CountryUnited States
HeadquartersIndian Land, South Carolina
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
(The Inspirational Network, Inc.)
Key peopleDavid Cerullo Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Dale Ardizzone Chief Operating Officer
Mark Favaro Executive VP Worldwide Sales
Doug Butts Senior VP Programming
Launched1978; 46 years ago (1978)
Former namesPTL – The Inspirational Network (1978–90)
The Inspiration Network (1990–2010)
Streaming media
Service(s)Frndly TV, Philo, FuboTV, Sling TV,

INSP (formerly The Inspiration Network; the initialism is sounded out letter-by-letter) is an American digital cable television network that features primarily westerns (both shows and movies) and is headquartered in Indian Land, South Carolina - a suburb of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Between 1991 and 2010, INSP was a non-profit ministry focused network. In October 2010, it was re-branded and launched as a socially conservative, commercial-supported family entertainment network (over time becoming centered around westerns), and has Nielsen C3 ratings status. As of 2021, more than 60 million households receive INSP.[1]


See also: PTL Satellite Network

INSP was formed in 1978 as the PTL Television Network, a religious television network founded by Christian televangelists Jim Bakker and his wife, Tammy Faye Bakker. The network was the flagship channel for their daily Christian variety program, The PTL Club. The network later became known as the PTL Satellite Network and finally PTL – The Inspirational Network.

In 1990, after Jim Bakker resigned, the PTL Television network filed for bankruptcy. Morris Cerullo World Evangelism eventually purchased the network from the United States Bankruptcy Court in Columbia, South Carolina. Morris’ son, David, was later named CEO of the network. David Cerullo remains as its CEO.[2]

In October 2010, the network announced a major re-branding with an added emphasis on family programming. Along with the re-branding came a new logo, tagline and name change from Inspiration to INSP. At the end of 2021, Variety reported that INSP's household viewers were up 1,171% since 2010.[3]

In 2022, INSP changed its logo to include a cowboy hat to emphasize the growing success of its western-based shows and films. Prior to the logo change, INSP had also introduced the tagline, “Heroes Live Here.” Its focus on western-based programming is said to be the reason behind its continued ratings success, with primetime viewing growing 17% on the previous year.[4]

On March 30, 2022, it was announced that Imagicomm Communications, a shell company affiliated with INSP, would enter the broadcasting business by purchasing 18 stations in 12 markets from Cox Media Group, namely KYMA in Yuma, Arizona; KIEM and KVIQ-LD in Eureka, California; KPVI in Idaho Falls, Idaho; KLAX in Alexandria, Louisiana; WABG, WNBD and WXVT in Greenwood, Mississippi; WICZ in Binghamton, New York; WSYT in Syracuse, New York; KOKI and KMYT in Tulsa, Oklahoma; KMVU and KFBI-LD in Medford, Oregon; WHBQ in Memphis, Tennessee; KAYU in Spokane, Washington; and KCYU-LD and KFFX in Yakima, Washington for an undisclosed price to help them comply with regulatory requirements related to a proposed merger with Tegna and Standard Media.[5][6][7][8] The sale was completed on August 1.[9]

In September 2023, Comcast's cable television division Xfinity announced that it would be removing INSP from its basic cable package and moving it to its "More Sports & Entertainment Package,"[10] a package that primarily includes sports networks; this was controversial on Xfinity's forum,[11] and Reddit's subreddit devoted to Comcast/Xfinity.[12] Many customers assumed the change was not meant to benefit customers, as Xfinity claimed, but instead was to "charge [seniors] $10 for INSP even though INSP does not charge Xfinity for its programming."[13][14][15][11]

Cowboy Way Channel

In May 2022, INSP launched the Cowboy Way Channel, an Internet streaming service aimed at younger viewers. Named for INSP's original series, The Cowboy Way: Alabama, the channel features other original series and Western- and outdoor-themed movies.[16]


Current programming

Currently, INSP features mostly Westerns (both series and movies), with Mike Murdock's Campmeeting in the early mornings.[17][18] As of January 9, 2024, western TV series regularly aired by INSP include Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Wagon Train, The Virginian, Rawhide, Tales of Wells Fargo, The Rifleman, Laramie, The Big Valley, Cheyenne, Alias Smith and Jones, and How the West Was Won.[19] Movies regularly aired by INSP (as of January 9, 2024) include More Dead Than Alive, Rage at Dawn, Gun the Man Down, High Lonesome, Hardcase, Yuma, Fort Dobbs, Yellowstone Kelly, The Outlaw Josey Wales, They Call Me Trinity, Joe Kidd, Comanche Station, Tall Man Riding, Badman's Territory, Man in the Saddle, Tulsa, Ambush at Cimarron Pass, Colt .45, and Open Range.[20]

Original programming

In its early years, INSP produced numerous original specials, concerts, and inspirational[21][22] entertainment programs.

The development of original entertainment content became a focus after the 2010 re-brand,[23] beginning with A Walton’s Family Reunion, starring surviving cast members of The Waltons who journey back to Walton's Mountain almost 30 years after the series ended its iconic run.

In 2011, a web network series entitled Moments was launched. Originally airing exclusively on INSP, Moments is an original, short-form inspirational video series that ranges in formats like documentary, narrative, and interviews, with each sharing an uplifting story. One of the featured short videos, "Thank You For Your Service",[24] quickly went viral: it has been featured on ABC’s The View, the Pentagon Channel, and USAA’s web site. It has been shown at several national conventions and conferences, including the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans of America, and Jewish War Veterans. In 2013, INSP was honored by the Vietnam War Commemoration for Thank You For Your Service. General Claude “Mick” Kicklighter noted the video's impact: “This stirring tribute never fails to inspire deep emotions. It has helped bring healing and encouragement to true patriots, many of whom have felt taken for granted and ignored.”[25]

Old Henry is a series of interstitials on INSP that starred Ralph Waite (The Waltons) and Rachel Hendrix (October Baby). The drama initially aired in October 2013 as a series of six interstitials, with a 30-minute version produced to incorporate the entire series along with never-before-seen footage and exclusive interviews.[26]

In early 2014, INSP moved forward in their commitment to original content, creating the position of Vice President of Original Programming.[27]

In 2015, INSP co-produced, with Susie Films, an original American reality television series entitled Handcrafted America. Handcrafted America originally aired exclusively on INSP. After its linear run, the series was licensed by Amazon Prime. In Handcrafted America, host Jill Wagner travels the country to seek out talented artisans who continue to make products the traditional way—with their own two hands. Throughout each program, artisans are given the opportunity to reveal the history and cultural heritage that inspire and influence the design of their handcrafted products.

In 2016, INSP co-produced, with RIVR Media, an original American reality television series entitled State Plate. State Plate originally aired exclusively on INSP. It is now available on streaming services. The series stars former American Idol winner Taylor Hicks, who travels the country tasting each state's most symbolic and popular foods, from appetizers and main courses to sides and desserts. Maureen McCormick also served as a guest host on the show.

During the same year, INSP piloted a reality series, The Cowboy Way. The show ran until 2020 for a total of seven seasons.

Facilities and studio

INSP originally was headquartered in studios and offices in Charlotte, North Carolina. The broadcast facility remains in Charlotte, while the network's offices have been relocated to a newly constructed campus known as CrossRidge (formerly named the City of Light) in Indian Land, South Carolina, with an eventually consolidation of all operations at CrossRidge to come.[28][29]

Television stations

City of license / Market Station Channel Owned since Network affiliation
Yuma, AZEl Centro, CA KYMA-DT 11, 13 2022
Eureka, CA KIEM-TV 3 2022 NBC
KVIQ-LD 14 2022 CBS
PocatelloIdaho Falls, ID KPVI-DT 6 2022 NBC
Alexandria, LA KLAX-TV 31 2022
GreenvilleGreenwood, MS WABG-TV 6 2022
  • ABC
  • Fox (DT2)
WNBD-LD 33 2022 NBC
WXVT-LD 17 2022 CBS
Binghamton, NY WICZ-TV 40 2022
Syracuse, NY WSYT 43, 68 2022
  • Fox
  • MyNetworkTV (DT3)
Tulsa, OK KOKI-TV 23 2022 Fox
KMYT-TV 41 2022 MyNetworkTV
Medford, OR KMVU-DT 26 2022 Fox
KFBI-LD 48 2022
  • MyNetworkTV
  • Telemundo (DT2)
Memphis, TN WHBQ-TV 13 2022 Fox
Spokane, WA KAYU-TV 28 2022 Fox
Tri-CitiesYakima, WA KFFX-TV 11 2022
  • Fox
  • Telemundo (DT2)
KCYU-LD[A] 41 2022
  • Fox
  • Telemundo (DT2)
  1. ^ Semi-satellite of KFFX-TV.


INSP has been honored with several industry awards in television:

See also


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