The Heartland Network, Luken Communications’ country music and lifestyle offering, has returned to the Chicago market (DMA 3) on WJYS. The station, owned by Oxford Media Group, Inc., began broadcasting Heartland over-the-air on channel 62.4 October 1.  Heartland is also available to Comcast viewers on channel 385.

Joel Wertman, President of Luken Communications, said, “These are exciting times for Heartland.  Not only are we experiencing exceptional growth in our over-the-air and cable viewership, but our team is investing in more original content including a soon to be released Americana series and the production of several specials.  We’re proud to partner with Oxford Media Group to answer Chicago’s call for the return of Heartland as a key step in Heartland’s strategic plan.”

Heartland features programming comprised of syndicated and first run shows along with digitally restored content pulled from the vaults of Music Row, creating a country music and lifestyle experience that brings delight to lovers of every generation and genre.  The program lineup includes WSM Radio’s Coffee, Country & CodyReflections with host Keith Bilbrey, Bluegrass RidgeCountry Standard TimeMusic City TonightTexas Music SceneGaither Gospel Hour, Larry’s Country DinerCountry’s Family Reunion and several popular video blocks.  The network’s newest additions include Songs and Stories with John Berry and Paula Deen’s Positively Paula.  For more information about Heartland, visit www.watchheartlandtv.com or www.facebook.com/WatchHeartlandTV.