Heartland (TV network)

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Heartland
Heartland TV Network.png
Launched November 1, 2012 (2012-11-01)[1][2]
Owned by Luken Communications[3] (2012–present)
Slogan The Heart of Country
Headquarters Chattanooga/Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Formerly called The Nashville Network (2012-2013)
Website www.watchheartlandtv.com

Heartland is an American country music-oriented digital broadcast television network that is owned by Luken Communications. Launched on April 16, 2012, the network began in 2012 as a revival of The Nashville Network (TNN) that existed as a basic cable and satellite television network from March 7, 1983 to September 24, 2000.

The revival of The Nashville Network took on the name "Heartland" on October 9, 2013. The termination of the license agreement between Luken Communications and Jim Owens Entertainment, Inc. for the trademark was approved by the bankruptcy court on October 31, 2013.[3]

History[edit]

Further information: The Nashville Network

On April 16, 2012, it was announced that Luken Communications and Jim Owens Entertainment would relaunch The Nashville Network as a digital broadcast television network on November 1, 2012.[2][4][5][6] Jim Owens Entertainment, producers of the Crook & Chase television program and the Crook & Chase Top 40 Countdown radio show (among other programs), acquired The Nashville Network trademark and logo.[5]

On October 9, 2013, the network was rebranded Heartland, carrying much of the same programming and format.[7]

Programming[edit]

Programming that aired on the new Nashville Network included shows such as Nashville Now, Crook & Chase, Celebrity Kitchen with Lorraine Crook, The Country Vibe with Chuck & Becca, Music City Tonight, The Rick and Bubba Show, and Larry's Country Diner.[4][5][6] Some of the same programming survived to Heartland.

Affiliates[edit]

Network affiliates include:[8][9]

City Station Virtual
channel
Physical
channel
Owner Notes †

Alabama[edit]

Anniston WJSU-TV 40.1 9.1 Sinclair Broadcast Group
(sale to Howard Stirk Holdings pending)
Birmingham WBMA-LD 58.3 40.3 Sinclair Broadcast Group
Montgomery WBMM 22.2 22 Bahakel

California[edit]

Fresno KVBC-LP 13.2 26 Cocola Broadcasting
Los Angeles/Ridgecrest KZGN-LD 21.1 42.1 Wiknich Broadcasting

Florida[edit]

Orlando WKMG-TV 6.3 26 Graham Media Group Comcast 219
Cox Cable (Marion County) 108

Georgia[edit]

Dalton WDGA-CA 43 43 North GA Television Also available on Optilink 16 - Charter 13
Coming soon to Charter

Idaho[edit]

Nampa, Idaho / Boise KIVI-TV 6.3 24 Journal Broadcast Group
(Sale pending to E. W. Scripps Company)
Cable One 457

Indiana[edit]

Evansville, Indiana WYYW-CD 15.1 15 Evansville Low Power Partnership

Kansas[edit]

Wichita KSMI-LD 30.2 30 Digital Networks Moved from Sister Station KGPT-CA Channel 49.1

Kentucky[edit]

Paducah WPSD-TV 6.2 32 Paxton Media Group Comcast 233

Poplar Bluff Cable 159 [10]

Michigan[edit]

Flint WURO-LD 34.6 18.2 M33 Media

Missouri[edit]

Springfield KRFT-LD 8.2 21 Craft Broadcasting

Montana[edit]

Kalispell K34MJ 34.1 34 (IN HD)

New Mexico[edit]

Albuquerque KNMQ-LD 43.1 43 RJ Enterprises
Santa Fe KCHF 11.3 10 Son Broadcasting [11]

New York[edit]

Rochester WGCE-CD 6.1 25 Vision Communications

North Carolina[edit]

Asheville WASV-LP 50.1 50 Digital Networks (IN HD)
Charlotte WHKY-TV 14.4 40.4 Long Communications
Greenville WTMH-LD 21.1 21 Tutt Media Group Suddenlink Digital 103
Jacksonville WTMQ-LD 21.1 41.1
Wilmington WTMV-LD 29.1 39.1

Ohio[edit]

Dayton WWRD-LP 32.1 42.1 Life Broadcasting Network Time Warner Cable South/East 22
Time Warner Central/North 997
Wright Patterson AFB 19

South Carolina[edit]

Greenville WASV-LP 50.1 50 Digital Networks (IN HD)

South Dakota[edit]

Rapid City KRPC-LD 33.1 33 Digital Networks (IN HD)

Tennessee[edit]

Chattanooga WOOT-LD 6.1 31 → 38 Digital Networks Secondary Flagship Station
EPB 165/465 (IN HD)
Johnson City WKPT-TV 19.4 27 Holston Valley Broadcasting Corp. Charter 91
Nashville WSMV 4.2 10 Meredith Main Flagship Station[12]
Charter 91/Comcast 230
North Central Telephone 127

Texas[edit]

Beaumont KAOB-LD 27.1 27 C. Dowen Johnson

† Any launch dates noted are subject to change.

See also[edit]

  • Great American Country – former competitor and current home to some former TNN programs.
  • RFD-TV – a network launched in 2000, carrying reruns of several shows originally aired on TNN.
  • Country Music Television – a similar channel.
  • ZUUS Country – another digital subchannel that exclusively features country music videos.

References[edit]

  1. ^ TNN Returns!
  2. ^ a b "TNN to Air Rick & Bubba Morning Show". All Access. September 19, 2012. Retrieved September 20, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Jim Owens Entertainment ends licensing deal with Luken". Radio & Television Business Report. Retrieved 2013-10-31. 
  4. ^ a b "Crook and Chase Stars Join Luken Communications at NAB to Announce the Return of The Nashville Network". Yahoo News. April 16, 2012. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c Reynolds, Mike (April 16, 2012). "NAB: The Nashville Network Eyes New Verses as Digital Broadcast Network". Multichannel News. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "The Nashville Network Returns". The Chattanoogan. April 16, 2012. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  7. ^ Nashville Network Now The Heartland Network, TVNewsCheck, October 18, 2013.
  8. ^ Stations for Network - TNN, RabbitEars.info, retrieved November 1, 2012 
  9. ^ Heartland Affiliates
  10. ^ TNN Announces WPSD-TV As New Paducah Affiliate
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ Nashville's WSMV Named Flagship Affiliate For The Nashville Network, PRWeb, October 29, 2012, retrieved November 1, 2012 

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