|New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Slogan||More Than Television!|
|Channels||Digital: 31 (UHF)
Virtual: 32 (PSIP)
|Owner||Educational Broadcasting Foundation
(Willwoods Community 50%/
Louisiana Educational Television Authority 50%)
|First air date||July 8, 1984|
|Call letters' meaning||LouisianA Educational Television|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
32 (UHF, 1984-2009)
|Transmitter power||200 kW|
WLAE-TV, virtual channel 32, is a public television station located in New Orleans, Louisiana, serving as a member station of the Public Broadcasting Service. The station is one of two PBS stations serving the market; WYES-TV is the other. It is owned by the Educational Broadcasting Foundation, a partnership between the Willwoods Community (a Catholic-related organization), and the Louisiana Educational Television Authority (operators of Louisiana Public Broadcasting, the PBS member for the rest of Louisiana).
The station's digital signal on UHF 31, is multiplexed:
|32.1||1080i||16:9||WLAEHD||Main WLAE programming / PBS|
In 1978, a group of married couples, supported by the Catholic Church, formed the Willwoods Community. They joined forces with the Louisiana Educational Television Authority, which had been looking for a way to get its locally-based programming into the state's biggest market, to obtain the other noncommercial license for New Orleans. On December 14, 1981, under the banner of the Educational Broadcasting Foundation, the partnership obtained an educational broadcast license. Finally, in July 1984, WLAE-TV signed on as a PBS member station.
In addition to offering PBS programming, WLAE also airs local educational programming, as well as some programming from LPB (mostly news and public affairs). WLAE is also one of very few PBS stations to show a daily Catholic Mass, live from St. Louis Cathedral.
WLAE is one of at least two PBS members owned at least in part by a Catholic-related organization (KMBH in the Rio Grande Valley is the other), and one of at least three run by a religious organization in general (counting Provo, Utah's KBYU-TV).
Following Hurricane Katrina, WLAE sustained damage to their transmitter and remained off the air to terrestrial viewers until early 2007. For the next two years, WLAE provided a direct feed to local cable systems and to DirecTV satellite customers in the New Orleans market. The analog signal was restored in January 2007 and the digital signal debuted on the air for the first time in March 2007.
- WLAE.com - Official Website
- The Willwoods Community
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WLAE
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WLAE-TV