Chattanooga's Luken Communications Enters Joint Venture With ValCom Entertainment Company

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - by Judy Frank

Chattanooga-based Luken Communications has entered into a joint venture with ValCom Inc., a leading independent entertainment company, related to the operations, programming, distribution, and marketing of the My Family TV broadcast network subsidiary.

Officials said My Family TV will be part of a bundle of television networks originated and distributed by Luken from their state-of-the-art facility in Chattanooga.

The venture will allow ValCom and Luken to leverage multiple television networks when negotiating the content for My Family TV, which provides 24/7 G-rated programming, according to spokesmen.



Negotiations are already underway to obtain television programs that are expected to premiere on My Family TV throughout 2011, they said, noting that ValCom’s relationship with Luken Communications also will create additional distribution and sales opportunities for the corporation's library which includes more than 6,000 titles.

In addition, the venture will reduce overall costs at My Family TV through economies of scale that exist when multiple television networks operate within the same facility.

"We are very happy to have added another family oriented channel to our distribution, and My Family TV will enhance our growth within the family broadcast section of our business," said Henry Luken, CEO of Luken Communications, LLC.

Luken Communications has more than 130 simultaneous broadcast channels, and is the owner of Retro Television, Inc.; Retro TV II, LLC; PBJ Television, LLC; TuffTV, LLC; My Car TV, LLC and Digital Networks, LLC.

ValCom Inc., based in Clearwater, FL, is an independent entertainment company that has been in operation since 1983.

The corporation’s four divisions – live theater, broadcasting, distribution, and television and film production -- create and operate full service facilities that accommodate film, television and commercial productions.

ValCom's client list includes MGM, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros, Disney, CBS, Sony and NBC.


FSG Bank Ends Successful ‘Pay It Forward’ Campaign With $2,500 Donation To Habitat For Humanity

First Security Group, Inc., the holding company for FSG Bank, announced the bank has ended its “Pay It Forward” campaign and will officially make a $2,500 donation to the Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland after receiving an incredible response from the community to its unique GO Money campaign.   FSG Bank launched the GO Money campaign last month as part of its grand opening ... (click for more)

Fleet Feet Sports To Open New Chattanooga Store In Mid-October

Fleet Feet Sports   announces the mid-October opening of a new store in Chattanooga. The store will be the brand’s first location in the Chattanooga market and will open in the NorthShore neighborhood at 313 Manufacturers Road.   Running store veteran Steve Carter will operate and manage the store, stepping into the leadership role after serving as general manager ... (click for more)

Trustee To Be Appointed To Oversee Hutcheson Medical Center Bankruptcy With Focus On Sale Of Fort Oglethorpe Hospital

A trustee will be appointed to oversee the bankruptcy case of Hutcheson Medical Center with a focus on getting the financially-strapped Fort Oglethorpe hospital sold. The U.S. Trustee's Office had filed a motion asking that the bankruptcy be dissolved due to the debt rising to $6.3 million since the bankruptcy was filed last November. However, all parties finally agreed it was ... (click for more)

Civic, Political Leader Mai Bell Hurley Dies At 87

Civic and political leader Mai Bell Hurley has died at age 87. She was the first woman to serve on the Chattanooga City Council. Ms. Hurley was also a longtime advocate for the arts and a leader in United Way. She was a leader in Chattanooga Venture that led to the redevelopment of downtown and the riverfront.  She most recently served on the Library Board. ... (click for more)

Does The Signal Mountain Town Council Take Its Constituents As Fools?

You've got to hand it to the Signal Mountain Town Council. In their scheme to change the zoning on Signal Mountain from 1/2 an acre to 1/4 an acre they get more creative by the day in coming up with justifications for doing something a majority of their constituents are squarely against.   They started off by hiding behind a poor widow who had fallen on hard times. She had ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: We Ain’t A Whirlygust

I have lived in and around the State of Tennessee my entire life and I have spent that last 50 years writing words in stories every day. I love clever words, words that fit perfectly in a sentence. I also like funny words, clever phrases and all sorts of “slang” words. This week the Slate website came out with “The United Slang of America” and, naturally, I was eager to see what ... (click for more)