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WHME logo.png
South Bend, Indiana
Branding WHME TV 46
Slogan WHME 46 is Life Affirming
Channel Digital: 48 (UHF)
Subchannels 46.1 LeSEA
Translators WHNW-LP 18 Gary
WHVI-LP 24 Valparaiso
WHCH-LD 40 Chesterton
Affiliations LeSEA
Owner LeSEA Broadcasting Corporation
(LeSEA Broadcasting of South Bend, Inc.)
First air date September 10, 1977
Callsign meaning World
Former channels Analog:
46 (1977-2009)
Effective power 300 kW
Height 295 m
Facility ID 36117
Antenna coordinates 41°35′41.9″N 86°9′38″W / 41.594972°N 86.16056°W / 41.594972; -86.16056

WHME-TV is a full-service Christian and general entertainment television station serving the South Bend market. The station is owned by LeSEA Broadcasting, also known as World Harvest Broadcasting, an organization founded by Assembly of God minister Lester Sumrall (1913-1996), whose sons are still active with the ministry. The first two letters of its callsign stand for "World Harvest" and it is the flagship station for the World Harvest network. WHME-TV broadcasts in digital on UHF channel 48. It also has three repeater stations serving the Chicago market: WHNW-LP channel 18 in Gary, WHVI-LP channel 24 in Valparaiso and WHCH-LD channel 40 in Chesterton, all in Indiana.



WHME signed on on September 10, 1977, running mostly religious shows and, in the late afternoons, a blend of classic cartoons, sitcoms from the 50's and 60's, and some drama shows. These shows included Tom and Jerry, Bugs Bunny, Bullwinkle, Little Rascals, Flintstones, Brady Bunch, My Three Sons, Gomer Pyle USMC, Partridge Family, Leave It To Beaver, Lone Ranger, among others. By 1978, on weekdays, the station ran cartoons from 7 to 9 a.m. They ran Christian programs like PTL Club, 700 Club, and locally produced Christian programs from 9 a.m. to about 1 p.m. The secular general entertainment ran from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Then after 7 p.m., WHME repeated PTL and 700 Clubs, locally prodced Christian programming, and ran repeats of some of the Sunday religious shows. Saturdays consisted of children's Christian shows till 9 a.m., a blend of secular cartoons and sitcoms until noon or 1 p.m., and some other family friendly programming until 5 p.m. Christian programming continued after 6 p.m. Saturday nights and Sundays was wall to wall Christian programming including Jerry Fawell, Jimmy Swaggart, Oral Roberts, Catholic Mass from Notre Dame, among others. The station began 24 hour operation by 1980.

In the the early 1980s, WHME cut back the secular shows to the 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. timeslots on weekdays. By the mid 1980's, the morning cartoons returned and at that point it started running more recent children's cartoons like The Disney Afternoon, Scooby Doo, Inspector Gadget, and others on weekdays. By the early 1990's, more 70's and 80's sitcoms such as Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, Family Ties, and others moved onto the schedule. In 1995, WHME added Kids' WB to the afternoon lineup but declined to take the WB network. In the early 2000's, WHME moved away from cartoons and replaced them with more sitcoms and drama shows. The Kids WB was dropped in the early 2000's when it moved to a class A station across town, which also became a WB affiliate. Today, WHME continues to run a blend of classic shows in the afternoon timeslot.

Channel 46 in South Bend was previously home to independent station WMSH-TV, which was on briefly from July 1974 to April 6, 1976. The station at the time was co-owned with WMSH AM 960 and WMSH-FM 99.3 in Sturgis, Michigan.

Channel 46 was also the original home of WNDU-TV, which signed on July 15, 1955, but moved to its present channel 16 in 1957.


WHME-TV 46 used to carry many regional college football and basketball games shown through ESPN Plus. But since the Big Ten Network debuted, ESPN Plus no longer has the rights to show Big Ten Conference games. Now WHME shows SEC games from Raycom Media. The station also has their own sports division that broadcasts many high school football and basketball games in the Michiana area, usually one per week, along with local NAIA college games, such as Bethel and Goshen. The sports director of WHME is Chuck Freeby, who has worked as a sports anchor at WNDU-TV. It is also an affiliate of the Ball State Sports Network.

Digital Programming

The station's channel is multiplexed:

Digital channels

Channel Programming
46.1 Main WHME programming
46.2 World Harvest Television

See also

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