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Greater Los Angeles
City of license Santa Ana, California
Channels Digital: 33 (UHF)
Virtual: 40 (PSIP)
Translators K15DB Santa Barbara
K21FP Bakersfield
K26GN Lancaster
K40ID Palm Springs
K45DU Ventura
Affiliations TBN
Owner Trinity Broadcasting Network
First air date January 5, 1967
Call letters’ meaning Trinity
Former callsigns KLXA-TV (1967-1977)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
40 (UHF, 1967-2009)
Digital: 23 (UHF)
Former affiliations Spanish independent (1967-1974)
Transmitter Power 1000 kW
Height 875 m
Facility ID 67884
Transmitter Coordinates 34°13′27″N 118°3′44″W / 34.22417°N 118.06222°W / 34.22417; -118.06222

KTBN-TV, digital channel 33 (virtual channel 40), is the Santa Ana, California-licensed flagship television station of the Trinity Broadcasting Network, a Christian religious broadcaster. The station is based in the TBN network headquarters in nearby Tustin, California.



Channel 40 first aired on January 5, 1967 as KLXA-TV, licensed to Fontana, and the Los Angeles area's second Spanish-language stations. It was a Spanish independent station on the air a few hours a day. Paul Crouch, founder of TBN, began renting time on a crosstown station in 1973. After that station was sold, he began buying two hours a day on KLXA in early 1974. That station was put up for sale shortly after. Paul Crouch then put in a bid to buy it for a million dollars and raised 100,000 dollars for a down payment. After many struggles, The Crouches managed to raise the down payment and took over the station outright. Initially, the station ran Christian programs about six hours a day. They continued to expand to 12 hours a day by 1975 and began selling time to outside Christian organizations to supplement their local programming. Trinity Broadcasting continued to use the KLXA call sign until November 1977, when the station officially became KTBN-TV. The station went to a 24-hour operation by 1978. Its city of license changed to Santa Ana in 1983. Today, as is the case with TBN's other owned and operated stations, KTBN airs almost no local programming except for Southern California-specific public affairs programs.

Today, it serves the entire Los Angeles metropolitan area with a full powered signal, with low-powered satellite stations carrying the signal to other areas in Southern California (such as Palm Springs (K40ID), Bakersfield (K21FP), Ventura (K45DU), and Santa Barbara (K15DB)). With the station being available on cable systems throughout Southern California, KTBN is not carried on either Dish Network nor DirecTV's local Southern California package at TBN's request; instead the national feed is carried.

Digital broadcasts

This station's digital signal, like most other TBN-owned stations, carries five different TBN-run networks.

Channel Label Format Programming
40.1 TBN 480i TBN
40.2 Church 480i The Church Channel
40.3 JCTV 480i JCTV - Christian music videos
40.4 Enlace 480i Enlace USA - Spanish-language
40.5 Smile 480i Smile of a Child - E/I children's programming

TBN-owned full-power stations permanently ceased analog transmissions on April 16, 2009. The digital signal, which went on the air in 2004, is broadcast on channel 23. KTBN's request to change their digital channel to (UHF) channel 33 was approved by the FCC on February 5, 2009. This in effect changes the digital allotment for Santa Ana to channel 33.[1] This decision will ultimately displace KJLA's low-power analog translator KSMV-LP.

Queries to the FCC database on KTBN indicate that the station has a construction permit for digital UHF channel 33, which the station will use as its final post-transition digital allotment.


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