|Channels||Digital: 17 (UHF)
Virtual: 27 (PSIP)
27.3 TCT Family/TCT Kids
|Owner||Tri-State Christian Television, Inc.|
|First air date||August 1981|
|Call letters' meaning||Tri-State
|Former callsigns||WDDD-TV (1981-1984)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
27 (UHF, 1981-2009)
|Former affiliations||Independent (1981-1986)
|Transmitter power||800 kW (digital)|
|Height||213 m (digital)|
|Public license information:||Profile
WTCT is a religious television station in Marion, Illinois, broadcasting locally on channel 27. It is a Tri-State Christian Television owned-and-operated station, and is the flagship station of the TCT network. WTCT also broadcasts locally on digital channel 17. The national feed of TCT via WTCT is available nationwide on DirecTV channel 377.
WTCT previously broadcast on repeaters in Paducah, Kentucky on W54AE, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri on channel 45, KCGI-CA, and in Sikeston, Missouri on K54CA; these repeaters ceased operation around 2010.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|27.1||480i||4:3||WTCT-SD||Main WTCT programming / TCT|
|27.3||480i||4:3||WTCT-SD2||TCT Family / TCT Kids|
WTCT shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 27, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 17. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 27.
- 27 Newsroom (1981-1984, news updates)
- Marion News Tonight (1984-1986)
- Tri-State Christian Television
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WTCT
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WTCT-TV
- The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says August 16, while the Television and Cable Factbook says August 24.
- RabbitEars TV Query for WTCT
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
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