TV Technical Profile: WFBD
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- 48.1 - TCT HD
48.2 - TCT SD
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
- 41 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
For the TV station
For Blab TV
Pensacola News-Journal article
on the sale of the station's BlabTV format in May 2016.
Owned by Radiant Life Ministries
- 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
- 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.