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Chattanooga’s Luken TV returning to New York market with its classic television network

Chattanooga’s Luken TV is returning to New York City by broadcasting its Retro TV network on WJLP-TV’s channel 33.5, beginning Saturday.

The arrival marks the network’s return to America’s biggest television market after leaving New York in 2017. Luken also announced Friday it is adding another affiliate, WBNM-TV in Louisville, which is adding Retro TV on Sept. 1.

With its debut, Retro TV’s programming will be available free of charge over the air to New York and Louisville viewers as well as on its new web site,, and new computer app.

“Fans in New York have been clamoring for Retro TV to come to the Big Apple for a long time and we’re finally arriving on WJLP-TV’s channel 33.5,” said Joel Wertman, president and the Chattanooga-based Luken Communications, which broadcasts Retro TV and four other networks across the country from its headquarters in downtown Chattanooga. “It’s going to make a major difference for us.”

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File photo / Luken TV CEO Joel Wertman

Originally launched in 2005 as the original digital broadcast network, Retro TV was the first of the extremely popular genre of classic television, featuring classic sitcoms and dramas from the 1950s through the 90s. Retro TV features a variety of vintage TV shows from the late 50s to the 90s, with such shows as “Doctor Who,” “The Beverly Hillbillies,” “The Green Hornet” “One Step Beyond” and others.

“We believe viewers will be engaged by the variety and quality of Retro TV’s highly entertaining line up of classic television programs,” said Lee Leddy, general manager for WJLP.

WJLP is licensed to Middletown, N.J. and blankets the entire New York area with its broadcast signal emanating from the top of Times Square in Manhattan. The full-power TV station is is owned

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