TV Technical Profile: WCFT
33.1 - ABC HD
33.2 - ABC 33/40
33.3 - The Nashville
eye] Approx 3 miles east of Alabama 69, off CR-38 (Blue Creek
in Tuscaloosa County. Near the Tuscaloosa tall tower.
Height Above Average
41 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
// WBMA-LD Birmingham
// WJSU Anniston
on October 27, 1965. Originally, Tuscaloosa was part of the
market and WCFT was the first from Tuscaloosa to broadcast. The
began with no affiliation, but after years of little return for
the station was sold to Service Broadcasters of Hattisburg in 1967.
the purchase WCFT was granted permission to air CBS programming even
Birmingham's channel 42 was the DMA affiliate. In 1970, the station
a full network affiliate. In the early 80's the station began doing
in the news area and by 1987 Arbitron made Tuscaloosa it's own
WCFT was sold to Albritton Communications in 1995 to become part of
unique new ABC affiliate. In the summer of 2014 the FCC approved the merger of
Allbritton with Sinclair Television Group, who will shut the station
down as part of a merger agreement with the FCC.
WBMA, a low power
is official Birmingham's ABC affiliate. WCFT, along with Anniston
serve as "satellites" to rebroadcast ABC all over central Alabama.
began digital broadcasts in the winter or spring of 2011.
The original WCFT
is still standing just off I-20/59 near the Skyland Blvd. exit, and
used for ABC 33/40's Tuscaloosa tower camera.
WCFT elected to keep
analog broadcasts on until the new June 12th
Due to reception issues in the Birmingham area, the station moved
to RF channel 33 in late October, 2009. At the start of
2012 the station began carrying the new Nashville Network on their