TV Technical Profile: WCOV
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Southeast of the Grady community in Montgomery county, along Fannin
Mill Road, just west of its intersection with CR-39.
- Power (ERP):
- 670 kW
- Height Above
Average Terrain (HAAT):
- 1,731 feet
- 41 dBu protected
map, from the FCC. (FCCdata
View] A view of the WCOV studio and old tower in the heart of
Owned by Woods Communications Corp.
- Most of the
following information was gathered from WCOV-TV's engineering
department's history pages on the WCOV website. Check it
out! The late engineer Phil Whit created that page, along with
one about the transmitter
facility that may be of interest to some. (Links active again
as of 12-21-2010).
station went on the air on April 23, 1953, with mostly CBS
programming. A feat considering practically no one had UHF sets back
then. The station also carried occasional ABC programming during
fringe viewing periods. It went to full CBS affiliation in 1964 when
channel 32 came on the air. In 1955, the control room and co-located
transmitter were destroyed in a fire, which brough the station off
the air. The station was back on the air shortly thereafter with
much new equipment.
- In early
1965 the station was sold to Gay-Bell Manufacturing Company of
Lexington, Kentucky. The new owners wanted more coverage and by the
summer of '65, the station had a new 793 foot tower. Gay-Bell also
bought channel 8 in Selma, and when it was allowed to move into the
Montgomery market, CBS went to that station, leaving WCOV as a
floundering independent. It struggled until Fox started up, and
they've been with Fox ever since... Although at one time the
station was apparently affiliated with the short-lived attempt at a
fifth broadcast network called PTEN - Prime Time Entertainment
Network in the 90's.
- The station was
knocked off the air (again) in March of 1996, this time by a
tornado. The tower was felled by the tornado and took out to
satellite dishes in the area (sparing many residents' homes nearby).
station was back on the air in a few weeks with low power. In
September of 1996 the station relocated it's antenna. It is now
co-located with WSFA's on their tall tower. In November 2003 the
station's digital broadcasting commenced on channel 16.
- A few
days after the original analog shutdown date of February 17th,
WCOV switched off their analog signal and began broadcasting
digitally on channel 20. They had been planning to switch on
that day, but technical trouble pushed their switchover back a few
- In July
2009 it was announced that this station would be picking up the
ESPN-created "SEC Network" for collegiate sporting events.
Around the same time This TV showed up on subchannel 20.3.
- In 2012
it was announced that the station would be picking up Antenna TV,
which airs classic programs. It debuts 1 July 2012 on 20.2,
replacing the AccuWeather channel.
part of the FCC spectrum repacking process, WCOV received a permit
to relocate to RF channel 22 from channel 20 in July 2017. In
early August 2019 the station received a Special Temporary Authority
to operate at lower power, at a lower antenna height, on RF channel
22, while work for the TV repacking process is completed. The
station returned to full power in June 2020.