WLFG

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WLFG
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Grundy, Virginia
Branding LFTV: Living Faith Television
Slogan Together we're making it happen
Channels Digital: 49 (UHF)
Affiliations religious independent
Owner Living Faith Ministries, Inc.
Founded January 2, 1995; 19 years ago (1995-01-02)
Call letters' meaning Living Faith Grundy
Former channel number(s) Analog: WLFG 68 (1995-2007), WAGV 44 (1999-2009), WLFB 40 (2000-2009)
Transmitter power 1000 kW
Height 662 m
Facility ID 37808
Transmitter coordinates 36°49′48″N 82°4′45″W / 36.83000°N 82.07917°W / 36.83000; -82.07917
Website www.livingfaithtv.com/

WLFG is a religious station in the mountains of southwestern Virginia, licensed in Grundy, Virginia and owned by Living Faith Ministries in Abingdon, Virginia. WLFG operates on digital channel 49 (former analog channel 68).

WLFG also owns and operates two satellites, WAGV digital channel 51 (former analog channel 44) in Harlan, Kentucky and WLFB channel 40 in Bluefield, West Virginia. WLFG programming can also be seen in the Knoxville area on W14CX-D channel 14 in Farragut, Tennessee, a repeater owned by the Three Angels Broadcasting Network. WAGV was the first to broadcast exclusively in digital following a malfunction at its analog transmitter.[1]

In May 2007, WLFG received permission to shut down their analog transmitter on channel 68 and operate as a digital-only station on channel 49.[2]

Programming[edit]

The programing is mostly other ministries that purchase air time, along with some infomercials. Original programing is spread throughout the programing day with the flagship program Living Faith Now! (formerly From These Hills) along with Sing Time, Fred Schmidt, Life Begins at Calvary a program produced by Calvary Church of the Tri-Cities and other programs.

History[edit]

Living Faith Television was founded by Rev. Buford Smith who claimed that God had given him a vision to build a TV station in Virginia. The station grew from the original station in Grundy to include the other three transmitters.

Rev. Smith was Pastor of Tookland Pentecostal Church in Grundy until his death in May 2003. His son, Michael Smith, was President of the station until Buford Smith's death, when he became President and CEO of Living Faith Television.

Tookland Pentecostal Church was a major financier to the founding of the station and broke most ties with the station after the station declared its independence in 2006.

Living Faith Television is now under the control the board of Living Faith Television, with Mike Smith as President and CEO and wife Lisa Smith as CFO. Other personalities are Mary Smith (wife of the late Buford Smith), Laverne Tripp and Fred Schmidt, among others.

Satellite stations[edit]

Station City of license Channels
(Digital)
First air date ERP
(Digital)
HAAT
(Digital)
Facility ID Transmitter Coordinates
WAGV Harlan, Kentucky 51 (UHF) August 1999 (on analog channel 44) 550 kW 577 m 37809 36°48′0″N 83°22′36″W / 36.80000°N 83.37667°W / 36.80000; -83.37667 (WAGV)
WLFB Bluefield, West Virginia 40 (UHF) November 2, 2000 1000 kW 391 m 37806 37°13′8″N 81°15′39″W / 37.21889°N 81.26083°W / 37.21889; -81.26083 (WLFB)

Out-of-market cable carriage[edit]

In recent years, WLFG has been carried on cable in multiple areas outside of the Tri-Cities media market. That includes cable systems within the Charleston, WV market in Kentucky and the Charlotte and Greensboro markets in North Carolina.[3][4][5] According to Zap2it, WLFG has been carried on cable in College Grove, Tennessee, which is within the Nashville market.[6]

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