TV Technical Profile: W47EI-D
- 47.1 - WAY TV
47.2 - WGIB FM audio with nature scenes
eye] On one of the two self-supporting towers (the one without
microwave equipment) next to the water tower atop Red Mountain, along
the north edge of Beacon Parkway East in Birmingham.
- Power (ERP):
- 15 kW
- Height Above
Average Terrain (HAAT):
- 650 feet
- 51 dBu protected
contour map, from the FCC.
// W15AZ Alabaster, AL
- Owned By:
- Glen Iris Baptist Church
- This station dates back
to an original construction permit from 1989, on channel 49. The
station came on a little over a year later, in May 1900 as W49AY,
providing religious programming via Glen Iris Baptist Church in
Birmingham's southside. During the analog years, the station
broadcast in stereo and when no shows were scheduled, carried audio
programming from the church's radio station, 91.9 WGIB while showing
tranquil nature scenes. During the conversion to digital
broadcasting, the FCC assigned WBRC-TV UHF channel 50 as their DTV
allocation. This led to W49AY being displaced to channel 47,
which was permitted via a special temporary authority. The
station eventually became known as W47EI, and continued to operate
under recurring STAs from approximately November 2011 until June 2015,
when the digital facility signed on.
- Glen Iris acquired
Alabaster-area translator W15AZ from Doris Nell Legrand in December of
1998 and was relaying W49AY through this channel by 2001. Under
Legrand's ownership, the station, which was granted in 1990, appears
to have gone through multiple construction permit extensions and
didn't sign on until 1994. Even under Glen Iris' ownership, the
station has been off and on again on a continuing basis, and at one
point lost its transmitter tower when the owner dismantled it.
The station is either off or operating under a special temporary
authority from a different nearby transmission site as of July 2015.