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Marion, Illinois
United States
Channels Digital: 17 (UHF)
Virtual: 27 (PSIP)
Subchannels 27.1/.2 TCT
27.3 Light TV
Affiliations TCT (2007–present)
Owner Tri-State Christian Television, Inc.
First air date August 1981; 36 years ago (1981-08)[1]
Call letters' meaning Tri-State
Former callsigns WDDD-TV (1981–1984)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
27 (UHF, 1981–2009)
Former affiliations Primary:
Independent (1981–1986)
TBN (1986–2007)
FNN (1981–1985)
Transmitter power 800 kW (digital)
Height 213 m (699 feet)
Facility ID 67786
Transmitter coordinates 37°33′27.3″N 89°1′27.6″W / 37.557583°N 89.024333°W / 37.557583; -89.024333
Licensing authority FCC
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.


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). Retrieved 2012-03-24.