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Marion, Illinois
United States
ChannelsDigital: 17 (UHF)
Virtual: 27 (PSIP)
Subchannels27.1/.2 TCT
27.3 Light TV
AffiliationsTCT (2007–present)
OwnerTri-State Christian Television, Inc.
First air dateAugust 1981; 37 years ago (1981-08)[1]
Call letters' meaningTri-State
Former callsignsWDDD-TV (1981–1984)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
27 (UHF, 1981–2009)
Former affiliationsPrimary:
Independent (1981–1986)
TBN (1986–2007)
FNN (1981–1985)
Transmitter power800 kW (digital)
Height213 m (699 feet)
Facility ID67786
Transmitter coordinates37°33′27.3″N 89°1′27.6″W / 37.557583°N 89.024333°W / 37.557583; -89.024333
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license information:Profile

WTCT is the flagship station of the Tri-State Christian Television religious television network, broadcasting locally on channel 27 in Marion, Illinois. WTCT also broadcasts locally on digital channel 17. The national feed of TCT via WTCT is available nationwide on DirecTV channel 377.


The station signed on the air in August 1981 as independent station WDDD-TV. In 1984, the station's call letters were changed to the current WTCT and became a TBN station in 1986 as well as with the case of a few independent stations that switched to the religious network during that year. The station also carried business news programming from the Financial News Network after the late movie each weeknight before sign-off until 1985. In 2007, the station became a TCT owned-and-operated station.


WTCT previously broadcast on repeaters in Paducah, Kentucky on W54AE, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri on channel 45, KCGI-CA, and in Sikeston, Missouri on K54CA; these repeaters ceased operation around 2010.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[2]
27.1 480i 4:3 WTCT-SD1 Main WTCT programming / TCT
27.2 1080i 16:9 WTCT-HD
27.3 480i 4:3 WTCT-SD2 Light TV

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WTCT shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 27, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 17.[3] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 27.

Newscast titles[edit]

  • 27 Newsroom (1981–1984; news updates)
  • Marion News Tonight (1984–1986)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says August 16, while the Television and Cable Factbook says August 24.
  2. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WTCT
  3. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2012-03-24.