The Word Network

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The Word Network
TypeReligious broadcasting
AvailabilityNational (broadcast, cable, satellite);
Worldwide (satellite)
OwnerAdell Broadcasting Corporation
Key people
Kevin Adell (CEO)
Ralph Lameti (CFO)
Launch date
Official website

The Word Network, also known as The Word, is a religious broadcasting network. The Word is the largest African-American religious network in the world.[1] It was founded in February 2000 by Kevin Adell who also owns WFDF, a local urban-talk radio station, and WADL, a television station serving the Detroit television market. The network is headquartered in Southfield, Michigan.[2] The network is also available as streaming content Apple TV, Roku,[3] Chromecast, YouTube Red, and via smartphone apps.[4] The network is also available on cable and satellite in several countries, and on over-the-air television.[5]


Adell planned a national network for African-American religious ministries in the 1990s, and launched The Word Network on February 14, 2000 on DirecTV.[6]

Following its launch, broadcast was extended to all major[which?] television cable platforms in the United States.[citation needed] The network then moved to satellite broadcast[which?]. The network claims that it reaches viewers in 200 countries.[7]

In May 2012 the network completed a multimillion-dollar[quantify] expansion.[8] that included new technology, production facilities with a television studio, editing suites, green rooms, conference room, a call center, and a fulfillment center.[9] Facilities were also opened on the West Coast, in Orange, California.

In January 2015 Adell purchased former Radio Disney affiliate WFDF-AM 910 in Detroit for $3 million.[10][11]

Current over-the-air affiliates of the network are KVVV-LD Channel 15.1 in Houston, Texas, WADL Channel 38.5 in Mount Clemens, Michigan near Detroit, WBQP-CD Chantilly 12.3 in Pensacola, Florida, and WCTU-LD Channel 46.3 in Pensacola.[12]

In 2019, the network faced boycott calls from African-American clergy after the network's white owner, Kevin Adell, shared a racially charged meme, in which Adell was depicted as a pimp surrounded by black pastors.[13][14][15]


The Word Network provides religious programming shows and hosts that include Let the Healing Begin – Bishop Greg Davis,[16] The Heather Lindsey Show – Heather Lindsey,

The Shift – Dr. Taketa Williams,[17]

The Tim and Brelyn Show-Tim & Brelyn Bowman,[18]

The Empowerment Encounter-Dr. Jamal Bryant,

The Gospel According to Dorinda-Dorinda Clark Cole,

Man up-KD Bowe,[19]

Power to the People-Dr. Jamal Bryant,[20]

Rising Stars with Dorinda-Dorinda Clark Cole,[21]

The First Word and Rejoice in The Word-Bishop George Bloomer,[22] Greg Davis Live-Bishop Greg Davis,[23] Medina Pullings Live-Dr. Medina Pullings,[7] The Breaking Room-Dr. Zina Pierre, Fresh Wind-Evangelist Sandra Riley,[24] Prophetic Power-Prophetess Teresa Cox, The Threshing Floor-Dr. Juanita Bynum,[25] Word Network Church- Lexi Allen,[26] Dr. Mark Chironna-Dr. Mark Chironna, The Miraculous- Prophet Brian Carn, Spiritual Encounter-vangelist Neechy, Just for You-Evangelist Sandra Riley, Straight To the Point with Rev. W.J. Rideout, You're Season of Change with David Alexander Bullock,[27] Coming Home with Gerald & Tammi & Friends-Gerald & Tammi Haddon, Your Time for Miracles with Bishop Clarence McClendon, Kingdom Come TV with Rev. Timothy Flemming, Sr.,[28] The Breaking Room with Dr. Zina Pierre, and The Millennial Meal-Que Morgan and Micah Davis.

In addition to its original programming, The Word Network also participates in religious conference and conventions[29] that include the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc.-P.A.W., Full Gospel Conference, Church of God in Christ Holy Convocation, and “7 Last Words” hosted by Dr. Jamal Bryant.

The Miraculous with Prophet Brian Carn


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  2. ^ "The Word Network". 29 August 2005. Archived from the original on 18 October 2016.
  3. ^ Roku. "Roku". Roku.
  4. ^ "The Word Network APK Download - Free Lifestyle APP for Android -".
  5. ^ "The Word Network Moves Toward Mainstream".
  6. ^ "The Word Network". Truli.
  7. ^ a b Herald, The Gospel (13 January 2017). "Christian Ministers Urge Congress To Save Religious 'The Word Network' on Comcast".
  8. ^ "The Word Network « CBS Detroit". Retrieved 2013-05-27.
  9. ^ "The Word Network to Break Ground for New Studio". 13 April 2011. Archived from the original on 9 April 2016.
  10. ^ "The Word Network Acquires WFDF Detroit,", 18 November 2014
  11. ^ "Adell's WFDF buy boosts reach, rates". 23 January 2015.
  12. ^ "RabbitEars.Info".
  13. ^ Warikoo, Niraj. "Detroit TV station owner under fire for meme sent to African American pastor", Detroit Free Press. October 15, 2019. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  14. ^ Blair, Leonardo. "Black clergy call for boycott of Word Network after white owner is accused of racial insensitivity", The Christian Post. October 10, 2019. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  15. ^ "'Racist' Christian TV Station Slammed Over 'Pimp' And Black Clergy 'Hoes' Picture", NewsOne. October 10, 2019. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  16. ^ "The WORD Network Announces Bishop George Bloomer as New Host of "Rejoice in the Word": Replaces Bishop Greg Davis - -".
  17. ^ "Prophetess Taketa Williams".
  18. ^ "The Tim and Brelyn Bowman Show is Now On The Word Network!!! (video)". 4 April 2017.
  19. ^ "Set Your DVR's For KD BOWE's New Show Man Up! On The Word Network!". 28 March 2017.
  20. ^ "Jamal Bryant Has A New Show Coming To The Word Network This Fall & It Looks Like His "Last Lady" Tweet Will Be Joining Him FirstLady B". 19 September 2016.
  21. ^ "Dorinda Clark Cole Welcomes The Clark Sisters for First Word Network Show « BLOG".
  22. ^ "Bishop George Bloomer Hosts Rejoice in the Word Tonight with Guests Half Mile Home". 11 January 2013.
  23. ^ "Bio".
  24. ^ "Evangelist Sandra Riley: I Know Who I Am: Called, Chosen, and Purposed! - Online Community for Women In Ministry".
  25. ^ "The Word Network Has Partnered With Anointed Dr. Juanita Bynum!".
  26. ^ "The Word Network Brings Back "The Lexi Show"". 11 February 2015.
  27. ^ "David Bullock presents special tribute Martin Luther King Day". 14 January 2018.
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  29. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-03-10. Retrieved 2018-03-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)