Maryland Public Television

Maryland Public Television
Maryland Public Television
statewide Maryland
Branding MPT
Channels Digital: see table below
Affiliations PBS
Owner Maryland Public Broadcasting Commission
First air date October 5, 1969
Call letters' meaning see table below
Former affiliations NET (1969–1970)
Transmitter power see table below
Height see table below
Facility ID see table below
Transmitter coordinates see table below

Maryland Public Television (MPT) (formerly the Maryland Center for Public Broadcasting) is a non-profit, state-licensed Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) non-commercial educational public television state network which serves U.S. state of Maryland. Its six transmitters cover nearly all of the state, plus Washington, D.C. and parts of Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania.

MPT's 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. Since 1969, MPT has broadcast an analog signal from transmission towers throughout Maryland, and now provides digital transmission as well. In February 2000, the stations's first digital signal began from MPT's transmitter in the Annapolis/Crownsville area. MPT has been led by Robert J. Shuman, president and chief executive officer, since 1996. It operates under the auspices of the Maryland Public Broadcasting Commission and benefits from the support of an affiliated 501(c)(3) organization, the MPT Foundation, Inc. (formerly known as the Maryland Public Broadcasting Foundation, Inc.)



State Circle reporter Lou Davis at a Governor O'Malley press conference in 2009

Current Regional Productions

  • ArtWorks:[1] regional arts series and specials highlighting culture and history of Maryland
  • Chesapeake Bay Week:[2] week long series of programs dedicated to the Chesapeake Bay
  • Direct Connection:[3] public affairs call-in show focusing on discussion and analysis of politics and the news
  • Outdoors Maryland:[4] outdoors show highlighting the Mid-Atlantic region's diversity and beauty
  • State Circle:[5] news and analysis program detailing Maryland's General Assembly proceedings
  • You Can Afford College:[6] annual special on finding money for higher education
  • Your Money & Business:[7] consumer-oriented business magazine

Nationally Distributed Productions

  • Planet Forward: A special on energy, climate and sustainability
  • For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots
  • MotorWeek: (1978-present PBS) automotive magazine featuring new automotive technology and model reviews
  • Music of Ireland: Welcome Home
  • National Geographic Bee
  • Primal Grill (2008—) outdoor cooking series with Steven Raichlen.
  • Veteran's Day: A Musical Tribute
  • Volvo Ocean Race: sailing race around the world

Past productions

  • A.M. Weather: a 15-minute daily program featuring detailed forecasts presented by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration meteorologists
  • Baking with Julia (1996-1999) a cooking series with Julia Child PBS
  • Barbecue University (2003–2006) outdoor cooking series with Steven Raichlen.
  • Bob the Vid Tech (1993–2010), children's specials and interstitials.
  • Coastal Cooking with John Shields (2005), 13 programs hosted by John Shields, distributed by American Public Television
  • Consumer Survival Kit (1970s), national PBS series.
  • Cooking in America with Pierre Franey (1991), series of 13 shows.
  • Cooking With Master Chefs (1990s), 13 shows hosted by Julia Child.
  • Cuisine Rapide (1990), series of 13 cooking shows hosted by chef Pierre Franey.
  • Dessert Circus (1997), a cooking series featuring Jacques Torres.
  • Hodgepodge Lodge (1970s), a nature show for children hosted by Jean Worthley.
  • Jewish Cooking in America with Joan Nathan (1998-2002) PBS
  • Julia Child: Lessons With Master Chefs (2000-2011) PBS
  • Kratt's Creatures, (1995-1998) children's series with the Kratt Brothers PBS
  • Lynn Fischer's Healthy Indulgences (late 1990s), 26 shows hosted by Lynn fischer.[8]
  • Maryland State of Mind (1994–2001), 28 episode series hosted by NPR's Scott Simon, showcasing the 13 schools of the University System of Maryland.
  • Newsnight Maryland, a locally-produced news program that reviews the stories happening in the state of Maryland; hosted by journalists Bob Althage and Camilla Carr
  • On Nature's Trail (1978), a television show featured Elmer and Jean Worthley observing and discussing plants growing at different locations in Baltimore County, Maryland.
  • Of Earth and Man (1970s), educational series.
  • The Transformation Age: Surviving a Technology Revolution with Robert X. Cringely (2007), 1 hour documentary on technology and business. A co-production with the Robert H Smith School of Business.[9]
  • To the Contrary (1992-2011) Persephone Productions PBS
  • Wall $treet Week with Louis Rukeyser (1972–2002), MPT's signature long running financial information program
  • Weeknight Alive! (1980's), arts series
  • Wimzie's House, children's series
  • Zoboomafoo (1999-2001) children's series with the Kratt Brothers Cinar PBS


As of 2009, the MPT television stations are:

Station City of license Channels
First air date Call letters'
ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter Coordinates
WMPB Baltimore 67 (PSIP)
29 (UHF)
October 5, 1969 Maryland
14 kW 309 m 65944 39°26′50″N 76°46′48″W / 39.44722°N 76.78°W / 39.44722; -76.78 (WMPB)
WMPT1 Annapolis 22 (PSIP)
42 (UHF)
September 22, 1975 Maryland
150 kW 289 m 65942 39°0′36″N 76°36′33″W / 39.01°N 76.60917°W / 39.01; -76.60917 (WMPT)
WCPB Salisbury 28 (PSIP)
28 (UHF)
March 19712 Coastal
132 kW 155 m 40618 38°23′9″N 75°35′33″W / 38.38583°N 75.5925°W / 38.38583; -75.5925 (WCPB)
WWPB Hagerstown 31 (PSIP)
44 (UHF)
October 5, 1974 Western Maryland
209 kW 359 m 65943 39°39′4″N 77°58′15″W / 39.65111°N 77.97083°W / 39.65111; -77.97083 (WWPB)
WGPT Oakland 36 (PSIP)
36 (UHF)
July 4, 1987 Garrett County
45 kW 291 m 40619 39°24′14″N 79°17′37″W / 39.40389°N 79.29361°W / 39.40389; -79.29361 (WGPT)
WFPT Frederick 62 (PSIP)
28 (UHF)
July 4, 1987 Frederick
30 kW 159 m 40626 39°15′37″N 77°18′44″W / 39.26028°N 77.31222°W / 39.26028; -77.31222 (WFPT)


  • 1. WMPT used the callsign WAPB (the "A" standing for Annapolis) from its 1975 sign-on until July 4, 1984.
  • 2. The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says WCPB signed on March 21, while the Television and Cable Factbook says it signed on March 18.

Cable and satellite coverage

MPT is available on all Maryland cable systems. Additionally, WMPB is available on the Baltimore DirecTV and Dish Network feeds. WMPT is available on many cable systems in the Washington area, as well as the Washington DirecTV and Dish Network feeds.

Digital television

The station's digital signals are multiplexed:

Sub-channel Programming
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Main MPT programming / PBS
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MPT 2, tailored to lifestyle, cultural and informational programming for older audiences
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Analog-to-digital conversion

After the analog television shutdown on June 12, 2009:[10]

  • WCPB and WGPT returned to channels 28 and 36, respectively;[11][12]
  • WMPB, WMPT, WWPB, and WFPT remained on their respective, pre-transition channel numbers (29, 42, 44, and 28).[13][14][15][16]

Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display virtual channels for each MPT station corresponding to their previous analog channel numbers.


For 2008, MPT received 14 Emmy Award nominations from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). MPT received Emmys for Eatin’ Crabs Chesapeake Style, two awards for Bob the Vid Tech: The Mystery of the Missing Pizza and one for ArtWorks: Manuel Barrueco Special.

MPT received two 2008 CINE Golden Eagle Awards for The Transformation Age: Surviving a Technology Revolution with Robert X. Cringely, a coproduction of MPT/University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business, and Lethal Landscapes: Canvases of the Combat Artist.

For 2007, the station received 11 nominations and won 1 National Capitol Emmy including 3 nominations for their regional "The War" series and 5 nominations for Outdoors Maryland. Motorweek also received the Board of Governors Award.[17]


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