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CityHendersonville, Tennessee
FoundedSeptember 17, 1987 (1987-09-17)
First air date
September 24, 1992 (31 years ago) (1992-09-24)
Former call signs
WPGD (1992–2003)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog: 50 (UHF, 1992-2009)
  • Digital: 51 (UHF, 2003-2009)
Call sign meaning
"We Praise God Daily"
Technical information[1]
Licensing authority
Facility ID60820
ERP1,000 kW
HAAT412 m (1,352 ft)
Transmitter coordinates36°16′3″N 86°47′44″W / 36.26750°N 86.79556°W / 36.26750; -86.79556
Public license information

WPGD-TV (channel 50) is a religious television station licensed to Hendersonville, Tennessee, United States, serving the Nashville area as an owned-and-operated station of the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN). The station's transmitter is located in Whites Creek, Tennessee, just off I-24 and Old Hickory Boulevard. Its studios are located at Trinity Music City on Music Village Boulevard in Hendersonville, which also acts as a host studio for several TBN programs and serves as a religious tourist attraction, in addition to its former role as the estate of the late country artist Conway Twitty.


Although it was granted a construction permit on September 17, 1987, the station did not sign on the air until September 24, 1992, with its original analog transmitter along State Highway 109 in unincorporated Sumner County between Portland and Gallatin. It was built and signed on by Sonlight Broadcasting Systems, a broadcast ministry based in Mobile, Alabama, and co-founded by television producer Paul Crouch Jr. and attorney and broadcaster Jay Sekulow. All of Sonlight's stations were affiliated with TBN, which was co-founded by Paul Crouch Jr.'s parents Paul Sr. and Jan. As a TBN affiliate, WPGD carried most of the network's schedule while opting out at times to air alternate programming.

In 1997, WPGD was sold, along with the rest of Sonlight's stations, to All American TV (not to be confused with an unrelated television syndication company of a similar name), a minority-owned firm with close ties to TBN;[2] the sale to All American made the station a full-fledged affiliate of the network. WPGD became a TBN owned-and-operated station in 2000, when TBN purchased all of All American's stations.[3]

Technical information[edit]


The station's signal is multiplexed:

Subchannels of WPGD-TV
Channel Res. Aspect Short name Programming
50.1 720p 16:9 TBN HD Main TBN programming
50.2 Merit Merit Street Media (eff. 4/2/2024)
50.3 480i 4:3 Inspire TBN Inspire
50.4 16:9 SMILE Smile
50.5 POSITIV Positiv

TBN-owned full-power stations permanently ceased analog transmissions on April 16, 2009.[4]

Former translator[edit]

At one point during the 1990s, WPGD also operated a low-power translator, W36AK, serving Nashville proper due to the main transmitter's location, until it was discontinued at an unknown date.[5][6]


  1. ^ "Facility Technical Data for WPGD-TV". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  2. ^ "Changing Hands" (PDF). Broadcasting & Cable. April 14, 1997. p. 47. Retrieved April 29, 2023.
  3. ^ "Changing Hands" (PDF). Broadcasting & Cable. March 27, 2000. p. 74. Retrieved April 29, 2023.
  4. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WPGD
  5. ^ "1037". Archived from the original on 2011-11-20.
  6. ^ Jeff Kadet. K1MOD’s TV DX Photos: All Analog Photos by Channel-Callsign

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