FCC Pays Billion Dollars to Religious Broadcasters

Religious broadcasters have cashed in by selling their stations’ broadcast frequencies back to the FCC. In return, the FCC is re-licensing this wireless spectrum to the cell phone companies.

Trinity Broadcasting Network station WWTO sold for $304,250,040. TVNewsCheck reports about TBN, “And as a group, the religious broadcaster was No. 2 in auction loot, selling seven stations for a total of $634.3 million.”

The FCC spent $1,223,872,598 acquiring the broadcast frequencies from religious stations.

Here’s a list of the religious stations and what they sold for:

WNYB – Buffalo, NY – Faith Broadcasting Network, Inc. — $31,960,949

WWTO-TV – Chicago, IL – Trinity Christian Center of Santa Ana, Inc. — $304,250,040

WDLI-TV – Cleveland-Akron, OH – Trinity Christian Center of Santa Ana, Inc. — $31,621,996

WGGN-TV – Cleveland-Akron, OH – Christian Faith Broadcast, Inc. — $12,061,117

WRLM – Cleveland-Akron, OH – Radiant Life Ministries, Inc. — $37,747,192

WSFJ-TV – Columbus, OH – Trinity Christian Center of Santa Ana, Inc. — $16,409,542

WKOI-TV – Dayton, OH – Trinity Broadcasting of Indiana, Inc. — $20,037,695

WLXI – Greensboro-High Point-Winston Salem, NC – Radiant Life Ministries, Inc. — $60,239,656

WGGS-TV – Greenville-Spartanburg, SC-Asheville, NC – Carolina Christian Broadcasting, Inc. – $44,342,767

WCLJ-TV – Indianapolis, IN – Trinity Broadcasting of Indiana, Inc. — $18,759,808

WHMB-TV – Indianapolis, IN – LeSEA Broadcasting of Indianapolis, Inc. — $18,325,111

WKBS-TV – Johnstown-Altoona, PA – Cornerstone Television, Inc. — $10,361,255

WAGV – Knoxville, TN – Living Faith Ministries, Inc. — $7,536,418

WTLW – Lima, OH – American Christian Television Services, Inc. — $7,697,376

WVCY-TV – Milwaukee, WI – VCY America Inc. — $76,342,409

WTBY-TV – New York, NY – Trinity Broadcasting of New York, Inc. — $162,402,181

WACX – Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, FL – Associated Christian Television System, Inc. — $20,310,061

WTGL – Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, FL – Good Life Broadcasting, Inc. — $20,394,122

WFMZ-TV – Philadelphia, PA – Maranatha Broadcasting Company, Inc. — $140,482,163

WGTW-TV – Philadelphia, PA – Trinity Christian Center of Santa Ana, Inc. — $80,807,629

WDWL – Puerto Rico – Teleadoracion Christian Network, Inc. – $7,780,506

WHFL-CD – Raleigh-Durham, NC – Free Life Ministries, Inc. — $2,721,376

WRAY-TV – Raleigh-Durham, NC – Radiant Life Ministries, Inc. — $62,419,828

WFFP-TV – Roanoke-Lynchburg, VA – Morning Star Broadcasting, LLC — $23,182,528

WNYI – Syracuse, NY – word of god fellowship, inc. — $2,319,390

WFGC – West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce, FL – Christian Television of Palm Beach County, Inc. – $3,359,483

Total amount: $1,223,872,598

Source: FCC

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