|Richmond, Indiana/Dayton, Ohio|
|Channels||Digital: 31 (UHF)|
(shared with WDTN and WBDT)
|Affiliations||Ion (O&O, 2018–present)|
(a subsidiary of the E. W. Scripps Company)
(Ion Television License, LLC)
First air date
|May 11, 1982|
Former call signs
Former channel number(s)
43 (UHF, 1982–2009)
39 (UHF, until 2018)
50 (UHF, 2018–2019)
Hillsong Channel (20??–2018)
JUCE TV (20??–2018)
TBN Salsa (2015–2018)
Call sign meaning
|HAAT||330 m (1,083 ft)|
Public license information
WKOI-TV, virtual channel 43 (UHF digital channel 31), is an Ion owned-and-operated television station serving Dayton, Ohio, United States that is licensed to Richmond, Indiana. The station is owned by the Ion Media subsidiary of the Cincinnati-based E. W. Scripps Company. WKOI-TV's studios are located on South 9th Street in Richmond; transmission facilities are provided by unrelated Dayton-licensed NBC affiliate WDTN (channel 2), which shares its digital channel with WKOI-TV, along with WDTN's sister station, Springfield, Ohio-licensed CW affiliate WBDT (channel 26); the transmitter is located on Frytown Road in southwest Dayton.
WKOI-TV signed on May 11, 1982 as an independent station airing religious programming. In 1986, it was purchased by the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN). As a TBN O&O, the station cleared almost all of the network's programming, only breaking away from the network once a week for local community public affairs programming.
Until June 7, 2018, WKOI-TV's transmitter was located on SR 73 in Milford Township, Butler County, Ohio, near Collinsville, approximately halfway between Richmond and Cincinnati, which provided coverage to Northern Kentucky, Greater Cincinnati and the Miami Valley in Ohio, and East Central Indiana, hence its callsign WKOI-TV. Even though its transmitter was based within the Cincinnati television market, the station was officially assigned by Nielsen to the Dayton market.
TBN entered into an option agreement with Ion Media on November 14, 2017, which gave Ion the option to acquire the licenses of WKOI-TV and three other TBN stations that had sold their spectrum in the FCC's incentive auction; Ion exercised the option on May 24, 2018. The sale was completed on September 25, 2018.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
WKOI-TV (along with all other TBN-owned full-power stations) shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 43, on April 16, 2009. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 39. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 43. The station's digital signal was multiplexed, carrying TBN on 43.1, The Church Channel on 43.2, JCTV on 43.3, Enlace on 43.4 and Smile of a Child on 43.5. Later, The Church Channel became Hillsong Channel, JCTV became JUCE TV and was combined on 43.3 with Smile, and TBN Salsa was added on 43.5.
Spectrum sale and channel sharing agreement
On April 14, 2017, it was reported that WKOI-TV's over-the-air spectrum had been sold in the FCC's spectrum reallocation auction, fetching just over $20 million, with the station expected to go off the air. On March 22, 2018, it was announced that WKOI-TV would share spectrum with unrelated NBC affiliate WDTN.
On June 7, 2018, WKOI-TV began sharing WDTN's digital channel, with all TBN channels dropped, and Ion Television programming appearing on virtual channel 43.1. WDTN also continued to carry Ion Television on virtual channel 2.3, as it had since February 1, 2018; on June 29, 2018, when WDTN's sister station WBDT also began sharing WDTN's digital signal, virtual channel 2.3 was dropped.
WKOI-TV's programming was previously relayed on W20CL (channel 20) in Springfield, Ohio and W36DG (channel 36) in Cincinnati. A deal was reached to sell W20CL (now WLWD-LD in Dayton) to Word of God Fellowship, owner of the Daystar Television Network, on March 19, 2010; W36DG was also sold to Daystar, and is now WDYC-LD.
- Channel 31 digital TV stations in the United States
- Channel 43 virtual TV stations in the United States
- List of television stations in Ohio
- List of television stations in Ohio (by channel number)
- List of television stations in the United States by call sign (initial letter W)
- WKOI - Waiver Request(134365826_1)(final 3-22-2018) (002)
- Filby, Max (June 6, 2018). "TV antenna not working? Local channels start changing frequencies soon". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
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- FCC Data for WLWD-LD
- "APPLICATION FOR TRANSFER OF CONTROL OF A CORPORATE LICENSEE OR PERMITTEE, OR FOR ASSIGNMENT OF LICENSE OR PERMIT OF TV OR FM TRANSLATOR STATION OR LOW POWER TELEVISION STATION". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. March 24, 2010. Retrieved March 30, 2010.
- FCC Data for WDYC-LP
- "APPLICATION FOR TRANSFER OF CONTROL OF A CORPORATE LICENSEE OR PERMITTEE, OR FOR ASSIGNMENT OF LICENSE OR PERMIT OF TV OR FM TRANSLATOR STATION OR LOW POWER TELEVISION STATION". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. November 30, 2009. Retrieved June 30, 2018.
- "BALTT-20091201AJW Authorization" (PDF). CDBS. Federal Communications Commission. January 15, 2010. Application Number: BALTT-20091201AJV, Call Sign: W45CP-D, Form: 732. Retrieved June 30, 2018.