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Lealman / St. Petersburg, Florida
ChannelsDigital: 16 (UHF)
Virtual: 43 (PSIP)
AffiliationsSonlife Broadcasting Network
OwnerHC2 Holdings
(HC2 LPTV Holdings, Inc.)
First air dateNovember 1983 (1983-11)
Former callsignsW61AI (1983–2004)
W43CE (2004–2011)
W43CE-D (2011–2017)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
61 (UHF, 1983–2004)
43 (UHF, 2004–2011)
43 (UHF, 2011–2017)
Former affiliationsunknown (to 5/30/2007)
LAT TV (6/2007 to 5/2008)
unknown (5/2008-?)
Cubana de Television
Transmitter power1.5 kilowatts
Facility ID4330
Transmitter coordinates27°59′37.2″N 82°24′45.8″W / 27.993667°N 82.412722°W / 27.993667; -82.412722Coordinates: 27°59′37.2″N 82°24′45.8″W / 27.993667°N 82.412722°W / 27.993667; -82.412722

W16DQ-D is a low-power television station in St. Petersburg, Florida, broadcasting locally on channel 16. The station is owned by HC2 Holdings and leased to Sonlife Broadcasting Network (SBN), a Christian television network owned by Jimmy Swaggart Ministries.[1]

From June 2007 to May 2008, this station affiliated with LAT TV, a Spanish-language network. Since that network folded and until its affiliation with SBN, it is unknown what programming that station offered.

The station converted to digital in October 2011, flash cutting on channel 43. In 2017, the station moved to channel 16, using the frequency vacated by WUSF-TV in 2009; the station's call letters changed from W43CE-D to W16DQ-D. Through the use of PSIP, the station's virtual channel remains 43.

In June 2013, W43CE-D was slated to be sold to Landover 5 LLC as part of a larger deal involving 51 other low-power television stations;[2] the sale fell through in June 2016.[3] Mako Communications sold its stations, including W43CE-D, to HC2 Holdings in 2017.[4]


  1. ^ Per channel listings at zap2it.com, zip:"33756".
  2. ^ Seyler, Dave (June 24, 2013). "Anatomy of an LPTV deal extravaganza". Television Business Report. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
  3. ^ "Notification of Non-consummation". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. June 29, 2016. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  4. ^ "APPLICATION FOR CONSENT TO ASSIGNMENT OF BROADCAST STATION CONSTRUCTION PERMIT OR LICENSE". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. September 8, 2017. Retrieved January 20, 2018.

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