WLXI

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WLXI
Greensboro/ Winston-Salem/
High Point, North Carolina
United States
CityGreensboro, North Carolina
Channels Digital: 20 ( UHF)
(shared with WUNC-TV and WRAY-TV [1])
Virtual: 43 ( PSIP)
Programming
Affiliations TCT ( O&O, 2007–present)
Ownership
Owner Tri-State Christian Television
(Radiant Life Ministries, Inc.)
History
First air date
March 5, 1984 (36 years ago) (1984-03-05)
Former channel number(s)
Analog:
61 (UHF, 1984–2009)
Digital:
43 (UHF, until 2018)
25 (UHF, 2018–2019)
Secular Ind. (1984–1986)
TBN (1986–2007)
Call sign meaning
LXI = Roman numeral 61 (former analog channel)
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID54452
ERP1000 kW
HAAT461.9 m (1,515 ft)
Transmitter coordinates 35°51′59″N 79°10′0.5″W / 35.86639°N 79.166806°W / 35.86639; -79.166806
Links
Public license information
Profile
LMS
Website www.tct.tv

WLXI, virtual channel 43 ( UHF digital channel 20), is a TCT Network owned-and-operated television station licensed to Greensboro, North Carolina, United States and serving the Piedmont Triad region (Greensboro– Winston-SalemHigh Point). The station is owned by Marion, Illinois-based Tri-State Christian Television. WLXI's transmitter is located on Terrells Mountain near Chapel Hill (in the RaleighDurham market). The station maintained studios on Patterson Street in Greensboro until TCT ended local operations in June 2018. [2]

History

The station first signed on the air on March 5, 1984, originally broadcasting on UHF channel 61. It operated as a general entertainment independent station running cartoons, movies, drama series, westerns, music videos and classic sitcoms. Gradually, it increased the amount of music videos on its schedule and by the fall of 1985, the station broadcast music videos for the entire broadcast day.

In early 1986, WLXI was sold to the Trinity Broadcasting Network and converted into an owned-and-operated station of the network, replacing secular entertainment programs with religious programming from TBN. TBN often purchased over-the-air stations in order to achieve must-carry status on cable providers, even though TBN stations air very limited local programming. In 1991, the station was sold to Tri-State Christian Television. In April 2007, TCT pulled TBN programming from its stations in favor of programming supplied by the company.

From 1993 to 2009, WLXI's signal was relayed on low-power translator station W18BG (channel 18, now WMDV-LD) in Danville, Virginia. In June 2009, that station was sold to the Star News Corporation (owners of WGSR-LD in that market) and stopped rebroadcasting WLXI's programming.

At the end of June 2018, TCT closed WLXI's local studio and ended its local programming with the FCC's repeal of the Main Studio Rule, and the station from then on would be programmed through TCT's default national schedule. [3]

Digital television

Digital channel

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming [4]
43.1 1080i 16:9 WLXI Main WLXI programming / TCT

Analog-to-digital conversion

WLXI shut down its analog signal on June 12, 2009, as part of the FCC-mandated transition to digital television for full-power stations. [5] The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 61, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition, to its former UHF analog channel 43. Shortly after converting to digital, WLXI opted to use of its physical digital channel 43 as its virtual channel, instead of using its former UHF analog channel 61 (as one of a handful of television stations that chose to use a PSIP channel differing from its pre-transition analog allocation).

Out-of-market cable carriage

In recent years, WLXI has been carried on cable providers in areas within the Raleigh television market. [6]

External links

References

  1. ^ WRAY-WLXI-WUNC Channel Sharing Agreement (Redacted)
  2. ^ "WNYB-TV ends local productions, station site is for sale". The Buffalo News. July 2, 2018. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  3. ^ McLaughlin, Nancy (June 28, 2018). "WLXI, a longtime carrier of Christian programming, signs off". News & Record. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  4. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WLXI
  5. ^ List of Digital Full-Power Stations
  6. ^ http://www.rtmc.net/