WTSF

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WTSF
Ashland, Kentucky/
HuntingtonCharleston, West Virginia
United States
CityAshland, Kentucky
ChannelsDigital: 44 (UHF)
(to move to 13 (VHF))
Virtual: 44 (PSIP)
AffiliationsDaystar (O&O; 2003–present)
OwnerWord of God Fellowship, Inc.
(Tri State Family Broadcasting, Inc.)
First air dateApril 30, 1983 (36 years ago) (1983-04-30)
Call letters' meaningTri-State Family Broadcasting
Former channel number(s)61 (UHF analog, 1983–2009)
61 (PSIP digital, –2009)
Former affiliationsCommercial Ind. (1982–1983)
Religious Ind. (1983–2003)
Transmitter power50 kW
8 kW (CP)
Height174.1 m (571 ft)
Facility ID67798
Transmitter coordinates38°25′11″N 82°24′6″W / 38.41972°N 82.40167°W / 38.41972; -82.40167
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile
CDBS
Websitewww.daystar.com

WTSF, virtual and UHF digital channel 44, is a Daystar owned-and-operated television station licensed to Ashland, Kentucky, United States and serving the HuntingtonCharleston, West Virginia television market. Owned by Word of God Fellowship, the station maintains studios on Bath Avenue in Ashland, and its transmitter is located on a very short tower in Huntington's Rotary Park.

History[edit]

The station signed on as a commercial venture in September 1982, however it was not successful and was soon donated to a local religious group. It continued as such until 2003 when the station was sold to the Daystar national charismatic Christian network and, with a few exceptions, ended local programming.

While it was locally produced, the bulk of the channel's programming consisted of fundraising to continue broadcasting.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channel[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1]
44.1 480i 4:3 WTSF Daystar

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WTSF shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 61, 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 44.[2][3] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 61, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.

References[edit]

  1. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WTSF
  2. ^ "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.
  3. ^ CDBS Print

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