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916 Navarre Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70124
Phone: (504) 486-5511

Email: info@wyes.org
Website: wyes.org

WYES is open for business Monday through Friday 9am-5pm. Please note, if you have a question and/or comment after hours, a WYES representative will do their best to contact you the next day. Thank you for your patience!

For questions about programming airing on WYES:
(504) 838-0389

Learn ways to become a WYES member.
(504) 831-1503

For questions or comments about WYES events:
(504) 840-4886

For information on how you can help out at our events, auctions and more:
(504) 486-5511 x 200

Media Inquiries
Aislinn (pronounced ace-lynn) Hinyup, WYES Promotion Manager
(504) 838-0364

Closed Captioning
For questions or concerns about closed captioning:
(504) 483-8498

For Closed Caption written complaints:
Fred Barrett
Chief Engineer
PO Box 24026
New Orleans, LA 70184
Phone: (504) 483-8498
Fax: (504) 840-9954


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WYES is a partnership between citizens, foundations, businesses and local, state and federal governments, working together toward the education and development of our community.

It is the oldest public television station serving Louisiana and Mississippi, the 12th oldest in the nation, and the most utilized non-profit organization in our two states with as many as a half-million people using our broadcasts, educational outreach activities and web site each week.

The mission of the Greater New Orleans Educational Television Foundation is to inform, teach, illuminate and inspire the many different audiences that make up our community, state and nation through a variety of telecommunications and outreach activities being ever responsive to the public’s varied needs in education, public and cultural affairs and entertainment.

WYES’ local award-winning productions showcase what is unique and interesting about our people, city and region.

A History Lesson

In 1953, a group of local civic and business leaders, convinced that there was a place on the television dial for quality programming not based on mass audiences or commercial appeal, founded The Greater New Orleans Educational Television Foundation.

The non-profit organization was subsequently granted a license by the Federal Communications Commission to operate an "educational" television station broadcasting on Channel 8.

WYES-TV signed on the air on April 1, 1957 as the twelfth educational television station in the nation. In 1970, the station swapped frequency allocations with another local station, thus becoming Channel 12.

The high caliber national program service we provide, coupled with WYES' 50 year history of being the community resource for programs which reflect our distinct local culture, has earned Channel 12 the largest television audience in its history, with as many as one million viewers tuning in each week.

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