|Branding||TLN-TV 51/Rockford TV51|
|Slogan||Serving the families of Rockford|
|Channels||Analog: 51 (UHF), now silent|
|Owner||Total Living Network
(Christian Communications of Chicagoland, Inc.)
|Founded||March 6, 1986
September 30, 2008
|Call letters' meaning||Winning Chicagoland For Christ (former calls on former sister, Chicago's Channel 38)|
WCFC-LP (11 May 1998 to 2 May 2002)
|Former affiliations||Total Living Network|
This station started out in 1986 as a low-power satellite station of Chicago's WCFC (Channel 38, now WCPX). However, when WCPX was sold to Paxson Communications in 1998, Rockford's Channel 51 became more of a full-fledged station of its own. It was later on that WCFC-CA opened its own studio facility in Rockford. In January 2001, WCFC-CA applied for and was granted a Class A broadcast license. That, in essence, upgraded the broadcasting signal, more than tripling its power.
TLN goes cable only
On September 30, 2008, TLN relocated on Comcast from analog cable channel 15 to digital cable channel 138, then closed down WCFC-CA; the station cited that this was due to the digital transition, then scheduled for February 2009—this was despite the fact that Class A and low-powered television stations were exempt from the switchover. Following the switch to cable-only service, the station turned in its license to the FCC for cancellation.
"We remain committed to the Rockford market, but the move from broadcast to cable will allow us to make better use of our resources while continuing to provide faith and values programming to Rockford and the surrounding areas," said Jerry Rose, President of TLN. "As an organization, we believe in staying current with technology and appreciate the opportunity to do so with Comcast Digital Cable."