TV Technical Profile: WFBD
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- 48.1 - Blab TV
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 George S. Flinn
- 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.