About WLRN Channel 17
WLRN-TV presents the best of the PBS nationally recognized series to compliment award winning locally produced specials. Our primetime programming features an array of cultural, informational, arts, science, drama, and documentary specials to address the curiosity and interests of our local community. WLRN-TV has a monthly viewing audience of more than 312,000 households in the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale market, with viewership extending from lower Palm Beach County to Key West.
Channel 17 airs children’s programming daily with 50 hours of award-winning content featured each week. Primetime brings award-winning PBS signature programs, such as Nature, Nova, American Experience, Finding Your Roots, and Escape to the Chateau, along with the best of British programming, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Doc Martin, Frankie Drake Mysteries and fan-favorite Death In Paradise, to South Florida audiences.
WLRN-TV is the public television station with the reputation of being South Florida’s storyteller. The station has been producing and presenting local stories that showcase the people, places and events that make our community special and unique. Additionally, WLRN’s originally produced, award-winning documentaries are shared nationally with other PBS affiliates. Since 2005 WLRN has shared more than 30 of its award-winning television productions with PBS affiliates across the country. Today, WLRN-TV has seven original productions in national distribution, including Boca Raton: The Secret Weapon That Won World War II, the story of how a small Florida town called Boca Raton and a tiny device turned the tide of World War II and WLRN’s latest release, Troubled Waters: A Turtle’s Tales, featuring acclaimed actor and ocean activist Ted Danson and narrated by award-winning Peter Coyote. This one-hour documentary explores the impact of human behavior on our environment—as seen through the lens of one of South Florida’s most beloved and fragile underwater creatures—the sea turtle. The timely release for Earth Month on April 1, 2020, created a demand for scheduling amongst PBS affiliates. To date, Troubled Waters: A Turtle’s Tales has already been televised in 103 markets, with a coverage of over 55% of the country.
WLRN-TV is also a partner station with Florida PBS Learning Media, a robust educational website with access to 125,000 classroom-ready, digital resources and in-depth lesson plans that are available to free to teachers, parents, and students.