WGNM

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WGNM
Macon, Georgia
United States
BrandingCTN Macon
SloganTeleVISION for Middle Georgia
ChannelsDigital: 33 (UHF)
Virtual: 45 (PSIP)
Affiliations45.1: CTN (O&O, 2006–present)
45.2: CTN International
OwnerChristian Television Network, Inc.
First air dateNovember 1990 (29 years ago) (1990-11) [1]
Call sign meaningGood News Television of Macon
(founding owner)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
64 (UHF, 1990–2008)
Digital:
45 (UHF, until 2020)
Former affiliationsIndependent (1990–1995)
UPN (1995–2006)
Transmitter power793 kW
Height223 m (732 ft)
Facility ID24618
Transmitter coordinates32°45′51″N 83°33′32″W / 32.76417°N 83.55889°W / 32.76417; -83.55889
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile
CDBS
Websitewww.ctnonline.com/wgnm-tv.html

WGNM, virtual channel 45 (UHF digital channel 33), is a CTN owned-and-operated television station licensed to Macon, Georgia, United States. The station is owned by the Christian Television Network. WGNM's studios are located on Steven Drive in northwestern Macon, and its transmitter is located on GA 87/US 23/US 129 ALT (Golden Isles Highway), along the TwiggsBibb county line.

History[edit]

The station first signed on the air in November 1990 as an independent station owned by the locally based Macon Urban Ministries, doing business as Good News Television. WGNM became a charter affiliate of UPN when the network launched on January 16, 1995. The station was sold to the Christian Television Network in February 2004; despite this, the new owner maintained the UPN affiliation and some syndicated secular programming, along with an overnight affiliation with the Shop at Home Network, though religious programming has always made up the bulk of WGNM's broadcast schedule.

Upon the merger of UPN and The WB into The CW, announced in January 2006, CTN used the opportunity to withdraw WGNM from carrying secular programming, refusing to take either The CW or MyNetworkTV. CTN completed the withdrawal on September 2, 2006, and switched to originating a fully religious schedule.

On February 1, 2008, WGNM turned off its analog transmitter and began broadcasting exclusively in digital.[2]

On April 24, 2020 at 12 p.m., WGNM moved from RF channel 45 to RF channel 33 and began broadcasting in 1080i high definition.

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP short name Programming [3]
45.1 1080i 16:9 WGNM-DT Main WGNM programming / CTN
45.2 480i 4:3 CTNi CTN International

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says November 30, while the Television and Cable Factbook says November 20.
  2. ^ http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-221A3.pdf
  3. ^ http://www.rabbitears.info/market.php?request=station_search&callsign=WGNM#station

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