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WTSF
Ashland, Kentucky/
HuntingtonCharleston, West Virginia
United States
CityAshland, Kentucky
ChannelsDigital: 13 (VHF)
Virtual: 61
Programming
Affiliations61.1: Daystar
61.2: Blank
Ownership
OwnerWord of God Fellowship, Inc.
(Tri State Family Broadcasting, Inc.)
History
First air date
April 30, 1983 (38 years ago) (1983-04-30)
Former channel number(s)
Analog:
61 (UHF, 1983–2009)
Digital:
44 (UHF, until 2020)
Virtual:
44 (PSIP, 2009–2019)
Analog/DT1:
Commercial Ind. (1982–1983)
Religious Ind. (1983–2003)
DT2:
SD simulcast of DT1 (until 2020)
Call sign meaning
Tri-State Family Broadcasting
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID67798
ERP8 kW
HAAT174.1 m (571 ft)
Transmitter coordinates38°25′11″N 82°24′6″W / 38.41972°N 82.40167°W / 38.41972; -82.40167
Links
Public license information
Profile
LMS
Websitewww.daystar.com

WTSF (channel 61) is a religious television station licensed to Ashland, Kentucky, United States, serving the HuntingtonCharleston, West Virginia market as an owned-and-operated station of the Daystar Television Network. The station's studios are located on Bath Avenue in Ashland, and its transmitter is located on a very short tower in Huntington's Rotary Park.

History

WTSF signed on as a commercial independent television station in September 1982. However, it was not successful and was soon donated to a local religious group. It continued as such until 2003 when the station was sold to the Daystar national charismatic Christian network and, with a few exceptions, ended local programming.

While it was locally produced, the bulk of the channel's programming consisted of fundraising to continue broadcasting.

Technical information

Subchannels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming[1]
61.1 720p 16:9 WTSF Main WTSF programming / Daystar
61.2 480i 4:3 Blank

Analog-to-digital conversion

WTSF shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 61, 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 44.[2][3] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 61, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.

References

  1. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WTSF
  2. ^ "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.
  3. ^ CDBS Print