WHSG-TV
CityMonroe, Georgia
Channels
Programming
Affiliations
Ownership
Owner
History
First air date
March 15, 1991 (32 years ago) (1991-03-15)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog: 63 (UHF, 1991–2009)
  • Digital: 44 (UHF, 2009–2019)
Call sign meaning
"His Saving Grace"
Technical information[1]
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID68058
ERP1,000 kW
HAAT310.3 m (1,018.0 ft)
Transmitter coordinates33°44′40.9″N 84°21′35.7″W / 33.744694°N 84.359917°W / 33.744694; -84.359917
Links
Public license information
Websitewww.tbn.org

WHSG-TV (channel 63) is a religious television station licensed to Monroe, Georgia, United States, serving the Atlanta area as an owned-and-operated station of the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN). The station's transmitter is located in Atlanta's Cabbagetown section.

Because it airs no local content (except for local insertion of the required station identification), it is not carried as a local channel on DirecTV; the network's national feed is already available, but TBN's subchannel sister networks are not available.

It had one broadcast translator, W55BM, licensed to Marietta with transmitter atop Sweat Mountain, northwest of Atlanta. That station was later W49DE and WXID-LP, an affiliate of JCTV.

History

The construction permit for a new television station on channel 63 at Monroe was originally issued to a local permittee, Monroe Television, Inc., around 1987.[2] In December 1989, TBN purchased the permit and completed the station's construction;[3] WHSG commenced operations on March 15, 1991, as a TBN owned-and-operated outlet.

During the late 1990s through the early 2010s, WHSG played an important role within TBN, as it originated a weekly edition of the network's flagship program Praise the Lord and a portion of the ministry's semi-annual Praise-a-Thon fundraisers. This ended in 2017 when TBN revamped its local and network programming operations following Matt Crouch's ascension to leadership of the ministry, after the death of his mother and TBN co-founder Jan Crouch. The station's studio on Agape Way in Decatur was officially closed by TBN in 2019 following the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)'s repeal of the Main Studio Rule, and later sold.[4]

Technical information

Subchannels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Subchannels of WHSG-TV
Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming
63.1 720p 16:9 TBN HD Main TBN programming
63.2 inspire TBN Inspire
63.3 480i 4:3 SMILE Smile
63.4 Enlace Enlace
63.5 16:9 PosiTiV Positiv

TBN-owned full-power stations permanently ceased analog transmissions on April 16, 2009.[5]

Analog-to-digital transition

WHSG-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 63, on April 16, 2009.[6] The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 44, using PSIP to display WHSG-TV's virtual channel as 63 on digital television receivers, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.

The station's analog transmitter was located in northern Rockdale County, halfway between Monroe and Atlanta. The station's digital facility is immediately south of Atlanta's Inman Park neighborhood, along the north side of Interstate 20. This is the same tower used by WUPA (channel 69), built by that station when its original location (atop the Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel) could not hold a second large TV antenna for digital, although WUPA has since moved to the North Druid Hills site, sharing an antenna through a diplexer. It also has WIRE-CD (channel 40), an expired construction permit for W06CM-D (channel 6), and a license for WYGA-CD on channel 16 (as well as a permit for 18 and a later app for 16 again). No serious damage occurred to the tower when the 2008 Atlanta tornado passed by the site, even though the then-analog WYGA-CA 45 (operating from the site under STA at very low power until WGCL-TV (channel 46) went digital) was knocked off-air. WHSG had an application to increase from 700 kW to its maximum 1,000 kW effective radiated power with the same antenna height, which is now licensed at the new site.

References

  1. ^ "Facility Technical Data for WHSG-TV". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  2. ^ "For the Record–Call letters–Grants–New TV's" (PDF). Broadcasting. March 21, 1988. p. 74. Retrieved April 29, 2023.
  3. ^ "For the Record–Ownership changes–Actions" (PDF). Broadcasting. December 11, 1989. p. 84. Retrieved April 29, 2023.
  4. ^ Strang, Steve (July 15, 2019). "How Trump's New Regulation Cuts Will Save TBN $20 Million a Year for Gospel Purposes". Charisma. Archived from the original on August 12, 2022. Retrieved March 8, 2023.
  5. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WHSG
  6. ^ List of Digital Full-Power Stations