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TacomaSeattle, Washington
United States
City Tacoma, Washington
Channels Digital: 21 (UHF)
Virtual: 20 (PSIP)
Affiliations 20.1: TBN (O&O)
20.2: Hillsong Channel
20.3: Smile
20.4: Enlace
20.5: JUCE TV
Owner Trinity Broadcasting Network
(Trinity Broadcasting of Washington)
First air date March 30, 1984 (35 years ago) (1984-03-30)
Call letters' meaning Trinity
Broadcasting of
Former callsigns KQFB (1984)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
20 (UHF, 1984–2009)
14 (UHF, until 2019)
Former affiliations Independent (1984–1986)
Transmitter power 107 kW
Height 473 m (1,552 ft)
Facility ID 67950
Transmitter coordinates 47°32′49″N 122°47′44″W / 47.54694°N 122.79556°W / 47.54694; -122.79556Coordinates: 47°32′49″N 122°47′44″W / 47.54694°N 122.79556°W / 47.54694; -122.79556
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information Profile
Website www.tbn.org

KTBW-TV, virtual channel 20 (UHF digital channel 21), is a TBN owned-and-operated television station serving Seattle, Washington, United States that is licensed to Tacoma. The station is owned by the Trinity Broadcasting Network. KTBW's studios are located on South 341st Place in Federal Way, and its transmitter is located on Gold Mountain near Bremerton.


KTBW originally signed on the air with the call sign KQFB on March 30, 1984. As KQFB, the station was originally locally owned by Family Broadcasting based in University Place, Washington. Family Broadcasting originally was going to broadcast Christian programming from several sources. Before the station went on the air, a minority interest in KQFB was acquired by the Trinity Broadcasting Network. When TBN acquired Family Broadcasting in full, the call letters were changed to KTBW on December 18, 1984.

Digital television

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
20.1 720p 16:9 TBN HD Main TBN programming
20.2 Hillsng Hillsong Channel
20.3 480i 4:3 SMILE Smile
20.4 Enlace Enlace

TBN-owned full-power stations permanently ceased analog transmissions on April 16, 2009.[1]

KTBW-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 20, on that date.[2] The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 14, using PSIP to display KTBW-TV's virtual channel as 20 on digital television receivers.


  1. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KTBW
  2. ^ List of Digital Full-Power Stations Archived 2013-08-29 at the Wayback Machine

External links

  • TBN
  • Query the FCC's TV station database for KTBW
  • Query TV Fool's coverage map for KTBW
  • BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KTBW-TV
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