MOUNTAIN LAKE PBS FACT SHEET
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
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
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
Enterprise: We encourage
innovation, and commit to sound business practices and principles that will
meet the challenges of a changing telecommunications
Mutual Support: We recognize
the interdependence of our relationships. We respect our employees as professional
and empower them
to succeed. We emphasize community partnerships as a means of achieving
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
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).
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
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
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.)
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.
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
The popular Roadside
Adventures series continues our long tradition of
introducing audiences to the interesting people and destinations throughout
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.
Outdoors is a showcase for the many science, educational and recreational
activities available amidst the Mountain Lake region’s spectacular natural
Mountain Lake Journal tackles the North Country’s
news and public affairs with weekly segments on issues throughout the Adirondacks,
Montreal and Quebec.
Mountain Lake PBS
is also known for its many documentaries and specials focusing on the Champlain
Valley region including “Adirondack
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”.
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
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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
PBS goes beyond television with yearly special events open to the
Mountain Lake Arts Auction is an annual live broadcast, featuring
the works of hundreds of regional artists -many with international
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.
striving to educate while having fun, Mountain Lake PBS produces
an Annual Health and Safety Fair attracting over
4,000 parents and children
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
entertained by regional performers and musicians.
Mountain Lake PBS holds other events throughout the year, bringing culture
and entertainment to the Mountain Lake region.
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
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