TV Technical Profile: WDBB
- 17.1 - CW HD
- 17.2 - ABC
(simulcast of ABC 33/40)
17.3 - James Spann 24/7 Weather
eye] On the "Tuscaloosa tall tower" with some amateur radio
repeaters, located between Tuscaloosa and Jasper, a few miles east
of Alabama 69.
- Power (ERP):
- 350 kW
- Height Above
Average Terrain (HAAT):
- 2,213 feet
- 41 dBu protected
contour, from the FCC.
contour, from the FCC. (FCCdata.org
Legal ID snapshot showing the various channels that ABC 33/40 is
available on as of May, 2015.
Owned by WDBB-TV, Inc. (Michael Anderson)
- Originally a
Tuscaloosa station, WDBB (DuBose Broadcasting, named for the owner,
David DuBose) originally was a small independent station with a
tower off Jug Factory Road on the hill behind the Food World Plaza
(now where the Wal-Mart Supercenter is.) WDBB built the
now-famous tall tower that houses a few amateur radio repeaters and
once held WDXB-FM, which served practically every square inch of
central Alabama. The TV station achieved good coverage of Tuscaloosa
and Birmingham. The station broadcast a news program twice in
its history, first in the mid 80s and then again later in the early
90s, competing with WCFT, Tuscaloosa's CBS affiliate and dominant
- At one
point (date unknown) WDBB went back off the tall tower and went to a
much lower power on a tower practically all the way to Moundville,
south of Tuscaloosa. The off the air coverage of the station in
Tuscaloosa was poor at this location. The station's file now says
"Bessemer" for the city of license; in early 2000, the station was
back on the tall tower, serving Birmingham again. With the move, the
station carried The WB and Fox Kids through a local marketing
agreement (LMA) with the WTTO-TV Homewood (Birmingham). In fact, the
WB21 logo appeared on screen regularly. The WB later morphed
into The CW in September 2006, which WDBB still carries today in
simulcast form with WTTO.
original WDBB tower is still standing. It currently handles a low
power TV station and at least one low power FM translator; it also
appears to have a few public safety band antennas on it.
- On February 17th
2009 the station discontinued standard analog broadcasts and
aired"nite lite" programming consisting of information on how to
acquire and setup a digital converter box. That ceased after
the new digital transition date in June 2009. This station may
have operated under an Special
Temporary Authority on RF channel 17
for a long time after the digital transition. It's unknown exactly
if or how long it was on 17, or when it moved to its permanent home
on RF channel 18.
- The station added
The Country Network at some point between about 2010 and 2013.
It became ZUUS Country in late 2013, with much of the same
programming. In July 2014 the station dropped the ZUUS Country
simulcast on 17.2 for Sony Picture Television's new upstart getTV
channel. In late September 2014 the station dropped getTV to
start simulcasting ABC programming from ABC 33/40 as part of a deal
to move the programming off WCFT (33) and WJSU (40) by new owners
Sinclair. WDBB now carries the ABC programming along with WABM (via WBMA-LD)after
the other two stations shut down around the end of September 2014.
The station received a permit in August 2017 to relocate from RF
channel 18 to 14 as part of the FCC repacking process.