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 Presents On Point A Check For $1,000

FSG Bank presented On Point with a check for $1,000 recently from funds raised during the organization’s “Change for Change” coin drive. Supporters made donations in coin canisters at FSG locations in Chattanooga during the spring. The funds will help support On Point’s mission and programs of local youth development. (click for more)

Attorney General Announces Settlement Allowing Dollar Tree To Acquire Family Dollar

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III announced Thursday the merger of two large national chains of deep discount stores, Dollar Tree, headquartered in Chesapeake, Va. and Family Dollar, headquartered in Matthews, NC. As part of the agreement, Dollar Tree will be required to divest hundreds of Family Dollar stores nationwide, including stores in Memphis and Nashville. ... (click for more)

Muslim Advocacy Group Questions House Arrest For Signal Mountain Man Charged In Threats Against Muslim Village In New York

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, on Saturday questioned the release of a Signal Mountain man who admitted to planning what it called "a Charleston-style terror attack" on a Muslim community in New York. CAIR also called for stepped up protection for the community targeted in the plot. Judge ... (click for more)

Plumbers Bring Complaints To WWTA; Told New Contracts Are Ready

Several plumbers on Thursday brought complaints to a committee of the Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority (WWTA) and got little response other than being told that new contracts are ready. Kay Keefe of Keefe Plumbing said the small number of plumbing companies still participating in the program to repair leaky lines to homes, have long been operating without ... (click for more)

Could The Marriage Decision Spark A New Independence Day?

I confess that this year I am having a hard time with the idea of celebrating the 4th of July Independence Day. It is not because I am not thankful to God for what was done on that day, what it represents, and the blessings I’ve experienced that flow from it. On the other hand, I want to think that maybe this year’s celebration will mark a period in our history in which a new movement ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Dr. Tydings Is A Winner

One week from tomorrow the most important educator in the future of our community will start work as the new president of Chattanooga State. While I am normally cynical of beard-strokers and foundation-hungry dreamers who have little or no concept of the real world, I am convinced Flora Tydings will become the best thing to happen in our community in years. A grandmother with ... (click for more)