Located in the heart of Cajun Country, KPLC began life as an AM radio station in Lake Charles, Louisiana. By the 1950’s, owner T.B. Lanford of Shreveport was eager to expand into the new medium of television. KPLC-TV began broadcasting in the summer of 1954.
The station was later purchased by a St. Louis group headed by investor Elliot Stien. He visited KPLC frequently, sometimes bringing along with his good friend, St. Louis Cardinal baseball legend Stan Musial.
In 1970, G. Russell Chambers purchased KPLC-TV and dramatically increased the station’ s coverage by adding a 1,500 foot tower, providing a quality signal for the NBC affiliate as far north as Leesville, as far east as Lafayette and south to the Gulf of Mexico.
Cosmos Broadcasting bought the station in 1986, and made a number of high-tech improvements including the change to a stereo broadcast and full digital HD.
In September of 2005, Hurricane Rita devastated Southwest Louisiana. As the monster storm approached the coast, mandatory evacuation orders were issued for the area. KPLC continued to broadcast over the air and online around the clock from a makeshift studio for several days, never losing a signal throughout the storm. In the weeks that followed Rita’s landfall, evacuees continued to rely on KPLC’s coverage for local news and updates about when they could return home.
In 2006 Raycom Media acquired KPLC, and has continued to upgrade the station with state of the art innovations.
One of the top news stations in the country, KPLC is consistently in the top five nationwide in news ratings and shares. Whether you are watching us on a tv set in your living room, checking in on the go with your phone, or keeping touch through our app, KPLC is always there with the latest news, weather, sports and special programming you’ve come to expect from the local station who is truly “At Your Service”.