WLMA (TV)

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WLMA
WTLW.png
Channels
BrandingWTLW 44
Programming
Affiliations44.1: Religious Independent
44.2: West Ohio Sports Network
Ownership
OwnerAmerican Christian Television Services, Inc.
(sale to Marquee Broadcasting pending[1])
WTLW-LD, WNHO-LD
History
First air date
June 13, 1982 (40 years ago) (1982-06-13)
Former call signs
WTLW (1981–2022)
Former channel number(s)
Analog:
44 (UHF, 1982–2008)
Digital:
47 (UHF, 2008–2009)
44 (UHF, 2009–2019)
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID1222
ClassDT
ERP10 kW
HAAT207 m (679 ft)
Transmitter coordinates40°45′47″N 84°11′1″W / 40.76306°N 84.18361°W / 40.76306; -84.18361
Links
Public license information
Websitewtlw.com
Translator
WTLW-LD
  • Lima, Ohio
  • United States
Channels
Programming
Affiliations44.1: Religious Independent
44.2: WOSN
Ownership
OwnerAmerican Christian Television Services, Inc.
(sale to Marquee Broadcasting pending[1])
History
First air date
December 23, 1997 (24 years ago) (1997-12-23)
Former call signs
W61CZ (1997–2009)
W23DE-D (2009–2018)
WOIW-LD (2018–2022)
Former channel number(s)
Analog:
61 (UHF, 1997–2009)
Digital:
23 (UHF, 2009–2019)
Technical information
Facility ID74373
ClassLD
ERP15 kW
HAAT149.6 m (491 ft)
Transmitter coordinates40°45′47″N 84°11′1″W / 40.76306°N 84.18361°W / 40.76306; -84.18361
Translator(s)WOHW-LD (26 UHF, Lima)
Links
Public license information
LMS

WLMA (channel 44) is a religious/secular independent television station in Lima, Ohio, United States. Owned by American Christian Television Services, the station maintains studios and transmitter facilities on Baty Road northwest of the city.

WTLW-LD (UHF channel 17, also mapped to virtual channel 44) in Lima operates as a translator of WLMA.

The station's owner should not be confused with the American Christian Television System, a defunct television network, or Associated Christian Television System, which owns WACX in Orlando, Florida.

History[edit]

WLMA has its roots in Christian radio station WTGN-FM, also in Lima. In 1976, WTGN solicited its listeners for seed money for a new television station. Before the station received FCC approval, however, WTGN opted not to own nor operate the new station, and the people behind the drive to get channel 44 on the air decided to incorporate as American Christian Television Services, Inc.

The station chose a hangar at the former site of Lima Allen County Airport on Baty Road near Elida, northwest of Lima, to build a studio. The new studios, measuring 80 by 80 feet (24 by 24 m), was believed by the station founders to be the largest television studio in Northwest Ohio. The hangar was converted into a television studio in 1980, through the efforts of volunteers.

On June 13, 1982, the station signed on the air as WTLW.

In 1988, the station expanded its focus from religious broadcasts to incorporate full length broadcasts of local high school basketball games. Eventually, football games were added as well. In the fall of 2010, WTLW launched a 24-hour all-sports network on its digital subchannel, 44.2. The station was called WOSN, standing for West Ohio Sports Network.

WOSN now covers 70 schools and several colleges and airs hundreds of full length sporting events throughout the year. WOSN is also home to several sports related shows – The Sports Report, Big Sports Weekend, Buckeye Insider and Marks Madness. The majority of games aired on WOSN are football and basketball contests, but soccer, volleyball, tennis, swimming, softball, baseball, track, bowling and even Soap Box Derby racing have been featured.

As a result of the 600 MHz spectrum auction, WTLW was required to move to VHF 4. The station then moved a low-powered translator (WTLW-LD) to its main tower as a nested translator to broadcast on UHF 17 at 15 kW of power, and became the temporary originating station for its signals (with a PSIP of 44.1 and 44.2) while WTLW moved frequencies. The station changed its call sign to WLMA on October 13, 2022, with WOIW-LD changing its call sign to WTLW-LD on October 17.

Programming[edit]

WLMA runs infomercials and religious programming before 5 p.m.; and family dramas, first-run talk shows, family movies, local sports programming, and reality shows after 5 p.m.[2]

Technical information[edit]

Subchannels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Shared subchannels of WLMA[3] and WTLW-LD[4]
Channel Res. Aspect Short name Programming
44.1 720p 16:9 WLMA Main WLMA programming
44.2 WOSN_DT West Ohio Sports Network

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Assignments". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. November 15, 2022. Retrieved November 15, 2022.
  2. ^ "Our Broadcast Schedule". WTLW.com. American Christian Television Services. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  3. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WLMA
  4. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WTLW-LD

External links[edit]