WLAE Celebrates 30 Years on the Air!

The year was 1984 and New Orleans was going global as the World’s Fair dominated the landscape on the riverfront. Our United States Football League (USFL) team, the Breakers, gave hope of a winning professional football team in the city. And the local funk band the Radiators released the album Live at the Dream Palace. While these were all important happenings that year, another event caught the eye of locals. On July 8, 1984 the public television station WLAE, founded by Archbishop Philip Hannan and owned and operated by The Archdiocese of New Orleans, was launched. Promising content that was “Wholesome, Local, Alternative and Educational”, the first program on the schedule was the Daily Mass. Fast forward thirty years later…the World’s Fair was a financial disaster, the Breakers and USFL folded, the Radiators eventually broke up, but WLAE has survived and thrived.

In 2014, WLAE is an award winning multi-platform media outlet producing and airing the highest quality public television programming. Over the last thirty years there have been many highlights including the coverage of the Visit of Pope John Paul II, producing the long running local medical series Health Call, the creation of the post Katrina series Road to Recovery, the national PBS documentary film Fats Domino: Walkin’ Back to New Orleans and the Emmy Award winning series Go Coast: Louisiana. Through it all, WLAE has remained true to our founding mission and continues to serve the viewers of Southeast Louisiana with television that educates, informs and inspires.

There are many people who had a hand in getting WLAE to our “30 Year Anniversary” celebration. The names are too many to mention, but a heartfelt thank you to all involved for your hard work, creativity, passion and dedication. Congratulations to everyone in the WLAE family for helping us reach this milestone. What’s in store for the next thirty years? Only time will tell, but I hope that you all will keep watching. Happy Viewing!

GiveNOLA Day

The Willwoods Community and WLAE-TV are participating in GiveNOLA Day – the community’s first online giving event hosted by the Greater New Orleans Foundation – on Tuesday, May 6th.

Please support us by going online at and your donation dollars will receive a little lagniappe!

Support WLAE During This Holiday Season

Dear Friend:

When you or a family member looks for quality television programming that educates the mind and inspires the soul, where do you turn?

If you are like many in our community, you watch WLAE-TV – New Orleans Public Television.


Because you know that WLAE brings wholesome television programs that inform and entertain right to your home. And you also know that you’ll get to experience the best that local public television has to offer produced by a talented and caring team of broadcast professionals.

Your contributions have helped make WLAE the award-winning television station that it is. We are so grateful to you for supporting our efforts. Thanks to you, WLAE has touched the lives of thousands with our productions of The Daily Mass from St. Louis Cathedral, Go Coast: Louisiana, Hello Health, The Story of Covington and Glory Days: The Catholic League of New Orleans, just to name a few.

WLAE is your local community public television station. We exist to serve you with programming that educates and enlightens.

In this uncertain economic time, the Station counts on your support – now more than ever. Your gift is extremely important to WLAE because it provides resources that make an immediate impact – that will help sustain us through these interesting – and tough – times.

Your gift of $50, $100, $500 or $1,000 can make all the difference to everyone here who works to serve you with the programs and community outreach that we provide. Please consider making as generous a gift as you can.

As technology advances, WLAE is committed to staying on the cutting edge – for you and for every person in our region who values this important resource. Please help to make this possible with
your contribution.

Your donation will make a world of difference. I promise you.

Thank you so much for your help. May you have a blessed Christmas season and a prosperous and Happy New Year!

Rev. Thomas E. Chambers, C.S.C., Ph.D.

Ron Yager
V.P. & General Manger

The Story of Covington ~ A 200 Year Journey ~ Red Carpet Gala

WLAE and Covington Mayor, Mike Cooper, hosted Celebrate the Journey a red carpet gala event.  The soiree was created to premier the latest documentary from WLAE and LAE Productions entitled “The Story of Covington ~A 200 Year Journey.  The gala was attended by the many of the films underwriters and local dignitaries.

Here are some of the guests as they entered the Fuhrmann Performing Arts Center in the heart of downtown Covington.

2012 Year End Letter

Dear Friends:

Thank you! Your support of WLAE over the past year has allowed us to serve the New Orleans community and the people of Southeast Louisiana with quality programs and services that positively impact lives. Your investment in our mission has helped to educate at risk children get ready to learn, aided an underserved population with access to vital healthcare information and provided inspiration to the elderly and shut-ins with the broadcast of the daily Mass. Your generosity has also allowed WLAE to produce award winning documentaries and specials such as Glory Days: The Catholic League of New Orleans Part II and Go Coast: Louisiana, which will be seen nationally on public television stations next year.

In 2013, we want to continue our good work, but looming federal budget cuts present many new challenges. How can you help? Please consider a financial gift that can advance our valuable services and help secure our financial future. Give to keep WLAE strong. Our rewarding and important work benefits us all.

As the year winds down we hope that you will keep WLAE in prayer as you finalize your end of year charitable giving. For your convenience we have enclosed an envelope for your use.

All of us at WLAE wish you a happy, healthy and blessed Christmas season with a New Year filled with peace, hope and love.

With warm regards,

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Rev. Thomas E. Chambers
President, WLAE-TV

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Ron Yager
V.P & General Manager, WLAE-TV

P.S. Please help us to honor the memory of our founder, Archbishop Philip M. Hannan, as we continue the mission to educate, inform and inspire through television and digital media. Please give as generously as you can.