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Virginia Beach, Virginia
United States
Channels Digital: 7 (VHF)
Virtual: 21 (PSIP)
Subchannels 21.1 TBN
21.2 The Church Channel
21.3 JCTV
21.4 TBN Enlace USA
21.5 Smile of a Child TV
Affiliations TBN
Owner Trinity Broadcasting Network, Inc.
(Trinity Christian Center of Santa Ana, Inc.)
First air date March 27, 2006; 10 years ago (2006-03-27)
Former callsigns WHRE (2006–2010)
WHRE-TV (2010)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
21 (UHF, 2006–2009)
Transmitter power 85 kW
Height 310 m
Facility ID 82574
Transmitter coordinates 36°48′31″N 76°30′12″W / 36.80861°N 76.50333°W / 36.80861; -76.50333
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website www.tbn.org

WTPC-TV is a religious television station in Virginia Beach, Virginia, broadcasting locally on channel 21 as a TBN owned-and-operated station.


The station signed on March 26, 2006 as WHRE. The station was originally owned by Copeland Channel 21, LLC, but has always been programmed by TBN. TBN filed to purchase the station outright in May 2010.[1] WHRE added the -TV suffix to WHRE in 2010. The call letters were changed to WTPC-TV on November 15, 2010.

Digital television[edit]

This station's digital signal, like most other full-service TBN owned-and-operated stations, carries five different TBN-run networks.

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
21.1 480i 4:3 TBN Main TBN programming
21.2 TCC Hillsong Channel
21.3 COMBO JUCE TV/Smile of a Child TV
21.4 Enlace Enlace
21.5 SALSA TBN Salsa

TBN-owned full-power stations permanently ceased analog transmissions on April 16, 2009.[2]

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WTPC-TV (as WHRE) shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 21, on February 17, 2009, and "flash-cut" its digital signal into operation on VHF channel 7. Because it was granted an original construction permit after the FCC finalized the DTV allotment plan on April 21, 1997.[3] The station did not receive a companion channel for a digital television station, using PSIP to display WTPC-TV's virtual channel as 21 on digital television receivers.


  1. ^ "Trinity turning Tidewater LMA into full ownership". Television Business Report. May 20, 2010. Retrieved May 20, 2010. 
  2. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WTPC
  3. ^ [1]

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