The tradition of television in Baton Rouge began on April 19, 1953, when WAFB signed on the air as the second television station in Louisiana. Over these 50+ years, Louisiana's News Channel has created the number one news organization in the state, covering local, state, and regional news.
Today, WAFB Channel 9 brings its viewers 25 hours of news programming each week. Presently, Louisiana's News Channel is the only network station in the market to air: a complete rebroadcast of every locally produced newscast, live weekend morning news program, and a noon news product on our second cable station. Our anchors, reporters, producers and photographers have won numerous awards from the Associated Press and the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters. Recently, WAFB Channel 9 received a record 11 Associated Press Awards.
While news and programming are our broadcast trademarks, Louisiana's News Channel is constantly being honored for its community service. The list of station promotions to help local non-profit organizations is lengthy, with the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway, the St. Vincent de Paul Uniform Drive, the March of Dimes WalkAmerica, the Volunteer Baton Rouge Volunteer Recognition Program, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and the Children's Fund Campaign--just to name a few.
Cable Channel 9, Baton Rouge's only 24-hour local news rebroadcast channel, is also part of the WAFB Family of Stations. It provides viewers local news at their viewing convenience.
In September of 2003, WBXH/UPN The Block began broadcasting in the Baton Rouge area. It is home to America's Next Top Model, WWE Smackdown, the new hit Everybody Hates Chris, and classic television favorites.