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About ATVN

Astound TV Network signed on the air in the mid-1960s on the cable TV channel lineup of Twin County Trans- Video Inc. (Twin County Cable). Since then the networks has be known by numerous names, including TV4, Cable 4, C-Tec4, RCN4, RCN –TV, and now Astound TV Network, or ATVN.

ATVN FIRSTS

  • High school football, basketball, baseball games and more on a regular basis
  • Friday night coverage of high school football and Tuesday/Friday night coverage of high school basketball. Additional coverage included PIAA basketball playoffs and state championship games.
  • A local one-hour news report, TV 4 News: The Pulse of the Lehigh Valley, aired weekdays in the late 1960s through 1973.
  • High School Bowl – a local version of the GE College Bowl which was airing on national TV
  • Coverage of local election night returns
  • Children’s programming: Jolly Jingles in Alphabet Land and Polly’s Treehouse
  • Community Spotlight, which still airs today
  • Professional baseball – Allentown Ambassadors of the independent Northeast league from Bicentennial Park in Allentown
  • Live coverage of the Christmas decoration lighting ceremonies in Allentown
  • Halloween Parade coverage from Allentown, Bethlehem, Catasauqua and Northampton
  • With promoter Jerry Fried, provided and installed the lighting for the half-mile Nazareth Speedway dirt track (home of Mario Andretti). Held exclusive broadcast rights to Nazareth’s weekly Sunday racing events until 1988, when the track closed.
  • Mandarin Chef hosted by Charles Tang, dedicated to culinary delights “fit for the Emperor”
  • The Jolly Joe Timmer Show, hosted by local polka musician and showman Joe Timmer, aired from 1973- 2015, making it, for a time, the longest running show on American cable television.
  • The first cable TV company in the Lehigh Valley to provide live sports and community remote coverage via a “portable” microwave transmitter/receiver system
  • The first use of a handheld “minicam” camera at local events
  • During the 1980s, obtained the exclusive rights to District XI sports events and coverage was expanded to include soccer, tennis, field hockey and volleyball.
  • In 1985, the Dream Come True Telethon became a yearly televised event. The program continues to air, celebrating its’ 36th annual telethon in December 2021. Since its beginnings, over $1 million dollars have been raised to help terminally and chronically ill children of the Lehigh Valley receive a wish of their choice. 

PARTNERSHIPS 

The Lafayette Sports Network (LSN): Since 1997 ATVN has televised Lafayette College basketball games, leading to the development of the Lafayette Sports Network.  The schedule has grown to include all home Lafayette football games and a selected number of away games.  All men’s and women’s league basketball games and a selection of away events are now televised.                   

Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN): For many years, ATVN has worked with PCN to produce selected events for statewide distribution. Productions include: PIAA Baseball finals; East/West Football Game in Altoona, PA; District XI Wrestling Finals; selected area high school football games.

 

 

  • Watch Astound TV Network:
    Lehigh Valley – Channel 4, or 1004 in HD
    Delaware Valley – Channel 8, or 608 in HD
    Luzerne County - Channel 4
    Washington, DC - Channel 8, or 678 in HD
    ATVN Valley Connection - Channel 96

    Purchase a DVD copy of an ATVN program.

    Advertise on ATVN.

  • UPCOMING EVENTS

    🏈 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL:
    9/30 at 7pm: Northwestern Lehigh vs. Saucon Valley LIVE
    10/1 at 3pm: Northampton at Bethlehem Catholic LIVE

    🏈COLLEGE FOOTBALL:
    9/28 at 8pm: Shepherd vs. Kutztown

    Embrace the enchantment of the seven Celtic nations with exclusive coverage of the 2022 Celtic Classic now available On Demand.

    Stay tuned for special Halloween programming and the Halloween parades schedule coming in October.

    Stay up to date with all of the happenings in our community, watch our Community Spotlight, Take 5, and The Halftime Show programs!

    Catch up on the awesome Sports Talk and Classic Video Showplace blogs, too.

  • Visit Astound.com

    Visit Astound.com to shop, select services or reach our 24/7 customer service.