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Virginia Beach, Virginia
United States
Channels Digital: 7 ( VHF)
Virtual: 21 ( PSIP)
Affiliations21.1: TBN ( O&O)
21.2: Hillsong Channel
21.3: Smile
21.4: Enlace
21.5: Positiv
Owner Trinity Broadcasting Network
(Trinity Broadcasting of Texas, Inc.)
First air date
March 27, 2006 (14 years ago) (2006-03-27)
Former call signs
WHRE (2006–2010)
WHRE-TV (2010)
Former channel number(s)
21 ( UHF, 2006–2009)
Call sign meaning
W-Trinity, Paul Crouch (founder of TBN)
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID82574
ERP85 kW
HAAT310 m (1,017 ft)
Transmitter coordinates 36°48′31.8″N 76°30′11.3″W / 36.808833°N 76.503139°W / 36.808833; -76.503139
Public license information
Website www.tbn.org

WTPC-TV, virtual channel 21 ( VHF digital channel 7), is a TBN owned-and-operated television station licensed to Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States, serving the Hampton Roads area of southeastern Virginia (comprising the cities of Norfolk, Portsmouth, Newport News, Hampton, Virginia Beach and environs), and the Outer Banks region of northeastern North Carolina. The station is owned by the Trinity Broadcasting Network. WTPC's transmitter is located in Suffolk, Virginia.


The station signed on March 26, 2006 as WHRE. It 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

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
21.1 720p 16:9 TBN HD Main TBN programming
21.2 Hillsng Hillsong Channel
21.3 480i 4:3 SMILE Smile
21.4 Enlace Enlace
21.5 16:9 Positiv Positiv

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

Analog-to-digital conversion

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 to VHF channel 7. [3] Because it was granted an original construction permit after the FCC finalized the DTV allotment plan on April 21, 1997. [4] 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. ^ List of Digital Full-Power Stations
  4. ^ [1]

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