TV Technical Profile: WRGX-LD


Channel:
23
Programming:
23.1 - NBC (HD)
Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view] Just south of the intersection of FL-177 and Pinestraw Alley/FL-160 in the Bethlehem community of Holmes County, Florida.  Co-located with WTVY-DT.
Power (ERP):
15 kW
Height Above Average Terrain (HAAT):
1,578 feet
Antenna:
Directional
Other Information:
51 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
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// WTVY-DT 4.4 Dothan (SD only)
Owned By:
Gray Television
History:
This station came on the air in the winter of 1993 as a Trinity Broadcasting Network station on channel 41, with the calls W41BN.  It had originally been on channel 29 (as W29BB) but it appears that facility was never put on the air.  During its TBN years, it operated from a tower on East Burdisahw Street (map | street view) just east of Ross Clark Circle on the east side of Dothan.  TBN donated the station to the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC) in 2010, and they in turn sold it to New Moon Communications in June of 2011 along with a few other low power stations.  New Moon acquired this and the other low power stations to provide new network affiliates for smaller markets like Dothan.  After acquiring this channel, they changed the calls to WDON-LP and announced they would be launching NBC on this signal.  New Moon never launched the channel, and eventually sold it to the owners of WTVY-TV, Gray Broadcasting, in January 2013.  Gray changed the calls to WRGX-LD and built out a digital facility on its existing tower for WTVY-DT in Florida, which went on the air as the NBC affiliate at the start of June 2013.  Due to the low power station's limited coverage, Gray simulcasts NBC on WTVY-DT 4.4.  With the advent of a local programming option for NBC, WSFA and WJHG are likely not on local cable anymore.  They had been brought in for NBC coverage when Dothan didn't have a local affiliate.