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Swara Sug Media Corporation
TypeReligious 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
Headquarters
  • KJC Compound, Pan-Philippine Highway, Sasa, Davao City, Philippines
  • ACQ Tower, Sta. Rita St., Guadalupe Nuevo, Makati City, Philippines
Key people
OwnerKingdom of Jesus Christ
Websitewww.smni.com
Sonshine Media Network International
TypeTerrestrial television network
Country
Founded2000
Slogan"Where 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

Sonshine Media Network International (SMNI), also known by its legal operating name Swara Sug Media Corporation, is the official broadcasting arm of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ (KJC) led by the Filipino church leader and televangelist Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy.[1] Based in Davao City and Makati City (for its sister channel SMNI News Channel), the broadcasting network is available via terrestrial broadcast in the Philippines, and on cable, satellite, and online streaming worldwide.[2] The network now owns and operates two television channels, where the main flagship channel, based in Davao City, maintains a 24-hour service through regular repetition of a dozen self-produced Kingdom Programs in English, Tagalog, and dozens of foreign languages along with news, public affairs, and sports programs. On the other hand, the network's sister channel SMNI News Channel, based in Makati City, primarily provides 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 KJC Compound, Pan-Philippine Highway, Sasa, Davao City and at ACQ Tower, Sta. Rita St., Guadalupe Nuevo, Makati City, Philippines.[3]

The broadcasting network 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 City.[4]

History

The Kingdom of Jesus Christ's Media Ministry, known today as SMNI, traced its roots on the radio, with the program "Pagsusi sa Kamatuoran" (Searching for Truth) on radio stations DXDC and DXUM. The television ministry began in 1991, when they launched their first television program, "The Hour of Truth" aired nationally 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 24-hour cable network, "The Q Channel" (then also known as "ACQ–TV, Q Channel"), bringing the Gospel of the Kingdom from Davao City to key cities around the Philippines.

On April 25, 2003, The Q Channel successfully metamorphosed as the "ACQ–Kingdom Broadcasting Network (ACQ-KBN)", with an expanded reach across the Asia-Pacific region and the United States via satellite, also carrying the new slogan "Delivering the Good news 24 hours a day, 7 days a week".[5] At that time, ACQ-KBN as the first TV station Sonshine TV-43 Davao and also launched by the station its new religious programs such as Give Us This Day, Sounds of Worship, Batang Kaharian (lit. Kingdom Child), Way Ahead, Highest Praise, Quiet Moments and many more.

In 2004, ACQ-KBN signed a historic agreement with GlobeCast World TV, which aims to expand its broadcast footprint around the world. In the same year also that KJC through ACQ-KBN launched 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 as the second TV station 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 June 5, 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, with the slogan "Service First, Right Here, Right Now, Worldwide".

In October 1, 2006, ACQ-KBN Sonshine TV is now on Nationwide with more than a 500 Cable TV Operators across the Philippines.

On January 4, 2009, ACQ-KBN Sonshine TV-37 in Santiago, Isabela as the third TV station after the TV stations are TV-39 Manila and TV-43 Davao, ACQ-KBN Sonshine TV-37 is launched after the first Global Thanksgiving and Worship presentation at the Buenavista Barangay Hall in Santiago, Isabela and followed by on May 10, 2009, The fourth TV Station as ACQ-KBN Sonshine TV-39 Butuan is launched after the first global thanksgiving and Worship presentation at the Luciana Convention Center in Butuan City.

On August 2010, ACQ-KBN Sonshine TV (merger of ACQ-KBN and Sonshine Media Network International) was renamed again as simply "SMNI", the network now focuses in Religious, News and Public Affairs programs carried from the now-defunct ACQ-KBN, it also the network was launched with 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 with a 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, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act No. 11422 which renewed 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.[6]

SMNI TV Programs

Main article: List of programs broadcast by Sonshine Media Network International

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 Shrine Hills, Matina, Davao City
SMNI TV-39 Manila DWAQ-TV TV-39 30 kW Originating Barangay Sauyo, Novaliches, Quezon City, National Capital Region
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 Brgy, 10 Purok Mantinlo, KM No. 1 Roxas Avenue Extension, Roxas City, Capiz
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 500 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 162 on Digital Metro Manila
Sky Cable 162 on Digital Metro Manila
Sky Cable 14 Davao Central
46
Davao Cableworld Network 97
Cignal 186 Nationwide
SatLite 102 Nationwide
G Sat 90 Nationwide

*And 500 Cable TV Operators in the Philippines.

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 10 kW Dagupan
Sonshine Radio Tuguegarao DZYT 765 kHz 5 kW Tuguegarao
Sonshine Radio Santiago DWSI 864 kHz 5 kW Santiago
Sonshine Radio Cabanatuan DWAY 1332 kHz 5 kW Cabanatuan
Sonshine Radio Cebu DYAR 765 kHz 5 kW Cebu
Sonshine Radio Cagayan de Oro DXCL 1098 kHz 10 kW Cagayan de Oro
Sonshine Radio Davao DXRD 711 kHz 10 kW Davao

See also

References

  1. ^ "About Sonshine Media Network International". smni.com. Retrieved 2021-05-15.
  2. ^ "About Sonshine Media Network International". smni.com. Retrieved 2021-05-15.
  3. ^ "About Sonshine Media Network International". smni.com. Retrieved 2021-05-15.
  4. ^ "About Sonshine Media Network International". smni.com. Retrieved 2021-05-15.
  5. ^ "ACQ-KBN History". kingdomofjesuschrist.org (Wayback Machine). Archived from the original on February 3, 2005. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Prangkisa ng Swara Sug Media Corporation pinalawig pa ng 25 taon". Pinas: The Filipino's Global Newspaper. September 9, 2019. Retrieved September 9, 2019.