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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
United States
ChannelsDigital: 15 (UHF)
Virtual: 14
BrandingTrinity Broadcasting Network
Affiliations14.1: TBN
14.2: TBN Inspire
14.3: Smile
14.4: Enlace
14.5: Positiv
OwnerTrinity Broadcasting Network
(Trilogy Genesis, Inc, d/b/a Trinity Broadcasting of Oklahoma City, Inc.)
First air date
March 6, 1981 (41 years ago) (1981-03-06)
Former channel number(s)
14 (UHF, 1981–2009)
silent (2020–2021)
Call sign meaning
Trinity Broadcasting Oklahoma
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID67999
ERP700 kW
HAAT358 m (1,175 ft)
Transmitter coordinates35°34′35″N 97°29′10″W / 35.57639°N 97.48611°W / 35.57639; -97.48611Coordinates: 35°34′35″N 97°29′10″W / 35.57639°N 97.48611°W / 35.57639; -97.48611
Public license information

KTBO-TV (channel 14) is a religious television station in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States, owned and operated by the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN). The station's transmitter is located near the John Kilpatrick Turnpike/Interstate 44, on Oklahoma City's northeast side.


The channel 14 allocation in Oklahoma City was first assigned to KLPR-TV, which operated from May 31, 1966 to December 1967 as an independent station.

KTBO-TV first signed on the air on March 6, 1981, and was one of several partner stations that were built and signed on by TBN, instead of being acquired from another company. It was also the fourth TBN partner station to sign on (after flagship station KTBN-TV in Santa Ana, California, KPAZ-TV in Phoenix, Arizona and WHFT-TV in Miami, Florida). The current channel 14 (as KTBO) operates under a different license and has never claimed KLPR-TV as part of its history.

In September 1989, KTBO engaged in a campaign encouraging viewers to call local cable providers Cox Communications (which served Oklahoma City proper) and Multimedia Cablevision (which served most of the city's suburbs before its Oklahoma systems were acquired by Cox in 1999) and tell them to protest premium cable channel Cinemax's broadcast of Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ, which had garnered controversy among the religious community a year before for its depiction of Jesus Christ in an alternate reality after being tempted by what he later discovers to be Satan in the form of a beautiful child (particularly for depicting Christ imagining himself engaged in sexual activities). Although Multimedia responded by blacking out all of Cinemax's broadcasts of the film, Cox refused to preempt the broadcasts and briefly dropped KTBO from its lineup.[1][2]

On October 27, 2020, KTBO's 1,175-foot (358 m) transmission tower, as well as a radio transmitter owned and operated by TBN, collapsed due to significant freezing rain accumulation created by a severe early-season ice storm that crippled much of Central Oklahoma; ice accumulations on the tower contributing to the collapse were observed to be around 3 inches (76 mm). TBN filed a special temporary authority request on November 5, asking to be allowed to remain dark for 180 days while it seeks a temporary transmitter facility from which it can resume broadcasts until the Hefner Road tower is rebuilt.[3][4][5] In January 2021, KTBO resumed over-the-air transmission of its TBN programming under a temporary leasing agreement with The Edge Spectrum, Inc., relayed in standard definition over the second digital subchannel of KUOT-CD (channel 21). KTBO resumed over-the-air broadcasts via its new transmission tower on September 18, 2021.[6]

Technical information[edit]


KTBO-TV began transmitting a digital television signal on UHF channel 15 on December 1, 2002.

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Subchannels of KTBO-TV
Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming
14.1 720p 16:9 TBN HD Main TBN programming
14.2 inspire TBN Inspire
14.3 480i 4:3 SMILE Smile
14.4 Enlace Enlace
14.5 16:9 PosiTiV Positiv

TBN-owned full-power stations permanently ceased analog transmissions on April 16, 2009.


  1. ^ Michael McNutt (September 28, 1989). "Controversial Film to Air On Cable TV". The Daily Oklahoman. Oklahoma Publishing Company. Retrieved November 22, 2020.
  2. ^ "Thread: Network shows notable for Controversy". RadioDiscussions.com. September 27, 2008.
  3. ^ "Ice and Wind KO Towers in Oklahoma and Texas". New Jersey Wireless Association. October 28, 2020. Retrieved November 22, 2020.
  4. ^ "Status of Operation (STA Request To Remain Dark) -- KTBO-TV, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma". Federal Communications Commission. November 5, 2020. Retrieved November 22, 2020.
  5. ^ "Winter Storm Spreading Snow and Damaging Ice Through the Southern Plains". The Weather Channel. Entertainment Studios. October 28, 2020.
  6. ^ "Resumption of Operations of a DTV Station Application". Federal Communications Commission. September 21, 2021. Retrieved September 23, 2021.

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