Where and when to watch President Biden’s first speech to a joint session of Congress

President Joe Biden will address a joint session of Congress tonight — Wednesday, April 28 — and give a speech that may seem very much like the State of the Union.

But officially it’s not.

Biden has only been president a little more than three months, and this is his first such address. And for that reason it is not considered to be a State of the Union speech but instead is called a “Joint Address,” according to the White House.

Biden will begin speaking in the US Capitol building at 6 p.m. Pacific time (9 p.m. Eastern).

A Joint Address is generally given in the first two months of a president’s term, but Biden opted to delay it so he could focus on the coronavirus pandemic.

The president vowed to help the country deliver 100 million COVID vaccine shots in his first 100 days in office, and has managed to double that number.

Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina will deliver the Republican Party response.

Wednesday night’s speech will make history because it will mark the first time a president will address a joint session of Congress with two women sitting behind him — in this case Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Pelosi delivered a silent protest during the 2020 State of the Union address, visibly ripping up a paper copy of then-President Donald Trump’s speech just as he ended it.

Wednesday night’s speech by President Biden will be broadcast on the ABCCBSNBCFox and PBS broadcast networks as well as via live streams at their web sites. It will also appear on cable news networks CNNCNBCMSNBCFox News and C-SPAN.

The Telemundo and Univision broadcast networks will carry the speech with Spanish translation.

The White House is offering a live stream at https://whitehouse.gov/live, and there is a YouTube live stream at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sc5v0ZLwqPY.

National Public Radio is broadcasting President Biden’s speech. Stations in the Los Angeles market include KCRW-FM (89.9) and KPCC-FM (89.3).

KPCC stations serve LA and Orange counties (89.3), the Inland Empire (89.1), the Coachella Valley (90.3), Palm Springs (93.3), Ventura County (89.5) and Santa Barbara (89.9).

KCRW stations serve LA and Orange counties (89.9), Ventura County (89.1), the greater Palm Springs area (89.3), Kern and northern LA counties (88.1), Santa Barbara (88.7), San Luis Obispo (103.1), Gorman (89.7), Banning (90.9), Borrego Springs (92.9), Ridgecrest (100.1), Santa Paula, Moorpark and Fillmore (102.3), Ojai (102.1), Lemon Grove and Spring Valley (89.9) and Goleta (106.9).

Both stations will offer audio streams: https://scpr.org and https://www.kcrw.com.

Also look for the speech on KNX-AM (1070) and KABC-AM (790).

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