TV Technical Profile: WCIQ
- 7.1 - APT, PBS
- 7.2 - PBS Kids
- 7.3 - Create
- World Channel
Atop Mount Cheaha
- Power (ERP):
- 47 kW
- Height Above
Average Terrain (HAAT):
- 1,943 feet
- 36 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
map, from the FCC. (OSM
Snapshot of network ID for -.1 APT/PBS channel
Snapshot of network ID for -.2 PBS World channel
Snapshot of network ID for -.3 PBS Create channel
- This station
came on the air January 7, 1955 as a component of Alabama Public TV,
the nation's first public TV network. The tower is atop Mt. Cheaha,
tallest mountain in the state. As with all Alabama educational
station, the calls ended in IQ, this one originally being WTIQ, T
for Talladega, though the city of license was announced as Munford.
Now WCIQ for Mt. Cheaha.
April 2006 this station's digital counterpart signed on channel 56.
Operating with a temporary authority of 60,900 watts at 1,844 feet
HAAT. They had a permit to increase power to 891,000 watts, but
instead chose to move to their analog channel after the digital
transition. Reports indicate that the station, as of February
17th 2009, are now on VHF channel 7. Due to budget
cuts, at the start of October, 2012, all APT stations dropped iQ for
PBS' World channel. In October 2012 the station put online a
small boost in power and antenna height, further improving coverage. Starting in
October 2015, the network began only airing PBS World during the
second half of the day due to concerns over adult programming
appearing during hours when children may be watching. A
planned update for late 2015 or early 2016 to the switching
equipment at the main studio will allow the station to cut out
individual shows and insert child-friendly programming.