Heartland Diginet Adds Five New Markets

The Heartland Network, Luken Communications’ country music and lifestyle channel, debuted on 11 stations in five new markets this week, broadening its national footprint by 33%. The new stations and channels in each market: Station Channel Community Market KBPX-LD 46.4 Houston Houston KQSL-LD 17.9 San Rafael San Francisco-Oak-San Jose KUKR-LD 27.9 Santa Rosa San Francisco-Oak-San […]


Heartland Diginet Launches On WHNE Detroit

The Heartland Network, Luken Communications’ country music and lifestyle multicast network, has made its debut in Detroit market (DMA 14) on Tait Broadcasting’s WHNE-LD (ch. 14.12). WHNE already broadcasts Luken’s Retro TV on ch. 14.7. Jim Lebrato, Tait Broadcasting’s CEO, said: “WHNE TV 14 is excited to bring Heartland’s country-flavored lineup of shows to Detroit viewers […]


Heartland Slots First Original Christmas Special

Luken Communications-owned Heartland Network will present the network’s first original Christmas special.  Christmas Songs and Stories, starring Grammy award winner John Berry. It will air nationally on Heartland this Christmas Eve at 7 p.m. ET/6 CT and 8 p.m. MT/7 PT. The special caps the network’s annual “Twelve Days of Christmas” lineup of classic and contemporary […]


Heartland Returns To Chicago On WJYS

The Heartland Network, Luken Communications’ country music and lifestyle multicast channel, has returned to the Chicago market (DMA 3) on WJYS. The independent station, owned by Oxford Media Group, began broadcasting Heartland over-the-air on ch. 62.4 on Oct. 1.  Heartland is also available to Comcast viewers on ch. 385. Joel Wertman, president of Luken Communications, […]

Luken’s Rev’n Launches Roku Channel

Rev’n, Luken Communications’ automotive multicast network, has further expanded its over-the-top availability by launching its channel on the Roku streaming platform. The new channel, available for free in the Roku channel store by searching keyword “Rev’n,” features the ability to stream the network live, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in high definition. In […]

DMA 129

Heartland Diginet Launches On WLPS Myrtle Beach

Luken Communications has launched its Heartland Network multicast network on Dilicast Broadcast Services-owned WLPS-CD Lumberton-Pembroke (the Myrtle Beach-Florence, S.C., DMA: No. 129). Heartland features country music and lifestyle programming composed of syndicated and first-run shows along with digitally restored content from the vaults of Music Row. WLPS is running it over-the-air on ch. 14.3 in […]

Joel Wertman Is New President Of Luken

The TV and music industry executive is chosen to oversee the company’s portfolio of multicast networks.

Luken Names Art Lanham Sales/Affil. Relations SVP

Luken Communications today appointed Art Lanham senior vice president of sales and affiliate relations. In this newly created role, Lanham, a veteran of the television broadcast industry, will oversee management of Luken’s affiliate and advertising sales teams, personally develop key national accounts and collaborate with Luken’s leadership team on the company’s strategic plans. Luken’s multicast […]

DMA 40

Action, Heartland Diginets Add KMCC Las Vegas

Luken Communications has launched its multicast networks The Action Channel and The Heartland Network on KMCC Las Vegas (DMA 40). The station, owned and operated by Cranston II LLC, debuted both on Dec. 1. Action is available over-the-air on ch. 34.1, as well as on Cox chs. 14 and 1,014; on DirecTV ch. 34; on Prism […]

DMA 41

Retro TV Returning To Oklahoma City On Oct. 17

Luken Communications-owned diginet Retro TV returns to Oklahoma City (DMA 41) on KOHC-CD, owned by Sunshine State Television Network, on Monday, Oct. 17.  Area viewers will be able to find the classic TV multicast network over-the-air on ch. 45.3. Jorge Rossi, president-CEO of Sunshine State Television Network, said: “Retro TV is a staple in the […]


Luken In Multi-Network Affiliation Deal With KSAO

Luken Communications today announced a multi-network affiliation agreement with Cocola Broadcasting’s KSAO-LD Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto, Calif. (DMA 20). KSAO today launched Rev’n and Retro TV over-the-air on chs. 49.3 and 49.4, respectively. Kevin Mosesian, Cocola’s corporate stations manager, said: “Our team is proud to answer the local audience’s call and bring Retro TV back to Sacramento. Luken […]

Rev’n Adds 17 Affils, Reaching 55M Homes

Luken Communications’ niche network about all things “revving” airs in 40 markets and on OTT platforms including Klowd TV. It’s newest original show, Rev’n News, offers viewers an in-depth look at the latest in parts, products, movers and shakers. 

DMA 120

Luken Signs Multi-Network Affiliation In Eugene

Luken Communications has signed a multi-network affiliation agreement with K44JP Eugene, Ore. (DMA 120). K44JP, owned and operated by South Lane Television, will begin broadcasting Luken’s The Family Channel, Heartland, Rev’n and PBJ multicast networks today. The Family Channel, Heartland, Rev’n and PBJ will be available over the air on chs. 44.4, 44.5, 44.6 and […]

DMAS 31 & 136

Luken Sells Rev’n, Retro TV in Kansas City, Topeka

Luken Communications and Heartland Broadcasting signed a multi-network deal that will bring Luken diginets Rev’n and Retro TV to WROB-LD and KMJC-LD Topeka, Kan. (DMA 136) as well as KCKS-LD Kansas City (DMA 31). Rev’n and Retro TV can now be found in the Kansas City and Topeka areas on chs. 25.7 and 25.9, respectively. […]

DMA 47

KYNM Albuquerque Adds Rev’n Diginet

Belmax Broadcasting’s KYNM Albuquerque-Santa Fe, NM (DMA 47) debuted Luken Communication’s Rev’n multicast network on July 22 over its ch. 21.4. Vickie Archiveque, president of Belmax Broadcasting, said: “There’s nothing else on television like Rev’n. We couldn’t be more proud to bring the only automotive enthusiast-focused network to the Albuquerque-Santa Fe market. We believe Rev’n […]

DMA 18

WSWF-LD Orlando Adding Luken Diginets

Luken Communications announced a multi-network affiliation agreement with WSWF-LD Orlando, Fla. (DMA 18). WSWF is owned and operated by Specialty Broadcasting Corp. WSWF is scheduled to launch Luken’s Rev’n and The Family Channel on July 8. Rev’n and FAM will be available over-the-air on chs. 10.1 and 10.4, respectively. “Having worked with Luken at other stations […]


KFLA-LD Adds Rev’n In Los Angeles

Independent KFLA-LD Los Angeles (DMA 2) will launch Luken Communications automotive-themed diginet Rev’n on July 1 on over-the-air ch. 8.6. KFLA also carries Luken’s Retro TV on 8.3. Roy William Mayhugh, owner of KFLA said: “I’m pleased to further KFLA’s relationship with Luken Communications. Rev’n is certainly unique among its competitors and I think our […]

Rev’n Diginet Adds ‘V8TV’ To Programming Lineup

Luken Communications’ latest multicast network, Rev’n, is adding V8TV to its programming lineup on Monday at 9 p.m. ET starting today, April 6. V8TV is built around the V8 Speed & Resto Shop in Red Bud, Ill., where they specialize in building, restoring and modifying American muscle cars. Terri Coyle, Luken’s director of programming, said: “Rev’n […]

DMA 17

KHDT Denver Adds 3 More Luken Diginets

Luken Communications has signed a multi-network affiliation agreement with Syncom Media Group’s independent KHDT Denver (DMA 17). KHDT has launched Luken’s Heartland, PBJ and Tuff TV networks, in addition to its existing affiliations with Retro TV and Rev’n. “Everyone at Syncom is excited to expand the choices for the Denver audience with the addition of […]

DMAS 8 & 17

Luken Signs Multi-Net Deals In D.C., Denver

WWTD Washington  and KHDT Denver are both adding Luken diginets Retro TV and Rev’n.

DMA 11

KPHE-LD Phoenix Adds Rev’n Diginet

Minds Gate Communications launched Luken Communications’ new diginet Rev’n on Jan.1 on its KPHE-LD Phoenix (DMA 11). Phoenix area viewers can now find Rev’n over-the-air on ch. 44.3, in addition to Luken’s Retro TV and PBJ on chs. 44.2 and 44.4, respectively. Brian Jackson, president of Minds Gate Communications said: “Our team is thrilled with […]


WBXZ-LP In Multi-Net Affiliation Deal With Luken

Ritchie Broadcasting’s WBXZ-LP Buffalo, N.Y. (DMA 52), has signed a multi-network affiliation agreement with Luken Communications. WBXZ will begin broadcasting Luken’s Retro TV and Rev’n networks on Dec. 1. “The WBXZ audience is excited to see Retro TV come to Buffalo,” said Ritchie owner Steve Ritchie. “The fact that our viewers will see shows not available […]

Luken Sets Cross-Network Veterans Day Event

On Tuesday, Nov. 11, Luken Communications, in cooperation with One Eighty Films and X Factor Entertainment Group, will present the broadcast premiere of the feature film Everyman’s War. This primetime Veterans Day event will be simulcast on Luken Communications’ networks Retro TV, The Heartland Network, TUFF TV and The Family Channel beginning at 8 p.m. […]


WMJN In Multi-Net Affiliation Deal With Luken

WMJN-LP Huntsville-Decatur-Florence, Ala. (DMA 79), has signed a multi-network affiliation agreement with Luken Communications. The station launched Luken’s The Heartland Network on Sept. 26 and plans to launch Retro TV within the next week. Heartland appears over-the-air on ch. 29.1 as well as on Charter ch. 7. Retro TV will be available over-the-air on ch. […]

Luken Set To Emerge From Bankruptcy

Bill Horton, general counsel of Luken Communications, a Chattanooga-based television network provider, announced today that the company will successfully emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy by the end of October. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Chattanooga entered an order today confirming the company’s plan to resolve all disputed claims and […]


Luken Signs Multi-Network Affiliation With KPHE

Luken Communications has entered into a multi-network affiliation agreement with Minds Gate Communications-owned KPHE-LD Phoenix (DMA 12). The station plans to launch Luken’s Retro TV and PBJ on Friday, Aug. 1, on . chs. 44.2 (Retro TV) and 44.4 (PBJ). Brian Jackson, President of Minds Gate Communications says, “We are extremely pleased to add Retro […]


Luken Signs Multi-Network Affiliation With WLFG

Luken Communications today signed a multi-network affiliation agreement with independent WLFG Tri-Cities, Tenn.-Va. (DMA 97). WLFG, owned and operated by Living Faith Ministries, will begin broadcasting Luken’s Retro TV, PBJ and The Family Channel networks on July 1. They will be carried on chs. 68.2, 68.3 and 68.4, respectively “I’m glad to bring proven and […]

The Nashville Network Now The Heartland Network

Chattanooga-based Luken Communications has rebranded one of its diginets. What was The Nashville Network is now The Heartland Network, featuring a broad spectrum of what it calls “true country music,” including bluegrass, Americana, Texas country and more, has launched on 18 existing Luken affiliate stations including WSMV Nashville; WBMA Birmingham, Ala.; KIVI Boise, Idaho; and […]

Retro TV Founder Neal Ardman Leaves Luken

Retro TV Network EVP Neal Ardman has left the stable of diginets now owned by Luken Communications—Retro TV, PBJ, Tuff TV and My Family TV. According to sources, Ardman and the network’s new principal Henry Luken were unable to reach terms for a contract for Ardman. Luken disputes this, saying Ardman had no contract. Ardman […]

Luken, Classic Media To Debut New Network

PBJ, “designed for the kid in all of us,” will offer shows from the 1950s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s 24/7. It’s slotted to launch this summer.