TV Technical Profile: WBRC
- 6.1 - Fox HD
- 6.2 - Bounce TV
6.3 - Grit TV
6.4 - Laff
view] "Atop Red Mountain". Looking at Vulcan from downtown,
it's the second tower down. Also houses the antenna for NOAA weather
- Power (ERP):
- 953 kW
- 1 MW (AUX)
- Height Above
Average Terrain (HAAT):
- 1,385 feet
- 1,224 feet (AUX)
- 41 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
map, from FCCdata.org. (CP)
- 41 dBu protected
map, from the FCC. (AUX)
WBRC keeps a list of all their social media pages, as well as those
for their personalities at this page on their website
Google Photos image of the iconic red WBRC neon sign overlooking the
city of Birmingham.
- mDTV - active
by Gray Television
second oldest TV station came on the air July 1, 1949, on channel 4.
They came on about a month after channel 13. The calls have always
been WBRC (Bell Radio Company), but the format has changed a lot
over the years. Prior to their move to channel 6 around 1953,
the station was an NBC affiliate, the same as WBRC-AM. They had some
programs from ABC and DuMont, as did channel 13. About the
time Storer bought WBRC, they moved to CBS affiliation. WBRC pared
down their ABC programming from a 50/50 mix to almost nothing. By
1960 WBRC carried little if any ABC programming. WBRC switched to
ABC in 1961, about the time when it was bought out by Taft
Broadcasting. (As a side note, the Taft company had a strong
relationship with ABC's then-head Leonard Goldenson. Even channel
6's logo reflected that, as it was a giant "6" with a little ABC
logo inside the circle of the 6. WBRC continued to carry occasional
CBS programming until WBMG-TV 42 came on the air in 1965. From 1965
to the Fox buyout in 1996, channel 6 was strictly an ABC station.
station originally had a small tower "atop Red Mountain", but it was
replaced when it nearly came down in an ice storm in the mid 80's.
WBRC is also noted to be one of two stations in our
mid-sized market to be owned by a network (the other is WVTM, owned
station elected to keep analog broadcasts on until the new June 12th
deadline. The station upgraded to HD newscasts in 2010.
WBRC's conversion to their current facility took an unusual
path. It ran for a long time under a Special
Temporary Authority with lower
power. That likely ended in sometime in late 2009 as
they debuted full power with 1 MW at a lower position on the
tower. The top of the tower was reclaimed for WBRC's use and
the power dropped slightly. They now reserve the old 1
megawatt facilities as an auxiliary. An article
and pictures of the new DTV antenna going up can be found on the My Fox
- In May
2011 the station added a subchannel mirroring the main HD
channel. It's to make room this fall for the new Bounce TV
network aimed at black Americans. It debuted 26 September
2011. A third subchannel was added in the summer of 2014 for a
new man-oriented TV network, Grit TV. A fourth subchannel was
added in August 2018, for Laff.
- As part of the spectrum
repacking efforts by the FCC to free up space for more wireless
broadband service, this station was granted a permit to relocate from
channel 50 to channel 29 in July, 2017.
Raycom Media and Gray Television Inc. agreed to a merger in June 2016,
for $3.6 billion. The merger was approved in December 2018.