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Hendersonville/Nashville, Tennessee
United States
City of license Hendersonville, Tennessee
Channels Digital: 33 (UHF)
Virtual: 50 (PSIP)
Subchannels 50.1 TBN
50.2 The Church Channel
50.3 JUCE TV/Smile of a Child
50.4 TBN Enlace USA
50.5 TBN Salsa
Affiliations TBN (O&O)
Owner Trinity Broadcasting Network, Inc.
(TCCSA, INC. d/b/a Trinity Broadcasting Network)
Founded September 17, 1987
First air date September 24, 1992 (1992-09-24) [1]
Call letters' meaning W Praise God Daily
Sister station(s) WBUY-TV
Former callsigns WPGD (1992-2003)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
50 (UHF, 1992-2009)
51 (UHF, 2003-2009)
Transmitter power 1,000 kW
Height 1,351 feet (412 m)
Facility ID 60820
Transmitter coordinates

WPGD-TV is a religious television station licensed to Hendersonville, Tennessee. It is owned and operated by the Trinity Broadcasting Network serving the Nashville, Tennessee media market. It broadcasts a digital signal on UHF channel 33 (Virtual channel 50 via the use of PSIP), and its programming lineup consisting exclusively of evangelical and fundamentalist Christian programming. As such paid programming is not monitored by the Nielsen ratings, the impact of this station in the Nashville and Middle Tennessee market to which it is primarily presented cannot be readily measured.

The station's transmitter is located in Whites Creek, Tennessee just off Interstate 24 and Old Hickory Boulevard. Studios and local broadcasting facilities are located at TBN’s premier local attraction, Trinity Music City in Hendersonville.

WPGD-TV is currently the default over-the-air television station for the Bowling Green, Kentucky media market because a TBN station is not available over-the-air directly from Bowling Green in that market, although it is widely carried on all satellite and cable television systems.


  • History 1
  • Digital television 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Although granted a construction permit in September 1987, the station did not sign on the air until September 1992 as Nashville’s over-the-air outlet of the Trinity Broadcasting Network.[2] It has been broadcasting in an evangelical Christian programming format by TBN ever since its 1992 inception. Its original analog TV transmitter was located along Tennessee State Route 109 in Sumner County between Portland and Gallatin.

At one point during the 1990s, WPGD also operated a low-power translator, W36AK, until it was discontinued at an unknown date.[3][4]

In 2003, WPGD’s current digital transmitter began transmitting the digital signal on UHF channel 51 until it was moved to the current UHF channel 33 in 2009.

On June 1, 2015 at 6:00 PM Central Time, the fifth digital sub-channel of WPGD and all other TBN owned-and-operated stations switched to TBN Salsa, a new TBN operated television network focusing on religious programming targeted at English speaking Hispanic community in America. Smile of a Child programming is now seen on WPGD-DT3 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with JUCE TV remaining on that subchannel outside those specified hours.

Digital television

This station's digital signal, like most other full-service TBN owned-and-operated stations, carries five different TBN-run networks.

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[5]
50.1 480i 4:3 TBN Main WPGD Programming / TBN
50.2 Church The Church Channel
Smile of a Child TV (8 a.m.-5 p.m. CT)
50.4 Enlace TBN Enlace USA
50.5 Salsa TBN Salsa

TBN owned-and-operated stations ceased analog television transmissions on April 16, 2009 despite the FCC-mandated Digital Television Transition deadline was scheduled for June 12, 2009.

WPGD-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 50 on that date. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 51 to channel 33.[6] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 50.

See also


  1. ^ The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says September 23, while the Television and Cable Factbook says September 24.
  2. ^ Digital TV Market Listing for WPGD-TV RabbitEars.Info. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  3. ^,%20tn%20%20%20361%20mi.html
  4. ^ Jeff Kadet. K1MOD’s TV DX Photos: All Analog Photos by Channel-Callsign
  5. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WPGD-TV
  6. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24. 

External links

  • TBN - Official Website
  • Query the FCC's TV station database for WPGD
  • BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WPGD-TV
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