NEW ORLEANS (press release) — Today WYES turns 63. As the premier public television station of southeast Louisiana and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, WYES couldn’t have asked for a better gift than both local programs, INFORMED SOURCES and STEPPIN’ OUT, resuming their television broadcast after a brief one week interruption due to COVID-19.
After testing an online version of the programs last week, our dedicated staff have managed to bring the programs back to our regularly scheduled times on WYES-TV while still meeting our goals of keeping our program guests, producers, staff and community as safe as possible from the COVID-19 virus. Viewers can tune in this Friday, April 3rd with INFORMED SOURCES at 7:00 p.m. and STEPPIN’ OUT at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Both shows will utilize video conferencing, so panelists can interact virtually and WYES editors will fine tune the programs for broadcast.
This Friday at 7:00 p.m., INFORMED SOURCES will welcome prize-winning and New York Times best-selling author John M. Barry of “The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History” and “Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America.” Gordon Russell, managing editor of The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate, will also join in the panel. Marcia Kavanaugh will host. Errol Laborde is a producer and panelist.
STEPPIN’ OUT is back on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. This week, producer and host Peggy Scott Laborde welcomes Poppy Tooker, host of WWNO radio’s “Louisiana Eats,” Ian McNulty, food writer for the Times-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate and Alan Smason, editor of Crescent City Jewish News and Theatrecriticism.com. Also included, will be a feature by filmmakers Jonathan Evans and Marian Gay about how New Orleans chefs are coping with restaurants closing due to the Coronavirus Crisis.
INFORMED SOURCES repeats on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Both shows can also be viewed online at wyes.org and on YouTube at wyesondemand.
In the days and weeks ahead, the staff at WYES will continue to work hard to proudly serve the community and fulfill its mission of keeping viewers informed, connected and entertained – all with the peace of mind in knowing that some things will never change.