LeSEA

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LeSEA
LeSEA Logo.png
Launched 1972
Picture format 1080i HD, 480i SDTV
Headquarters South Bend, Indiana, US
Website http://www.lesea.com

LeSEA Broadcasting (Lester Sumrall Evangelistic Association), also known as World Harvest Television, is an American Christian television network with over 40 affiliate stations in a number of U.S. markets, on the Fixed Service Satellite Galaxy 16 C band transponder 15, and on satellite overseas.

LeSEA is based in South Bend, Indiana and broadcasts Christian programming. Two primary shows broadcast from the studios are their flagship program The Harvest Show and Live from Studio B. Pete Sumrall, son of the network's founder the late Dr. Lester Sumrall, serves as its president and chief executive officer.

The Harvest Show, a one-hour talk show which has a format that is somewhat similar to the Christian Broadcasting Network's The 700 Club and is hosted by Valerie Lowe, Stefan Radelich, Drew Sumrall and Chuck Freeby. Guests have included Millard Fuller, Dominic Mance, Michael Landon, Jr. and Susie Scott Krabacher. Some of the program hosts serve other functions within the organization; Radelich is executive director of one of the LeSEA ministries, Feed The Hungry.

Live from Studio B is a 30-minute in-studio concert show from studio B, which features performances from various contemporary and alternative Christian artists and bands. They have hosted such artists as Katy Perry, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, the late Rich Mullins, Newsboys and others.

World Harvest Television network logo

In addition to its religious programming, LeSEA stations broadcast local high school athletics through their own production trucks, and also broadcast college football and basketball under deals with syndicators such as ESPN Plus and the ESPN Network, while South Bend station WHME-TV also airs a good amount of programming revolving around the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, not including live football games.

Also, like Trinity Broadcasting Network, FamilyNet and participating local stations, LeSEA airs The 700 Club every weekday. And overnights each weekend, they air The Best of Harvest, a rebroadcast of a previously-aired program. In addition to its many LeSEA-owned stations, network television affiliates in different parts of the country began airing The Best of Harvest and Live from Studio B among different programs from LeSEA. At other times the output consists of shows such as ('Green Acres', 'Hawaii Five-0' etc.), paid advertising (such as for animated Christian children's cartoon series available on various video formats, health supplements and products, etc.).

On February 3, 2010, LeSea announced the sale of KWHD to Liberman Broadcasting in 2010; the station switched to Liberman's Estrella TV network after the sale was completed, under the callsign KETD, though the World Harvest scheduled remained on KETD-DT2 under an addition agreement.[1]

LeSEA also operates one US shortwave location, at South Carolina, they closed their operations on the big island of Hawaii, near Na'alehu (KHWR) and also their Greenbush, ME (WHRA) shortwave facilities in the past few years. Programming is heard currently from Palau, serving the Far East.

Television stations[edit]

Station Channel[2] City Notes
WHMB-TV 40 Indianapolis, Indiana
WHME-TV 46 South Bend, Indiana Has repeaters to serve Chicago
KEEN-CD 17 Las Vegas, Nevada
KWHB 47 Tulsa, Oklahoma
WCVI-TV 23 Christiansted, Virgin Islands
KWHE 14 Honolulu, Hawaii
KETD 53.2 Denver, Colorado License owned by Liberman Broadcasting
KWHS-LD 51 Colorado Springs, Colorado
WHNO 20 New Orleans, Louisiana

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ostrow, Joanne (January 28, 2010). "Denver's TV market to get new Latino station". Denver Post. Retrieved February 2, 2010. 
  2. ^ Rabbitears.info results on World Harvest Television

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