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45 Years of LPB

Turning Point: Louisiana Education Turns to Television


On September 6, 1975 at 11:58 a.m., Louisiana Public Broadcasting signed onto the air for the first time on WLPB in Baton Rouge.  From 1976 to 1983, LPB became a statewide network by expanding into Monroe, Shreveport, Lafayette, Lake Charles, and Alexandria.  Through the years, LPB has produced a wide variety of programming aimed at documenting the unique people, places and culture of Louisiana.  Take a look back at past LPB milestones and watch episodes from some of LPB’s longest running series!




Gov. Edwin Edwards flips the switch on WLPB in 1975


WLPB Dedication (1975)

Watch Governor Edwin Edwards ceremonially flip the switch on WLPB and a preview of the PBS programming now available to the children and adults of Louisiana.



Lafayette: Boom Town



Lafayette: Boom Town (1981)

View a documentary exploring the history and culture of Lafayette, which was produced in honor of Louisiana Public Broadcasting going on the air in the city.


Lake Charles: Growing Metropolis



Lake Charles: Growing Metropolis (1981)

See a documentary exploring the history and culture of Lake Charles, which was produced in honor of Louisiana Public Broadcasting going on the air in the city.  


10 Years: Louisiana's Brightest Vision


LPB’s 10th Anniversary (1985)

Take a look back at the first ten years of LPB programming in this segment from Louisiana: The State We’re In.  




LPB Series 

First episode of Louisiana: The State We're In


Louisiana: The State We’re In (1976-present)

Watch episodes from Louisiana’s longest running statewide newsmagazine covering Louisiana state government from Edwin Edwards to John Bel Edwards and the state’s unique culture.


En Francais



En Français (1980-1993)

View 223 episodes of the only original LPB series broadcast entirely in French in partnership with CODOFIL for the benefit of Francophone Louisiana.  





Folks (1981-1990)

See 210 episodes from a series dedicated to highlighting issues of importance to African Americans and other minority groups in Louisiana.




Louisiana Legends with Gus Weill


Louisiana Legends (1982-present)

Watch Gus Weill and Beth Courtney interview 170 Louisianans who have distinguished themselves in a variety of fields, including politics, sports, the arts, and business.  



A Taste of Louisiana with Chef John Folse and Company


A Taste of Louisiana with Chef John Folse & Co. (1990-2015)

View 200 episodes of Chef John Folse cooking Cajun and Creole recipes and exploring the cultural influences that have shaped Louisiana cuisine.  



U.S. Senator Russell Long at the first Louisiana Legends Gala in 1990


Louisiana Legends Gala (1990-present)

See profiles and watch the speeches given by the honorees chosen as Louisiana Legends at this annual event hosted by the Friends of LPB.




Louisiana Young Heroes


Louisiana Young Heroes (1996-present)

Watch profiles of the honorees at this annual event spotlighting young people who have overcome adversity, excelled in academics, and served their communities.




Louisiana Public Square


Louisiana Public Square (2004-present)

View episodes from this public affairs series featuring discussions between Louisiana citizens, leading experts, and key decision makers on issues affecting the state.