Heartland (TV network)

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Heartland
Heartland TV Network.png
Launched November 1, 2012 (2012-11-01)[1][2]
Owned by Luken Communications[3]
Slogan The Heart of Country
Headquarters Chattanooga/Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Formerly called The Nashville Network (2012–2013)
Website www.watchheartlandtv.com

Heartland is an American country music-oriented digital broadcast television network that is owned by Luken Communications and broadcast out of Chattanooga, TN. Launched on April 16, 2012, the network began in 2012 as a revival of The Nashville Network (TNN) that existed as a basic cable and satellite television network from March 7, 1983 to September 24, 2000.

History

On April 16, 2012, Luken Communications and Jim Owens Entertainment announced a joint venture to relaunch The Nashville Network as a digital broadcast television network on November 1, 2012[2][4][5][6] with the network to carry much of the original TNN's programming, including Music City Tonight, Crook & Chase, Yesteryear and (in cooperation with the Country Music Hall of Fame) Nashville Now, as well as new and original programming.

In October 2013, the partnership between Jim Owens Entertainment and Luken Communications ended and the network was rebranded as Heartland, carrying much of the same programming and format.[7]

Programming

Programming that aired on the new Nashville Network included shows such as Nashville Now, Crook & Chase, Music City Tonight, The Rick and Bubba Show, and Larry's Country Diner.[4][5][6] Much of the same programming continued to air after the rebrand to Heartland. New series added to the network include Rise Up Country with John Ritter, Reflections, Positively Paula (hosted by Paula Deen), the Canadian drama series Heartland, and four hours per day of live Coffee, Country & Cody from WSM Radio in Nashville (which replaced Rick and Bubba). Country music videos air when no other programs are scheduled; both contemporary videos and classic country performances are offered, usually presented in blocks by VJs.

Heartland's national feed contains no infomercials except for a regularly scheduled presentation brokered by Time-Life Home Video.

Distribution

Heartland is distributed through digital subchannel affiliations. The network is also distributed freely over the Internet, although the online feed operates intermittently and only Coffee, Country & Cody is carried online on a consistent basis.

Affiliates

As of October 2017, Network affiliates include:

DMA Station Channel

Alabama

Huntsville-Decatur WMJN-LD 29.1
Montgomery-Selma WBMM 22.2

California

Los Angeles KWHY-TV 22.2
San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose KMMC-LD 40.5
Fresno-Visalia KVBC-LP 13.2

Colorado

Denver KHDT-LD 16.4

Florida

Jacksonville WQXT-CD 22.4

Georgia

Chattanooga WDGA-CD 43.1

Idaho

Twin Falls KYTL-LD 17.4

Kansas

Wichita-Hutchinson Plus KSMI-LP 30.2
Topeka KMJC-LD 25.4

Kentucky

Louisville WRLW-CA 17.1

Michigan

Traverse City-Cadillac WURO-LD 18.5

Missouri

Kansas City KCKS-LD 25.4
Springfield, MO KRFT-LD 8.2

Montana

Great Falls K18BN-D 18.3

New York

Buffalo WBXZ-LP 56.6
Rochester, NY WGCE-CD/WBGT-CD 46.4
Elmira (Corning) WYDC 48.3
Utica WVVC-LD 40.3

North Carolina

Greenville-N.Bern-Washngtn WTMH-LD 21.1
Greenville-N.Bern-Washngtn WTMQ-LD 41.1
Wilmington WTMV-LD 21.1

Ohio

Cincinnati WBQC-LD 25.5

Oklahoma

Oklahoma City KBZC-LD 42.1
Tulsa KUOC-LD 48.5

South Carolina

Greenville-Spartanburg WASV-LP 50.1

South Dakota

Rapid City KRPC-LP 33.1

Tennessee

Nashville WLLC-LP 42.4
Memphis WBII-CD 20.4
Chattanooga WOOT-LD 6.1
Chattanooga WTNB-CD 27.2

Texas

Beaumont-Port Arthur KAOB-LD 27.1

† Any launch dates noted are subject to change.

See also

References

  1. ^ TNN Returns!
  2. ^ a b "TNN to Air Rick & Bubba Morning Show". All Access. September 19, 2012. Retrieved September 20, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Jim Owens Entertainment ends licensing deal with Luken". Radio & Television Business Report. Retrieved 2013-10-31. 
  4. ^ a b "Crook and Chase Stars Join Luken Communications at NAB to Announce the Return of The Nashville Network". Yahoo News. April 16, 2012. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Reynolds, Mike (April 16, 2012). "NAB: The Nashville Network Eyes New Verses as Digital Broadcast Network". Multichannel News. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "The Nashville Network Returns". The Chattanoogan. April 16, 2012. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  7. ^ Nashville Network Now The Heartland Network, TVNewsCheck, October 18, 2013.

External links

  • Official website
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