TV Technical Profile: WFNA
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- 55.1 - The CW
- 55.2 - Bounce
55.3 - Justice Network
55.4 - Grit TV
- [map] [street
view] Northeast of Spanish Fort along
US-31, near the intersection of Jenkins Pit Road. Co-located with
- Power (ERP):
- 1 MW
- Height Above
Average Terrain (HAAT):
- 1,660 feet
- 41 dBu protected
map, from the FCC. (FCCdata
Owned by Nexstar Media Group, Inc.
- mDTV - future
- Came on the air
September 1st 2001 as WB 55. Originally to have the WGMP call sign
(for Gulf shores, Mobile, Pensacola), it changed to a less Gumpesque
WBPG (For the WB network and PeGasus communications). Although
licensed to Gulf Shores, it is a Mobile/Pensacola station. The
transmitter is located east of Loxley on one of the two new tall
towers erected for DTV in the area. This station was acquired by
Emmis from Pegasus in early 2003. Emmis sold its stations to
LIN TV in 2006, making it a sister station to WALA-TV.
station switched to the CW Network in September 2006. Digital
channel 25 was reported on the air with low power, and went full
power when WXXV Gulfport, on analog 25, signed off. The
station was late to the DTV party and didn't get a channel
assignment in the first rounds of channel assignments. WBPG
was reported on WALA-DT's 10.2 subchannel for a while. As of
February 20th 2009 the station is reported to be
broadcasting from RF channel 25 already.
October 2009 the station changed calls to WFNA, for the two states
the station serves, Florida aNd Alabama.
station picked up the new urban-oriented Bounce TV subchannel in
September 2011, a day before the scheduled launch. In September 2012
the station rebranded as "CW 55" after years of using the calls sign
as its main marketing logo. In December 2012, WFNA's ownership
was transferred to Media General as part of a merger between that
company and LIN TV. As part of the merger, WALA-TV in Mobile
was sold off and WFNA became the sister station to WKRG. The
station added a third subchannel, carrying the Justice Network, in
late March of 2016. The station added Grit TV to the -.4
subchannel in October 2017, despite it already being carried on the
market's WJTC on 44.2.
The station received a permit in July 2017 to relocate from RF
channel 27 to channel 25 as part of the FCC repacking process.
It moved to that new channel on 6 September 2019.