- Mississippi Public Broadcasting
Mississippi Public Broadcasting statewide Mississippi Branding MPB Slogan Educating, Entertaining, Enlightening Channels Analog: see table below
Digital: see table below
Affiliations PBS (television)
Owner Mississippi Authority for Educational Television First air date February 1, 1970 (television)
Call letters' meaning see table below Former affiliations NET (1970) Transmitter power see table below Height see table below Facility ID see table below Transmitter coordinates see table below Website www.mpbonline.org
Mississippi Public Broadcasting is the public broadcasting state network in Mississippi, United States. It is owned by the Mississippi Authority for Educational Television, an agency of the Mississippi state government that holds the licenses for all of the PBS and NPR member stations in the state.
In January 1970, WMAA-TV, channel 29 (now WMPN-TV) signed on from Jackson as the first PBS station in the state. Mississippi was a relative latecomer to public broadcasting; channel 29's sign-on made Mississippi the last state east of the Mississippi River with a PBS station within its borders. Previously, the only areas of the state to get a clear signal from a National Educational Television (NET) or PBS station had been the northwest (from Memphis' WKNO) and the Gulf Coast (from New Orleans' WYES-TV and Mobile's Alabama Educational Television outlet, WEIQ). The initial broadcast was written by Jeanne Lucket and produced and directed by Mims Wright, then Director of Public Affairs at Jackson NBC affiliate WLBT.
Only four months after going on the air, MAET received unwanted national attention when it refused to carry Sesame Street because of its racially integrated cast. That decision was reversed 22 days later after a nationwide outcry. Six other stations began operation over the next few years, and the state network became known as Mississippi Educational Television, or simply ETV.
Public radio came even later, arriving in the state in 1983. Eventually, Public Radio in Mississippi or PRM expanded to eight stations throughout the state.
In 2005, MAET adopted "Mississippi Public Broadcasting" as an umbrella on-air name for all television and radio operations.
Since its inception, MPB has produced many Educational television or instructional television programs from its Jackson studios. A partial list includes Tomes & Talismans, The Write Channel, Clyde Frog Show, About Safety, Ticktock Minutes, Zebra Wings, Posie Paints, Project Survival, and Between the Lions.
As of 2009, the MPB television stations are: 
Station City of license Channels
TV / RF
First air date Call letters'
ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter Coordinates WMPN-TV1 Jackson 29 (PSIP)
February 1, 1970 Mississippi
400 kW 482 m 43168 WMAH-TV Biloxi 19 (PSIP)
January 14, 1972 150 kW 477 m 43197 WMAE-TV Booneville 12 (PSIP)
August 11, 1974 31 kW 223 m 43170 WMAU-TV Bude 17 (PSIP)
January 14, 1972 682 kW 340 m 43184 WMAO-TV Greenwood 23 (PSIP)
September 15, 1972 815 kW 317.3 m 43176 WMAW-TV Meridian 14 (PSIP)
January 14, 1972 880 kW 369 m 43169 WMAB-TV Mississippi State 2 (PSIP)
July 4, 1971 4.3 kW 349 m 43192 WMAV-TV Oxford-University 18 (PSIP)
May 19, 1972 272.5 kW 426.3 m 43193
- 1. WMPN-TV used the callsign WMAA-TV from its 1970 sign-on until 1990.
Mississippi Public Broadcasting has also operated a microwave-relay station KMZ-77 for many years. This special microwave relay station has been used as a studio-to-transmitter link (STL) for WMPN-TV in Jackson. During the weekly signoff message (formerly nightly signoff message), KMZ 77 would be mentioned following the technical specifications of WMPN-TV; as of 1992, it operates with a frequency of 7012.5 MHz to serve the studio in Jackson. KMZ-77 was also mentioned in the same manner during the time prior to 1990 when WMPN-TV carried the call sign of WMAA-TV. Each station in the state network and KMZ-77 would be identified in the state network's signoff message as being owned and operated by the Mississippi Authority for Educational Television, with studios at 3825 Ridgewood Road, Jackson.
Although the FCC apparently granted MPB a permit to build WMAA channel 43, a digital-only station near Columbus, MPB has stated there are currently no plans or funding to build the station.
MPB Television covers nearly all of the state, as well as parts of Alabama and Tennessee. Additionally, WMAV is carried on DirecTV and Dish Network's Memphis feeds, bringing its programming to an additional 1.4 million people in Tennessee and Arkansas. Oxford is part of the Memphis market.
Notable local programming
- Mississippi Roads (1983-present)
- Mississippi Outdoors (1970s-present)
- Quorum (1976-present)
- Job Bank (1970s-early 1990s)
MPB Radio consists of nine stations covering most of the state. It airs mostly news and talk programming from NPR, along with several locally produced shows.
Recently, MPB has added a 24-hour classical music service on its second HD channel. It brands this programming as "Music Radio," while the original MPB Radio service is known as "Think Radio."
MPB Radio streams both of its services live in Windows Media and Mac formats.
Callsign MHz City of license Power
Class Additional Information WMAB 89.9 Mississippi State, Mississippi 63,000 C1 FCC WMAE 89.5 Booneville, Mississippi 85,000 C1 FCC WMAH 90.3 Biloxi, Mississippi 100,000 C FCC WMAO 90.9 Greenwood, Mississippi 100,000 C1 FCC WMAU 88.9 Bude, Mississippi 100,000 C1 FCC WMAV 90.3 Oxford, Mississippi 100,000 C1 FCC WMAW 88.1 Meridian, Mississippi 100,000 C1 FCC WMPN 91.3 Jackson, Mississippi 45,000 C FCC
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- Mississippi Public Broadcasting
- MPB sign-on circa 1992 (in Black & White)
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Broadcast television in Central Mississippi, including Jackson Stations
WLBT 3 (NBC, 3.2 WX, 3.3 This) • WBXK-CA 8 (silent) • WBMS-CA 10 (Ind.) • WJTV 12 (CBS, 12.2 WX, 12.3 RTV) • WAPT 16 (ABC, 16.2 WX) • W23BC 23 (A1) • WXMS-LP 27 (Ind.) • WMPN 29/WMAU 17 (PBS/MPB, 29.2/17.2 PBS-DT2, 29.3/17.3 World / Create) • WRBJ 34 (CW) • WUFX 35 (MNTV) • WDBD 40 (FOX) • WNTZ 48 (FOX/MNTV) • WJXF-LP 49 (silent) • WWJX 51 (My Family TV) • WJMF-LP 53 (UNI) • WJKO-LP 64 (TBN)
See also: Meridian TV • Hattiesburg TV • Alexandria TV • Greenwood TV • Tupelo TV • Baton Rouge TV • New Orleans TV Television stations in North Mississippi, including Columbus, Tupelo and West Point Local stations Adjacent locals Reception may vary by location and some stations may only be viewable with cable television
Jackson, MS: WLBT (3.1 NBC, 3.2 local weather, 3.3 This TV) • WJTV (12.1 CBS, 12.2 local weather, 12.3 RTV) •
WAPT (16.1 ABC, 16.2 weather radar)
Memphis, TN: WREG (3.1 CBS, 3.2 news and weather, 3.3 Antenna TV) • WMC (5.1 NBC, 5.2 local weather, 5.3 This TV) • WHBQ (13.1 Fox)
Other areas: WDBB (18.1 The CW, 18.2 The Country Network Tuscaloosa, AL) • WCFT (33.1 ABC, 33.2 local weather; Tuscaloosa, AL) • WFIQ (36.1 PBS/APT, 36.2 APT IQ, 36.3 Create Florence, AL)
See also: Jackson TN TV • Greenwood TV Television stations along the Mississippi Gulf Coast Local stations Adjacent locals Reception may vary by location and some stations may only be viewable with cable television
New Orleans: WWL (4.1 CBS) • WDSU (6.1 NBC, 6.2 eXact Weather) • WVUE (8.1 Fox, 8.2 Fox 8 News Channel) • WYES (12.1 PBS, 12.2 PBS HD, 12.3 Create TV) • WGNO (26.1 ABC) • WNOL (38.1 CW, 38.2 This TV) • KGLA (42.1 Telemundo)
Mobile: WKRG (5.1 CBS, 5.2 NOAA Weather, 5.3 Retro TV) • WALA (10.1 Fox) • WPMI (15.1 NBC)
WBGP (cable 7 or 80) (CW)
See also: Hattiesburg TV . New Orleans TV Broadcast television in the New Orleans region Full power
WWL (4.1 CBS, 4.2 Live Well) • WDSU (6.1 NBC, 6.2 eXact Weather) • WVUE (8.1 Fox, 8.2 RTV) • WYES (12.1 PBS, 12.2 WYES SD, 12.3 Create) • WHNO (20.1 LeSEA, 20.2 World Harvest Television) • WGNO (26.1 ABC, 26.2 Antenna TV) • WLAE (32.1 PBS, 32.2 LPB2/MHz Worldview, 32.3 V-me (Spanish)) • WNOL (38.1 CW, 38.2 This TV) • KGLA-DT (42.1 TMD (Spanish)) • WPXL (49.1 ION, 49.2 qubo, 49.3 ION Life) • WUPL (54.1 MNT)
Low power Local cable channels See also: Baton Rouge TV • Biloxi TV • Jackson TV Television stations in the Mississippi Pine Belt, including Hattiesburg and Laurel Local stations Meridian TV stations
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See also: Jackson TV • Pensacola/Mobile TV • Montgomery TV Television stations in the Mississippi Delta region, including Greenwood, Greenville and Cleveland, MS Stations See also: Little Rock TV • Jackson TV • Memphis TV • Tupelo TV Television stations in East Mississippi and Western Alabama, including Meridian, Mississippi Stations See also: Jackson TV • Hattiesburg TV • Tupelo TV • Montgomery TV • Birmingham TV Broadcast television in the Memphis, Tennessee region Local stations
WREG (3.1 CBS, 3.2 news/weather) • WMC (5.1 NBC, 5.2 This TV, 5.3 weather) • WPGF-LP 6 (IND) • WHBQ (13.1 Fox) • WBII-CA 20 (Pursuit Channel) • WTWV (23.1 IND) • WPTY (24.1 ABC) • WLMT (30.1 The CW, 30.2 MNTV/RTV) • WBUY (40.1 TBN, 40.2 Church, 40.3 JCTV, 40.4 Enlace, 40.5 Smile) • WPXX (50.1 ION, 50.2 Qubo, 50.3 ION Life)
Public television Adjacent locals Tennessee Broadcast television: Chattanooga • Huntsville, AL • Jackson • Knoxville • Memphis • Nashville • Paducah, KY • Tri-Cities
See also: Jonesboro TV • Little Rock TV • Greenwood TV • Tupelo TV
Television stations in North Louisiana and South Arkansas, including Monroe, Louisiana and El Dorado, Arkansas Local stations Distant stations Cable channel Defunct See also: Shreveport-Texarkana TV • Little Rock TV Television stations in Northern Alabama, including Huntsville, Decatur and Florence Local Stations Adjacent locals Defunct stations Tennessee Broadcast television: Chattanooga • Huntsville, AL • Jackson • Knoxville • Memphis • Nashville • Paducah, KY • Tri-Cities
See also: Atlanta TV • Birmingham TV • Tupelo TV
PBS Member Stations in the state of Mississippi (MPB)
Jackson market: WMAU 17 (Bude) - WMPN 29 (Jackson)
Columbus/Tupelo/West Point market: WMAB 2 (Mississippi State) - WMAE 12 (Booneville)
Biloxi/Gulfport market: WMAH 19 (Biloxi)
Hattiesburg/Laurel market: W47BP 47 (Hattiesburg)
Greenwood/Greenville market: WMAO 23 (Greenwood)
Meridian market: WMAW 14 (Meridian)
Memphis market: WMAV 18 (Oxford)
See also: ABC, CBS, CW, Fox, ION, MyNetworkTV, NBC, PBS and Other stations in Mississippi Radio stations in the Jackson, Mississippi market By FM frequency By AM frequency NOAA Weather Radio frequency162.400 By callsign Radio stations in the Biloxi-Gulfport-Pascagoula, MS market By FM frequency By AM frequency1130 · 1190 · 1240 · 1390 · 1490 · 1640 NOAA Weather Radio frequency162.400 · 162.550 By callsign Radio stations in the New Orleans, Louisiana market By FM frequency By AM frequency NOAA Weather Radio frequency162.475 · 162.550 By callsignKGLA · KHB43 · KKND · KKNO · KLRZ · KMEZ · KNOU · KVDU · KXMG · WBOK · WBSN-FM · WBYU · WCKW · WEZB · WFNO · WGSO · WIST · WKBU · WLMG · WLNO · WMTI · WNKV · WNOE-FM · WODT · WPRF · WQUE-FM · WRBH · WRJW · WRKN · WRNO-FM · WSHO · WSLA · WTIX-FM · WTUL · WUUU-FM · WVOG · WWL · WWL-FM · WWNO · WWOZ · WWWL · WXL41 · WYLD · WYLD-FM · WYLK Internet Radio Stations DefunctWASO · WLDCLouisiana Radio Markets:' Alexandria · Baton Rouge · Lafayette · Lake Charles · Monroe · New Orleans · Shreveport · Other Louisiana Radio Regions: Lake Pontchartrain Radio stations in the Tupelo, Mississippi market By FM frequency By AM frequency By callsign Radio stations in the Laurel-Hattiesburg, Mississippi market By FM frequency By AM frequency By callsign Radio stations in the Columbus-Starkville-West Point, Mississippi market By FM frequency By AM frequency1050 • 1230 • 1400 By callsign Radio stations in the Meridian, Mississippi market By FM frequency By AM frequency NOAA Weather Radio frequency162.550 By callsign NPR Member Stations in the state of Mississippi MPB StationsBiloxi WMAH · Booneville WMAE · Bude WMAU · Greenwood WMAO · Jackson WMPN · Meridian WMAW · Mississippi State WMAB · Oxford WMAV Other StationsSee also List of NPR stations See also: adult contemporary, classic hits, college, country, news/talk, NPR, oldies, religious, rock, sports, top 40, urban, and other radio stations in Mississippi
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