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WLAE-TV
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New Orleans, Louisiana
Branding LAE
Channels Digital: 31 (UHF)
Virtual: 32 (PSIP)
Affiliations PBS
LPB2 (DT2)
MHz Worldview (DT2)
V-me (DT3)
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
Height 274 m
Facility ID 18819
Transmitter Coordinates 29°58′58.1″N 89°57′9″W / 29.982806°N 89.9525°W / 29.982806; -89.9525
Website www.pbs.org/wlae

WLAE-TV is a PBS member station in New Orleans, Louisiana, broadcasting locally on virtual channel 32.[1] 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).

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History

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 to obtain the other noncommercial license for New Orleans. On December 14, 1981, under the banner of the Educational Broadcasting Foundation, the community obtained an educational broadcast license. Finally, in July of 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 Louisiana Public Broadcasting (mostly news and public affairs). LPB joined in the effort to get WLAE on the air to give the state's biggest market a chance to see its locally-based programming. 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 three PBS members owned at least in part by a Catholic-related organization (WXEL-TV in West Palm Beach, Florida and KMBH in the Rio Grande Valley are the others), and one of at least four run by a religious organization in general (counting Provo, Utah's KBYU-TV).[2]

Hurricane Katrina

Following Hurricane Katrina, WLAE sustained damage to their transmitter and they remained off the air to terrestrial viewers until early 2007.

During the time their transmitter was off the air, WLAE provided a direct feed to local cable systems and to DirecTV

Their analog signal was restored in January 2007 and their digital signal debuted on the air (for the first time) in March 2007.

Digital Television

The station's digital channel on UHF 31, is multiplexed:

Digital channels

Digital channel Programming
32.1 WLAE Main Programming HD 1080i
32.2 LPB2 (daytime)/MHz Worldview (evenings) SD 480i
32.3 V-Me SD 480i

WLAE has ceased analog operation and has completed its digital transition.

Notes

  1. ^ Charter cable Channel 11 in Hammond for subscribers in the Northshore Region.
  2. ^ See also Catholic Life and Eternal Word Television Network.

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