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WCFE-TV is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station licensed to Plattsburgh, New York, United States. Owned by the Mountain Lake Public Telecommunications Council, the station is branded as Mountain Lake PBS; this name was adopted to reflect Plattsburgh's location between the Adirondacks and Lake Champlain. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 38 (or virtual channel 57 via PSIP) from a transmitter atop Lyon Mountain, between Plattsburgh and nearby Malone. WCFE-TV is seen in Northeastern New York, most of Vermont, Eastern Ontario (including Cornwall and parts of Ottawa), and Southern Quebec (including Montreal) on cable, and throughout most of Vermont, parts of New Hampshire and northern New York east of Massena on satellite.

On cable, WCFE-TV is available on Charter Spectrum channel 7 in Plattsburgh and Comcast Xfinity channel 14 in Burlington, Vermont. On Videotron, it can be seen on channel 24 in west Montreal, channel 40 in central and east Montreal, and channel 89 in SD and 689 in HD on Illico digital cable.

WCFE-TV's studios and offices are located at One Sesame Street in Plattsburgh.

HistoryEdit

WCFE-TV signed on March 6, 1977 from its studios at SUNY Plattsburgh. In 1993, it rebranded itself as "Mountain Lake PBS" to reflect its growing viewership.

From 1990 to 1996, WCFE-TV had a sister National Public Radio (NPR) station, WCFE-FM on 91.9. However, in a case of exceptionally bad timing, WCFE-FM signed on just as North Country Public Radio began building a number of satellites and repeaters in the WCFE-TV service area. It did not help matters that much of the area got a strong signal from Vermont Public Radio flagship WVPS in Burlington. It soon became apparent that Plattsburgh was too small for a standalone NPR station to be viable. Realizing that it was up against two established public radio broadcasters with more resources than it could hope to match, Mountain Lake sold WCFE-FM to Albany's WAMC in 1996, who operates 91.9 as a repeater, WCEL.


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