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Omni Broadcasting Network Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omni_Broadcasting_Network

Omni Broadcasting Network
TypeBroadcast television network
BrandingOMNI
Country
AvailabilityNational
AreaUnited States
ParentOBN Holdings
Established2003
Dissolved2013
Official website
www.obn-tv.com
(Website is no longer online)

The Omni Broadcasting Network was a small over-the-air broadcast television network in the United States (not to be confused with the Canadian broadcast system Omni Television). The company's motto was "Less Edge and More Entertaining". Omni's flagship station was low-power station KSSY-LP.[1] The network's reach was reported as 50 million households, according to a quote in Variety.[2]

History[edit]

The Omni Broadcasting Network was incorporated in 2001.[3] Its parent company, OBN Holdings,[4] produced films as well as television.[5] OBN's target demographic was adults age 25 and older during prime time, and ages 8 to 13 on weekend mornings.[1]

Broadcast operations began in September 2003. In December 2003, Omni announced affiliation agreements with 119 stations and cable systems, as well as the All Sports Television Network.[1]

According to an Omni executive, the network struggled to get the funding necessary for new projects.[6] OBN Holdings' stock was delisted in 2013.[7]

Programming[edit]

Omni broadcast 60 hours of programming per week, 21 hours during prime time.[8] The network primarily ran classic films, usually during late-night hours or on the weekends. Omni also offered a few original programs. One was "Thirteen O'Clock Theater", an umbrella title for old science fiction and horror films in public domain, shown at 1 AM. The network also showed older children's programming such as Birdz,[9] (to meet FCC requirements for educational and informative programming requirements), as well as The MovieTime Showcase, The Flutemaster, The Mini-Movie Hour, and Wizards Tales.[1]

The network also broadcast the 50th Anniversary concert of the Four Tops.[6] This was the network's first original production, taped July 28, 2004,[2] Titled From the Heart: The Four Tops 50th Anniversary and Celebration, the special aired in 2005,[10] and starred musicians Aretha Franklin, Paul Rodgers, Dennis Edwards (of The Temptations), and Mary Wilson (of The Supremes), in addition to the Four Tops themselves.[11] The special won the network a Telly Award.[12]

Other original programs included The Vegas Variety Hour and The Adventures of Unit 28.[13]

Former affiliates[edit]

The following were signed or pending OBN affiliates in December 2003:[1]

Station or channel Location Notes
AncCityTV St. Augustine, FL Cable only
BCC7 Brewton, AL Cable only
Channel 23 Hornell, NY Cable only
Channel 5 Litchfield, CT Cable only
GCTV Tracy City, TN Cable only
K23BJ Lake Havasu City, AZ
K27FA Craig, CO
K47FW Casa Grande, AZ
K64FO Fayetteville, AR
K68AL/K62AY Lakeport, CA
KADY-TV Santa Barbara, CA
KATA-LP Mesquite, TX
KAZV Modesto, CA
KBAX Twin Falls, ID
KBSC Brookings, OR
KBSU Bemidji, MN
KCBO-LP Corpus Christi, TX
KCCE San Luis Obispo, CA
KCFG Flagstaff, AZ
KCLA Alexandria, LA
KCNS San Francisco, CA
KCTU Wichita, KS
KDAO-CD Marshalltown, IA
KEEN Las Vegas, NV
KHIZ Victorville, CA
KIDZ Abilene, TX
KJLA Los Angeles, CA
KJLR Little Rock, AR
KKAX-LP Kingman, AZ
KMBA Ontario, OR
KMNO Monroe, LA
KPBN Baton Rouge, LA
KPVM Pahrump, NV
KQEG-CD La Crosse, WI
KSSY San Luis Obispo, CA
KTOV Corpus Christi, TX
KTSS Hope, AR
KTUD Las Vegas, NV
KTYJ Coeur d'Alene, ID
KVHF Fresno, CA
KVMD-TV Joshua Tree, CA
KWBJ Morgan City, LA
KWEM-TV Stillwater, OK
KXGN Glendive, MT
KXI Columbia, MO Cable only
KXOC/KSBI Oklahoma City, OK
KXOK Enid, OK
Lakes TV Spirit Lake, IA Cable only
LTV New York City, NY Cable only
MCTV-48 Michigan City, IN Cable only
NSU22 Natchitoches, LA Cable only
SCTTA Cortez, CO Cable only
Shelby TV Shelby Township, MI Cable only
TV98 Orlando, FL Cable only
TV6 Sylacauga, AL Cable only
Ultavision Morehead, KY Cable only
VTV Vernal, UT Cable only
W02BP/W06BC Sterling, KY
W07BY/W10BM Morehead, KY
W34AX Henderson, NC
W35AY Hilton Head Island, SC
W35BB Dublin, GA
W38AQ Lenoir City, TN
W52CT Nashville, TN
W67CD Sanford, NC
WACW-LP Rocky Mount, NC
WAOC Cleveland, OH
WBCF-LD Florence, AL
WBPH Bethlehem, PA
WBQD Davenport, IA
WBQP-LP Pensacola, FL
WBTR Baton Rouge, LA
WBWP West Palm Beach, FL
WCJT-LP Mt. Carmel, IL
WCLL Columbus, OH
WCMN-LP St. Cloud, MN
WEBU Webb, MS
WFEM-LP Heiskell, TN
WGTN Worthington, MN
WHCQ-LD Cleveland, MS
WISF-LP Oneonta, NY
WJJN-TV Dothan, AL
WJTS Jasper, IN
WKAG Hopkinsville, KY
WKFK-LD Pascagoula, MS
WLLS Indiana, PA
WLMO Lima, OH
WLOT-LP Watertown, NY
WLQP Lima, OH
WLYH Lancaster, PA
WMFP Boston, MA
WMJF-CD Towson, MD
WMLW Milwaukee, WI
WMPG London, KY
WNCE Glens Falls, NY
WOBT Union City, TN
WOBZ-LP Bernstadt, KY
WPFS-TV Troy, OH
WPHJ-LD Vidalia, GA
WPO Cable 4 Winslow, IN Cable only
WPRQ Clarksdale, MS
WQXT St. Augustine, FL
WRAY-TV Raleigh, NC
WRCF-CD Orlando, FL
WRCX-LD Dayton, OH
WREP-LD Martinsville, IN
WRNN-TV Kingston, NY
WSAH-TV Bridgeport, CT
WSPY-LD Plano, IL
WSTY-LP Hammond, LA
WTCN Stuart, FL
WUPT Crystal Falls, MI
WVBC Machias, ME
WVVH-TV Southampton, NY
WWCI-CD Vero Beach, FL
WYBE Southern Pines, NC
WYLN Hazleton, PA
WYPN Gainesville, FL

Additionally, the following major network stations aired OBN's From the Heart: The Four Tops 50th Anniversary and Celebration special:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Registration Statement - OBN Holdings". U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. 2003.
  2. ^ a b Chaney, Lindsay (2004-07-18). "Four Tops concert an Omni 1st". Variety. Retrieved 2021-07-01.
  3. ^ "OMNI Broadcasting Network, Inc.:: Delaware (US) :: OpenCorporates". opencorporates.com. Retrieved 2021-07-01.
  4. ^ "OBN Homepage". web.archive.org. Archived from [www.obnholdings.com/ the original] on 2004-03-21. Retrieved 2021-07-01. {{cite web}}: Check |url= value (help)
  5. ^ "Bloomberg - OBN Holdings Inc". www.bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2021-07-01.
  6. ^ a b Ghaffari, Elizabeth (2012-01-15). Women Leaders at Work: Untold Tales of Women Achieving Their Ambitions. Apress. p. 36. ISBN 978-1-4302-3730-3.
  7. ^ "In the Matter of Largo Vista Group, Ltd., Montavo, Inc., OBN Holdings, Inc., PrepaYd, Inc., Ready Welder Corp., and Snowdon Resources Corp.; Order of Suspension of Trading". Federal Register. 2013-01-29. Retrieved 2021-07-01.
  8. ^ "Omni Broadcast Schedule". Archived from the original on 2007-08-11. Retrieved 2021-07-01.
  9. ^ "Kids TV". 2007-08-28. Archived from the original on 2007-08-28. Retrieved 2021-07-01.
  10. ^ "Fairbanks Daily News Miner Archives, Jul 24, 2005, p. 86". 2005-07-24. Retrieved 2021-07-01.
  11. ^ "From the Heart: The Four Tops 50th Anniversary & Celebration (TV Special 2005)". IMDb. Retrieved 2021-07-07.
  12. ^ "The Telly Awards - 2005". Telly Awards. Retrieved 2021-07-01.
  13. ^ Inc, OBN Holdings (2004-05-25). "OBN Holdings, Inc. Begins Trading with symbol OBNH". GlobeNewswire News Room. Retrieved 2021-07-01.
  14. ^ "Untitled". Cedar Rapids Gazette. Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Jun 4, 2005. p. 70.
  15. ^ "Sunday". Fairbanks Daily News Miner. Fairbanks, Alaska. Jun 12, 2005. p. 66.
  16. ^ "Sunday Daytime". Kinston Free Press. Kinston, North Carolina. May 8, 2005. p. 46.
  17. ^ "Daytime". Gettysburg Times. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. May 7, 2005. p. 7.
  18. ^ "TV Week". Towanda Daily Review. Towanda, Pennsylvania. May 15, 2005. p. 81.
  19. ^ "Afternoon". Janesville Gazette. Janesville, Wisconsin. May 21, 2005. p. 31.

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