The Word Network

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The Word Network
Type Religious broadcasting
Country United States
Availability National (broadcast, cable, satellite);
Worldwide (satellite)
Owner Adell Broadcasting Corporation
Key people
Kevin Adell (CEO)
Ralph Lameti (CFO)
Paul Crouch Jr. (VP of project development)
Launch date
2000
Official website
www.thewordnetwork.org

The Word Network, also known as The Word, is an American Television Network, and religious broadcasting network. The Word is considered the largest African-American religious network in the world.[1] It was founded in February 2000 by the late Franklin Z Adell. Franklin Z. Adell also founded WADL, serving the Detroit television market. WADL and The Word Network are owned by the Adell Broadcasting Company, based in Detroit. The Word Network is headquartered in Southfield, Michigan, and has recently opened a production facility in Orange, California.[2]

Network coverage[edit]

The Word Network is available in approximately 200 countries. It reaches viewers in the US, Canada, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The network recently added two new satellites which will expand their reach in the Middle East and North Africa. The first is EB2 (Arabsat). The second is Optus D2, reaching over 4 million viewers in Australia and New Zealand.[3] The Word Network reaches nearly 86 million homes in the U.S through DirecTV, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Cox, Cablevision, Charter Communications, and approximately 9 million homes on Sky TV in the U.K.[4] The Word Network is available on IPTV through AT&T U-Verse, Verizon FIOS and Sky Angel. The network also streams live on their website, and is available to air travelers on selected aircraft carriers.[5]

Affiliates[edit]

The Word Network has several over-the-air affiliates in addition to their cable and satellite television coverage:[6]

Station Channel City Notes
KVVV-LD 15.1 Houston, Texas
WADL 38.3 Mount Clemens, Michigan flagship, serves Detroit, Michigan
WBQP-CD 12.3 Pensacola, Florida Also serves Mobile, Alabama
WCTU-LD 46.3 Pensacola, Florida Also serves Mobile, Alabama

Programming[edit]

The Word Network has expanded its historical programming since 2010. Ministries include Bishop TD Jakes, International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, Bishop Charles H. Ellis III, Bishop Noel Jones, Jewish Voice with Jonathan Bernis, Life Today with James and Betty Robison, Dr. Michael Freeman, Rod Parsley, Dr. Mark Chironna, Feed the Children, Pastor R.A. Vernon, Bishop Walter Scott Thomas, Paula White, Joyce Meyer, Michael Freeman, Benny Hinn, Joseph Prince, Raul Ries, and Marriage Today with Jim and Karen Evans, Dr. Frederick K. Price.[7][8]

Musical venues include artists such as Marvin Sapp, Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, Hezekiah Walker, J Moss, Deitrick Haddon, CeCe Winans, Byron Cage, Wess Morgan and VaShawn Mitchell.

Public events - The network provides live coverage from major faith-based events, and national conventions and conferences including The Harvest Crusade with Greg Laurie from Anaheim California, The Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International Conference from Atlanta, Georgia, The Fellowship of International Christian Word of Faith Ministries Conference from Los Angeles, California, Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship, Pentecostal Assemblies of the World Inc, The Church of God in Christ Holy Convocation from St. Louis, Missouri, The Pastors & Church Leaders Conference from Detroit, MI.

Sponsorships - The network is a sponsor for faith-based conferences such as The NBA All-Star Gospel Brunch in Los Angeles, California, The International Financial and Leadership Summit from Houston, Texas, The Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana, The Steve Harvey Hoodie Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Growth[edit]

In May 2012 “The Word Network” completed a multimillion dollar expansion.[9] The expansion includes new technology, production facilities, editing suites, green rooms, executive conference room, additional offices, and a television studio.[10] Facilities were also opened on the west coast, in Orange, California. The west coast office is headed by Paul Crouch Jr, V.P. of Program Development and network host.

"The Word Network" brand will expand to radio in late 2014 or early 2015, following Adell's purchase of current Radio Disney affiliate WFDF-AM 910 in Detroit for $3 million.[11]

The Word Network Foundation[edit]

Created in 2011, the Foundation is an independent nonprofit, that provides financial contributions, in-kind services and volunteerism through service initiatives, arts and media projects, and educational programs.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Word Network Breaks Ground On State-Of-The-Art Studio « CBS Detroit". Detroit.cbslocal.com. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  2. ^ http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-135708074.html
  3. ^ "The Word Network". LyngSat. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  4. ^ "Sky Guide TV Listings - Sky". Tv.sky.com. 2013-03-31. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  5. ^ "Broadcast Schedule". The Word Network. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  6. ^ http://www.rabbitears.info/search.php?request=network_search&network=The+Word+Network
  7. ^ "Programs". The Word Network. 1939-10-25. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  8. ^ "The Word Network". CableU.tv. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  9. ^ "The Word Network « CBS Detroit". Detroit.cbslocal.com. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  10. ^ http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-253889793.html
  11. ^ "The Word Network Acquires WFDF Detroit," RadioInsight.com, 18 November 2014
  12. ^ "Bishop Noel Jones & The Word Network Foundation [HD] on Vimeo". Vimeo.com. 2011-10-31. Retrieved 2013-05-27.