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CityMobile, Alabama
BrandingTrinity Broadcasting Network
First air date
December 1985 (38 years ago) (1985-12)[a]
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog: 21 (UHF, 1985–2009)
  • Digital: 20 (UHF, until 2019)
Independent (1985–1989)
Technical information[1]
Licensing authority
Facility ID60827
ERP900 kW
HAAT529 m (1,736 ft)
Transmitter coordinates30°36′41″N 87°36′26.4″W / 30.61139°N 87.607333°W / 30.61139; -87.607333
Public license information

WMPV-TV (channel 21) is a religious television station licensed to Mobile, Alabama, United States, serving southwest Alabama and northwest Florida as an owned-and-operated station of the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN). The station's transmitter is located near Robertsdale, Alabama.

The station formerly operated from a studio located along the Interstate 65 Service Road in Mobile. That facility was one of several closed by TBN in 2019 following the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)'s repeal of the "Main Studio Rule", which required full-service television stations like WMPV-TV to maintain facilities in or near their communities of license.[2]


The station was founded in December 1985 by professional poker player Doyle Brunson and operated as a general-entertainment independent station[3] until it switched to a Christian television format following a 1989 sale to Sonlight Broadcasting Systems, a new broadcast ministry based in Mobile and co-founded by television producer Paul Crouch Jr. and attorney and broadcaster Jay Sekulow. WMPV was Sonlight's flagship station, and over the next several years Sonlight would acquire other stations including WMCF-TV in Montgomery. All of Sonlight's stations were affiliated with TBN, which was co-founded by Paul Crouch Jr.'s parents Paul Sr. and Jan. As a TBN affiliate, WMPV carried most of the network's schedule while opting out at times to air alternate programming.

In 1997, WMPV was sold, along with the rest of Sonlight's stations, to All American TV (not to be confused with an unrelated television syndication company of a similar name), a minority-owned firm with close ties to the Trinity Broadcasting Network who already owned WTJP-TV in Gadsden;[4] the sale to All American made the station a full-fledged affiliate of the network. WMPV became a TBN owned-and-operated station in 2000, when TBN purchased all of All American's stations.[5]


The station's signal is multiplexed:

Subchannels of WMPV-TV
Channel Res. Aspect Short name Programming
21.1 720p 16:9 TBN HD Main TBN programming
21.2 Merit Merit Street Media
21.3 480i 4:3 Inspire TBN Inspire
21.4 16:9 SMILE Smile
21.5 POSITIV Positiv

TBN-owned full-power stations permanently ceased analog transmissions on April 16, 2009.[6]


  1. ^ The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says December 19, while the Television and Cable Factbook says December 15.


  1. ^ "Facility Technical Data for WMPV-TV". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Alabama Broadcast Media Page entry on WMPV-TV
  4. ^ "Changing Hands" (PDF). Broadcasting & Cable. April 14, 1997. p. 47. Retrieved April 29, 2023.
  5. ^ "Changing Hands" (PDF). Broadcasting & Cable. March 27, 2000. p. 74. Retrieved April 29, 2023.
  6. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WMPV