|Channels||Digital: 51 (UHF)|
|Owner||Trinity Broadcasting Network, Inc.
(Trinity Christian Center of Santa Ana, Inc.)
|First air date||August 16, 1982|
|Former callsigns||WTGL-TV (1982-2007)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
52 (UHF) (1982-2009)
|Former affiliations||CTN (1980s-1990s)
TLN (until 2006)
Faith TV (until 2006)
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
WHLV-TV is a Christian television station serving Orlando, Florida, licensed to nearby Cocoa. The station is an owned-and-operated station of the Trinity Broadcasting Network, or TBN, and broadcasts digitally on UHF channel 51 using PSIP to display virtual channel 52.x on digital television receivers and digital-to-analog converter boxes. The station is adjacent to the Holy Land Experience, a Christian theme park also owned by TBN.
This station's digital signal lineup, like most other TBN-owned stations, carries five different TBN-run networks.
|52.2||WHLV-D2||The Church Channel|
|52.5||WHLV-D5||Smile of a Child TV|
The station was originally founded August 16, 1982 as WTGL-TV by Good Life Broadcasting (WTGL stands for The Good Life). The station was initially a blend of family type general entertainment programming such as classic cartoons, westerns, classic sitcoms, old movies, as well as Christian programming.
WTGL was at a severe disadvantage, since it was licensed in Brevard County. As a result, even though its transmitter was located as close to Orlando as possible while staying within 15 miles of Cocoa (as required by Federal Communications Commission regulations of the time), Orlando only got a grade B signal. The market's second-largest city, Daytona Beach, barely got any signal at all. As a result, WTGL began dropping most of its secular programming by 1984, and by 1985 became an affiliate of the Clearwater-based Christian Television Network, becoming the network's second station alongside flagship WCLF in Clearwater. The station would end affiliations with CTN in the late 1990s, but it continued to operate as a predominantly religious station, changing its affiliations to the Total Living Network and Faith TV. In the mid 90's, a small amount of entertainment programming was added.
On December 12, 2000, after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) began to permit duopolies, Good Life Broadcasting signed on a second station, WLCB-TV (channel 45). WLCB aired a mix of Christian shows, public domain movies, public domain episodes of some shows, as well as low budget classic sitcoms, sports shows, and lifestyle programming. WTGL continued on with a mostly Christian format.
On September 28, 2006, it was announced that WTGL-TV had been sold to the Trinity Broadcasting Network. Good Life Broadcasting continues to control the original WTGL's master control operations. The two stations shared a studio at the corner of Michigan Street and I-4 in Orlando until June 2007, when then-WLCB and the master control for what was then WTGL moved to the former studios of WKCF in Lake Mary.
In July 2007, WTGL's calls were changed to its current calls, WHLV-TV. This made the WTGL callsign available to the former WLCB, which officially took the WTGL calls in mid-September 2007.
Under the previous ownership of Good Life Broadcasting, then-WTGL-TV applied for a digital signal on channel 53, but the request was dismissed on account of the station's license being put up for sale (Good Life Broadcasting effectively moved the intellectual unit of the original WTGL-TV to what was then WLCB-TV, which today bears the WTGL call sign).
Channels 52 and 53 became unavailable for broadcasts after the analog television shutdown took place on June 12, 2009. As a result, WHLV chose channel 51 -- the highest frequency available for post-transition DTV -- as its final digital channel selection.
On January 22, 2009, WHLV's analog transmitter experienced a tube failure -- the same problem which reduced the analog signal of WKCF to 60 percent of its authorized power. Unlike most other TBN owned-and-operated stations (which went digital exclusive on April 16, 2009), WHLV continued operating its analog transmitter at half of its licensed power under a Special Temporary Authority until the June 12 changeover date. On that day WHLV activated its post-transition channel 51 digital transmitter after WOGX in nearby Ocala, Florida ceased analog transmissions on that channel.
In June 2009, channels 52.2 - 52.5 were initially added to the digital lineup, but for unknown reasons the channels remained dark and carried no actual programming until August 15, 2010 when they finally began to pass TBN multiplex programming. At that point WHLV ceased to be controlled by WTGL, and this channel is now essentially a pass-through for computerized TBN programming.
- TBN website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WHLV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WHLV-TV
- "TBN Reaching Over Four Million Viewers with Full-Power Station in Orlando, Florida". WDC Media News. 2006-09-28. Retrieved 2006-10-08.
- Orlando TV News Archives
- CDBS Print