WTCT

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WTCT
Marion, Illinois
United States
Channels Digital: 17 (UHF)
Virtual: 27 (PSIP)
Subchannels 27.1/.2 TCT
27.3 TCT Family/TCT Kids
Affiliations TCT (2007-present)
Owner Tri-State Christian Television, Inc.
First air date August 1981; 32 years ago (1981-08)[1]
Call letters' meaning Tri-State
Christian
Television
Former callsigns WDDD-TV (1981-1984)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
27 (UHF, 1981-2009)
Former affiliations Independent (1981-1986)
TBN (1986-2007)
Transmitter power 800 kW (digital)
Height 213 m (digital)
Facility ID 67786
Transmitter coordinates 37°33′27.3″N 89°1′27.6″W / 37.557583°N 89.024333°W / 37.557583; -89.024333
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website www.tct.tv

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.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[2]
27.1 480i 4:3 WTCT-SD Main WTCT programming / TCT
27.2 1080i 16:9 WTCT-HD
27.3 480i 4:3 WTCT-SD2 TCT Family / TCT Kids

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

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.[3] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 27.

Newscast Titles[edit]

  • 27 Newsroom (1981-1984, news updates)
  • Marion News Tonight (1984-1986)

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says August 16, while the Television and Cable Factbook says August 24.
  2. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WTCT
  3. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.