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WLFG, virtual channel 68 (UHF digital channel 14), is a religious independent station licensed to Grundy, Virginia, United States, serving the Tri-Cities area of southwestern Virginia and northeastern Tennessee. The station is owned by Abingdon, Virginia-based Living Faith Ministries. WLFG's transmitters are located near Hansonville, Virginia and Harlan, Kentucky.

WLFG
Living Faith Television Network (logo).jpg
Grundy/Bristol, Virginia
Bristol/Johnson City/
Kingsport, Tennessee
United States
CityGrundy, Virginia
BrandingLFTV: Living Faith Television
SloganTogether we're making it happen
ChannelsDigital: 14 (UHF)
(shared with WAGV)
Virtual: 68 (PSIP)
Affiliations68.1: Religious Independent
68.2: Light TV
68.3: Ion Television
68.4: Buzzr
68.5: Justice Network
68.6: Quest
68.7: HSN
68.8: QVC
OwnerLiving Faith Ministries, Inc.
First air dateJanuary 2, 1995 (24 years ago) (1995-01-02)
Call letters' meaningLiving Faith Grundy
Former channel number(s)Analog:
68 (UHF, 1995–2007)
Digital:
49 (UHF, 2003–2019)
Transmitter powerDTS1: 479 kW
DTS2: 0.1 kW
HeightDTS1: 662 m (2,172 ft)
DTS2: 482 m (1,581 ft)
Facility ID37808
Transmitter coordinatesDTS1:
36°49′47.3″N 82°4′44.4″W / 36.829806°N 82.079000°W / 36.829806; -82.079000
DTS2:
36°48′0.3″N 83°22′35.6″W / 36.800083°N 83.376556°W / 36.800083; -83.376556
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile
CDBS
Websitelivingfaithtv.com

The station's programming is relayed on two satellite stations: WAGV (virtual channel 68) in Harlan (which shares transmitter facilities with WLFG) and WLFB (virtual and UHF digital channel 40) in Bluefield, West Virginia (with transmitter atop East River Mountain, south of Bluefield, Virginia). WAGV was the first to broadcast exclusively in digital following a malfunction at its analog transmitter.[1]

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HistoryEdit

Living Faith Television was founded by The Reverend Buford Smith who claimed that God had given him a vision to build a TV station in Virginia. The station grew from the original station in Grundy to include the other three transmitters.

Rev. Smith was pastor of Tookland Pentecostal Church in Grundy until his death in May 2003. His son, Michael Smith, was president of the station until Buford Smith's death, when he became president and CEO of Living Faith Television.

Tookland Pentecostal Church was a major financier when the station was founded broke most of its ties with the station after it declared its independence in 2006.

Living Faith Television is now under the control the board of Living Faith Television, with Mike Smith as president and CEO and wife Lisa Smith as CFO. Other personalities are Mary Smith (wife of the late Buford Smith), Laverne Tripp and Fred Schmidt, among others.

Digital televisionEdit

Digital channelsEdit

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[2]
68.1 480i 4:3 WLFG-DT Main WLFG programming
68.2 LIGHT Light TV
68.3 ION Ion Television
68.4 BUZZR Buzzr
68.5 JUSTICE Justice Network
68.6 QUEST Quest
68.7 HSN
68.8 QVC

Analog-to-digital conversionEdit

WLFG shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 68, in May 2007.[3] The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 49.[4] Through the use of Program and System Information Protocol (PSIP), digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 68, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.

Satellite stationsEdit

Station City of license Channels
(RF / VC)
First air date ERP
HAAT
Facility ID Transmitter coordinates Public license information
WAGV Harlan, Kentucky 14 (UHF)
(shared with WLFG)
68 (PSIP)
August 1999 (20 years ago) (1999-08)
(on analog channel 44)
DTS1: 479 kW
DTS2: 0.1 kW
DTS1: 662 m (2,172 ft)
DTS2: 482 m (1,581 ft)
37809 DTS1:
36°49′47.3″N 82°4′44.4″W / 36.829806°N 82.079000°W / 36.829806; -82.079000
DTS2:
36°48′0.3″N 83°22′35.6″W / 36.800083°N 83.376556°W / 36.800083; -83.376556
Profile
CDBS
WLFB Bluefield, West Virginia 40 (UHF)
(to move to 25 (UHF))
40 (PSIP)
November 2, 2000 (18 years ago) (2000-11-02) 1000 kW
734 kW (CP)
399 m (1,309 ft) 37806 37°13′12.3″N 81°15′19″W / 37.220083°N 81.25528°W / 37.220083; -81.25528 (WLFB) Profile
CDBS

ProgrammingEdit

The station's programming consists mostly of content by other ministries that purchase air time, along with some infomercials. Original programming is spread throughout the broadcast day by the flagship program Living Faith Now! (formerly From These Hills), along with Sing Time, Fred Schmidt, and Life Begins at Calvary, a program produced by Calvary Church of the Tri-Cities, and other programs.

Out-of-market cable carriageEdit

In recent years, WLFG has been carried on cable in a number of areas outside the Tri-Cities media market, including cable systems within the Charleston, West Virginia, Kentucky [5][6] and the Charlotte and Greensboro markets in North Carolina.[7][8] According to Zap2it, WLFG has been carried on cable in College Grove, Tennessee, which is within the Nashville market.[9]

Much of the southeastern portion of the Lexington, Kentucky media market can pick up WAGV's signal. WLFG/WAGV is also available on TVS cable in the Hazard, Kentucky area, and much of Knott and Perry counties, along with the Floyd County community of Wayland.[10][11] Time Warner Cable customers in the Hazard area can also view WLFG/WAGV on TWC cable 5.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FCC Form 387, Exhibit 3: Updated DTV Status Report". FCC Database. 2009-02-09. Retrieved 2009-03-12.
  2. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WLFG
  3. ^ http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-2236A1.pdf
  4. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
  5. ^ Suddenlink Cable Channel lineup for Pikeville, Kentucky. Suddenlink Communications. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  6. ^ Inter-Mountain Cable: Channel Lineup for Floyd and Pike Counties, Kentucky
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-05-02. Retrieved 2012-07-08. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ http://www.skybesttv.com/clp_digital_basic.php
  9. ^ http://tvlistings.zap2it.com/tvlistings/ZCGrid.do?method=decideFwdForLineup&zipcode=37046&setMyPreference=false&lineupId=TN68058:-
  10. ^ TVS Cable - Channel Lineup
  11. ^ TVS Cable - Coverage Area

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