TV Technical Profile: WAFF
- 48.1 - NBC
- 48.2 - Bounce TV
48.3 - Grit TV
Just off (US-431) Governors Drive atop Monte Santo Mountain.
- Power (ERP):
- 48 kW
- Height Above
Average Terrain (HAAT):
- 1,890 feet
- 41 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
- This information
has been skimmed from the WAAY-TV
page. Additional info has been taken from the Huntsville Times
TV listings. Special thanks to Tom Alger for contributing to this
48's history actually begins in Decatur, and on channel 23! July 4,
1954 is when this station came on (originally). The station's first
- located atop
Decatur's Mutual Life Building. The station's original call letters,
WMSL, referred to "Mutual Savings Life." (Surprisingly, The
Huntsville Times did not begin listing WMSL's program schedule until
December 29, 1957. Prior to this date, the Huntsville newspaper only
listed TV schedules for distant Birmingham, Chattanooga and
- For its first
nine years, WMSL carried both NBC and CBS programs. By November
1963, WMSL was affiliated with only the NBC network. Then, on
September 2, 1967, Huntsville's WAAY-31 became an NBC affiliate.
Oddly enough, WMSL remained affiliated with the NBC network through
August 31, 1968. The Huntsville-Decatur area had two NBC affiliates,
and no ABC affiliate, during the 1967-68 season. On September
1, 1968, WMSL finally became an ABC affiliate. Also in 1968, the
station moved to channel 48 and re-located to the Huntsville area,
erecting a 900 foot tower. The calls are changed to WYUR ("YoUR"
television station) in 1974. Many years later the station is bought
by American Family Life Insurance, when the calls are changed to
WAFF (American Family's Finest).
- On March 24,
1982, the WAFF-TV studios and transmitter building burn to the
ground in an early evening fire. The station returns the air,
amazingly, in less than amonth from a new location on the Parkway.
In an odd anti-competition move, WAAY-TV puts a letter in the
newspaper welcoming back to the air.
- With the demise
of the NBC Weather Plus network, WAFF has replaced the weather
forecasts on their digital subchannel with the new, movie-oriented
and MGM-backed This TV. The station held a third subchannel
for a long time, which was nothing but a digital clock. It was
removed in mid May 2010.
station elected to keep analog broadcasts on until the new June 12th
deadline. Although WAFF has a permit to move back to RF
channel 48, as of Juny 13th 2009 they have not announced
plans to actually do so.
- WAFF was
adversely affected by the 27 April 2011 tornado outbreak that
devastated the state of Alabama. The station lost their
doppler radar unit in East Limestone County to a tornado.
Reports say the entire structure is gone except for the cement base.
- A May 2011
announcement by WAFF parent Raycom announced the station will be
picking up the new Bounce TV network that's aimed at black American
audiences. It's unclear if this will supplement or replace
This TV on 48.2. The new feed launched 26 September 2011 on
48.3. In December 2011 the station moved back to RF channel 48
from 49, with a small bump in antenna height and power. In
early January 2012 the station deleted This TV and moved Bounce to
48.2. In the summer of 2014 the station added the
male-oriented Grit TV to 48.3.