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.
Height Above Average
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
- WAFF-TV 48's
actually begins in Decatur, and on channel 23! July 4, 1954 is when
station came on (originally). The station's first transmitter was
Mutual Life Building. The station's original call letters, WMSL,
to "Mutual Savings Life." (Surprisingly, The Huntsville Times
not begin listing WMSL's program schedule until December 29, 1957.
to this date, the Huntsville newspaper only listed TV schedules for
Birmingham, Chattanooga and Nashville stations.)
For its first nine
WMSL carried both NBC and CBS programs. By November 1963, WMSL was
with only the NBC network. Then, on September 2, 1967, Huntsville's
became an NBC affiliate. Oddly enough, WMSL remained affiliated with
NBC network through August 31, 1968. The Huntsville-Decatur area had
NBC affiliates, and no ABC affiliate, during the 1967-68
On September 1, 1968, WMSL finally became an ABC affiliate. Also in
the station moved to channel 48 and re-located to the Huntsville
erecting a 900 foot tower. The calls are changed to WYUR ("YoUR"
station) in 1974. Many years later the station is bought by American
Life Insurance, when the calls are changed to WAFF (American
On March 24, 1982,
WAFF-TV studios and transmitter building burn to the ground in an
evening fire. The station returns the air, amazingly, in less than
from a new location on the Parkway. In an odd anti-competition move,
puts a letter in the newspaper welcoming back to the air.
With the demise of
NBC Weather Plus network, WAFF has replaced the weather forecasts on
digital subchannel with the new, movie-oriented and MGM-backed This
The station held a third subchannel for a long time, which was
but a digital clock. It was removed in mid May 2010.
- This station
to keep analog broadcasts on until the new June 12th
Although WAFF has a permit to move back to RF channel 48, as of Juny
2009 they have not announced plans to actually do so.
- WAFF was adversely
by the 27 April 2011 tornado outbreak that devastated the state of
The station lost their doppler radar unit in East Limestone County
tornado. Reports say the entire structure is gone except for
- A May 2011
by WAFF parent Raycom announced the station will be picking up the
Bounce TV network that's aimed at black American audiences.
unclear if this will supplement or replace This TV on 48.2.
feed launched 26 September 2011 on 48.3. In December 2011 the
moved back to RF channel 48 from 49, with a small bump in antenna
and power. In early January 2012 the station deleted This TV
moved Bounce to 48.2. In the summer of 2014 the station added
the male-oriented Grit TV to 48.3.