The Info List - WDLI-TV

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WDLI-TV, virtual channel 17 (UHF digital channel 23), is a TBN owned-and-operated television station serving Cleveland and Akron, Ohio, United States that is licensed to Canton.[3] The station is owned by the Trinity Broadcasting Network. WDLI's studios are located on Renaissance Parkway in Warrensville Heights, and its transmitter is located on the west side of Akron, just north of the former site of Rolling Acres Mall.


1 History 2 Digital television

2.1 Spectrum sale and upcoming channel sharing arrangement

3 Translator stations 4 References 5 External links

History[edit] The station first signed on the air in January 1967 as WJAN,[4] an independent station owned by Janson Industries; it offered a typical slate of locally produced and syndicated programming. In its early years, live studio broadcasts were in black-and-white only, as the station could not afford color studio cameras. Feature films and videotaped programming from outside sources were always reproduced on color-capable equipment. However, many of the movies broadcast in the early years were classics from a time when color films were the exception. Sometime before 1970, the station obtained two IVC color studio cameras, which were replaced in 1971 with state of the art Norelco PC-70s. Almost from the start, WJAN broadcast religious programming. For example, live Sunday morning services from a Baptist church in Canton and other nationally syndicated material supplied on tape and film. A typical program schedule during the week would consist of a sign-on at 1:00 p.m. with syndicated programming, followed by children's cartoons, a children's live entertainment program, local live news, local live variety programs, then repeats of major network programs. Finally, a 10:00 p.m. live newscast followed by a classic film would finish the broadcast day. Although serving Canton, WJAN was categorized as a Cleveland market station. This made it difficult to obtain desirable programming at a reasonable cost. The right to broadcast a program is usually made exclusive within a market, so WJAN was competing with more established Cleveland stations for the right to broadcast repeats of popular network programming. Such was the curse of a typical independent UHF station in those times. The allure of taking paid religious programming was hard to resist. Beginning in 1974, WJAN added The PTL Club, a syndicated two-hour program originating (at the time) in Charlotte, North Carolina. ABC affiliate WAKR-TV (channel 23, now Ion Television O&O WVPX-TV) in Akron added The 700 Club to its daily schedule about the same time. The relationship between the PTL organization and WJAN deepened. In August 1977, Janson sold WJAN to televangelist Jim Bakker, founder of the PTL Club. Under Bakker, WJAN adopted a near 24-hour-a-day Christian format (keeping local news programming), becoming the first commercial TV station in Ohio to adopt a 24-hour broadcast schedule. Programming was supplied from a wide variety of organizations, both local and national. In 1981, a satellite receive station was built at the studio-transmitter site. The PTL Satellite Network had recently launched. Being wholly owned by PTL, WJAN soon transitioned to satellite delivery of the majority of all programming. Bakker was forced to sell WJAN to the David Livingstone Missionary Foundation in December 1982; shortly afterward, its calls were changed to its current call letters, WDLI-TV. The station continued broadcasting the PTL Satellite Service full-time. Four years later, in March 1986, Livingstone sold WDLI to its present owners, the Trinity Broadcasting Network. At that point, PTL programs were dropped in favor of TBN programming. On January 1, 2009, WDLI began to be carried on most Cleveland area cable providers. Digital television[edit] TBN constructed a new transmitter tower in the Akron suburb of Norton, near other television and radio transmission towers in the area near Akron's Rolling Acres Mall. WDLI's digital signal is receivable throughout the Cleveland market, unlike its analog signal (which originated from a transmitter in the Canton suburb of Louisville), which had poor reception away from Canton. Though the station's operations are now all located near Akron, Canton remains WDLI's city of license, and promotes itself as serving "Canton/Akron/Cleveland". WDLI-TV shut down its analog signal, over channel 17, on that date. The station's digital signal continued to broadcasts on its pre-transition channel 39.[5] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former analog channel 17. On November 15, 2010, WDLI moved its digital signal from channel 39 to channel 49 (its virtual channel remains on channel 17) as part of an additional boost to its transmitter power.[6][7] Spectrum sale and upcoming channel sharing arrangement[edit] On April 13, 2017, the results of the FCC's 2016 spectrum auction were announced, with TBN successfully selling the UHF spectrum for WDLI for $31.6 million. WDLI will not leave the air, arranging to share a channel with Ion Television owned-and-operated station WVPX-TV (channel 23), and the main TBN channel retained, along with its virtual channel 17.[1] However, the fate of its subchannels is undetermined.[8] TBN has filed a waiver with the FCC to have WDLI remain on the air until April 23, 2018 (an extension from the original turn-in date for their license of January 23), while the channel share is coordinated.[9] Translator stations[edit] WDLI's signal was once relayed on translators W52DS in Youngstown, and W51BI serving Geauga, Lake, and eastern Cuyahoga counties from a site in Kirtland. Both translators were shut down by TBN due to declining support, which was attributed to the digital transition; W51BI ceased operations on July 13, 2009,[10] while W52DS left the air March 26, 2010.[11] Their licenses, along with 42 other silent TBN repeaters, were cancelled on December 1, 2011 for remaining silent over a year.[12] References[edit]

^ a b Modification of a Licensed Facility for DTV Application ^ The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says January 3, while the Television and Cable Factbook says January 1. ^ "WDLI Channel 17 Television". Stationindex.com. Retrieved 2014-08-18.  ^ WJAN Station ID slide ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.  ^ Digital Transition Coverage Maps for Cleveland/Akron, Ohio ^ Northeast Ohio TV Log ^ "FCC Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction Auction 1001 Winning Bids" (PDF). 13 April 2017. Retrieved 14 April 2017.  ^ "DTV Legal STA Application". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 3 January 2018.  ^ "Notification of Suspension of Operations / Request for Silent STA (W51BI)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. December 23, 2009. Retrieved April 2010.  Check date values in: access-date= (help) ^ "Notification of Suspension of Operations / Request for Silent STA (W52DS)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. April 16, 2010. Retrieved April 19, 2010.  ^ "Re: Applications for Assignment of License…" (PDF). CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. November 30, 2011. Retrieved December 3, 2011. 

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Television in Northeast Ohio, including Cleveland, Akron, and Canton

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WKYC (3.1 NBC, 3.2 Justice, 3.3 Cozi, 3.4 Quest) WEWS-TV (5.1 ABC, 5.2 Grit, 5.3 Laff) WLFM-LP 6 (Radio) WJW (8.1 Fox, 8.2 Antenna TV, 8.3 Comet, 8.4 Charge) W16DO-D (16.1 Retro TV) WDLI-TV (17.1 TBN, 17.2 Hillsong, 17.3 Smile/JUCE, 17.4 Enlace, 17.5 Salsa) WOIO (19.1 CBS, 19.2 MeTV) WQDI-LD (20.1 Estrella TV, 20.2 OnTV4U, 20.3 Comet, 20.4 Stadium, 20.5 Decades, 20.6 QVC 2, 20.7 OnTV4U) WVPX-TV (23.1 Ion, 23.2 Qubo, 23.3 Ion Life, 23.4 Ion Shop, 23.5 QVC, 23.6 HSN) WVIZ (25.1 PBS, 25.2 OH Chan, 25.3 World, 25.4 Create, 25.5 PBS Kids, 25.9 CSCN audio only) WEKA-LD (41.1 COZI, 41.2 Buzzr, 41.3 SBN, 41.4 Liquidation, 41.5 QVC, 41.6 JTV, 41.7 Tuff TV) WUAB (43.1 MNTV, 43.2 Bounce) WEAO (49.1 PBS, 49.2 Fusion, 49.3 MHz) WCDN-LD (53.1 Daystar) WBNX-TV (55.1 CW, 55.2 Happy, 55.3 Movies!, 55.4 H&I) WQHS-DT (61.1 UNI, 61.2, UniMás, 61.3 getTV, 61.4 Escape)

Outlying areas

WIVD-LD 22/W27DG-D 27/WIVN-LD 29/WIVM-LD 39/WIVX-LD 51 (x.1 IND/This TV, x.2 This TV, x.3 Comet TV, x.4 WJDD audio only) WOHZ-CD (41.1 Weather radar/Ind) W41AP 41 (Ind) WRLM (47.1 TCT) W47AB 47 (PBS via WOSU-TV) WGGN-TV (52.1 Religious,Ind, 52.2 WGGN-FM) WMFD-TV (68.1 Ind, 68.2 WOHZ-CD 41.1 Weather radar/Ind, 68.3 Light TV)

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Mobile DTV

WKYC (3.1 NBC)

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Other television stations in the state of Ohio


WGCT-CD 8 (Columbus) WMFD-TV 12 (Mansfield) WDEM-CD 17 (Columbus) W23BZ-D 23.1 (Columbus) WOTH-CD 25 (Cincinnati) WDFM-LP 26 (Defiance) WTLW 44 (Lima)

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WRAP-LP 32 (Infos., Cleveland) WDMY-LP 38 (HSN, Toledo)

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WCBZ-CD 22 (Marion) WFND-LD 22 (Findlay, also Daystar)


WDLI-TV 17 (TBN, Canton/Akron/Cleveland) WDTJ-LP 22 (Daystar, Toledo) WWRD-LP 32 (RTV, Centerville) WOCB-CD 39/WXCB-CA 42 (independent, Marion-Delaware) WLMB 40 (FamilyNet/Worship, Toledo) WJOS-LD 45 (FamilyNet, Pomeroy) WRLM 47 (TCT, Canton) WSFJ-TV 51 (TBN, Newark/Columbus) WGGN-TV 52 (Sandusky) WCDN-LD 53 (Daystar, Cleveland)


W23BZ-D 23.2 (Azteca, Columbus) WCSN-LD 32 (32.1 Mexicanal, 32.3 Dalmar TV, Columbus) WCPX-LP 48 (Mexicanal, Columbus) WQHS-DT 61 (Univision, Cleveland)


W16DO-D 16 (Retro TV) WSSS-LP 25 (MTV2, Steubenville) WIVN-LP 29 / WIVM-LD 39 (Retro TV, Canton/Newcomerstown)


WVTX-CD 28 (Bridgeport) WAOH-CD 29 (Retro TV)

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