Landscapes: Canvases of the Combat Artist.

For 2007, the station received 11 nominations and won 1 National Capitol Emmy including 3 nominations for their regional "The War" series and 5 nominations for Outdoors Maryland. Motorweek also received the Board of Governors Award.[18]


  1. ^ "Welcome to Chesapeake Collectibles". Maryland Public Television. 2013-01-10. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  2. ^ "Chesapeake Bay Week". Maryland Public Television. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  3. ^ "About Direct Connection". Maryland Public Television. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  4. ^ "Outdoors Maryland". Maryland Public Television. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  5. ^ "State Circle". Maryland Public Television. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  6. ^ "You Can Afford College". Maryland Public Television. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  7. ^ "Your Money & Business". Maryland Public Television. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  8. ^ "Artworks". Maryland Public Television. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  9. ^ "About Lynn Fischer". 
  10. ^ "The Transformation Age". Robert H. Smith School of Business. 
  11. ^ "Attachment I: DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds". EDOCS. Federal Communications Commission. p. 14. 
  12. ^ "CDBS Print". Federal Communications Commission. 
  13. ^ "CDBS Print". Federal Communications Commission. 
  14. ^ "CDBS Print". Federal Communications Commission. 
  15. ^ "CDBS Print". Federal Communications Commission. 
  16. ^ "CDBS Print". Federal Communications Commission. 
  17. ^ "CDBS Print". Federal Communications Commission. 
  18. ^ "2007 Emmy Award Recipients". The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. 

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