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Saginaw/Bay City/Flint, Michigan
United States
City Saginaw, Michigan
Branding TCT
Channels Digital: 48 (UHF)
(to move to 36 (UHF))
Virtual: 49 (PSIP)
Subchannels 49.1/.2 TCT
49.3 Light TV
Translators WLNM-LD 27 Lansing
Affiliations TCT (O&O; 2007–present)
Owner Tri-State Christian Television
(TCT of Michigan, Inc.)
First air date March 26, 1985 (33 years ago) (1985-03-26)
Sister station(s) WTLJ
Former channel number(s) Analog:
49 (UHF, 1985–2009)
Former affiliations TBN (1985–2007)
Transmitter power 851 kW
678 kW (CP)
Height 287 m (942 ft)
Class DT
Facility ID 67792
Transmitter coordinates 43°13′18″N 84°3′14″W / 43.22167°N 84.05389°W / 43.22167; -84.05389
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website tct.tv

WAQP is a Tri-State Christian Television (TCT) owned-and-operated television station licensed to Saginaw, Michigan, United States and serving the Flint/Tri-Cities television market. It broadcasts a digital signal on UHF channel 48 (or virtual channel 49 via PSIP) from a transmitter near Chesaning. The main WAQP signal covers Flint, Saginaw, Bay City and Midland, and goes as far southwest as Lansing.

The station also has a rebroadcaster on channel 27 in Lansing, which uses the callsign WLNM-LD. That channel was originally W69BJ channel 69, but it relocated to channel 27 as W27CN in November 2003. Since July 2009, WLNM-LD has been broadcasting in digital-only format.

WAQP also originally had a repeater serving Jackson, W59CA channel 59, which was relocated to Ann Arbor in November 2000 and renamed "W27CJ" channel 27, repeating a low-powered TCT station in Detroit, WDWO-CD. In October 2007, W27CJ was sold to SMG Media Group for $80,000 and is now WFHD-LP.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1]
49.1 480i 4:3 WAQP-SD Main WAQP programming / TCT
49.2 1080i 16:9 WAQP-HD
49.3 480i 4:3 WAQP-SD Light TV

On December 12, 2008, WAQP split up its digital channel into three separate feeds, two in standard definition and one in high definition. TCT SD airs programs which are available in standard definition only, while TCT HD airs an entirely different lineup of shows in high definition only. Some programs are simulcast on both feeds. TCT also provides a secondary feed, TCT Family, that, in addition to reruns of TCT programming, airs public domain sitcoms and cartoons (such as TCT Kids programming).

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WAQP discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over UHF channel 49, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 48,[2][3] using PSIP to display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 49.

The WLNM-LD digital broadcast uses the station's former analog channel 27 number, both in actual channel designation and via PSIP display, and mirrors the main WAQP broadcast.

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