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Sonshine Media Network International

Sonshine Media Network International (SMNI), also known by its legal trading name Swara Sug Media Corporation, is the broadcasting arm of a Philippine television evangelist, Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy. Based in Davao City and Makati City (for its sister channel SMNI News Channel), it is available via terrestrial broadcast in the Philippines, and on cable, satellite, and online streaming worldwide. The network now owns and operates two television channels, where the main flagship channel maintains 24-hour service through regular repetition of a dozen self-produced Kingdom Programs[1] in English, Tagalog and sometimes dozens of foreign languages, along with news, public affairs and sports programs; while the network's sister channel SMNI News Channel primarily provides 24-hour rolling news coverage and public affairs programs, which broadcasts exclusively in Digital TV format in Metro Manila. It also maintains a network of radio stations under the "Sonshine Radio" brand of the Swara Sug Media Corporation. The main studios are located at JC Compound, Philippine-Japan Friendship Highway, Sasa, Davao City and ACQ Tower, Sta. Rita Street, Guadalupe Nuevo, Makati City.

Swara Sug Media Corporation
Religious Broadcasting
IndustryBroadcast Television and Radio network
PredecessorACQ Broadcasting Network (1987-1992)
ACQ Worldwide Broadcast Ministries-Q Channel (1992-2003)
ETV-39 (1998-2001)
ACQ-Kingdom Broadcasting Network (2003-2010)
Founded1989
HeadquartersKJC Compound, Philippine-Japan Friendship Highway, Sasa, Davao City
ACQ Tower, Sta. Rita Street, Guadalupe Nuevo, Makati City, Philippines
Key people
Apollo C. Quiboloy (Founder and Chairman)
Marlon Rosete (President and CEO)
OwnerKingdom of Jesus Christ
Websitewww.smni.com
Sonshine Media Network International
TypeTerrestrial television network
Country
Founded2000
SloganWhere Everything is Possible
A World of Endless Posibilities
Your Way to the New World
Broadcast area
Worldwide
Picture format
4:3 480i (SDTV)
Sister channels
SMNI News Channel
Official website
www.smni.com
LanguageEnglish
Filipino

It was licensed in late 2003 by the Philippine government to operate seven analog free-to-air television channels in key cities across the country. It also has two digital terrestrial channels in Metro Manila and Davao Central.

History

The Kingdom of Jesus Christ's Media Ministry, known today as SMNI, trace roots on the radio with the program "Pagsusi sa Kamatuoran" on radio stations DXDC and DXUM. In 1992, the ministry launched their first television program, "The Hour of Truth" aired on IBC and ABS-CBN stations in Visayas and Mindanao, followed by "Powerline" in 1995.

On July 2000, The Kingdom of Jesus Christ officially launched its own Cable network, "The Q Channel" (then also known as "ACQ–TV, Q Channel"). the channel to delivered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week Gospel of the Kingdom from Davao City to key cities around the Philippines.

On April 25, 2003, The Q Channel was renamed as "ACQ–Kingdom Broadcasting Network (ACQ-KBN)" after the network was relaunched. it also the network was launched as the new slogan "Delivering the Good news 24 hours a day, 7 days a week".[2] At that time, ACQ-KBN also launched its new religious programs such as Give Us This Day, Sounds of Worship, Batang Kaharian (lit. Kingdom Child), Way Ahead, Highest Praise and many more.

In 2004, KJC through ACQ-KBN launches its own radio station in Davao City as "DXAQ Kingdom Radio 1404 AM".

On March 2005, ACQ-KBN through Swara Sug Media Corporation acquired NBC Angel Radyo AM stations from Nation Broadcasting Corporation and rebranded it as "Sonshine Radio".

On November 2005, DWAQ-TV Channel 39 goes "on the air" as "ACQ-KBN Sonshine TV-39 Metro Manila" on "test broadcast". but later on January 8, 2006, after the series of test broadcasts, ACQ-KBN Sonshine TV 39 is launched at the first Global Thanksgiving and Worship presentation at the PhilSports Arena, the network venture from Cable TV broadcasting to Free-to-Air TV broadcasting.

On July 2006, ACQ-KBN Sonshine TV to form as "Sonshine Media Network International (SMNI)" was launched as News and Public Affairs block which became a tie-up of ACQ-KBN Sonshine TV-39 in Metro Manila and ACQ-KBN Sonshine TV-43 in Davao.

On August 2010, ACQ-KBN Sonshine TV (merger of ACQ-KBN and Sonshine Media Network International) was renamed again as simply "SMNI", the network was focus in Religious, News and Public Affairs programs carried from the now-defunct ACQ-KBN, it also the network was launched as the new slogan "Alternative media, Alternative power, it Sustains Life" (first slogan) and "Informs, Delivers, Transforms" (second slogan) with a new station ID.

On January 2011, SMNI was launched as the new slogan "Where Everything is Possible" with a new station ID.

On May 24, 2016, SMNI launched its own News and Public affairs channel as SMNI News Channel and it is exclusively aired over Digital Terrestrial Television on UHF Channel 40 in Metro Manila and its internet Live streaming.

On August 31, 2019, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act No. 11422 was approved by the House of Representatives Swara Sug Media Corporation license for another 25 years. The law grants SSMC a franchise to construct, install, operate, and maintain, for commercial purposes, radio broadcasting stations and television stations throughout the Philippines.

SMNI TV Programs

SMNI stations nationwide

SMNI TV stations in the Philippines

SMNI TV nationwide

Branding Callsign Ch. # Power (kW) Station type Location (transmitter site)
SMNI TV-43 Davao DXAQ-TV TV-43 50 kW Originating Davao
SMNI TV-39 Manila DWAQ-TV TV-39 30 kW Originating Metro Manila
SMNI TV-35 Laoag DWSB-TV TV-35 5 kW Relay Laoag
SMNI TV-38 Vigan DWSP-TV TV-38 5 kW Relay Vigan
SMNI TV-37 Isabela DWSA-TV TV-37 2 kW Relay Santiago, Isabela
SMNI TV-39 Roxas DYSW-TV TV-39 1 kW Relay Roxas
SMNI TV-39 Butuan DXSW-TV TV-39 5 kW Relay Butuan

SMNI TV on Digital Terrestrial Television

Terrestrial Callsign Ch. # Frequency Power Area of Coverage
Digital DWAQ-TV 40 (Digital Test Broadcast) 629.143 MHz 100 W Metro Manila
Digital DXAQ-TV 19 (Digital Test Broadcast) 503.143 MHz 1 kW Davao

SMNI TV on Cable Television

Cable Provider Ch. # Coverage
Cablelink 95 Metro Manila
Destiny Cable 97 on Analog Metro Manila
Sky Cable 162 on Digital Metro Manila
Cignal 186 Nationwide

Sonshine Radio stations

Branding Callsign Frequency Power (kW) Location
Sonshine Radio Manila DZAR 1026 kHz 50 kW Metro Manila
Sonshine Radio Dagupan DZRD 981 kHz 5 kW Dagupan
Sonshine Radio Tuguegarao DZYT 765 kHz 5 kW Tuguegarao
Sonshine Radio Santiago DWSI 864 kHz 5 kW Santiago, Isabela
Sonshine Radio Cabanatuan DWAY 1332 kHz 5 kW Cabanatuan
Sonshine Radio Cebu DYAR 765 kHz 10 kW Cebu
Sonshine Radio Davao DXRD 711 kHz 10 kW Davao

See also

References

  • "ACQ KBN granted franchise to open 38 free TV stations". Sun.Star Davao. 2003-12-27. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2011-08-21.
  • "Globecast ACQ-KBN satellite channel listing". Archived from the original on 2005-10-30. Retrieved 11 November 2005.
  1. ^ Kingdom Programs[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "ACQ-KBN History". kingdomofjesuschrist.org (Wayback Machine). Archived from the original on February 3, 2005. Retrieved 22 September 2016.

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