About

WGNO History

WGNO-TV has come a long way since it first hit the airwaves on October 14, 1967.

Back then, the station was known as WWOM (which stood for Wonderful World of Movies) and was the first independent station in Louisiana. Back then, New Orleans area viewers enjoyed mostly old movies, cartoons, and a few syndicated programs when the station was broadcasting, which was only eight hours a day.

In 1971, a new owner changed the call letters to today’s WGNO. Then, in 1995, we switched our affiliation to the newly-created WB Television Network. The next year, we switched again when another local station dropped their affiliation with the ABC Television Network and we’ve been here ever since.

Some of our long-time viewers will remember the great original programming that WGNO created for our viewers: Tom Foote starred in “Tom Foote’s Video Clubhouse” and “News for Kids” between 1982 and 1987; from 1990 to 1995 WGNO was the home of “Real New Orleans” which was hosted by Ron Small, Jim Rumsfeld, Cary Alden, Mick Zatarain, Monique Detraz, and Ronnie Virgets in various combinations over the years, and showcased a behind-the-scenes look at life in the Crescent City; “NO It Alls” was a game show created in 1993 by Brandon Tartikoff (from NBC) and hosted by our own WGNO Sports Director Ed Daniels along with Isis Casanova and Tommy Tucker (the show became “Know It Alls” when it entered into national syndication in 1996).

WGNO began our local news operation on March 18, 1996 and we currently air 22 ½ hours of locally produced news and informational programming every week (23 ½ hours in the fall when Friday Night Football is on!).

Hurricane Katrina

When Hurricane Katrina hit in August of 2005, we had just moved out of our long-time home in the World Trade Center at the foot of Poydras Street to new digs in the New Orleans Centre (now known as Benson Tower). We relocated our staff to Baton Rouge for the worst of the storm, then returned to New Orleans to find our new home had taken some heavy damage.

For months afterward we broadcast our news programs on-location from around the city and eventually portable trailers set up next to the Superdome (our expert team of engineers replaced much of our destroyed equipment by shopping on eBay!), while our sales, traffic, & administration departments had to commute to offices in Covington.

We moved back into the World Trade Center for a short time, until we found a new spacious home in the Galleria Building in Metairie. On August 29, 2007, we began broadcasting in our brand new state-of-the-art facility; kind of fitting that it started on the second anniversary of the storm that made us homeless to begin with, huh?

Visit WGNO

We love for our viewers to visit our studio! If you’d like to schedule a tour of WGNO for your group, contact Keith Cibulski at kcibulski@wgno.com or 504-569-0927.

Watch WGNO

To see what’s scheduled, visit our TV Listings Page.

Requesting copies of WGNO News broadcasts

Unfortunately, we are not able to provide DVD or VHS tape copies segments from any WGNO News broadcast. A local company, TV Monitoring, can provide you with a copy of a specific show, for a fee. You can contact them at 504-524-4467. You will need to provide the date and time (5 p.m., 10 p.m., etc.) of the news program.

WGNO Jobs

To see all of our WGNO and WNOL job openings, please visit our Jobs Page.

Equal Opportunity Employer

WGNO, an equal opportunity employer, is dedicated to providing broad outreach regarding job vacancies. We seek the help of local organizations in referring qualified applicants. Organizations that wish to receive information about vacancies at the station should contact

WGNO Human Resources
One Galleria Blvd., Ste. 850
Metairie, LA 70001

You can also e-mail Human Resources or fax us at (504) 569-0952

Advertise With WGNO & WNOL

To learn about on-air or on-line advertising, visit our Advertise With Us page.

Closed Captioning

In an effort assist the hearing impaired, WGNO is required to closed caption its programming with limited exceptions. If you believe that WGNO has failed to meet its closed captioning requirements you may send a letter, email or fax to us or the FCC within 60 days of the captioning problem. If you have an immediate concern, please call the number below. We will make every effort to respond to all inquiries promptly.

For Immediate Concerns:
Phone: 504-619-6353
Fax: 504-569-0952
Email: WGNOcaptioncomplaint@tribune.com

Written Complaint Contact Info:
Rick Barber
WGNO Chief Engineer
1 Galleria Blvd, Suite 850
Metairie, LA 70001
rbarber@wgno.com

Before sending a formal written complaint, we ask that you first contact our captioning hotline. Our engineers may be able to resolve your problem immediately over the phone without the need for a formal complaint.

WGNO Contests

To see all of our current contests, see our Contests and Events Page.

Contact WGNO

Station Address
WGNO & WNOL
1 Galleria Blvd, Ste 850
Metairie, LA 70001

Phone Numbers
Main: (504) 525-3838
News: (504) 619-6363

Fax Numbers
Administrative: (504) 569-0952
Programming / Accounts Receivable: (504) 569-0908
Sales / Traffic: (504) 569-0951
News: (504) 619-6332

Common E-mail Addresses:

WGNO Programming & Administration (contact our news department if sending news & press releases)
WGNO-tv@tribune.com

WNOL Programming & Administration
wnoltv@tribune.com

WGNO News (use this address for news & press releases)
news@wgno.com

Good Morning New Orleans
gmno@wgno.com

News with a Twist
twist@wgno.com

Staff E-mail Addresses:
John Cruse, General Manager
jcruse@wgno.com
Linda Anderson, Interactive Sales Manager
lbanderson@wgno.com
Rick Barber, WGNO & WNOL Chief Engineer
rbarber@wgno.com
Rocky Daigle, WGNO Sales Manager
rdaigle@wgno.com
Mark Deane, News with a Twist Executive Producer
mdeane@wgno.com
Gary English, New Business Development Manager
genglish@wgno.com
Rick Erbach, News Director
rerbach@wgno.com
Jeff Funk, WGNO & WNOL Creative Services Director
jfunk@wgno.com
Jeff Hamburger, WGNO News Executive Producer
jahamburger@wgno.com
Larry Nuss, WNOL Sales Manager
ljnuss@nola38.com

For Public File questions, contact the station’s Public File Manager: 504-569-0975 or E-mail.

For accessibility issues pertaining to the Online Public File, visit the FCC Website Help Page.