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Mountain Lake PBS is owned and operated by the Mountain Lake Public Telecommunications Council, a not-for-profit organization. It is the licensee of WCFETV/Channel 57, and a member of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). A volunteer board of trustees representing the geographic area of Mountain Lake’s broadcast signal governs the Mountain Lake Public Telecommunications Council. A volunteer Community Advisory Board provides further guidance and expertise.


To celebrate and strengthen the civic and cultural life of the Mountain Lake region by providing distinctive telecommunications programs and services that inform,educate, involve and entertain.


Mountain Lake Public Broadcasting Council will be recognized as...

The premier non-commercial telecommunications voice for the Adirondack Region, Champlain Valley and Southern Quebec.

The preeminent source of local programming for the Mountain Lake region.

A recognized leader in meeting the educational and cultural needs of the regional community.

Committed to regional development, in partnership with business, academic and not-for-profit organizations.

A leader in the innovative use of technology to serve our diverse users.

A responsive organization that inspires strong community support.


Public Service: We believe in providing a high quality television service, which inspires and informs our viewers and enhances their quality of life.

Responsiveness: As a membership organization, we seek to return value to every supporter and every potential supporter.

Excellence: We identify standards of excellence and quality in all aspects of our operation and hold ourselves accountable to achieve them.

Open Borders: We embrace the opportunity to serve a diverse U.S. and Canadian audience.

Enterprise: We encourage innovation, and commit to sound business practices and principles that will meet the challenges of a changing telecommunications environment.

Mutual Support: We recognize the interdependence of our relationships. We respect our employees as professional individuals and empower them to succeed. We emphasize community partnerships as a means of achieving our mission.


Just about sixty percent of our funding comes from voluntary contributions by individual members, businesses and organizations. The rest comes from New York State and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


8,500 member families
New York -2,500
Vermont -1,500
Canada -4,500

Audience Reach:

Mountain Lake PBS is received in over 1.6 million homes off-air or via over 10 different cable and Direct Broadcast Satellite providers throughout northeastern New York, western Vermont, eastern Ontario and southern Quebec (including Montreal and Quebec City).

Off-Air Reception:

Mountain Lake PBS broadcasts on analog Channel 57 and translator Channels 25 (Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake and New York shore of Lake Champlain), 60 (Port Henry/Moriah/Westport), 67 (Westport/Willsboro/Ticonderoga).Mountain Lake also broadcasts on digital channels 57.1 (High Definition) and 57.2 (simulcast).

Cable Channels:

Charter Cable 7 (Plattsburgh area)
Digital Cable 38
Adelphia Cable 14 (Tri-Lakes)
Time-Warner 12 (Ticonderoga, Crown Point, Port Henry)
Time-Warner 10 (Champlain/Chazy area)
Time-Warner 8 (Malone/Massena/Potsdam area)
Small Cities Cable 7 (Shelburne/Vergennes area)
Adelphia Cable 14 (Burlington area) TCI Cable 8 (St. Albans area)
Videotron 24/46 (Montreal) 20 (Quebec City)
Transvision 14 (Granby)
Rogers Cogeco 19 (Hawkesbury ON)

Mountain Lake Public Television Programming

Mountain Lake PBS broadcasts 24 hours a day over analog channel 57 and digital channels 57.1 and 57.2 (including 24 hours of High Definition PBS programming.) Daily programming features high quality and non-commercial programming such as NOVA,Masterpiece Theatre, The News hour with Jim Lehrer, Nature, Frontline and children's programming like Sesame Street, Arthur and Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Mountain Lake also broadcasts programs acquired from a variety of sources in the United States,Canada, Great Britain and Ireland.

Local Productions
Mountain Lake Public Television produces quality programming for local and world-wide audiences. The station’s production team works tirelessly to create programming with a distinctive Champlain Valley and Adirondack focus.

The popular Roadside Adventures series continues our long tradition of introducing audiences to the interesting people and destinations throughout the Adirondacks and Champlain Valley, Quebec, Vermont, Montreal and beyond.

Derived from this series is the program Adirondack Cuisine, featuring great no-nonsense recipes, where they came from and how to prepare them.

From world famous musicians to homegrown talent, Art Express provides viewers with an intimate insight into the North Country artists behind the art.

Adirondack Outdoors is a showcase for the many science, educational and recreational activities available amidst the Mountain Lake region’s spectacular natural beauty.

Mountain Lake Journal tackles the North Country’s news and public affairs with weekly segments on issues throughout the Adirondacks, Eastern Vermont, Montreal and Quebec.

Mountain Lake PBS is also known for its many documentaries and specials focusing on the Champlain Valley region including “Adirondack Memories”, “Forever Wild”, and “Then Again: Reliving History at Fort Ticonderoga”. Social issue documentaries created by our Youth Media Lab include “Unless A Death Occurs: Hazing Examined” which gained wide PBS distribution and “Dissed-Respect: The Impact of Bullying”produced in collaboration with the Center for Diversity, Pluralism and Inclusion at the State University of New York-Plattsburgh.

Recent documentary productions include the nationally distributed “Call of the Loon”, and two productions in current release: “A Castle in Every Heart: The Arto Monaco Story” and “Inside Adirondacks: Creating the Wild Center”.

Educational Services:

Mountain Lake PBS Broadcasting provides, at no cost to the end user, a host of services for learners of every age.

Children's Educational Services:

MLPBS broadcasts at least eight hours each weekday of quality, non-violent educational and commercial-free programming for children from preschool through school age.

Mountain Lake is also an official Ready To Learn station, endorsed by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Under this relationship, Mountain Lake PBS conducts workshops and distributes pertinent literacy materials to families across northern New York State.

Mountain Lake is a partner in Ed Video Online, a web-based education service made available free of charge to teachers and students across New York by all nine of New York’s PBS stations. Ed Video Online offers video clips, including PBS content, keyed to K-12 core curriculum standards and teacher resource materials including lesson plans.

Starting in 2007, MLPBS will be broadcasting Think Bright, a life long learning service launched by New York’s public broadcasting stations. Think Bright combines a new digital broadcast channel offering a thematically diverse array of programming with a comprehensive, multi-layered website.

Over-arching Educational Services:

Mountain Lake PBS provides training to adults as well as children. Literacy services, classroom use of technology, Internet use, GED on television,Streaming Video downloads, and hands-on video production.

In association with literacy partnerships across northern New York State,Mountain Lake PBS distributes New Parents book-packets, and supports the Journey Into Reading initiative that brings 'how to read to your child' activities weekly, to the local mall.

Mountain Lake PBS sustains its outreach programming via its strong linkages with educational support systems such as the Board of Cooperative Services, the North Country Teacher Resource Center, county coordinated Literacy Volunteers programming, and the Child Care Coordinating Council of the North Country.

Mountain Lake supports and operates a youth Media Lab that provides students from many schools opportunities to explore careers in the communications field,and to create broadcast quality productions that have received national recognition.

Special Events:

Mountain Lake PBS goes beyond television with yearly special events open to the public.

The Mountain Lake Arts Auction is an annual live broadcast, featuring the works of hundreds of regional artists -many with international reputations. Launched in 1984 and now an established tradition, the Arts Auction celebrates quality art and crafts from the Mountain Lake region in an exciting televised auction.

Always striving to educate while having fun, Mountain Lake PBS produces an Annual Health and Safety Fair attracting over 4,000 parents and children each year. The Fair brings community organizations together, from health care providers to rescue personnel, so that families can learn the meaning of good health and smart safety. Children and families meet their favorite PBS characters and are entertained by regional performers and musicians.
Mountain Lake PBS holds other events throughout the year, bringing culture and entertainment to the Mountain Lake region.

President and CEO: Alice Recore
Staff Size: 30 full-time/3 part-time

Mountain Lake PBS
One Sesame Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone: (518) 563-9770
Fax: (518) 561-1928
E-mail: mlpbs@mountainlake.pbs.org
Website: www.mountainlake.org

Canadian Friends of WCFE-TV 57: Mountain Lake PBS is a registered charitable organization in Canada. Mountain Lake is represented in Canada by Canadian Friends of WCFE-TV 57, P.O. Box 876, Lacolle, Quebec JOJ 1J0.

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