WOAC Flips

UPDATE 6/25/09 2:23 PM: A reader comment on this item led us to our digital tuner, and indeed, the WOAC call letters and channel 67 identification are both history.

PSIP information now displays the Canton-licensed station as “47-1, WRLM-DT”. We did not have to rescan our Zenith converter box to get the new information.

The onscreen legal ID automatically inserted under the WOAC days appears to be in flux…it may well say “WRLM”, but the last time we saw it, the call letters went above the top of the screen…

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As expected, if a day late, Illinois-based Tri-State Christian Television (TCT) has taken over infomercial outlet WOAC/67 Canton, and has flipped it to its own religious programming under the new call letters WRLM.

TCT president and founder Garth Coonce is phoning in to his network’s “TCT Today” show, live from the station’s Brimfield Township transmitter facility.

He told viewers that TCT’s Radiant Life Ministries “signed the papers this morning” to close on the station purchase out of the bankruptcy of Multicultural Broadcasting’s TV arm. That echoes the information that Cleveland Classic Media’s Tim Lones got when he called the TCT headquarters in Illinois.

As of the moment, WOAC’s transmitter is still putting out PSIP information as “67-1”. We imagine that will be changed at some point, to reflect the new WRLM calls, the apparently coming change to an ID of RF channel 47, and a second TCT channel in HD.

Changing PSIP information is probably not a good idea at the station’s initial debut, since it could well throw some digital TV receivers (and for that matter, some cable systems)…

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