Family Broadcasting Corporation

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Family Broadcasting Corporation
Family-Broadcasting-Corporation-Logo.png
Launched1972
Picture format1080i HD, 480i SDTV
HeadquartersSouth Bend, Indiana, United States
Formerly calledLeSEA Broadcasting
Websitehttps://familybroadcastingcorporation.com/

Family Broadcasting Corporation, formerly known as LeSEA Broadcasting, is an American Christian television network.[1] Founded by Lester Sumrall in 1972, Family Broadcasting Corporation is headquartered in South Bend, Indiana, and broadcasts Christian and family programming. Peter Sumrall, son of Lester Sumrall, served as its president and chief executive officer from 2002 to 2015.[2] His son, Drew Sumrall, now serves in the same position.[3]

Network's former logo

National Channels[edit]

World Harvest Television (WHT)[edit]

World Harvest Television (WHT), channel 367 on DirecTV,[4][5] focuses mostly on direct televangelism, carrying hosts such as Sid Roth, Joseph Prince, Joyce Meyer, and James Robison. Program time not filled by televangelists is filled with infomercials; WHT does air some limited entertainment programming, consisting mainly of a block with Batman which moved to a new time, on May 29, 2018, The Lone Ranger and The Roy Rogers Show in the afternoons. WHT is available in over 21.2 million homes across the country on DirecTV, as well as on the Sky Angel Faith Package; a video stream of the channel is available on the Internet.

Family Entertainment Television (FETV)[edit]

Family Entertainment Television (FETV), channel 323 on DirecTV,[6][7] channel 82 on Dish Network[8], channel 245 on Verizon Fios, and channel 578 on AT&T U-Verse,[9] offers viewers a mix of religious and family-friendly programming. FETV provides such programming as Perry Mason,[10] Matlock, the Lone Ranger, Hazel, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, The Flying Nun and The Roy Rogers Show, as well as a selection of televangelists in the morning time slots.

Local Market Stations[edit]

WHMB[edit]

Originally acquired by Family Broadcasting Corporation in 1972, WHMB-TV 40 is the longest, continually operated Christian television station in the United States. WHMB reaches the entire Indianapolis, Indiana television market covering over one million households.[11]

WHME[edit]

On September 10, 1977, WHME-TV 46 South Bend came onto the airwaves with mostly religious programming, as well as some family programming. Today, WHME is Family Broadcasting Corporation's headquarters, housing a number of separate divisions. Its programming is a blend of religion, local sports, and family entertainment.

KWHB[edit]

Purchased by Family Broadcasting Corporation in 1985, KWHB-TV 47 is the oldest Christian television station in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Today, KWHB can be viewed on over 84 cable stations in Oklahoma, serving a potential audience of over 1.5 million people.

KWHE[edit]

KWHE TV-14 covers the major population centers of Hilo, Maui, Kona, and Honolulu, with Christian and family programming. The station is carried on Oceanic Cable channel 11 and on Hawaiian Telcom channel 14.

WCVI-TV[edit]

WCVI-TV 23 was acquired in 2014, and it is the Family Broadcasting Corporation station in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Former Television stations[edit]

WHFT[edit]

WHFT TV 45 Miami, Florida signed on in 1975, was acquired by LeSea in the summer of 1976, and was sold to Trinity Broadcasting Network in July 1980.

WHKE[edit]

WHKE signed on June 1988 and was owned by LeSea. The station was sold to Paxson Communications in 1995, being a temporary affiliate of the paid programming network inTV before the August 1998 launch of PAX TV, today's Ion Television.

WHNO[edit]

WHNO TV 20 New Orleans signed on October 1994. That station was sold to Christian Television Network April 2018.

Radio[edit]

Shortwave[edit]

Since 1985 Family Broadcasting Corporation has operated World Harvest Radio International, designed to reach the over 200 million shortwave radio receivers in the world. Family Broadcasting Corporation is the only Christian broadcaster currently operating a global network of shortwave radio transmitters. Transmitter facilities are located in South Carolina and Palau, Indonesia. Six transmitters are in operation full-time, named the Six Angels.

  • Angel 1—Covers Africa, North America, Central America, South America, and Australia
  • Angel 2—Covers parts of North America, Europe, and parts of Asia
  • Angel 3—Covers Asia
  • Angel 4—Covers Australia
  • Angel 5—Covers Africa
  • Angel 6—Covers North and Central America

Local FM[edit]

Harvest FM[edit]

Harvest 103.1 FM, or WHME (FM), began broadcasting in 1968. The radio station, which serves the South Bend, Indiana area, features a mix of interactive talk, Bible teaching programs, and inspirational music 24 hours a day.

Pulse FM[edit]

Founded in 1996, Pulse FM WHPZ 96.9 broadcasts contemporary Christian music to the Michiana market. In December 2004, Family Broadcasting Corporation purchased WDOW 92.1 FM to increase Pulse FM's listening base,[12] and the call letters are now WHPD 92.1. For many years, the radio station hosted World Pulse Festival, a one-day Christian music festival.[13] In 2017, Pulse FM transitioned to a new concert format named Pulse Summer Series, a series of three summer concerts in downtown South Bend, Indiana, at the Morris Performing Arts Center.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "LeSEA Broadcasting Corp - TVNewsCheck.com". www.tvnewscheck.com.
  2. ^ "LeSEA President Peter Sumrall dies at 62". South Bend Tribune.
  3. ^ "FETV Sets Ratings Record With 'Perry Mason' - TV News Check". tvnewscheck.com. 22 August 2017.
  4. ^ "World Harvest Television Live Stream - Watch Shows Online - DIRECTV". www.directv.com.
  5. ^ "World Harvest Television Channel Information - DIRECTV vs. DISH". www.direct-vs-dish.com.
  6. ^ Swann, Phillip. "DIRECTV Adds FETV, Newsmax Channels". www.tvpredictions.com.
  7. ^ "Family Entertainment Television Live Stream - Watch Shows Online - DIRECTV". www.directv.com.
  8. ^ "FETV TV Channel on DISH Network - GoDish.com".
  9. ^ "AT&T U-verse® TV Channel Guide & Lineup - Find Your Favorite Shows". www.attsavings.com.
  10. ^ "FETV Sets Ratings Record With 'Perry Mason' - TVNewsCheck.com". www.tvnewscheck.com.
  11. ^ "Local Television Market Universe Estimates" (PDF). The Nielsen Company.
  12. ^ "WHPD FM 92.1 Dowagiac - Michiguide.com Dials (G)". www.michiguide.com.
  13. ^ Harrell, Jeff. "Pulse Festival still beats strong after 30 years". South Bend Tribune.
  14. ^ "Skillet with Colton Dixon: Pulse FM Downtown Summer Series - Visit South Bend Mishawaka".

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