WYES Announces New Weekly Shows
NEW ORLEANS — WYES TV is unveiling new shows and moving others to new time slots. The changes begin in February.
The biggest change is local arts and entertainment program Steppin’ Out will move from 7 p.m. Fridays to 7 p.m. Thursdays to clear the way for a Friday night schedule dedicated to news and politics, both local and national.
PBS NewsHour will kick off Friday nights at 6 p.m. Informed Sources follows at 7 p.m. The weekly half-hour program, produced by Errol Laborde and hosted Marcia Kavanaugh, features a panel of local reporters discussing current news. This year marks its 37th year on air.
At 7:30 p.m., WYES will present Louisiana: The State We’re In, a new series about statewide issues hosted by Kara St. Cyr and André Moreau. At 8:30 p.m., the new weekly WYES series, Wall $treet Wrap-Up with André Laborde, will feature local and national investment professionals.
“The opportunity to produce a weekly local financial program had been in discussion for several months,” said Allan Pizzato, WYES president and CEO. “Given recent discussions with Louisiana Pubic Broadcasting regarding the airing of Louisiana: The State We’re In, it just made a great deal of sense to add these programs to our already strong Friday lineup of national and local public affairs programs.”
Steppin’ Out, hosted by Peggy Scott Laborde, will air again at 11 p.m. Fridays. Laborde will continue producing the program via Zoom and welcomes regular guests Poppy Tooker, Alan Smason, Ian McNulty, Alfred Richard and Doug MacCash.
Meanwhile, WYES has another new shows in the works.
“This year brings a brand new Kevin Belton cooking series which just finished taping in studio A last week,” said Pizzato. “Kevin Belton’s Cooking Louisiana is our fourth series with our own star chef that will air this year on WYES and on PBS stations across the nation.”
All programs air on WYES-TV and stream simultaneously at wyes.org.