Soul of the South Network

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Soul of the South Network
Type regional broadcast network
Branding This is Home
Country USA
First air date
May 27, 2013
Availability Over the air
Founded 2011
by Edwin Avent
Carl McCaskill
Larry Morton
Headquarters Little Rock, AR
Parent SSN Media Group, LP
Official website

Soul of the South Television Network (SSN) is an African-American-focused regional broadcast network owned by SSN Media Group, LP. SSN will primarily broadcast in the Southern USA and secondarily in other high African-American populated cities in the north.[1]

SSN uses the C.A.S.H. system, Central Automated Satellite Headend, and a computer server “cloud based system” originally constructed by the defunct Equity Broadcasting to send its feed to its affiliated stations. SNN sought affiliations from full power television stations, Class A low power TV stations, digital subchannels and cable outlets.[1]


Soul of the South Network was founded in 2011 by Edwin Avent, Carl McCaskill and Larry Morton. SSN purchased assets from the bankrupted Equity Media Holdings including the studio and production facilities of KKYK-TV and the C.A.S.H. system. SSN was planning to broadcast five hours of news per day with assistance from Independent News Network with four regional bureaus. SSN was also seeking to purchase TV stations. Expected original programming was a hip hop music show, family reunion featured program and Drum Majors, concerning music at mostly black colleges, and Radioface, an unscripted comedy and Southern Soul Stories, a documentary series about southern African-American icons and southern events.[1]

By April 2012, Soul of the South was working to get additional affiliates to reach 50 markets for a two wave launch.[2]

Originally planned to launch in the first quarter of 2012[3] and moved to fall 2012, SSN instead launched on May 27, 2013 with an announced 30 market launch.[4] However according, SSN only has 11 broadcast affiliates covering 14% of the nation.[5]

The network agreed to carry some games from the first season of the Fall Experimental Football League in October and November 2014.[6]

In April of 2015, the network began dropping affiliates due to financial distress and began winding down operations.[7] The network's social media channels have been defunct since late June.


Current Affiliates[edit]

City of license Station call letters Channel location FCC Licensee
Atlantic City, NJ WMGM-TV (Wildwood)
7 (VHF only)
LocusPoint WMGM Licensee, LLC.
Access.1 New Jersey License Company
Austin, TX KVAT-LD 17 Mako Communications
Baton Rouge, LA WLFT-CD 30 Touch Family Broadcasting
Columbus, OH WCSN-LD 32.7 Columbus Television, LLC.
Dayton, OH WRCX-LP 40.1 Ross Communications Ltd.
Detroit, MI WHNE-LD 14.1 Tait Broadcasting
Fort Walton, FL WPAN 40.1 Franklin & Hoynacki Communications, LLC.
Flint, MI
WHNE-LD 14.1 Tait Broadcasting
Little Rock, AR KKYK-CD 30.1 KYMA, LLC.
Live Oak, FL WFXU-TV 57.1 Budd Broadcasting
Mesquite, TX
Dallas/Ft. Worth
KATA-CD 50.1 Mako Communications
(Sale pending to Landover 5, LLC.)
Milwaukee, WI WMKE-CD 21.1 KM LPTV of Milwaukee, LLC.
Nashville, TN WJDE-LD 31.4 World Broadcasting Network
New York, NY WDVB-CD 23.2 LocusPoint WDVB Licensee, LLC.
Orlando, FL WZXZ-CD 36.1 L4 Media Group, LLC.
Vicksburg, MS WLOO-TV 35.2 Tougaloo College
Washington, D.C. WWTD-LD 49.1 DC Broadcasting, Inc.
West Monroe, LA KMCT-TV 39.4 First Assembly of God of West Monroe

¹ WMGM-LP is a low-power repeater for areas of Atlantic City which are unable to receive the main signal on Chanel 40.

Former Affiliates[edit]

City of license Station call letters Channel location FCC Licensee Replacement
Atlantic City, NJ WMCN-TV 44.2 Lenfest Broadcasting, LLC. Tuff TV
Beaumont, TX KUMY-LD 22 Minority Broadcasting Company Mexicanal
Dover, DE WMDE 36.1 Western Pacific Broadcast LLC. Infomercials
Jackson, TN WYJJ-LD 27.1 DTV America Corporation Antenna TV
(MyNetworkTV still secondary)
Jacksonville, FL WTLV-TV 12.2 Multimedia Holdings Company
(Gannett Company)
Antenna TV
Missouri City, TX
KUVM-LD 10.1 Mako Communications Silent
Philadelphia, PA WZPA-LD 33.1 Mako Communications Silent
Westgate, FL
West Palm Beach
W16CC 16 Mako Communications Silent

Soul of the South[edit]

SSN Funding, LP
Soul of the South
Limited partnership
Industry Broadcasting
Founded Little Rock, AR (2011)
Founder Edwin Avent
Carl McCaskill
Larry Morton
Headquarters Little Rock, AR, USA
Number of locations
Divisions Soul of the South Network
Southern Soul Broadcasting
Gateway Media Technologies

SSN Funding, LP, also known as SSM Media Group, SOS Media Holdings, and doing business as Soul of the South, is a limited partnership that owns SSN Networks, Southern Soul Broadcasting and Gateway Media Technologies. The institutional investors include Arkansas Development Finance Authority, Arkansas Economic Development Commission, and Arkansas Capital Corporation.[8]

Southern Soul Broadcasting[edit]

Southern Soul Broadcasting is the station operating unit operating stations in Chicago, Philadelphia, Tallahassee, Montgomery, Jackson, MS, Raleigh, NC, and its Little Rock full power flagship station.[8]

In February, 2015, KM LPTV, which operates stations in Chicago and Milwaukee, filed a lawsuit claiming breach of contract and not making required payments. [9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Block, Alex Ben. (10/31/2011) New Network Targeting African Americans to Launch Next Year. Hollywood Reporter.
  2. ^ Albiniak, Paige. (April 28, 2012) For TV, black is the new green. Variety.
  3. ^ Associated Press. (November 24, 2011) Soul of the South’ TV. South Florida Times. Beatty Media LLC.
  4. ^ Malone, Mike. (April 18, 2013) Soul of the South Sets Launch Date. Broadcasting & Cable.
  5. ^ Stations for Network - Soul of the South. Accessed on October 4, 2013.
  6. ^ "FXFL To Be Carried on ESPN3" (Press release). New York: FXFL. PR Newswire. October 1, 2014. Retrieved October 20, 2014 – via NBC Right Now. 
  7. ^ Beherc, Sean (April 6, 2015). "Soul of the South Mulls ‘Winding Down'". Arkansas Business. Retrieved June 20, 2015. (subscription required (help)). 
  8. ^ a b Marketwired. (Apr 18, 2013) SOUL OF THE SOUTH NETWORK Set to Launch Memorial Day Weekend After Securing Nearly $10 Million Investor Infusion. Wall Street Journal.
  9. ^ Beherc, Sean (February 18, 2015). "Soul of the South Sued for Alleged Breach of Contract". Arkansas Business. Retrieved March 3, 2015.