WLFG is a religious station in the mountains of southwestern Virginia, licensed in Grundy, Virginia and owned by Living Faith Ministries in Abingdon, Virginia. WLFG operates on digital channel 49 (former analog channel 68).

WLFG also owns and operates two satellites, WAGV digital channel 51 (former analog channel 44) in Harlan, Kentucky and WLFB channel 40 in Bluefield, West Virginia. WLFG programming can also be seen in the Knoxville area on W14CX-D channel 14 in Farragut, Tennessee, a repeater owned by the Three Angels Broadcasting Network. WAGV was the first to broadcast exclusively in digital following a malfunction at its analog transmitter.[2]

Programming

The programming is mostly other ministries that purchase air time, along with some infomercials. Original programming is spread throughout the broadcast day with the flagship program Living Faith Now! (formerly From These Hills) along with Sing Time, Fred Schmidt, Life Begins at Calvary a program produced by Calvary Church of the Tri-Cities and other programs.

History

Living Faith Television was founded by Rev. Buford Smith who claimed that God had given him a vision to build a TV station in Virginia. The station grew from the original station in Grundy to include the other three transmitters.

Rev. Smith was Pastor of Tookland Pentecostal Church in Grundy until his death in May 2003. His son, Michael Smith, was President of the station until Buford Smith's death, when he became President and CEO of Living Faith Television.

Tookland Pentecostal Church was a major financier to the founding of the station and broke most ties with the station after the station declared its independence in 2006.

Living Faith Television is now under the control the board of Living Faith Television, with Mike Smith as President and CEO and wife Lisa Smith as CFO. Other personalities are Mary Smith (wife of the late Buford Smith), Laverne Tripp and Fred Schmidt, among others.

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

ChannelVideoAspectPSIP Short NameProgramming[3]
68.1480i4:3WLFG-DTMain WLFG programming
68.2Retro Television Network
68.3PBJ
68.4Rev'n

Analog-to-digital conversion

WLFG shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 68, in May 2007.[4] The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 49.[5] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 68, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.

Satellite stations

StationCity of licenseChannels
(Digital)
First air dateERP
(Digital)
HAAT
(Digital)
Facility IDTransmitter Coordinates
WAGVHarlan, Kentucky51 (UHF)August 1999 (on analog channel 44)550 kW577 m37809
WLFBBluefield, West Virginia40 (UHF)November 2, 20001000 kW391 m37806

Out-of-market cable carriage

In recent years, WLFG has been carried on cable in multiple areas outside of the Tri-Cities media market. That includes cable systems within the Charleston, WV market in Kentucky [6][7] and the Charlotte and Greensboro markets in North Carolina.[8][9] According to Zap2it, WLFG has been carried on cable in College Grove, Tennessee, which is within the Nashville market.[10]

Much of the southeastern portion of the Lexington, Kentucky media market can pick up WAGV's signal. WLFG/WAGV is also available on TVS cable in the Hazard, Kentucky area, and much of Knott and Perry Counties, along with the Floyd County community of Wayland.[11][12] Time Warner Cable customers in the Hazard area can also view WLFG/WAGV on TWC cable 5.