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Daystar Television Network
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Type Religious broadcasting
Country United States
Availability National (broadcast, cable, satellite);
Worldwide (satellite)
Owner Word of God Fellowship
Key people Marcus Lamb (founder, president, CEO)
Joni Lamb (vice-president, executive producer)
Launch date December 31, 1997
Official Website www.daystar.com

The Daystar Television Network is a Christian television network headquartered near Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Bedford, Texas. Daystar's founders are Marcus Lamb and his wife, Joni Lamb.

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Programming

Daystar's original programming includes Celebration, an hour-long daily talk show hosted by Daystar founders Marcus and Joni Lamb. The show includes performances by Joni and the "Daystar Singers" as well as a visiting Christian singer or band, as well as interviews with Christian leaders and preachers. Joni Lamb also hosts her own half-hour talk show called Joni, which includes additional interviews. A teen-geared music show called Soundcheck is hosted by Joni and Marcus' kids. This program features artists performing on stage and then doing interviews with the hosts. Occasionally, Daystar will air specials featuring the Lambs at church speaking engagements. Daystar also airs a week-long, semi-annual telethon called a "Share-a-thon."

The majority of Daystar's affiliate stations are located in the American South. It is available on terrestrial and cable television in the United States and worldwide on DBS systems such as DirecTV and DISH Network, and as an unencrypted Free to Air satellite channel. The company offers Christian programming 24/7. The Daystar network is composed of 2 VHF and 36 UHF television stations, which each broadcast all or part of Daystar's program lineup.

Daystar shows, "Joni" and "Celebration" can also be viewed in Canada on cable systems that carry Grace TV. However Grace TV carries "Joni" twice a week and "Celebration" once a week.

The majority of Daystar's broadcasts are from groups and individuals aligned with various charismatic and Pentecostal movements. It airs programs from many of the same televangelists, such as Andrew Wommack, Benny Hinn and Kenneth Copeland, as does Trinity Broadcasting Network. The Daystar network also airs programs from people such as David Reagan, Zola Levitt, Kerry Shook, Sid Roth, Jack Graham, Hal Lindsey and the Pensacola Christian College program Rejoice in the Lord which is directly opposed to the charismatic movement as a whole.

The network has aired childrens' animated shows from various studios. A recent episode of Celebration focused on their first original animated childrens' special called The Cheesy Adventures of Captain Mac A. Roni.

Criticism

Daystar is currently under investigation by the Federal Communications Commission, centering on allegations that Daystar has sold air time on its non-commercial educational stations to for-profit groups. The act of selling non-commercial air-time is a violation of FCC rules regulating NCE-licensed stations. The investigation, started in 2003, previously complicated Daystar's $21.5M bid for KOCE-TV, a PBS-member station in Orange County, California[1][2] and other license renewals.

After a lengthy process Daystar and KOCE-TV eventually came into agreement. KOCE-TV agreed to sell a portion of their digital bandwidth to Daystar Television Network allowing them to broadcast 24/7 via KOCE-DT into Orange County, California. For the purposes of settling the investigation, on December 22, 2008, the FCC and Daystar entered into an agreement in which Daystar would work closely with the Commission to solidify and maintain their Compliance Plan. According to the Compliance Plan, Daystar will continue to utilize a multi-level review process for all content aired and Daystar will make additional good faith efforts to review all content received from content providers prior to the content’s broadcast on Daystar’s NCE stations. In the agreement Daystar will make a voluntarily contribution to the US Treasury of $17,500.[3]

Daystar is also facing controversy in Israel, where it became the first foreign Christian network to be granted a broadcasting license by the Israeli government in 2006. The announcement drew criticism from Jewish leaders in both Israel and the United States, who believed the network aimed at converting Jews in Israel through its numerous Messianic Jewish programs. In 2007, the Israeli cable provider HOT announced it would drop Daystar from its lineup, depriving the American ministry of one million Israeli households. HOT claimed that the decision was made after the company received numerous complaints about Daystar's content. Daystar announced it would file a petition with the Israeli Supreme Court to hear the case, accusing HOT of religious discrimination.[4]

Affiliates

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Daystar owns a number of television stations nationwide, either directly or through a subsidiary, Word of God Fellowship, Inc. Daystar affiliates include:

Daystar Television Network affiliates
Call letters analog channel digital channel RF PSIP virtual channel City of license Media market Call letters' meaning Notes
KOCM 46 Norrman, Oklahoma Oklahoma City, OK
KDTN 43 2.1 Denton, Texas Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex K Daystar Television Network or K DenToN flagship of the Daystar Television Network
KLTJ 23 22.1 Galveston, Texas Greater Houston Keep Looking To Jesus
KQVE-LP 46 San Antonio, Texas Template:San Antonio TV Translator-style call letters randomly assigned by FCC, could possibly mean K-DOVE (Dove of Peace), since "Q" looks like O"
KOCE-TV 50.3 48.3 Huntington Beach, California Los Angeles Metro Area K Orange County Education Subchannel of PBS member station KOCE-DT, allowed under FCC settlement between Daystar and KOCE-DT, see article for details
WELL-LP 8 Willow Grove Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Unknown, possibly randomly-assigned by FCC Formerly a Class-A station
WKOB-LP 8 New York City, New York New York City, NY Unknown, possibly randomly-assigned by FCC
WRID-LP 42 see note see note Richmond, Virginia Richmond, VA W RIchmond Daystar Has permit to convert to digital on 51
KSXC-LP 5 see note see note South Sioux City, Nebraska Sioux City, NE K SiouX City Has permit to convert to digital on 12
WDPM-DT 23 4.1 Pensacola, Florida Pensacola, Florida-Mobile, Alabama We're Daystar Pensacola and Mobile see article for why station uses PSIP 4.1
WCDN-LP 53 see note see note Cleveland Cleveland-Akron-Canton, Ohio We're Cleveland's Daystar Network Has construction permit to convert to digital on 7
KWBM 31 31.1 Springfield, Missouri Springfield, MO K WB Missouri (former affiliation), or K We're Branson, Missouri (local city within broadcast area Formerly with repeaters KWBM-CA 56 and KNJE-LP 58, which were not sold with KWBM-TV to Daystar
KUTF 12 12.1 Logan, Utah Utah K Utah TeleFutura (former affiliation) Currently silent as station upgrades to digital and switches from being Equity Media-owned Telefutura to Daystar owned and operated
WBIF 51 51.1 Marianna, Florida Panama City, Florida Unknown, possibly randomly-assigned by FCC Currently silent as station upgrades to digital and switches from being Equity Media-owned ThisTV to Daystar owned and operated
WNGS 7 67.1 Springville, New York Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY Buffalo WiNGS Currently silent as station upgrades to digital and switches from being Equity Media-owned ThisTV to Daystar owned and operated
KCBU 3 3.1 Price, Utah Utah K Cocola Broadcasting Utah Has construction permit to move to 11
WUDT-CA 23 see note see note Detroit, Michigan Metro Detroit, Michigan We're Univision DetroiT or We're Univision Detroit Television (former affiliation under former owner, Equity Media) Has construction permit to convert to digital on 8
WNYI 20 52.1 Ithaca, New York Ithaca, NY/Syracuse, NY and Elmira, NY We're New York Independent or | We're New York Ithaca Currently silent as station upgrades to digital and switches from being Equity Media-owned Univision to Daystar owned and operated
KWDK 42 56.1 Tacoma, Washington Seattle, WA
KQUP 24 24.1 Pullman, Washington Spokane, Washington K Q UPN (former affiliation) Has analog low-power repeater, KQUP-LP 47 serving Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
KWBN 43 44.1 Honolulu, Hawaii Hawaii TV
WBLU-LP 62 Lexington, Kentucky Lexington Metro Area W BLUegrass Currently silent as station upgrades to digital and switches from being Equity Media-owned Retro Jams to Daystar owned and operated
KKJB 39 39.1 Boise, Idaho Boise, Idaho Unknown, possibly randomly-assigned by FCC
WKRP-LP 6 7 6.1 Alexandria, Tennessee Nashville, Tennessee

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