Marion, Illinois
United States
ChannelsDigital: 30 (UHF)
Virtual: 27
Affiliations27.1: TCT (O&O)
27.2: Sonlife
27.3: TheGrio TV
27.4: Laff
27.5: Court TV Mystery
27.6: Bounce TV
OwnerTri-State Christian Television
(Radiant Life Ministries, Inc.)
First air date
August 1981 (40 years ago) (1981-08)[1]
Former call signs
WDDD-TV (1981–1984)
Former channel number(s)
27 (UHF, 1981–2009)
17 (UHF, 2009–2020)
Independent (1981–1986)
TBN (1986–2007)
FNN (1981–1985)
Call sign meaning
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID67786
ERP1,000 kW
HAAT228.5 m (750 ft)
Transmitter coordinates37°33′26″N 89°1′24″W / 37.55722°N 89.02333°W / 37.55722; -89.02333
Public license information

WTCT, virtual channel 27 (UHF digital channel 30), is a religious television station licensed to Marion, Illinois, United States, serving the PaducahCape GirardeauHarrisburg television market as the flagship station of the Tri-State Christian Television (TCT) network. WTCT's transmitter is located near Goreville, Illinois. The national feed of TCT via WTCT is available on DirecTV channel 377.


The station signed on the air in August 1981 as independent station WDDD-TV. In 1984, the station's call letters were changed to the current WTCT and became a TBN station in 1986 as well as with the case of a few independent stations that switched to the religious network during that year. The station also carried business news programming from the Financial News Network after the late movie each weeknight before sign-off until 1985. In 2007, the station became a TCT owned-and-operated station.

Former translators

WTCT previously broadcast on low-power translators in Paducah, Kentucky on W54AE (channel 54), in Cape Girardeau, Missouri on KCGI-CA (channel 45), and in Sikeston, Missouri on K54CA (channel 54); these translators ceased operation around 2010.

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[2]
27.1 1080i 16:9 WTCT HD TCT
27.2 480i SBN Sonlife
27.3 LIGHTTV TheGrio TV
27.4 LAFF Laff
27.5 CrtMyst Court TV Mystery
27.6 Bounce Bounce TV

Analog-to-digital conversion

WTCT shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 27, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 17.[3] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 27.


  1. ^ The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says August 16, while the Television and Cable Factbook says August 24.
  2. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WTCT
  3. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2012-03-24.