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|Santa Ana/Los Angeles, California|
|Channels||Digital: 33 (UHF)
Virtual: 40 (PSIP)
K40ID Palm Springs
|Owner||Trinity Broadcasting Network|
|First air date||January 5, 1967|
|Call letters' meaning||Trinity
|Former callsigns||KLXA-TV (1967-1977)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
40 (UHF, 1967-2009)
Digital: 23 (UHF)
|Former affiliations||Spanish independent (1967-1974)|
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
KTBN-TV, digital channel 33 (virtual channel 40), is the flagship television station of the Trinity Broadcasting Network, a Christian religious broadcaster. The station is licensed to Santa Ana, California and based in the TBN network headquarters in nearby Tustin.
Channel 40 first aired on January 5, 1967 as KLXA-TV, licensed to Fontana. It was Southern California's second Spanish-language station, and was on the air a few hours a day. Paul Crouch, founder of TBN, began renting time on a crosstown station in 1973, Channel 46, then known as KBSA.[where?] He wanted to buy the station but another organization bought it from under his offer. After that station was sold, he began buying two hours a day on Channel 40, then called KLXA in early 1974. That station was running spanish entertainment several hours a day and TBN was buying 2 hours day in evenings. KLXA was then up for sale shortly after. Paul Crouch then put in a bid to buy it for a million dollars and raised $100,000 for a down payment. After many struggles, the Crouches managed to raise the down payment and took over the station outright. Initially, the station ran Christian locally produced Christian programs about six hours a day. Paul, Jan Crouch, and Jim Bakker hosted Praise The Lord. Other programs included Children's Christian programs, Church services from their church, bible studies, and public affairs shows. Later in 1974, Jim and Tammy Bakker left TBN to begin their own show in Charlotte, NC early in 1975 keeping the PTL initials and calling it the PTL Club. Trinity used the full name Praise The Lord. They continued to expand to 12 hours a day by 1975 and began selling time to outside Christian organizations to supplement their local programming.
Trinity Broadcasting continued to use the KLXA call sign until November 1977, when the station officially became KTBN-TV. The station went to a 24-hour operation by 1978. Its city of license changed to Santa Ana in 1983. Today, as is the case with TBN's other owned and operated stations, KTBN repeats the national TBN feed for almost the entire day. It only breaks off for Southern California-specific public affairs programs. Even when Trinity Broadcasting had bought other Christian stations, they shut their local operations down at that station and replace it with TBN National feeds. Examples include WHFT Miami, WSFJ Columbus, Ohio, among others.
Today, it serves the entire Los Angeles metropolitan area with a full powered signal. The station originally had a network of low-powered satellite stations carrying the signal to other areas in Southern California; however, during 2010, these translators went dark due to declining support, which has been attributed to the digital transition, and likely universal carriage of the network by the cable and satellite providers in the region. With the station being available on cable systems throughout Southern California, KTBN is not carried on either Dish Network nor DirecTV's local Southern California package at TBN's request; instead the national feed is carried.
Digital Television 
This station's digital signal, like most other full-service TBN owned-and-operated stations, carries five different TBN-run networks.
|40.1||480i||TBN||Main TBN programming|
|40.2||TCC||The Church Channel|
|40.5||SOAC||Smile of a Child TV|
TBN-owned full-power stations permanently ceased analog transmissions on April 16, 2009. The digital signal, which went on the air in 2004, is broadcast on channel 23. KTBN's request to change their digital channel to (UHF) channel 33 was approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on February 5, 2009. This in effect changes the digital allotment for Santa Ana to channel 33. This decision ultimately displaced low-power station KSMV-LP, which soon converted to digital on channel 23.
Queries to the FCC database on KTBN indicate that the station has a construction permit for digital UHF channel 33, which the station will use as its final post-transition digital allotment.
See also 
- Official site for TBN
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KTBN
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KTBN-TV