Chattanooga, Tenn.  (June 6, 2019) – The Heartland Network, Luken Communications’ country music and lifestyle channel, debuted on 11 affiliate stations in five new markets this week, broadening its national footprint by 33 percent.  Additional markets for The Heart of Country® include Houston (DMA 7), San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose (DMA 8), Atlanta (DMA 10), Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto (DMA 20), and Chico-Redding (DMA 132).  Specific stations and channels in each market are listed below.

WLVO-LD Channel 21.7

KBPX-LD Channel 46.4

KQSL-LD Channel 17.9 (San Rafael)
KUKR-LD Channel 27.9 (Santa Rosa)
KFMY-LD Channel 6.9 (Petaluma)
KQRO-LD Channel 45.9 (Morgan Hill-San Jose)
KFTY-LD Channel 45.9 (Middletown-Santa Rosa)

KKPM-CD Channel 28.9 (Yuba City)
KYUB-LD Channel 15.9 (Yuba City)

KRDT-CD Channel 23.9 (Redding)
KKRM-LD Channel 11.9 (Chico)

Byron Gehret, General Manager of KBPX in Houston, said, “Houston and country music go hand-in-hand. We’re thrilled to bring Heartland’s distinctive lineup of country and lifestyle entertainment to our audience. It just makes sense; there’s nothing else out there like it.”

Keith Leitch, president of One Ministries, believes similarly in California.  “I chose Heartland for our nine stations because it’s family-friendly and so unique in an increasingly crowded landscape.  The country music audience is huge and they’re hungry for everything Heartland has to offer.”

Joel Wertman, President of Luken Communications, said, “We’ve created a solid product with Heartland, and it’s being embraced across the country by viewers and affiliate stations alike.  I could not be more proud of what our team continues to create.” Wertman added, “From a larger footprint, to more original programming, to additional OTT offerings, Heartland will continue to grow as the definitive TV home for country music fans everywhere.”

Heartland, currently reaching more than 34.5 million TV homes in addition to a thriving Roku® audience, 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 More Than the Music, WSM Radio’s Coffee, Country & Cody, The Red Green Show, Reflections with host Keith Bilbrey, Positively Paula starring Paula Deen, Bluegrass Ridge, Music City Tonight, Texas Music Scene, Gaither Gospel Hour, Larry’s Country Diner, Country’s Family Reunion and several popular video blocks. To learn more about Heartland and the network’s current availability in your area, visit or