TV Technical Profile: WBMM

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18 (CP)
22.1 - CW
22.2 - Start TV
Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view] West of the McGowan community in southern Bullock County, near where CR-37 and Old Pike Road meet.
Power (ERP):
65 kW
12.2 kW (STA)
52 kW
Height Above Average Terrain (HAAT):
1,119 feet
1,053 feet
1,106 feet
Other Information:
41 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
41 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC. (OSM Link) (CP)
[Street View] WAKA/WNCF/WBMM studio and old tower site.
This station came on the air in November 2002 as a Montgomery market station featuring the PAX network programming. After the demise of the PAX network the channel is carrying the Daystar religious network. The CW network debuted on this channel during September of 2006.  In 2009, the station began relaying Montgomery's ABC affiliate WNCF on a subchannel, mirroring them running WBMM's CW on their subchannel.
This station elected to discontinue analog broadcasts sometime before the new June 12th deadline.
In July 2011 it was reported that Bahakel Communications, owners of WAKA-DT 8, Montgomery's CBS affiliate, were to buy out WBMM from SagamoreHill.  As part of the acquisition, SagamoreHill's remaining TV property, WNCF, will extend its local marketing agreement (LMA) with Bahakel, and WBMM and WAKA will move to the Harrison Road HD facilities of WNCF.  The ownership change was pass through the FCC in September 2011.  The HD facility and upgraded facilities for WNCF are to come online in September 2012.  WBMM and WNCF will each pick up a new third subchannel and WBMM's CW feed will go HD.  In September 2013 it was announced that TNN would be airing on 22.2, replacing the ABC simulcast. 

At the start of August 2017, the station received a permit to relocate from RF channel 22 to 18 as part of the FCC repacking process.

It was announced that the station would be picking up the Start TV network on its launch in early September 2018, replacing Heartland.  It finally debuted in early October 2018.

The station was granted a Special Temporary Authority to operate at lower power from a different antenna while a new main antenna is installed for the TV repacking process.  This began in March 2019.  The station transitioned to its post-repack RF channel 18 on 6 September 2019.