WRTN-LD

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Coordinates: 36°19′15.6″N 86°35′16.8″W / 36.321000°N 86.588000°W / 36.321000; -86.588000

WRTN-LD
Alexandria/Nashville, Tennessee
United States
ChannelsDigital: 26 UHF
(Temporarily shared with WNTU-LD)
(To move to 17 (UHF, CP))
Virtual: 6
Programming
Affiliationssee article
Ownership
OwnerRichard C. and Lisa A. Goetz
History
First air date
January 2007; 15 years ago (2007-01)
Former call signs
W25DG (2004-2005)
WKRP-LP (2005-2009)
Former channel number(s)
Analog:
6 (VHF, 2007-2009)
Digital:
7 (VHF, 2009-2020)
8 (VHF, 2020-2022)
see article
Call sign meaning
Retro Television Network (former affiliation)
Technical information
ClassLD
ERPDigital: 0.3 kW

WRTN-LD, virtual channel 6[1] (VHF digital channel 26), is a low-powered television station that serves Nashville, Tennessee and is based in Lebanon and licensed to Alexandria. The station is owned by Richard and Lisa Goetz.[2]

History[edit]

The station signed on in January 2007 under the call sign of WKRP-LP, the call sign that was made famous in the American sitcoms WKRP in Cincinnati and The New WKRP in Cincinnati, which portray a fictional radio station with that call sign. It was affiliated with White Springs Television[1] until September 2008 when it switched to the Retro Television Network. The low power digital channel 7 started broadcasting on June 12, 2009. On April 27, 2009, the call letters of the digital channel were changed to WRTN-LD, but the call letters of the analog channel remained listed as WKRP-LP until 2010, despite the callsign being reassigned to WKRP-LP (now Key West sister station WKWT-LP).

The station also added several additional subchannels with additional programming. The Retro Television Network affiliation was moved to the second digital subchannel, as religious programming from Daystar was added to the main subchannel. A third subchannel was added in 2009 showing country music videos, however the country music videos would be dropped in 2012, in favor of Cozi TV. The Cozi TV affiliation then moved to WSMV-TV's third subchannel of 4.3, resulting in WRTN discontinuing Cozi TV from their third subchannel a day before WSMV added Cozi TV to their third subchannel (on May 28, 2015).[3] WRTN-LD's third subchannel was now occupied by Retro TV, which moved from the second subchannel. The second subchannel became automotive-themed network Rev'n. Retro TV then moved to the station's fifth subchannel, (replacing Tuff TV) to make way for Antenna TV, as that network debuted on the station's third subchannel on the weekend of September 11, 2015. On September 21, 2015, This TV (which was previously seen on WTVF's third subchannel) moved to WRTN's second subchannel of 6.2, replacing Rev'n, as WTVF replaced This TV with the new comedy oriented Network Laff.[4] On Tuesday September 22, Antenna TV & This TV swapped channel positions with Antenna TV moving to Channel 6.2 & This TV moving to Channel 6.3. On September 30, 2015, Rev'n was readded to 6.2, with Antenna TV moving back to 6.3, and This TV moving to 6.6, replacing the localized classic movies channel that was run by WRTN.

On December 31, 2015, This TV moved from channel 6.6 to channel 6.3, replacing Antenna TV, which moved to WZTV's third digital subchannel of 17.3.[5] Tuff TV was readded once again to channel 6.6 on the same day.

On June 21, 2016, WRTN replaced the infomercials running 24 hours a day on Channel 6.7 with Ebru TV, however six months later, on December 9, 2016, Ebru TV was replaced with a local channel, which originates from WRTN, running classic Western movies and TV shows 24 hours a day on Channel 6.7. Also on that day, WRTN discontinued Rev'n on Channel 6.2 & replaced that channel with Jewelry Television, therefore returning that infomercial marketer to Nashville after WJFB stopped airing it to move the full-time America One affiliate to its main channel in HD, now a simulcast of WJFB 44.1. WJFB's America One affiliation remained on that channel until 2015 when it became affiliated with the Tri-State Christian Television network. In January, 2017, WRTN-LD6 was replaced with Evine. In June 2017, WRTN subchannels were swapped.

On December 3, 2019, This TV was discontinued from channel 6.3, while Jewelry Television was discontinued from channel 6.7, leaving both channels temporarily vacant. This TV would make its return once again to 6.3 on December 10, 2019.[6]

Spectrum incentive auction results[edit]

The station has a construction permit to move its digital operations to UHF 17, and is in the process of doing so, as a result of the FCC Spectrum Auction.[7] The station went off the air on July 3, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. CDT to work on their transmitter and temporarily broadcast on VHF Channel 8.[8][9]

WRTN-LD renewed its station license on April 22, 2021.[10]

WRTN-LD returned to the air on Monday, April 25, 2022, carrying some of the same subchannels as it did, before it went off the air for channel relocating. WRTN-LD is currently in a channel sharing agreement with Daystar Owned-and-operated station WNTU-LD (On UHF channel 26) and is also carrying and sharing the Daystar affiliation, until WRTN moves to its new digital channel location of channel 17.[11]

The station's analog license was cancelled by the FCC on April 28, 2021.[12]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming
6.1 480i 4:3 Daystar Daystar
6.2 WRTN Currently Silent
6.3 CMC This TV
6.4 ClasTV Classic TV Shows
6.5 TuffTV Currently Silent
6.6 ClasMov
6.7 Info

Former affiliations[edit]

Channel Programming
6/6.1 White Springs Television (January 2007-September 2008)
Retro TV (September 2008-April 27, 2009)
6.2 Retro TV (April 27, 2009 – May 27, 2015 and June 2017-July 3, 2020)
This TV (September 21–22, 2015)
Rev'n (May 27-September 21, 2015 and September 30, 2015-December 9, 2016)
Jewelry Television (December 9, 2016-June 2017)
Antenna TV (September 22–30, 2015)
6.3 Country music videos (2009-2012)
Cozi TV (2012-May 27, 2015)
Retro TV (May 27-September 11, 2015)
Antenna TV (September 11-2 and September 30-December 31, 2015)
6.5 Tuff TV (until September 11, 2015)
Retro TV (September 11, 2015-June 2017)
Classic Movies and TV Shows (June 2017-July 3, 2020)
6.6 Classic Movies (until September 30, 2015)
This TV (September 30-December 31, 2015)
Tuff TV (December 31, 2015-January 2017)
Evine (January–June 2017)
6.7 Infomercials (until June 21, 2016)
Ebru TV (June 21-December 9, 2016)
Classic Movies and TV Shows (December 9, 2016-June 2017)
Jewelry Television (June 2017-December 3, 2019)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Smith, Douglas E. (January 2008). "TV News" (PDF). VHF-UHF Digest. Worldwide TV-FM DX Association: 10.
  2. ^ "FCC Clarifies Low Power Television Carriage on Cable Systems: You're Coming In Loud, But Not Clear" (Press release). Garvey Schubert Barer.
  3. ^ "Cozi TV Diginet Adds Eight Stations". 23 March 2015.
  4. ^ "E.W. Scripps Company to Launch Grit and Escape & Expand LAFF Distribution In New Multi-Network Agreement with Katz Broadcasting." PR Newswire (May 18, 2015). Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  5. ^ "Nashville DTV News & More".
  6. ^ nashvilledtvnews.info
  7. ^ "Application Search Details".
  8. ^ https://nashvilledtvnews.info/
  9. ^ https://transition.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/tvq?call=WRTN[bare URL]
  10. ^ https://enterpriseefiling.fcc.gov/dataentry/public/tv/draftCopy.html?displayType=html&appKey=25076f9178f169f20178fa4065920e18&id=25076f9178f169f20178fa4065920e18&goBack=N
  11. ^ nashvilledtvnews.info - WRTN is Now Broadcasting, but Not on RF 17
  12. ^ https://enterpriseefiling.fcc.gov/dataentry/public/tv/draftCopy.html?displayType=html&appKey=c4be506c9de942ca9baccf6212b6c0ea&id=c4be506c9de942ca9baccf6212b6c0ea&goBack=N

External links[edit]

  • WRTN in the FCC TV station database