Celebrating 70 Years: KNOE and Miss America

The Miss America organization and KNOE have had a long partnership over the years. KNOE's Jessica Torricelli takes a look back ahead of our 70th Anniversary.
Published: Sep. 13, 2023 at 7:00 PM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - In 2023, KNOE marks 70 years on the air. The Miss America Organization and KNOE have a long partnership that includes airing the competition live on television and welcoming regional queens into the studio.

CBS began airing the competition in 1957. For over 60 years, the Miss Louisiana pageant has been a cornerstone of Monroe.

Over the decades, KNOE has highlighted young women promoting education and leadership in the community. The station shared in these competitors’ successes by interviewing the winners after they were crowned, including Miss Louisiana 2023 Makenzie Scroggs.

“KNOE TV 8 NEWS carried the Pageant several times throughout the 60 years the program has been in Monroe and has been our Northeast Louisiana Station consistently since 1998.  The Telecast allows the audience, not familiar with the Miss Louisiana Organization, a chance to see how talented, ambitious, and community-oriented the young women competing in the program truly are,” says Producer Wayne Gentry. “I have been the Producer for Miss Louisiana since 1998 and have been a part of the production team for the Pageant for 47 years.  It is a privilege for me to have this small part in these young women’s lives”.

Style, service, scholarship, and success are the pillars of Miss America that have endured for a century. We strive to make an impact just like that here at KNOE.