TV Technical Profile: WBMM
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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 (CP)
- Height Above
Average Terrain (HAAT):
- 1,119 feet
1,053 feet (STA)
1,106 feet (CP)
- 41 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
map, from the FCC. (OSM
AUX: 18.7 kW @ 1053 feet
HAAT from licensed transmitter site.
View] WAKA/WNCF/WBMM studio and old tower site.
Owned by Bahakel Communications (as Alabama Broadcasting Partners)
- An original
construction permit for a new TV station was first issued to
Tuskegee Associates, LP, in July 1989. The original plan was
to built a nearlt-2,000 foot tower in rural Chambers County, off
CR-11 north of Waverly, on RF channel 22. The plan was to serve
Columbus, Georgia as a chartered affiliate of the upcoming WB
network. Columbus broadcaster Don Nahley was involved.
The station was first assigned the WBMM calls in 1999.
The plan to launch into the Columbus market never came to fruition,
and the station then attempted a sale to the Paxson company to
become a PAX network station in 2000. Instead, later in 2000,
it was transferred to a company called Montgomery 22, Inc. In
2003, they modified the permit to relocate to the current
transmitter site to serve Montgomery.
A license to cover for the Montgomery-oriented facility was granted
in March 2005, and it debuted with PAX network programming in both
analog and digital transmissions. After the demise of the PAX
network the channel began carrying the Daystar religious
network. The digital transmitter went off the air in August
2005 due to technical troubles. The CW network debuted on this
channel during September of 2006. A failure in a digital STL
took the digital broadcast off the air again in August 2006.
That same year, Montgomery 22 sold the license to SagamoreHill
Broadcasting of Alabama, LLC for $2 million. SagamoreHill also
owned WNCF TV in Montgomery, and FCC rules normally prohibited a
company from owning two stations in the same market, but
SagamoreHill was able to get a "failing station" waiver to acquire
In 2009, the station began relaying Montgomery's ABC affiliate WNCF
on a subchannel, mirroring them running WBMM's CW on their
station elected to discontinue analog broadcasts before the new June
- It was
reported in July 2011 that Bahakel Communications would purchase
WBMM from SagamoreHill for $3.5 million. Bahakel already owned
WAKA in Montgomery and after acquiring WBMM, entered into a Shared
Services Agreement (SSA) with SagamoreHill to help operate WNCF,
SagamoreHill's lone remaining TV property in the Montgomery market.
Despite WAKA being the "big station" of the group, it wound up
leaving its existing studio facility to move into the WNCF space,
along with WBMM's operations, because it was already HD-ready (and,
surprisingly, owned by Bahakel already.) The ownership change
was approved by the FCC in September 2011.
With this move, WBMM's feed of The CW was able to convert to
HD. It also picked up a new subchannel, carrying the
relaunched TNN on —.2, replacing the WNCF (ABC) simulcast.
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.
In November 2020 two additional subchannels were found to be active,
with Start TV and Twist digital networks.
The station was discovered to be adding new Scripps digital networks
Defy TV and True Real (formerly Doozy), along with the streaming
Newsy channel in July 2021. Twist is also showing as a future
addition. Twist, Defy and True Real showed up late in July
2021. Newsy, an online news streaming station, showed up in