TheGrio

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TheGrio
TypeDigital broadcast television network
CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaUnited States
AffiliatesList of affiliates
HeadquartersBeverly Hills, California, U.S.
Programming
Picture format1080i master feed (cable and satellite distribution), reduced to 480i SDTV for most over-the-air affiliates
Ownership
OwnerAllen Media Group
ParentEntertainment Studios
History
LaunchedDecember 22, 2016; 7 years ago (2016-12-22)
ReplacedBlack News Channel (after network purchase and merger into TheGrio TV)
Former namesLight TV (2016-2021)
Links
Websitethegrio.com
thegriotv.com

TheGrio, styled as thegrio, is an American television network and website with news, opinion, entertainment and video content geared toward African-Americans.[1]

History[edit]

TheGrio is to "focus on news and events that have a unique interest and pronounced impact within the national African Americans audience,"[2] offering what co-founder and Executive Editor David Wilson feels "are underrepresented in existing national news outlets".

The website's name is derived from the word griot, the term for a West African oral historian and storyteller.[3]

The website originally launched in June 2009 as a division of NBC News,[4][5] it became a division of MSNBC in 2013. It was founded by the team who created the documentary film Meeting David Wilson. In 2014, it was sold to its founders.[6] In June 2016, Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios acquired the site.[7]

The TV channel was founded as Light TV in 2016 by reality television producer Mark Burnett and his wife, actress Roma Downey, as an inspirational network as part of his chairmanship of MGM Television, which operated the network. It was sold to Entertainment Studios in late 2020, and relaunched as TheGrio TV in January 2021, with a Black-specific programming focus.

After Entertainment Studios purchased the assets of the bankrupt Black News Channel in late July 2022, that network was merged into TheGrio TV on August 1, including the former's existing cable, satellite and advertiser supported on-demand streaming carriage, and plans to add more news and commentary to TheGrio TV's schedule.[8]

Television network[edit]

Light TV (2015–2020)[edit]

The then-new over-the-top (OTT) faith-based channel was under development as early as September 2014 when MGM purchased 55% of One Three Media and LightWorkers Media, owned by Hearst Entertainment, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, and consolidated them into United Artists Media Group.[9] With MGM purchasing Hearst and Burnett and Downey's shares in UAMG, the channel was still a planned streaming service. However, Hearst and Burnett and Downey retained their stakes in the channel.[10]

MGM announced the formation of Light TV on December 15, 2015, with a launch planned for December on thirteen major market stations owned by Fox Television Stations.[11] The network launched on January 20, 2016[12] with two stations, and the rest of the group's stations.

The network was intended to carry new and original content from LightWorkers as part of Burnett's chairmanship of MGM's television division, but never ended up carrying any new content, only featuring rerun and library content already seen on MGM's This TV (a film-oriented network) and MGM HD, along with low-cost barter programming such as Heartland, which was already in wide syndication across multiple channels, along with other generic inspirational or family-friendly content. By 2019, the network added paid programming which made up its late night and early morning schedule, reducing its programming commitment further.[13]

TheGrio TV (2021–present)[edit]

Light TV and This TV were both sold by MGM TV in October 2020 to the Allen Media Group division of Entertainment Studios.[14] On December 3, 2020, it was announced that the network would be relaunched as TheGrio.TV on January 15, 2021, carrying lifestyle and entertainment programming of interest to the Black American community as an extension of the website.[15]

That same day, Light TV's satellite transponder space was taken over by Entertainment Studios, which stopped carrying programming in the interim and instead transmitted a test pattern promoting the launch of TheGrio (later a looping launch promo), while MGM continued to carry a stream of Light TV through the network's website. Fox Television Stations confirmed its stations would be a part of TheGrio's charter launch group, and much of its affiliate body transferred over through the month-long dark period, though some stations departed for other networks.[16] The network officially relaunched as TheGrio on January 15, 2021, that year's Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and that same day MGM handed over the domain of Light TV to Entertainment Studios, ending the stream of Light TV.

Programming[edit]

TheGrio TV currently provides 16 hours of programming to its affiliated stations every day from 8:00 a.m. to midnight Eastern Time, with paid programming filling the remaining vacated hours.

From 2016 until 2021, TheGrio TV (as Light TV) featured several series and movies meant to fit the network's family-oriented approach, including content from the MGM film and TV library or acquired through outside sources.[17][18] Infomercials were added to the Light TV lineup in 2019, occupying all of the overnight hours and into the early morning.

Current programming[edit]

Below is a current list of programming broadcast on TheGrio:[19]

Former programming[edit]

Affiliates[edit]

As Light TV, the network space initially launched on subchannels of fourteen Fox and MyNetworkTV stations owned by Fox Television Stations, with most of the initial affiliates being owned-and-operated stations of the Fox Broadcasting Company.[21] MGM then offered the network to stations outside the initial markets.[22]

City Station[23] Physical
channel
Virtual
channel
Owner (management company) Date of affiliation Notes
Alabama
Birmingham WVTM-TV 7 13.4 Hearst Television 2021
Greensboro WDVZ-CD 3 3.2 University of Alabama
Huntsville WZDX 18 54.8 Tegna, Inc.
Tuscaloosa WVUA 6 23.2 University of Alabama June 1, 2017
Alaska
Anchorage KAUU 7 5.5 Gray Television
Arizona
Phoenix KSAZ-TV 10 10.4 Fox Television Stations 2017
Tucson KTTU 19 18.5 Tegna, Inc
Arkansas
Harrison K26GS-D 26 26.4 Reynolds Media, Inc. 2017
Little Rock KTVV-LD 18 18.2 Larry Morton
California
Fresno KAIL 7 7.2 Tri-State Christian Television October 19, 2017
Los Angeles KTTV 11 11.3 Fox Television Stations 2020
Sacramento KCSO-LD 3 33.4 NBCUniversal 2018
Santa Barbara KZDF-LD 8 8.3 HC2 Holdings December 2017
Colorado
Sterling (Denver) KCDO-TV 23.6, 34.6[24] 10.1 E. W. Scripps Company 2017 KCDO-TV 3's display channel for Light TV is 10.1[24]
District of Columbia
Washington WRZB-LD 61 31.1 J. Christopher Blair
(DC Broadcasting, Inc.)
2021
Florida
Pensacola WBQP-CD 12 12.1 Watson Broadcasting Inc. of Pensacola, Florida (Vernon Watson)
Jacksonville WJXX 10 25.6 Tegna, Inc. 2022
Miami WSVN 7.2[25] 7.2 Sunbeam Television July 14, 2017[26]
Orlando WRBW 28 65.4 Fox Television Stations 2020
TampaSt. Petersburg WFTT-TV 25 62.5 Entravision Communications
Georgia
Atlanta WAGA-TV 27 5.4 Fox Television Stations 2017
Hawaii
Honolulu KWHE-TV 31 14.3 Family Broadcasting Corporation 2017
Idaho
Boise KRID-LD 22 22.7 Karlo Maalouf[27] July 2017
Idaho Falls KVUI 31 31.3 Ventura Broadcasting
Twin Falls KTFT-LD 20 7.6 Tegna, Inc. Previously on KXTF-DT3
Illinois
Chicago WFLD 24 32.4 Fox Television Stations 2018
Marion WTCT 30.5[28] 27.3 Tri-State Christian Television
Oakwood Hills WCHU-LD 7.2[29] 59.2 Venture Technologies Group, LLC December 2020 Relocated from WPWR-TV 50.3 and WFLD 32.4
Oswego (Chicago)
Pekin (Peoria)
WTVK 10.2
18.2[30]
59.2 Venture Technologies Group 2017
Indiana
Angola WINM 12 12.3 Tri-State Christian Television September 2017
Fort Wayne WEIJ-LD 38.5[31] 38.3
Indianapolis WALV-CD 46 46.4 Tegna, Inc.
South Bend WNDU-TV 27 16.8 Gray Television Replaced QVC From 46.5 WHME-TV July 1, 2020 and Moved From WNDU-TV 16.4 January 31, 2022 and Later Moved From Same Subchannel 16.8
Iowa
Des Moines WOI-DT 5.10 5.8 Tegna, Inc. 2023
Kansas
Wichita KAGW-CD 24 26.7 Great Plains Television
Kentucky
Lexington WLJC-TV 7 65.2 Hour of Harvest
Louisville WLKY 14 32.5 Hearst Television Previously on WBNA-DT3
Louisiana
Baton Rouge KPBN-LD 14 14.4 Pelican Broadcasting Network January 1, 2018
Monroe KMCT-TV 22 39.11 WGGS Inc. May 1, 2021
New Orleans WDSU 19 6.5 Hearst Television October 5, 2021
Maine
Portland WCSH 31 6.8 Tegna, Inc.
Maryland
Baltimore WBAL-TV 12 11.4 Hearst Television September 24, 2021
Massachusetts
Worcester (Boston) WUTF-TV 19 27.4 Entravision Communications
Michigan
Detroit WHNE-LD 3[32] 3.1 Bridge Media Networks[32] [33] Since late August 2017
Traverse City-Cadillac WMNN-LD 14[33] 26.6 Since August 2017
Flint-Saginaw-Bay City WJRT 12 12.3 Allen Media Group January 1, 2024 Previously on WAQP and replaced Circle (TV network)
Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo WTLJ 24 54.3 Tri-State Christian Television 2018
Minnesota
MinneapolisSaint Paul KMSP-TV 9 9.5 Fox Television Stations 2017
Mississippi
Jackson WAPT 21 16.4 Hearst Television
Missouri
Kansas City KSMO-TV 32.4[34] 62.2 Gray Television May 6, 2018
Springfield, Missouri KRFT-LD 21 8.2 Craft Broadcasting November 9, 2017[35]
Nevada
Las Vegas KDNU-LD 30 7.3 Bridge Media Networks July 11, 2022 O&O station.
Reno KTVN 11 2.2 Sarkes Tarzian, Inc. 2018
New Mexico
Albuquerque KTVS-LD 36.1[36] 36.1 Alpha Omega Broadcasting[36] October 2017[37] (physical and virtual) channel 36.3 is a simulcast of 36.1[36]
New York
Albany WNYA 13.4[38] 51.2 Hubbard Broadcasting November 1, 2017 Replaced Antenna TV
Jamestown WNYB 26.5[39] 26.3 Tri-State Christian Television ?
Buffalo WBNF 15.5[40] 15.3 Tri-State Christian Television
Syracuse WWLF-LD 35.2[41] 35.2 Metro TV, Inc. September 1, 2021
New York City WNYW 5.4 5.4 Fox Television Stations December 2016
North Carolina
Charlotte WJZY 25.7[42] 46.5 Nexstar Media Group 2017
Ohio
Cincinnati WBQC-LD ("Telemundo Cincinnati") 28 25.5 Elliot Block 2018
Mansfield WMFD-TV 12 68.3 Mid-State Television, Inc. 2017
Marion WOCB-CD 22.5[43] 39.5 Central Ohio Assoc. of Chr. Broadcasters
Oklahoma
Oklahoma City KOCO-TV 7 5.5 Hearst Television 2021
Oregon
Portland KGW 26 8.6 Tegna, Inc. 2022
Pennsylvania
Johnstown WWCP-TV 8 8.3 Cunningham Broadcasting
(operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
2021
Philadelphia WTXF-TV 31.5[44] 29.3 Fox Television Stations 2017
Pittsburgh WPKD-TV 11 19.5 CBS News and Stations 2021
South Carolina
Columbia WLTX 15 19.8 Tegna, Inc.
Greenville WGGS-TV 16.6[45] 16.4 Carolina Christian Broadcasting 2017
Tennessee
Chattanooga WRCB 3 3.2 Sarkes Tarzian, Inc. 2018
Nashville WLLC-LD 42.3 42.3 JKB Associates 2021
Texas
Austin KGBS-CD 19 19.5 HC2 Holdings October 9, 2017
Bryan College Station KBTX-TV 16 3.4 Gray Television 2022
DallasFort Worth KDFI 27 27.5 Fox Television Stations 2017
Houston KTXH 19 20.3 2020
Lubbock KMYL-LD 22 14.2 Gray Television February 6, 2022
San Antonio KGMM-CD 24.4[46] 24.2 CNZ Communications
Utah
Ogden KULX-CD 14 10.5 NBCUniversal
Salt Lake City KTMW 20 20.5
Virginia
Grundy WLFG 49.4[47] 68.2 Living Faith Ministries, Inc. February 3, 2018
Washington
Seattle KYMU-LD 6 6.2[48] Seattle 6 Broadcasting LLC 2019
Spokane KSKN 36 22.5 Tegna, Inc.
Wisconsin
Milwaukee WISN-TV 28 12.5 Hearst Television September 30, 2021
Madison WKOW 26 27.6 Allen Media Group January, 2024

Former affiliates[edit]

Market Station Channel Current owner Years of affiliation Notes
Colorado Springs, Colorado KWHS-LD 51.2[49] Christian Television Network 2017-2019 Replaced by CTN Lifestyle[49]
Flint/Saginaw/Bay City WAQP 48.5[50] Tri-State Christian Television 2017-2023
Fresno KGPE 47.3 Nexstar Media Group
Gary, Indiana (Chicago) WPWR-TV 50.3 Fox Television Stations 2016-2018
Houston, Texas KRIV-TV 26.2 Fox Television Stations 2017-2020 Decades and theGrio exchanged channel positions, with theGrio activated on KTXH-DT3 on launch day.[51]
Las Vegas, Nevada KGNG-LD 26.5 King Kong Broadcasting 2016-2023 Replaced by Central TV Las Vegas
Los Angeles, California KCOP-TV 13.8 [52] Fox Television Stations 2016-2020
Louisville WBNA 21.3 Word Broadcasting Network March 2017-?[53] Replaced by This TV
New Orleans, Louisiana WHNO 20.2 Christian Television Network 2016-2018 Replaced by CTN Lifestyle
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma KBZC-LD 42.2 HC2 Holdings 201?-2021 Replaced by CBN News Channel, and later paid programming
Orlando WOFL 35.2 Fox Television Stations 2016-2020
Tampa Bay WTOG 44.3[54] CBS News and Stations 2017-2021
Tulsa, Oklahoma KWHB 47.2 Christian Television Network 2017-2019 Replaced by Dabl
KGEB 53.2 GEB America 2019-2021 Replaced by Shop LC
Twin Falls KXTF 35.3 Tri-State Christian Television 2016-2021 Replaced by Defy TV
Washington, D.C. WDCA 20.4 Fox Television Stations 2017-2018 Was dropped due to channel share with sister station WTTG

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