TV Technical Profile: WAKA
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2] On Lowndes County Road 12, just west of Collerine Cutoff
Road, west of the community of Gordonville. Co-located with WNCF-DT.
- Power (ERP):
- 944 kW
- Height Above
Average Terrain (HAAT):
- 1,624 feet
- 41 dBu protected
map, from the FCC. (FCCdata
(Much more history on the station can be found here.)
WAKA maintains a good history of the station on their website.
View] View of the WAKA/WNCF/WBMM studio and old tower site.
Owned by Bahakel Communications (as Alabama Broadcasting Partners)
- Came on the air
as WSLA (for the actual city of license, SeLmA) on March 17, 1960.
It was owned by the Brennan family, of WVOK/WAPE/WBAM radio
heritage. The coverage was limited to Dallas County and the station
was off the air for periods because it wasn't viable. In fact, the
longest dark period of channel 8 was from 1968 to 1972! It
came back on as a CBS affiliate, owned by Charles Grisham, owner of
WHNT-TV in Huntsville. Channel 8 tried for years to get a taller
tower but the applications were constantly blocked by UHF channels
20 and 32 in the market, claiming by allowing the station to move
into the Montgomery market it would not be fostering the growth of
UHF. In fact, Gay-Bell Manufacturing of Lexington, Kentucky bought
this station, most likely to protect their investment in WCOV in
Montgomery and UHF in general. In 1985 Cyrus Bahakel, owner of
WKAB channel 32 sold that station and bought channel 8, seeing
change on the horizon. WAKA became the new calls (unofficially
standing for We Are Kicking Ass) and by 1987 when the FCC loosened
some of its regulations, WAKA got a taller tower and became a
Selma-Montgomery station instead of just a Selma station. For a
short time Montgomery had two CBS affiliates, but CBS quickly
dropped WCOV channel 20.
- In the late summer of
2005 the station signed on with a digital signal on channel 55 with
1 MW of power. This is the Montgomery area's fourth digital signal.
It is interesting to note that this station went digital well after
UHF channels 20 and 32 - the same ones who blocked them from
power/coverage upgrades in the station's earlier years! As of
February 19th 2009, the station was broadcasting both on
RF channel 55 AND their post-analog shutdown assignment of RF
channel 42, shutting off the channel 55 transmitter after the final
transition date in June 2009.
- In July
2011 it was announced that WAKA's parent company, Bahakel
Communications, would be buying WBMM Tuskegee from
SagamoreHill. They are also extending their LMA of
SagamoreHill's WNCF, and will move WAKA to the WNCF/WBMM HD facility
on Harrison Road in Montgomery. WAKA has announced it will be
picking up the new METV (Memorable Entertainment TV) in September
2011, but that was later pushed back to March 2012, then later again
to June 2012. It was then pushed to Q1 2013 but debuted early,
in mid-December 2012. At that time, the weather radar moved to
WNCF (32.3). The next subchannel change came in late July
2017, when the -.3 channel lit up with ION Television.
At the start of August 2017, the station received a permit to
relocate from RF channel 42 to 25 as part of the FCC repacking
The station added QVC to the —.4 subchannel in early February
2019. The station began broadcasting on its post-repack
channel of RF 25 on 6 September 2019.
In the summer of 2020 the station was reported to be airing four
more blank digital subchannels, possibly in testing to add more
content. True Crime Network (formerly Justice TV) and Quest debuted
at the start of September 2020.
The station added Newsmax TV to the —.8 subchannel in the second
week of September 2021.