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WLAE-TV
WLAE32.png
New Orleans, Louisiana
United States
Branding WLAE
Slogan New Orleans Public Television
Channels Digital: 31 (UHF)
(to move to 23 (UHF))
Virtual: 32 (PSIP)
Subchannels (see article)
Affiliations Educational Independent
Owner Educational Broadcasting Foundation, Inc.
(Willwoods Community 50%/
Louisiana Educational Television Authority 50%)
First air date July 8, 1984 (34 years ago) (1984-07-08)
Call letters' meaning LouisianA Educational Television
Former channel number(s) Analog:
32 (UHF, 1984–2009)
Former affiliations PBS (1984–2013)
Transmitter power 200 kW
168 kW (CP)
Height 274 m (899 ft)
Facility ID 18819
Transmitter coordinates 29°58′58″N 89°57′9″W / 29.98278°N 89.95250°W / 29.98278; -89.95250
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website www.wlae.com

WLAE-TV, virtual channel 32 (UHF digital channel 31), is an educational independent television station licensed to New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. The station is owned by the Educational Broadcasting Foundation, a partnership between Catholic-related organization, the Willwoods Community and the Louisiana Educational Television Authority (operators of Louisiana Public Broadcasting, which owns the PBS member stations in Louisiana that are located outside of New Orleans). WLAE's studios are located on North Causeway Boulevard in Metairie, and its transmitter is located on Paris Road/Highway 47 (northeast of Chalmette). On cable, the station is available on Cox Communications channel 14.

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History

As a PBS member station

WLAE "32-LAE" logo used 1999 to late 2006, at the earliest.
WLAE "32-LAE" logo used 1999 to late 2006, at the earliest.

In 1978, a group of married couples, supported by the Catholic Church, formed the Willwoods Community. The organization 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 largest market, to obtain the other non-commercial license allocated to the New Orleans market. On December 14, 1981, under the banner of the "Educational Broadcasting Foundation," the partnership was granted an educational station license from the Federal Communications Commission.

WLAE-TV first signed on the air on July 8, 1984; it originally served as a member station of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). WLAE-TV operated as a secondary member of the network through PBS' Program Differentiation Plan, as New Orleans' primary PBS station was WYES-TV (channel 12);[1] as a result, the station only carried 25% of the programming broadcast by PBS. As a side note, Sesame Street was one of the few programs that was shown on both stations.[2] In addition to offering PBS programming, WLAE also aired, and still airs, locally produced educational programs, as well as select programming from Louisiana Public Broadcasting (mostly consisting of news and public affairs programming).

WLAE is also one of very few public television stations to televise a daily Catholic Mass, presented live from the St. Louis Cathedral in the city's Jackson Square district; PBS had tightened its restrictions regarding religious programming on member stations in 2009, although WLAE was exempted from these restrictions through a grandfather clause.[1] WLAE was one of at least two PBS member stations that were owned at least in part by a Catholic-related organization (KMBH in Harlingen, Texas was the other), and one of at least three in general that were run by a religious organization (counting KBYU-TV in Provo, Utah).

WLAE's last logo as a PBS station, used from c. 2006 to August 1, 2013.
WLAE's last logo as a PBS station, used from c. 2006 to August 1, 2013.

In 2000, WLAE and WYES both received a $691,000 grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to negotiate and establish joint production and master control facilities. The two stations' operators agreed to build the facility on the grounds of a Lakefront research park owned by the University of New Orleans. In 2005, WLAE and WYES planned a campaign to raise $4 million in capital on behalf of their relocation plan.[2] During most of 2016, WLAE underwent a technical upgrade, preventing the airing of its programming on its three subchannels, but it is now at full programming.

Hurricane Katrina

When Hurricane Katrina struck the New Orleans metropolitan area on August 29, 2005, WLAE was knocked off the air due to significant damage to its transmitter. It took two years for the station's over-the-air signal to be restored. Soon after the storm, it established a direct feed to New Orleans area cable providers (including the market's largest, Cox Communications) and to satellite provider DirecTV. The station's analog signal resumed operations in January 2007, its digital signal signed on the air for the first time two months later in March 2007.

Meanwhile, the University of New Orleans campus suffered major damage due to the storm. WYES and WLAE management agreed to forgo plans to build the new studio facility at the research park. Instead, the money earmarked for that project was used to purchase new master control equipment to replace the equipment at the WLAE studios that had been damaged by the storm.[2]

As an educational independent station

On August 1, 2013, WLAE ended its membership with PBS to increase its focus on its locally produced programming; WYES became the market's exclusive PBS station once again as a result. The station had contemplated the move since the Louisiana state government reduced the station's funding by $270,000 in 2010. The decision to drop PBS programming was estimated to save the station around $130,000 annually (out of an annual budget of $2.3 million), allowing WLAE to invest the money into its local productions. The station's departure from PBS resulted in the PBS NewsHour only being available through WYES-TV's World subchannel on digital channel 12.2 until it was added to that station's primary channel the following month on September 2, 2013; the program had aired on WLAE under a longstanding arrangement with WYES.[1][2] The station is considering entering into production and business partnerships with WYES.[2]

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP short name Programming[3]
32.1 1080i 16:9 WLAEHD Main WLAE-TV programming
32.2 480i 4:3 MHzWLAE MHz WorldView
32.3 CTVWLAE CatholicTV

Analog-to-digital conversion

WLAE-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 32, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal continued to broadcasts on its pre-transition UHF channel 31.[4] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 32.

Programming

As a non-commercial independent station, much of WLAE's programming currently consists of locally produced programs as well as programs distributed by American Public Television and other distributors of syndicated public television programs. The station's original productions include the hour-long health discussion program Hello Health (which debuted in 2008 under a partnership with the Ochsner Medical Center); the legal discussion program John Redman: Power of Attorney; the Hispanic-targeted monthly magazine series Conexiones; interior design how-to program Chet Chat; and interview and discussion program Ringside Politics.[2] It also airs many programs from part-owner LPB, including its flagship news program, Louisiana: The State We're In.

References

  1. ^ a b c "New Orleans PDP station WLAE ends PBS membership". Current. August 2, 2013. Retrieved January 16, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Walker, Dave (July 29, 2013). "'NewsHour,' 'Charlie Rose' viewers will scramble as WLAE drops PBS affiliation". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved January 16, 2014.
  3. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WLAE
  4. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.

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