courtesy Tom Taylor’s Now newsletter:
(7-25-18) Didn’t know they still had this, did you? The station was a come-along to Jacor’s 1998 purchase of Ohio radio stations including AC “Mix 98.1” WDFM – and when Clear Channel sold its TV station group in 2007 to Providence Equity Partners-backed Newport Television, PEP apparently didn’t want it. Or – it was easy to keep the independent (analog) TV station.
It was always programmed not by Clear Channel’s TV group, but by folks at the local radio cluster. Channel 26 features a mix of local fare and infomercials, and is available on local cable systems (and is a must-carry in the Toledo market).
But debtor-in-possession iHeartMedia is finally ready to move it along, and files to donate it to Lima, Ohio-based American Christian Television Services, who presently operates WTLW-TV Channel 44 and WOSN (HD sports channel). One of the conditions – the WDFM call letters must change to something “mutually agreeable” to iHeart and ACTS.