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|Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Florida|
|City of license||Miami, Florida|
|Channels||Digital: 46 (UHF)|
|Owner||Trinity Broadcasting Network, Inc.
(Trinity Broadcasting of Florida, Inc.)
|First air date||1975|
|Call letters' meaning||World
(after the broadcast ministry of the previous owner)
|Former callsigns||WFCB-TV (1975-1976)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
|Former affiliations||independent (1975-1980)|
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
WHFT-TV is a Christian television station serving the greater Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area. Broadcasting on digital channel 46, the station is owned and operated by the Trinity Broadcasting Network. The station's studios and transmitter is located at the Lake Trinity Estates complex on Pembroke Road in Hollywood, west of I-95.
WHFT-TV signed on in 1975 as WFCB-TV as a religious station owned by Florida Christian Television. The station was on the air about 5 hours a day, running a few local church services, bible teaching shows, and nationally known television evangelists. They were unable to keep the station solvent, so they put the station up for sale in early 1976, with a request to sell it to a Christian ministry.
World Harvest Television, a.k.a. LeSEA Broadcasting purchased the station and took over in July 1976. The call letters were changed to the current WHFT-TV (standing for World Harvest Florida Television). Initially, they expanded the schedule to about 8 hours a day with more Christian programming. LeSEA added their own Christian programming, along with televangelist programming like The 700 Club. The station expanded their broadcast day to about 18 hours a day late in August. At that point, the station started airing a general entertainment format for families during the 7-9 a.m. and 2-7 p.m. timeslots on weekdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Sundays were reserved for religion). However, the station's conservative programming policy kept it from making much headway against the market's dominant independent, WCIX (channel 6, now CBS O&O WFOR-TV on channel 4). Their secular shows included Leave It To Beaver, Little Rascals, Bugs Bunny, Popeye, Rocky and his Friends, Dennis The Menace (sitcom), Dick Van Dyke Show, The Brady Bunch, and others.
The station was profitable, but in 1980, Trinity Broadcasting gave LeSEA a high offer for that time, so the station was sold. On July 25, 1980, the intellectual local unit of WHFT was shut down and replaced by a national feed of the Trinity Broadcasting Network. Of course, all the secular shows were dropped (some eventually moved to WDZL or WBFS, while others never reappeared on Miami television stations) and the station switched to TBN programming. The WHFT-TV callsign, however, remained on the station.
Some of the religious shows that had aired on WHFT-TV during the LeSEA era remained on the station because TBN was also airing these programs, but shows not airing on TBN like PTL Club and The 700 Club were removed (however, TBN would begin running The 700 Club a few years later).
This station's digital signal, like most other full-service TBN owned-and-operated stations, carries five different TBN-run networks.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|45.1||480i||4:3||TBN||Main TBN programming|
|45.2||TCC||The Church Channel|
|45.5||SOAC||Smile of a Child TV|
TBN-owned full-power stations permanently ceased analog transmissions on April 16, 2009.
Adjacent to WHFT's studios on the grounds of Lake Trinity Estates is an 11-acre (45,000 m2) RV park. Full hook-ups are available with 30 AMP sites and propane sales. Swimming, fishing, Shuffleboard, Patanque, Basketball, and nearby golfing are available for guests.
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WHFT
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WHFT-TV
-  (listings of this station can be found on this paper during the Le Sea Era)
- The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says March 17, while the Television and Cable Factbook says February 1.
- Verified by Google Maps: 3300 Pembroke Road, Hollywood, FL 33021.
- Florida - About Us. Tbn.org. Retrieved on 2010-11-11.