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WLXI, virtual channel 43 (UHF digital channel 25), is a TCT Network owned-and-operated television station licensed to Greensboro, North Carolina, United States and serving the Piedmont Triad region (Greensboro–Winston-SalemHigh Point). The station is owned by Tri-State Christian Television. WLXI's transmitter is located on Terrells Mountain near Chapel Hill. The station maintained studios on Patterson Street in Greensboro until TCT ended local operations in June 2018.[2]

WLXI
Greensboro/Winston-Salem/
High Point, North Carolina
United States
CityGreensboro, North Carolina
ChannelsDigital: 25 (UHF)
(shared with WUNC-TV and WRAY-TV;[1] to move to 20 (UHF))
Virtual: 43 (PSIP)
AffiliationsTCT (O&O, 2007–present)
OwnerTri-State Christian Television
(Radiant Life Ministries, Inc.)
First air dateMarch 5, 1984 (35 years ago) (1984-03-05)
Call letters' meaningLXI = Roman numeral 61 (former analog channel)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
61 (UHF, 1984–2009)
Digital:
43 (UHF, until 2018)
Former affiliationsSecular Ind. (1984–1986)
TBN (1986–2007)
Transmitter power1000 kW
960 kW (CP)
Height464 m (1,522 ft)
460.7 m (1,511 ft) (CP)
Facility ID54452
Transmitter coordinates35°51′59″N 79°10′0.5″W / 35.86639°N 79.166806°W / 35.86639; -79.166806
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile
CDBS
Websitewww.tct.tv/

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HistoryEdit

The station first signed on the air on March 5, 1984, originally broadcasting on UHF channel 61. It operated as a general entertainment independent station running cartoons, movies, drama series, westerns, music videos and classic sitcoms. Gradually, it increased the amount of music videos on its schedule and by the fall of 1985, the station broadcast music videos for the entire broadcast day.

In early 1986, WLXI was sold to the Trinity Broadcasting Network and converted into an owned-and-operated station of the network, replacing secular entertainment programs with religious programming from TBN. TBN often purchased over-the-air stations in order to achieve must-carry status on cable providers, even though TBN stations air very limited local programming. In 1991, the station was sold to Tri-State Christian Television. In April 2007, TCT pulled TBN programming from its stations in favor of programming supplied by the company.

From 1993 to 2009, WLXI's signal was relayed on low-power translator station W18BG (channel 18, now WMDV-LD) in Danville, Virginia. In June 2009, that station was sold to the Star News Corporation (owners of WGSR-LD in that market) and stopped rebroadcasting WLXI's programming.

In 2018, WLXI announced an end to local programming on the station, though some programs might be able to return through TCT.[3]

Digital televisionEdit

Digital channelEdit

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[4]
43.1 1080i 16:9 WLXI-HD Main WLXI programming / TCT

Analog-to-digital conversionEdit

WLXI shut down its analog signal on June 12, 2009, as part of the FCC-mandated transition to digital television for full-power stations.[5] The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 61, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition, to its former UHF analog channel 43. Shortly after converting to digital, WLXI opted to use of its physical digital channel 43 as its virtual channel, instead of using its former UHF analog channel 61 (as one of a handful of television stations that chose to use a PSIP channel differing from its pre-transition analog allocation).

Out-of-market cable carriageEdit

In recent years, WLXI has been carried on cable providers in areas within the Raleigh television market.[6]

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ WRAY-WLXI-WUNC Channel Sharing Agreement (Redacted)
  2. ^ "WNYB-TV ends local productions, station site is for sale". The Buffalo News. July 2, 2018. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  3. ^ McLaughlin, nancy (June 28, 2018). "WLXI, a longtime carrier of Christian programming, signs off". News & Record. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  4. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WLXI
  5. ^ List of Digital Full-Power Stations
  6. ^ http://www.rtmc.net/