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Maryland Public Television (MPT) is the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member state network for the U.S. state of Maryland. It operates under the auspices of the Maryland Public Broadcasting Commission, an agency of the Maryland state government that holds the licenses for all PBS member stations licensed in the state. It benefits from the support of an affiliated 501(c)(3) organization, the MPT Foundation, Inc. (formerly known as the Maryland Public Broadcasting Foundation, Inc.). Studios are located in the unincorporated community of Owings Mills in northwestern Baltimore County.

MPT operates six full-power transmitters that cover nearly all of the state, plus Washington, D.C. and parts of Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. Its local and regional television credits include several state-focused programs on civic and public affairs, as well as a variety of original performance, documentary, and entertainment offerings for the citizens of Maryland. Beyond broadcasting, MPT creates instructional videos, develops training, and builds Internet sites that serve tens of thousands of students, teachers, and child-care providers annually. The centerpiece of MPT's service to Maryland educators, students, and families is Thinkport, a Web site that offers online teaching resources, professional development opportunities and digital technology tools to assist educators.

Maryland Public Television has earned awards ranging from television Emmys for its quality productions to government citations for its volunteerism and educational accomplishments. MPT has been led by Larry Unger, president and chief executive officer, since 2011.

HistoryEdit

WMPB (licensed to Baltimore) first signed on in 1969 as the first station of the Maryland Center for Public Broadcasting; it gained satellite stations in Salisbury, Hagerstown, and Annapolis between 1971 and 1975, resulting in a formation of a statewide public television network. The network adopted its current name in 1984. Maryland Instructional Television (Maryland ITV), a division of the State Department of Education, was also housed at the network until 1991. On July 4, 1987, WFPT (licensed to Frederick) signed on as a third PBS member station for the Washington market, while WGPT in Oakland signed on as the MPT station for extreme western portions of Maryland (which is part of the Pittsburgh television market); prior to the latter station's launch, PBS programming was only available over the air via WNPB-TV.

About 1999, the network launched an afternoon Britcom programming block, Afternoon Tea, replacing children's programming. By 2009, MPT was airing kids' programming during the day on its MPT Select channel.

In September 2015, as part of budget cuts, MPT outsourced its master control operations to Public Media Management—a joint venture of Boston PBS member WGBH and Sony Corporation.

StationsEdit

Full Power StationsEdit

Call signs Location CH First Air Date
WMPB Baltimore, MD 67 October 5, 1969
WCPB Salisbury, MD 28 March 18, 1971
WWPB Hagerstown, MD 31 October 5, 1974
WMPT Annapolis, MD 22 September 22, 1975
WFPT Frederick, MD 62 July 4, 1987
WGPT Oakland, MD 36 July 4, 1987

Logo HistoryEdit

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GalleryEdit

TV stations in Maryland
Baltimore market: Salisbury market: Washington, D.C. market: Pittsburgh market:
WMPT, Annapolis WCPB, Salisbury WWPB, Hagerstown WGPT, Oakland
WMPB, Baltimore WFPT, Frederick
TV stations in Greater Baltimore
WMAR 2 (ABC)
WBAL 11 (NBC)
WJZ 13 (CBS)
WMPT 22 (PBS)
WUTB 24 (MNTV)
WMJF-CD 39 (Ind)
WWDD-LD 40 (Daystar)
WBFF 45 (Fox)
W45DN-D 46 (IBN)
WNUV 54 (CW)
WFPT 62 (PBS)
WMPB 67 (PBS)
WQAW-LP 69 (AZA)
TV stations in Metropolitan Washington, D.C.
WRC 4 (NBC)
WTTG 5 (Fox)
WJLA 7 (ABC)
WUSA 9 (CBS)
WDCO-CD 10 (JTV)
WFDC 14 (UNI)
WDCA 20 (MNTV)
WMPT 22 (PBS)
WDDN-LD 23 (Daystar)
WDVM 25 (Ind)
WETA 26 (PBS)
WRZB-LD 31 (Escape)
WWPB 31 (PBS)
WHUT 32 (PBS)
WZDC-CD 44 (TLM)
WMDO-CD 47 (UMas)
WWTD-LD 49 (MBCA)
WDCW 50 (CW)
WWPX 60 (Ion)
WFPT 62 (PBS)
WPXW 66 (Ion)
WJAL 68 (SBN)
TV stations in the Delmarva Peninsula, including Salisbury, Maryland and Dover, Delaware
WBOC 16 (CBS)
WCPB 28 (PBS)
WRDE-LD 31 (NBC)
WGDV-LD 32 (AZA)
WMDE 36 (Ind.)
WBOC-LD 42 (TLM)
WMDT 47 (ABC)
WDPB 64 (PBS)
TV stations in Southwestern Pennsylvania, Northeastern West Virginia and Far Western Maryland, including Pittsburgh and Morgantown
KDKA 2 (CBS)

WTAE 4 (ABC)
WPXI 11 (NBC)
WQED 13 (PBS)
WINP 16 (Ion)
WPCW 19 (CW)
WPNT 22 (MNTV)
WNPB 24 (PBS)
WIIC-LD 31 (Bounce)
WGPT 36 (PBS)
WBYD-CD 39 (JTV)
WPCB 40 (CTN)
WPGH 53 (Fox)
WOCD-CD 61 (HSN)

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