Family Broadcasting Corporation

Family Broadcasting Corporation, formerly known as LeSEA Broadcasting, is an American Christian television network.[1] Founded by Lester Sumrall in 1972, Family Broadcasting Corporation is headquartered in South Bend, Indiana, and broadcasts Christian and family programming. Peter Sumrall, son of Lester Sumrall, served as its president and chief executive officer from 2002 to 2015.[2] His son, Drew Sumrall, now serves in the same position.[3]

LeSEA Logo
Network's former logo
Family Broadcasting Corporation
Picture format1080i HD, 480i SDTV
HeadquartersSouth Bend, Indiana, United States
Formerly calledLeSEA Broadcasting

National Channels

World Harvest Television (WHT)

World Harvest Television (WHT), channel 367 on DirecTV,[4][5] focuses mostly on direct televangelism, carrying hosts such as Sid Roth, Joseph Prince, Joyce Meyer, and James Robison. Program time not filled by televangelists is filled with infomercials; WHT does air some limited entertainment programming, consisting mainly of a block with The Lone Ranger and The Roy Rogers Show in the afternoons, along with non-religious E/I programs and a few syndicated programs such as Sports Stars of Tomorrow and Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford on Saturdays. WHT is available in over 21.2 million homes across the country on DirecTV, as well as on the Sky Angel Faith Package; a video stream of the channel is available on the Internet.

Family Entertainment Television (FETV)

Family Entertainment Television (FETV), channel 323 on DirecTV,[6][7] channel 82 on Dish Network[8], channel 245 on Verizon Fios, and channel 578 on AT&T U-Verse,[9] offers viewers a mix of religious and family-friendly programming. FETV provides such programming as Perry Mason,[10] Matlock, the Lone Ranger, Hazel, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, The Flying Nun and The Roy Rogers Show, as well as a selection of televangelists in the morning time slots.

FBC-owned TV stations


Originally acquired by Family Broadcasting Corporation in 1972, WHMB-TV 40 is the longest, continually operated Christian television station in the United States. WHMB reaches the entire Indianapolis, Indiana television market covering over one million households.[11]


On September 10, 1977, WHME-TV 46 South Bend came onto the airwaves with mostly religious programming, as well as some family programming. Today, WHME is Family Broadcasting Corporation's headquarters, housing a number of separate divisions. Its programming is a blend of religion, local sports, and family entertainment.


Purchased by Family Broadcasting Corporation in 1985, KWHB-TV 47 is the oldest Christian television station in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Today, KWHB can be viewed on over 84 cable stations in Oklahoma, serving a potential audience of over 1.5 million people.


KWHE TV-14 covers the major population centers of Hilo, Maui, Kona, and Honolulu, with Christian and family programming. The station is carried on Oceanic Cable channel 11 and on Hawaiian Telcom channel 14.


WCVI-TV 23 was acquired in 2014, and it is the Family Broadcasting Corporation station in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Former television stations


WHFT TV 45 Miami, Florida signed on in 1975, was acquired by LeSea in the summer of 1976, and was sold to Trinity Broadcasting Network in July 1980.


WHKE signed on June 1988 and was owned by LeSea. The station was sold to Paxson Communications in 1995, being a temporary affiliate of the paid programming network inTV before the August 1998 launch of PAX TV, today's Ion Television.


WHNO TV 20 New Orleans signed on October 1994. The station was sold to the Christian Television Network in April 2018.



Since 1985 Family Broadcasting Corporation has operated World Harvest Radio International, designed to reach the over 200 million shortwave radio receivers in the world. Family Broadcasting Corporation is the only Christian broadcaster currently operating a global network of shortwave radio transmitters. Transmitter facilities are located in South Carolina and in Palau, Indonesia. Six transmitters are in operation full-time, named the Six Angels.

  • Angel 1—Covers Africa, North America, Central America, South America, and Australia
  • Angel 2—Covers parts of North America, Europe, and parts of Asia
  • Angel 3—Covers Asia
  • Angel 4—Covers Australia
  • Angel 5—Covers Africa
  • Angel 6—Covers North and Central America

FETV-owned FM radio stations

Harvest FM

Harvest 103.1 FM, or WHME (FM), began broadcasting in 1968. The radio station, which serves the South Bend, Indiana, area, features a mix of interactive talk, Bible teaching programs, and inspirational music 24 hours a day.

Pulse FM

Founded in 1996, Pulse FM WHPZ 96.9 broadcasts contemporary Christian music to the Michiana market. In December 2004, Family Broadcasting Corporation purchased WDOW 92.1 FM to increase Pulse FM's listening base,[12] and the call letters are now WHPD 92.1. For many years, the radio station hosted World Pulse Festival, a one-day Christian music festival.[13] In 2017, Pulse FM transitioned to a new concert format named Pulse Summer Series, a series of three summer concerts in downtown South Bend, Indiana, at the Morris Performing Arts Center.[14]


  1. ^ "LeSEA Broadcasting Corp -".
  2. ^ "LeSEA President Peter Sumrall dies at 62". South Bend Tribune.
  3. ^ "FETV Sets Ratings Record With 'Perry Mason' - TV News Check". 22 August 2017.
  4. ^ "World Harvest Television Live Stream - Watch Shows Online - DIRECTV".
  5. ^ "World Harvest Television Channel Information - DIRECTV vs. DISH".
  6. ^ Swann, Phillip. "DIRECTV Adds FETV, Newsmax Channels".
  7. ^ "Family Entertainment Television Live Stream - Watch Shows Online - DIRECTV".
  8. ^ "FETV TV Channel on DISH Network -".
  9. ^ "AT&T U-verse® TV Channel Guide & Lineup - Find Your Favorite Shows".
  10. ^ "FETV Sets Ratings Record With 'Perry Mason' -".
  11. ^ "Local Television Market Universe Estimates" (PDF). The Nielsen Company.
  12. ^ "WHPD FM 92.1 Dowagiac - Dials (G)".
  13. ^ Harrell, Jeff. "Pulse Festival still beats strong after 30 years". South Bend Tribune.
  14. ^ "Skillet with Colton Dixon: Pulse FM Downtown Summer Series - Visit South Bend Mishawaka".

External links

48th Golden Bell Awards

The 48th Golden Bell Awards (Mandarin:第48屆金鐘獎) was held on October 25, 2013 at Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan. The ceremony was broadcast live by CTV.


fetv (abbreviation for Family Entertainment Television) is an American broadcast television network that is owned by Family Broadcasting Corporation. Marketed as "satellite and cable network featuring classic and inspirational programming the whole family can enjoy", the network airs a variety of classic television programs from the 1950s through the 1980s, along with religious and televangelism programming.

Here in America

Here in America is a CD compilation of early songwriting demos and rare live recordings of concert performances given by American singer/songwriter Rich Mullins as he toured across America in 1987 with song collaborator Steve Cudworth (vocals/guitar) and Kyle Stevens (drums/vocals). Released posthumously on May 6, 2003, six years after his death, "Here In America" allows listeners to enjoy excerpts from Rich Mullins concerts prior to the release of "Awesome God" in 1988, which inevitably propelled him, as a recording artist, to a higher level of recognition by the CCM industry. The album comes with a Bonus DVD with two parts - "Live at Studio B", a 1997 concert with a Ragamuffin Band; and "12 Short Stories", which was recorded in February 1994 (although the DVD misidentifies it as 1993) during a two-day seminar led by Rich Mullins and Beaker at Family Broadcasting Corporation in South Bend, Indiana. Several segments of footage left off the release were made available publicly in 2018 on YouTube due to the efforts of a Mullins' fan online petition the previous year.


KEEN-CD. virtual and UHF digital channel 17, is a low-powered, Class A CTN owned-and-operated television station licensed to Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. The station is owned by the Christian Television Network. KEEN-CD's transmitter is located in northwest Las Vegas.


KETD, virtual channel 53 (UHF digital channel 45), is an Estrella TV owned-and-operated television station serving Denver, Colorado, United States that is licensed to Castle Rock. The station is owned by Liberman Broadcasting. KETD's offices are located on East Jamison Circle in Englewood, and its transmitter is located on Mount Morrison in western Jefferson County.


KMSP-TV, virtual and VHF digital channel 9, is a Fox owned-and-operated television station licensed to Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. KMSP-TV is owned by the Fox Television Stations subsidiary of Fox Corporation, as part of a television duopoly with WFTC, the Minneapolis–Saint Paul area's MyNetworkTV owned-and-operated station. The two outlets share studios on Viking Drive in Eden Prairie, and a transmission tower in Shoreview.

KMSP-TV is also carried in Canada on Shaw Cable's Thunder Bay, Ontario system and on Bell MTS Fibe TV in the province of Manitoba.


KWHB, virtual channel 47 (UHF digital channel 16), is a religious-secular independent television station licensed to Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States. The station is owned by the Family Broadcasting Corporation. KWHB's studios are located in the Beacon Building on West 4th Street and South Boulder Avenue (west of the First Place Tower) in downtown Tulsa, and its transmitter is atop the CityPlex Towers (located south of the Oral Roberts University campus). On cable, the station is available on Cox Communications channel 7 in standard definition only.


KWHE, virtual channel 14 (UHF digital channel 31), is a religious television station licensed to Honolulu, Hawaii, United States. The station is owned by the Family Broadcasting Corporation (formerly known as LeSEA Broadcasting). KWHE's studios are located on Bishop Street in downtown Honolulu, and its transmitter is located near Hawaii Pacific University. On cable, the station is carried on Oceanic Spectrum channel 11 throughout most of the state, and on Hawaiian Telcom channel 14.

KWHE's signal is relayed on satellite station KWHD (channel 14) in Hilo. It was formerly relayed on KWHM (channel 21) in Wailuku; that station was sold in 2018 and is now KLEI, a satellite of Telemundo affiliate KSIX-TV.

KWHE, whose call letters stand for "World Harvest Entertainment", is part of the World Harvest Television network and follows the same programming format as its sister stations in South Bend, Indianapolis, and Tulsa.

KWHE, along with KKAI, is one of only two religious stations in the Honolulu market (out of the six licensed to the area, which include KAAH-TV, KALO, KWBN and KUPU) that broadcasts secular programming; KWHE and KKAI, as well as KAAH and KUPU are licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as commercial outlets.


KWHS-LD, virtual and UHF digital channel 51, is a low-powered Christian Television Network owned-and-operated television station licensed to Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States. The station is owned by the Christian Television Network. KWHS' transmitter is located atop Cheyenne Mountain.

Light TV

Light TV is an American digital broadcast television network owned by MGM Television that launched on December 22, 2016. The network features family-friendly and faith-based entertainment programming. Light TV is headed by the husband-and-wife team of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey; Burnett is the CEO of MGM TV, while Downey is best known as an actress and star of Touched by an Angel. Both Burnett and Downey consider themselves deeply religious, and have teamed in the past on producing several religious- or family-oriented projects (most notably the 2013 History miniseries The Bible) through the MGM subsidiary Downey leads, Lightworkers Media.

Lilly Broadcasting

Lilly Broadcasting, LLC is a privately owned American broadcasting company owned and operated by the Lilly Brothers’ Brian Lilly and Kevin Lilly. The company was founded in September 1999 with the purchase of WENY-TV (ABC) and WENY-FM & AM radio. In 2002, Kevin Lilly purchased WSEE-TV (CBS) in Erie, Pennsylvania and have since added the CBS and The CW affiliates in Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and ABC in the Virgin Islands.

Brian and Kevin Lilly are the sons of George Lilly, whose SJL Broadcast Management (also previously known as the Montecito Broadcast Group) was founded in 1984 and based in Montecito, California. SJL owns WICU-TV in Erie and the two Companies purchased three TV stations from Gateway Communications in 2000, and four stations from Emmis Communications in 2005.

Lilly Broadcasting most recently with Sankety Advisors purchased KITV (ABC) in Hawaii.

List of ABC television affiliates (table)

The ABC Television Network is an American television network. As of March 2015, the network currently has eight owned-and-operated stations, and current affiliation agreements with 238 other television stations. This is a table listing of ABC's affiliates, with ABC-owned stations separated from privately owned affiliates, and arranged in alphabetical order by the station's city of license. There are links to and articles on each of the stations, describing their local programming, hosts and technical information, such as broadcast frequencies

The station's virtual (PSIP) channel number follows the call letters. The number in parentheses that follows is the station's actual digital channel number.


1) Two boldface asterisks appearing following a station's call letters (**) indicate a station that was built and signed-on by ABC;

2) Two boldface plus signs appearing following a station's call letters (++) indicate a station that was owned by Capital Cities Communications prior to its acquisition of ABC in 1986


WCVI-TV, virtual and UHF digital channel 23, is a religious independent television station serving the United States Virgin Islands that is licensed to Christiansted, Saint Croix. The station is owned by the Family Broadcasting Corporation (formerly known as LeSEA Broadcasting). WCVI's transmitter is located on Estate Princess Hill.

Despite being on the island of St. Croix, WCVI's signal reaches the entire territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands.


WHMB-TV, virtual channel 40 (UHF digital channel 20), is a religious television station licensed to Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. The station is owned by the Family Broadcasting Corporation (formerly known as LeSEA Broadcasting and later World Harvest Broadcasting). WHMB's studios are located on Greenfield Avenue in Noblesville, and its transmitter is located on Walnut Drive in northwestern Indianapolis. On cable, WHMB is available on Comcast Xfinity channel 9, Charter Spectrum channel 22 and AT&T U-verse channel 40.


WHME-TV, virtual channel 46 (UHF digital channel 48), is a religious television station licensed to South Bend, Indiana, United States, serving as the flagship station of World Harvest Television. The station is owned by Family Broadcasting Corporation (formerly known as LeSEA Broadcasting and later World Harvest Broadcasting), an organization founded by Assembly of God minister Lester Sumrall, whose sons are still active with the ministry. WHME's studios are located on Ironwood Road on the south side of South Bend, and its transmitter is located in Mishawaka. WHME-TV's signal was relayed on a repeater station serving the Chicago market, WHNW-LD (channel 18) in Gary, until the station's license was cancelled on August 25, 2017.


WHNO, virtual channel 20 (UHF digital channel 21), is a CTN owned-and-operated television station licensed to New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. The station is owned by the Christian Television Network. WHNO's studios are located on St. Charles Avenue in downtown New Orleans, and its transmitter is located off Behrman Highway in the city's Algiers neighborhood.


WHPD (92.1 MHz) is an FM radio station licensed to Dowagiac, Michigan. WHPZ (96.9 MHz) is an FM radio station licensed to Bremen, Indiana. The two stations are known as "Pulse FM" and they simulcast a Contemporary Christian radio format. WHPD and WHPZ are owned by LeSEA Broadcasting, part of the Family Broadcasting Corporation, started by evangelist Lester Sumrall. LeSEA stands for the Lester Sumrall Evangelistic Association. WHPD and WHPZ serve the Michiana region of Michigan and Indiana, including South Bend and Elkhart.

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