TV Technical Profile: WFBD

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Channel:
48
Programming:
48.1 - Blab TV
Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view] In Escambia County, Alabama, right near the AL/FL state line.  Just north of Charles Booker Road, west of CR-51 (CR-180 in Escambia County, Florida). In the Conecuh National Forest near the Blackwater River.
Power (ERP):
1 MW
Height Above Average Terrain (HAAT):
1,044 feet
Antenna:
Directional
Other Information:
41 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
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[Wikipedia] For the TV station
[Wikipedia] For Blab TV
[Article] Pensacola News-Journal article on the sale of the station's BlabTV format in May 2016.
Owned by George S. Flinn
History:
WFBD-DT signed on in the winter of 2006 airing infomercials and public domain programming.  Run by George Flinn of Memphis, this station has picked up affiliation with the America One network.
 
In late March 2011 it was announced the station would be picking up the long-form infomercial BLAB TV programming from WPAN.  The switch happened in June.  The move to WFBD will mark a return to the Mobile market, even though the station is just barely in TV metro area.  Most viewers will need to depend on must carry for cable viewing, as the signal does not reach most of Baldwin County and even less of Mobile County.  Sometime between December 2012 and late January 2013 BLAB TV upgraded to broadcast in 720p HD. Locally shot infomercials, chat shows and the infamous Blue Lights are all now in high definition.  In May 2016 it was learned the Blab TV company was being sold to a group of business owners and former broadcasters for an undisclosed sum, according to the Pensacola News-Journal.  The format is reported to receiving an injection of cash which will allow for some modernization of the facilities where all Blab TV programming is produced.  It is assumed it will continue to air on WFBD.
Blab TV's roots go back to 1984, when Pensacola-area lawyer Fred Vigodosky launched the all-informercial format on cable channel 6 in Pensacola.  It later expanded to multiple markets across the deep south, although the fate of those offshoots, which were independently owned, is unknown.