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Cox Communications (Cable TV) - New Orleans Metro - the business website for Cox Communications offers cable TV, digital TV services, internet and phone services in the New Orleans area. Cox has been offering cable television services to the New Orleans area since the late 1970s when Cox first brought HBO into our homes. Cox Cable TV Listings

WWL "WWL-TV Channel 4, Eyewitness News" - New Orleans - A CBS affiliate station - New Orleans and Louisiana news, sports and weather. Like it's sister radio station, WWL 870 AM, WWL-TV has long been recognized as a local favorite. WWL TV has long been focused on local stories covering everthing from news and politics to sports and culture. New Orleans music, cuisine and even Louisiana fishing have all been regularly featured in WWL TV news stories. It's on air personalities including news anchor Angela Hill and reporter Frank Davis have been house hold names in New Orleans for decades. Other local celebrities with shows on WWL were John Pela and Morgus the Magnificent.

WWL has deep roots in the New Orleans community. Located in it's original television studios on Rampart Street in the New Orleans French Quarter,
WWL-TV was founded by Loyola University of New Orleans and first went on the air on September 30, 1957. WWL-TV was the fourth television station on the air in New Orleans after WDSU, WVUE and WYES. With the introduction of WWL-TV, New Orleans now had four television stations, all VHF frequencies, and the foundation of New Orleans television were in place.

Loyola University also owned WWL AM, a popular New Orleans radio station, which was a CBS affiliate since 1935. WWL-TV became a CBS affiliate station as well. Notably, WWL-TV has been the strongest CBS affiliate in the country for more than 20 years. WWL-TV was owned by Loyola University until 1989 when it was sold to an employees group led by general manager Mike Early and news director and editorialist Phil Johnson. It was the first (and so far only) time an employees group bought a local television station. In 1994, WWL-TV was bought by the Belo Corporation of Dallas, Texas. If Texans are going to own one of our favorite New Orleans television stations, at least we can respect their history. The Belo company has been in the news business in Texas since 1842, beginning as the The Daily News in Galveston. (that's before Davey Crockett saw the Alamo, y'all). Under Belo's ownership, WWL's coverage of Hurricane Katrina earned the station its sixth Peabody Award in early April 2006.

WDSU "6 on Your Side" - New Orleans - An NBC, MSNBC and CNN affiliate station. The WDSU website contains New Orleans news, sports, weather and traffic information. Also included are news stories on New Orleans and Louisiana politics, business and the the local economy. Upload your photos and videos to the WDSU website. Watch WDSU television news videos. With it's offices in New Orleans and it's transmitter located in Chalmette, just east of New Orleans, WDSU has long been a local favorite of television viewers along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

WDSU TV was the first television station in Louisiana and went on the air on December 18, 1948. WDSU was founded by New Orleans businessman Edgar Stern, Jr. His company became the Royal Street Corporation in 1950 and was locally owned until 1972 when it was acquired by Cosmos Broadcsting of Columbia, South Carolina. Today, WDSU is a member of the Hearst Television Group.

In 1955, WDSU became the first station in New Orleans to provide color programs. WDSU is best know for local television personalities like former news director Alec Gifford who anchored and directed WDSU TV news for over 50 years and New Orleans sportscaster Buddy Diliberto who began his career at WVUE TV but came over to WDSU-TV in 1980, where he was the sports director and anchor for 10 years. Other well know New Orleans TV personalities from WDSU included Wayne Mack as the "Great McNutt”, political cartoonist John Chase, TV hosts Bob and Jan Carr and Terry Flettrich, Mr. Bingle and of course Nash Roberts. The most famous of all New Orleans weathermen, who led us through Hurricane Betsy in 1965, Nash was at WDSU-TV for 25 years before moving to WVUE-TV and finally WWL-TV.

WVUE "FOX 8"New Orleans - a FOX affiliate station - Channel 8's TV Listings, New Orleans news, sports, weather and traffic information. WVUE is affiliated with the Fox Broadcasting Company. New Orleans local features include lifestyles, entertainment and business. Local commentary and stories on New Orleans sports, news and culture. The website contains links to national and world news stories. WVUE is a Louisiana based station and a Fox Television affiliate owned and operated by Louisiana Media Company, LLC.

WVUE began broadcasting on September 1, 1953, as the second television station in New Orleans (behind WDSU). Before 1959, the station was known as WJMR-TV. When it began broadcasting on Channel 13 in 1959, the station changed call letters to WVUE. In 1962 it moved to channel 12 where it remains today. WVUE had been an ABC affiliate until 1996 when it joined the FOX affiliate stations. Owned by national media companies since 1965, WVUE is now owned by Louisiana Media Company, founded by New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson. Notice the fleur-de-lis emblem in the "Fox 8" logo.

WYES Channel 12 - New Orleans - A PBS affiliate station. "Public Television and Digital Media for New Orleans and the Gulf South". "WYES is a partnership between citizens, foundations, businesses and local, state and federal governments, working together toward the education and development of our community.” WYES is well known for it’s fun, fundraising television auctions.

WYES was one of the first television stations in New Orleans. In 1953, a group of local civic and business leaders founded the Greater New Orleans Educational Television Foundation. The non-profit organization began an "educational" television station broadcasting on Channel 8, as one of the four original VHS broadcast television stations in New Orleans. WYES-TV signed on the air on April 1, 1957 as the twelfth educational television station in the nation. With the introduction of WYES, New Orleans now had three television stations, all VHF frequencies. In 1970, the station swapped frequencies with WVUE, another local station on channel 12. During it's 50 year history, WYES has provided the New Orleans viewing area with such memorable shows as Sesame Street, Masterpiece Theater and Monty Python as well as countless programs highlighting local culture and issues.

WHNO "TV 20" - New Orleans - a Lesea Broadcasting affiliate station.
 A New Orleans television station that provides classic family and Christian inspirational programming. The website has information on community events, family resources and children's programming. Also included are national and local ministry information and ministry videos as well as sports, news and commentary.

WGNO "ABC 26" - New Orleans - An ABC affiliate station.
What's on TV, local headline news, local weather and sports. View videos and photo galleries of Mardi Gras and events in the New Orleans area. Upload your own Videos and photos. Classifieds, station activities, obituary search and other local features on the website. Before cable TV, when all New Orleans television stations were broadcast, WGNO was one of the first UHF television stations in New Orleans. The first television stations in New Orleans, 4, 6, 8 and 12 were all VHF broadcasts. Early TV viewers used the famous "rabbit ears" antennas while UHF required a different antennae to receive the stations. (UHF antennas were typically a round wire loop)

WLAE Channel 32 - Metairie - New Orleans - A PBS affiliate station. "Public Broadcasting for New Orleans, Louisiana" WLAE TV is broadcast by the Educational Broadcasting Foundation, Inc. As a membership supported television station, WLAE has brought a second source for PBS programming to the New Orleans television market. PSB television programs on WLAE include the Nightly Business Report, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and Charlie Rose.

WNOL "NOLA 38" - Metairie - New Orleans - a CW Network affiliate station. NOLA 38's TV schedule, entertainment and sports news and local weather. Website contains classifieds, entertainment and lifestyles features, community events, fun videos and photo galleries. WNOL began in New Orleans as a UHF television station and is now a Tribune Broadcasting station.

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