TV Technical Profile: WEAR
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- 3.1 - ABC HD
- 3.2 - TBD
3.3 - Charge!
44.2 - Grit
44.3 - Dabl
view] Just off I-10 in Baldwin County, south of county road 64
and east of county road 83. Co-located with WHBR-DT, WFGX-DT; FM
stations WKSJ, WJTQ, WDLT and WBLX.
- Power (ERP):
- 1 MW
- Height Above
Average Terrain (HAAT):
- 1,861 feet
- 41 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
TV History] For more information on Florida's earliest TV
stations, including WEAR and WPFA.
Street View imagery of the station's Mobile Highway studios, shared
Street View imagery of the station's Fort Walton Beach satellite
offices, shared with WFGX.
- mDTV - future
this was not Pensacola's first TV station. That
honor belongs to the short-lived UHF WPFA on channel 15, which came
on in October of 1953 as a DuMont channel. WEAR was put on the
air in January 1954 by WEAR AM 1230. Original tower was in Pensacola
and served only that area. Around 1960, the station went on a taller
tower halfway between Mobile and Pensacola. The station still has
its original calls and has been an ABC affiliate since 1955; before
that it aired some CBS programming, but shared some ABC programs
with WALA in Mobile. The station was locally owned in the
beginning, then was owned by Rollins/Orkin (later merging with
Heritage Broadcasting) for the better part of its 45 year
history. Sinclar bought the station in 1997 according to Pensapedia.
signed on in November 2002 with lower power and a directional
antenna pointed towards Pensacola. In mid-2004 the analog channel
moved to a new tower, abandoning the old one that had been in use
since 1960. The digital and analog are on the same new tower in
Baldwin County. WEAR carried the now-defunct music video
network called "The Tube" for a while on a digital subchannel.
station elected to keep analog broadcasts on until the new June 12th
- It was
reported that in early November 2009 the station dropped the ABC SD
simulcast on 3.2 that it carried after dropping The Tube.
- At the
first of March 2011 WEAR took The Country (music) Channel off sister
station WFGX and put it on 3.2. In May 2013 the network
rebranded as ZUUS Country, but later went back to the TCN
branding. In the winter of 2017 it was announced that Sinclair
Broadcast Group would be launching two new digital networks in the
spring on WEAR. The Country Channel will give way to "TBD", a
network aimed at millennials, and a third subchannel is scheduled to
be launched with the action-oriented "Charge!" network. That
move happened sooner than expected, in late February 2017.
In October 2020, some area TV stations lauchned ATSC 3.0
broadcasting; some subchannels from one of those stations (WJTC)
moved here to accommodate the change.