TV Technical Profile: WDIQ


Channel:
10
Programming:
2.1 - APT, PBS
2.2 - PBS Kids
2.3 - Create
2
.4 - World Channel
Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view]  West of the community of Brantley and north of Dozier.  Just south of the appropriately-named TV Tower Road, on Leon Tower Road, due west of the intersection of AL-106 (Georgiana Highway) and US-29 (Dozier Highway).
Power (ERP):
30 kW
Height Above Average Terrain (HAAT):
738 feet
Antenna:
Omnidirectional
Other Information:
36 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
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[Picture] Snapshot of network ID for -.1 APT/PBS channel
[Picture] Snapshot of network ID for -.2 PBS World channel
[Picture] Snapshot of network ID for -.3 PBS Create channel
History:
WDIQ came on the air in the August 8, 1956 to bring Alabama Public TV to south Alabama. All the network's call letters end in IQ -- this one was originally WAIQ for Andalusia. Later WAIQ was reassigned to Montgomery's channel 26 and this channel 2 became WDIQ (the D stands for Dozier, the small community near Andalusia where the tower is actually located.) Along with the rest of the APT network, shut down analog operations on February 17th, 2009.  The digital assignemtn was originally channel 11, but APT later sought and received a permit to change to channel 10, with higher power and antenna height.  That permit was put on the air in the middle of January 2011.  Due to budget cuts, at the start of October, 2012, all APT stations dropped iQ for PBS' World channel.  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.