GEB America

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GEB Network
TypeReligious broadcasting
Country
AvailabilityNational (broadcast, cable, satellite)
Slogan"Helping You Live Well - Spirit, Mind & Body"
HeadquartersTulsa, Oklahoma, United States
OwnerOral Roberts University
Key people
Laura Bishop (VP ORU)
David Groves (General Manager)
Launch date
January 24, 1996
Former names
Golden Eagle Broadcasting
Official website
www.geb.tv
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Broadcast areaNationwide
HeadquartersTulsa, Oklahoma
Formerly calledGolden Eagle Broadcasting, GEB America
ReplacedGEB Network
Websitehttp://www.GEB.tv/
Availability
Terrestrial
KGEBChannel 53 (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
KBPXChannel 46.5 (Houston, TX)
WACXChannel 55.3 (Orlando FL)
W28DBChannel 28.1 (Greenville, SC)
KAXTChannel 1.2 (San Jose, CA)
Satellite
DirecTV363
SES-1C-Band
Dish NetworkTBA
Cable
Available on select cable systemsCheck local listings

GEB Network (formerly known as Golden Eagle Broadcasting) is a digital satellite television network, which airs primarily Christian and family programming. Oral Roberts founded it in 1996. GEB is owned by Oral Roberts University and is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma.[1]

History[edit]

On January 24, 1996, KWMJ TV-53 Tulsa began airing with 24-hour programming. The launch of KWMJ TV-53 included programming like Oral Roberts's Chronicles of Faith, which was a 30-minute program showing footage from his tent crusades and the Oral Roberts University Chapel. The first live chapel aired on January 26, 1996.

On November 1, 1998, Golden Eagle Broadcasting was picked up by stations and viewers across the country and the world via television and the internet. By November 29, 1999, KWMJ TV-53 became KGEB TV-53, the flagship affiliate of Golden Eagle Broadcasting. In 2003, KGEB became the digital channel, KGEB-DT.

Programming[edit]

GEB provides Christian and what it describes as family-friendly programming, with programs such as:

Original programming[edit]

GEB Network also airs original programming on their network.

Through the years, they have partnered with Oral Roberts University to air several university specials. Since 2008, ORU Men's Basketball games have been featured on the network. From 2011 to 2013, The Gathering at ORU aired on GEB with special appearances from pastors and ministry leaders like Dr. Steve Munsey, Clifton Taulbert, Psalmist Judy Jacobs and more.[2] The ORU Christmas Joys concert experience aired on GEB in 2011 and 2012. Another ministry special, ORU Ignite, featuring Dr. Charles Stanley, Billy Wilson, Mark Rutland, Jentezen Franklin, and more aired in Summer 2013.[3]

In 2010, GEB partnered with Empowered21 to produce and air their inaugural global conference which was recorded in The Mabee Center.[4]

In wake of the Moore, Oklahoma Tornado, GEB and Oral Roberts University met the victims and partners at Convoy of Hope to help provide relief. The stories were captured on GEB America Special Moore, Oklahoma Tornado on May 24, 2013.

GEB's digital channel, KGEB-DT also airs original programming, including The United States Army Field Band in April 2012[5] and the US Congressional Debate in October 2012 and YBC Lasting Legacies series in 2019.

In February 2017 GEB began broadcasting Oral Roberts University baseball home games.

Coverage[edit]

On June 23, 2010, Golden Eagle Broadcasting Network was added to DirecTV. On October 1, 2012, Golden Eagle Broadcasting changed its name to GEB America as an integrated identity for broadcast, internet, and social media. In August 2013, GEB America released its first smartphone app for iPhone and Android devices, allowing live streaming access as well as the program schedule and the Living Well podcast.

In May 2013, GEB began broadcasting in the Houston, TX area including Montgomery, Galveston and Lake Jackson; reaching a potential audience of 5,000,000.

In March 2014, GEB debuted on The Roku Streaming Player. This expansion helps GEB reach millions of additional viewers through their streaming channels. For more than a decade, GEB partnered with Sky Angel TV for their streaming services, until the companies disband in January 2014.

In May 2014, GEB began broadcasting on high-definition television (HDTV). The award-winning religious network is one of the first to convert to an HD format.

In June 2016, GEB began broadcasting in the San Francisco Bay Area, encompassing San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose and Silicon Valley. This coverage generates a potential of 4,500,000 new viewers for GEB.

In February, 2017 GEB begain broadcasting in the Orlando Florida area,

In February, 2017 GEB began broadcasting on Apple TV.

In March, 2018 GEB began broadcasting on Amazon TV.

In April, 2018 GEB began broadcasting over the air in Greenville South Carolina.

In late 2018 began transitioning to GEB as an integrated identity for better world wide positioning in broadcast, OTT, internet and social media.

Executives[edit]

Laura Bishop is V.P Advancement Oral Roberts University. David Groves is the general manager. Bill Lee, the director of engineering, also holds posts at ORU and formerly with Oral Roberts Ministries.

Charitable and humanitarian initiatives[edit]

GEB offers internships for ORU and other college students.

In 2012, GEB (GEB America) partnered with Convoy of Hope to provide relief to Hurricane Sandy victims.

On May 20, 2013, Moore, Oklahoma and surrounding areas were devastated by the violent 2013 Moore tornado. GEB partnered with ORU and Convoy of Hope to help relieve Oklahomans in need.[6] GEB America also was instrumental in getting the story out nationwide via their television network.

Headquarters[edit]

GEB studios are headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the Mabee Center on the Oral Roberts University campus. Over the years programs like Big 12 Conference, Deborah Sweetin, Dr. Crozier and You, Hellen Thomas and YBC Lasting Legacies have been recorded on-site in various studios. GEB also airs live and syndicated Oral Roberts Golden Eagles basketball and baseball games. The Mabee Center and GEB have partnered together several times for special events. On October 13, 2013, GEB was a sponsor at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.[7] The Mabee Center was one of the members that were inducted into the 2013 class.

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2013, the National Religious Broadcasters Association nominated GEB America for two awards at the 2014 NRB Media Awards. GEB won the Best TV Public Service Announcement and was also nominated for Station of the Year.[8][9]

In 2016, the National Religious Broadcasters Association awarded KGEB the TV Station of the Year.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tulsa religion notes - Tulsa World: Archives". Tulsa World. 2012-09-22. Retrieved 2014-03-06.
  2. ^ http://www.lightquestmedia.com/html/ORU.php
  3. ^ http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/religion/oru-ignite-conference-to-feature-nationally-known-speakers/image_fed8cac8-ae6c-544c-9323-3566d2472f73.html
  4. ^ http://www.christianpost.com/news/10-000-people-attend-empowered-21-congress-44742/
  5. ^ http://www.oru.edu/news/oru_news/20120222_military_concert_mabee_center.php
  6. ^ "ORU Students, Alumni Witness Faith Amid Oklahoma Tornadoes Aftermath". Charismanews.com. Retrieved 2014-03-06.
  7. ^ "Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame inductees perform at Tulsa's Mabee Center - Tulsa World: Music". Tulsa World. 2013-10-21. Retrieved 2014-03-06.
  8. ^ "2014 NRB Media Awards: And the Nominees are". NRB. 2014-02-25. Retrieved 2014-03-06.
  9. ^ "Recipients of the 2014 NRB Media Awards Announced!". NRB. 2014-02-25. Retrieved 2014-03-06.
  10. ^ "KGEB TV Receives 2016 NRB Award for TV Station of the Year (Full Power)". NRB. 2016-03-30. Retrieved 2016-08-03.

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