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WLFG
Lftv.jpg
CityGrundy, Virginia
Channels
BrandingLFTV: Living Faith Television
Programming
Affiliations68.1: Religious Independent
68.2: Defy TV
68.3: Ion Television
68.4: TrueReal
68.5: True Crime Network
68.6: Quest
68.7: QVC
68.8: Buzzr
68.9: GEB Network
68.10: Decades
68.11: GetTV
68.12: Newsy
68.13: TheGrio
Ownership
OwnerLiving Faith Ministries, Inc.
History
First air date
January 2, 1995 (27 years ago) (1995-01-02)
Former channel number(s)
Analog:
68 (UHF, 1995–2007)
Digital:
49 (UHF, 2003–2019)
DT2:
TheGrio TV (until 2021)
DT7:
HSN (until 2021)
DT8:
QVC (until 2021)
Call sign meaning
Living Faith Grundy
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID37808
ERPDTS1: 479 kW
DTS2: 0.1 kW
HAATDTS1: 662 m (2,172 ft)
DTS2: 482 m (1,581 ft)
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
Links
Public license information
Websitelivingfaithtv.com

WLFG (channel 68) 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 Television. WLFG's transmitters are located near Hansonville, Virginia and Harlan, Kentucky.

The station's programming is relayed on two satellite stations: WAGV (channel 68) in Harlan (which shares transmitter facilities with WLFG) and WLFB (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]

History

Living Faith Television was founded by The Reverend Buford Smith who stated that God had given him a vision to build a TV station in Virginia.[citation needed] The station grew from the original station in Grundy to include the other two 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; it 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.

Programming

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.

Technical information

Subchannels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming[2]
68.1 480i 4:3 WLFG-DT Main WLFG programming
68.2 16:9 Defy Defy TV
68.3 4:3 ION Ion Television
68.4 TruReal TrueReal
68.5 16:9 Crime True Crime Network
68.6 4:3 QUEST Quest
68.7 16:9 QVC QVC
68.8 Buzzr Buzzr
68.9 4:3 GEB GEB Network
68.10 Decades Decades
68.11 GetTv getTV
68.12 Newsy Newsy
68.13 TheGrio TheGrio

Analog-to-digital conversion

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, 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 stations

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
August 1999 (22 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
LMS
WLFB Bluefield, West Virginia 25 (UHF)
40
November 2, 2000 (21 years ago) (2000-11-02) 300 kW (STA)
734 kW (CP)
411.8 m (1,351 ft) (STA)
399 m (1,309 ft) (CP)
37806 37°13′12.3″N 81°15′19″W / 37.220083°N 81.25528°W / 37.220083; -81.25528 (WLFB) Profile
LMS

Out-of-market cable carriage

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, Lexington, Charlotte and Greensboro markets.[5][6][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 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]

References

  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[bare URL 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 web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "SkyLine Membership Corp".
  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