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Naperville/Chicago, Illinois
United States
CityNaperville, Illinois
ChannelsDigital: 35 (UHF)
(shared with WLPD-CD; to move to 32 (UHF))
Virtual: 35 (PSIP)
SubchannelsSee below
OwnerTrinity Broadcasting Network, Inc.
(TCCSA, Inc., d/b/a Trinity Broadcasting Network)
First air dateDecember 1986 (32 years ago) (1986-12)[1][2]
(in LaSalle, Illinois; license moved to Naperville in 2017)
Call letters' meaningWide
World of
TOmorrow[citation needed]
Former callsignsDigital:
WWTO-DT (2003–2009)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
35 (UHF, 1986–2009)
10 (VHF, until 2017)
Transmitter power15 kW
Height86.2 m (283 ft)
Facility ID998
Transmitter coordinates41°50′18.3″N 88°4′48.9″W / 41.838417°N 88.080250°W / 41.838417; -88.080250Coordinates: 41°50′18.3″N 88°4′48.9″W / 41.838417°N 88.080250°W / 41.838417; -88.080250
Licensing authorityTBN

WWTO-TV, virtual and UHF digital channel 35, is a TBN owned-and-operated television station serving Chicago, Illinois, United States that is licensed to Naperville. The station is owned by the Trinity Broadcasting Network. WWTO-TV's studios are located on Vision Court in Aurora, and it shares transmitter facilities with WLPD-CD (channel 30) in Glen Ellyn, near the campus of the College of DuPage.

Until November 13, 2017, the station (then licensed to LaSalle) maintained transmitter facilities located in Deer Park Township, LaSalle County (near Starved Rock State Park)[3] and had studios on East Stevenson Road in Ottawa. Though nominally within the Chicago television market, LaSalle is geographically at the far edges of several television markets.


The first station to broadcast on UHF channel 35 from LaSalle went on the air on November 7, 1957 as WEEQ, a satellite station of WEEK-TV in Peoria.[4][5] WEEK and WEEQ were acquired by a company related to Kerr-McGee, but sold off after Senator Robert S. Kerr's death.[6] The sale, approved by the Federal Communications Commission on July 13, 1966, was for $3,088,650 ($23,850,700 adjusted for inflation) and transferred the stations to Mid-America Television Co., owned by Kansas City Southern Industries.[7] The station still appeared in the 1973 Broadcasting Yearbook but not the 1974 edition.

WWTO-TV began broadcasting operations in early December 1986.[1][2]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

This station's digital signal, unlike most other full-service TBN owned-and-operated stations, carries four instead of five different TBN-run networks since it is under a channel sharing agreement. WLPD-CD carries Hillsong Channel.

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
35.1 720p 16:9 TBN Main TBN programming
35.2 480i 4:3 COMBO JUCE TV/Smile
35.3 Enlace Enlace
35.4 TBN SD SD simulcast of DT1

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

WWTO shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 35, on that date. The station's digital signal continued to broadcast on its pre-transition VHF channel 10.[8] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 35.

Cable carriage[edit]

LaSalle lies at the far western end of its nominal Chicago media market. The Federal Communications Commission has declared many communities in Chicago area cable systems to be outside of WWTO-TV's designated market, and denied must-carry status. In 1997 ruling in favor of Time Warner Cable, the FCC noted that "WWTO-TV has at best a minimal viewing presence in the Chicago ADI as a whole, and the communities are located approximately 65 to 70 miles from WWTO-TV. Furthermore, the station has never been carried on the cable system in question, offers no programming specifically for the relevant communities, and provides no over-the air signal coverage of the Communities."[9] The FCC made a similar ruling in 1999 concerning dozens of cable services in McHenry, DuPage, Lake, Cook, Kane and Will counties in Illinois and Lake, Porter, LaPorte and Jasper counties in Indiana. In that order, the FCC noted that "out of the 10 counties herein, the A.C. Nielsen 1997 County/Coverage Survey does not even list WWTO-TV and for the one where it is listed, Will County, only minimal viewership is recorded."[2]

With the switch of many of Comcast's Chicago systems to analog to digital-exclusive service, that provider has added WWTO and its subchannel services to the lineup. WWTO and its subchannel services are currently carried on channels 380-384 (380 TBN, 381 TBN Salsa, 382 Smile of a Child/Juce, 383 Hillsong, 384 & 633 Enlace), though areas where WWTO has not acquired must-carry instead carry only the national TBN feed in standard definition on channel 380.


Until 2010, WWTO rebroadcast its signal on translators throughout Northern and Central Illinois; however, due to financial strains endured by TBN, these translators closed down in early 2010.

W19CX would later be sold to Luken Communications, the parent company of Retro Television Network, under the licensee name "Digital Networks - Midwest".[18]

W22AJ would later be sold to one of the owners of KAXT-CD in San Jose, California, under the licensee name of "Chicago 22, LLC".[19] The callsign was changed to WRJK-LP on January 18, 2013.[20]

W34DL, W51CT and W51DT would later be donated to the Minority Media and Television Council (MMTC);[21] however W34DL and W51CT would later be cancelled, due to inactivity for over one year.[22] The current occupant of channel 34 in Champaign, W34EH-D, is on a new license under a different owner.[23] Only W51DT would remain active under MMTC's ownership.

W40BY would be purchased by Spanish-language broadcaster Liberman Broadcasting, the parent of Estrella TV in February 2010, giving that network a station in Chicago. The sale was completed on December 6, 2010, with the call letters changed to WESV-LD.

To date, TBN still holds the licenses for W25CL, W29BG and W50DD; however, these translators are among the 36 TBN has sold to Regal Media, a broadcasting group headed by George Cooney, the CEO of the EUE/Screen Gems studios, on April 13, 2012.[24]


  1. ^ a b For the 1986 air date, the Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says December 1, while the Television and Cable Factbook says December 5.
  2. ^ a b c DA-99-307: Memorandum Option and Order: Jones Cable TV Fund 12-A, Ltd./Jones Cable TV Fund 15-A, Ltd. and TCI of Illinois, Inc. and its Affiliates. For Modification of the ADI of Station WWTO-TV, LaSalle, Illinois. CSR-5314-A and CSR-5315-A. Federal Communications Commission. 5 February 1997. Retrieved 2009-09-29.
  3. ^ WWTO-TV, Naperville, Illinois - Status of Operation
  4. ^ 1960 Broadcasting Yearbook (PDF). Washington, D.C.: Broadcasting Publications, Inc. 1960. p. A-39.
  5. ^ Quick, Doug (2009-03-13). "Other Television History". Vermilion County, Illinois. Archived from the original on 2010-12-16. Retrieved 2009-09-29.
  6. ^ Corarito, Gregory (1967). "The History and Development of Television in Tulsa, Oklahoma". University of Tulsa, Graduate School. |chapter= ignored (help) Thesis cites Tulsa Tribune of 5 December 1957 as its reference for Kerr-McGee adding some stations.
  7. ^ 1967 Broadcasting Yearbook (PDF). Washington, D.C.: Broadcasting Publications, Inc. 1967. p. A-96.
  8. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
  9. ^ DA-97-545: Memorandum Option and Order: Time Warner Entertainment - Advance Newhouse Partnership, dba Time Warner Cable. Granted petition for special relief for modification of the television market of Station WWTO-TV, La Salle, Illinois. Federal Communications Commission. 14 March 1997. Retrieved 2009-09-29.
  10. ^ "Notification of Suspension of Operations / Request for Silent STA". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. April 28, 2010. Retrieved April 29, 2010.
  11. ^ http://licensing.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/forms/prod/prefill_and_display.pl?Application_id=1368700&Service=TX&Form_id=910&Facility_id=68061
  12. ^ "Notification of Suspension of Operations / Request for Silent STA". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. April 27, 2010. Retrieved April 28, 2010.
  13. ^ "Notification of Suspension of Operations / Request for Silent STA". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. April 26, 2010. Retrieved April 27, 2010.
  14. ^ "Notification of Suspension of Operations / Request for Silent STA". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. May 13, 2010. Retrieved May 14, 2010.
  15. ^ "Notification of Suspension of Operations / Request for Silent STA". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. April 27, 2010. Retrieved April 28, 2010.
  16. ^ "Notification of Suspension of Operations / Request for Silent STA". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. April 28, 2010. Retrieved April 29, 2010.
  17. ^ "Notification of Suspension of Operations / Request for Silent STA". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. May 14, 2010. Retrieved May 17, 2010.
  18. ^ FCC application: "Notification of Suspension of Operations / Request for Silent STA" for W19CX
  20. ^ http://licensing.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/call_hist.pl?Facility_id=68061&Callsign=WRJK-LP
  21. ^ FCC document: "COMMENTS OF LPTV ENTREPRENEURS", December 17, 2010.
  22. ^ "Re: Applications for Assignment of License…" (PDF). CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. November 30, 2011. Retrieved December 3, 2011.
  23. ^ FCC records for W34EH-D
  24. ^ FCC document: "Asset Purchase Agreement: Trinity Christian Center Of Santa Ana, Inc. / Trinity Broadcasting Of Arizona, Inc. (Sellers) and Regal Media, Inc. (Buyer)

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