TV Technical Profile: WFBD

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Channel:
48
Programming:
48.1 - TCT HD
48.2 - TCT SD
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 Radiant Life Ministries
Silent
History:
WFBD-DT signed on in the winter of 2006 airing infomercials and public domain programming.  Run by George Flinn of Memphis, this station had affiliation with the America One network.  The call letters stood for Flinn Broadcasting Destin.
 
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 2011.  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.  The Blab TV format was exported to another Flinn-owned station, WBIH in Selma, in 2013, although it only lasted a short time there.
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.

As part of the FCC TV repacking process, the station was set to relocate to RF channel 29; the station filed a Silent STA in January 2020 to go off the air while the tower was reconstructed for the change.  In July 2020, an extension to the Silent STA was filed, citing an expected tower completion time of mid-October 2020.  The station was sold to Radiant Life Ministries in June 2020, who dropped Blab TV for their TCT religious network in October 2020.  It appears the Blab TV programming was still being carried on cable and satellite in the Mobile and Pensacola areas, just not over the air.  Blab TV eventually found a home when WPAN-DT returned to the airwaves later that same month. WFBD-DT returned to the airwaves in December 2020 with TCT programming in HD and SD.

In April 2021, it was observed that WFBD-DT was being simulcast on a subchannel of WPAN-DT.