TV Technical Profile: WGWW
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- 40.1 - Heroes and
40.2 - // ABC 33/40 (WABM 60.2)
40.3 - James Spann 24/7 Weather
Bald Rock Mtn., near Moody.
- Power (ERP):
- 15.6 kW
- Height Above
Average Terrain (HAAT):
- 1,178 feet
- 36 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
Legal ID snapshot showing the current ident under Howard Stirk
Holdings, October 2015.
Legal ID snapshot showing the various channels that ABC 33/40 is
available on as of May, 2015.
Owned by HSH Birmingham (WCFT) Licensee, LLC
- Station History:
- Station signed on
October 26, 1969 as WHMA-TV. Was owned by local newspaper Anniston
Star, which also owned WMHA-AM and FM. Station started with
programming from NBC and CBS, and in the mid-70's dropped NBC for
full CBS affiliation. The station was donated to Jacksonville
State University for a writeoff, hence the more recent calls
WJSU. The station was later owned by Flagship Broadcasting,
but LMA'd by Allbritton, who owns WCFT. In the summer of 2014
the FCC approved the merger of Allbritton with Sinclair Television
Group, who was to shut the station down as part of a merger
agreement with the FCC. The shutdown was to have happened 30
September 2014 according to FCC documents, but for a few days after
the cutoff date, WJSU was being reported still on air, carrying just
the Heartland channel on the -.1 subchannel. ABC moved to
WABM's and WDBB's -.2 channels. The weather is also on WABM
68.3. Howard Stirk Holdings, a minority media company that
agreed to purchase WCFT in Tuscaloosa also agreed to purchase WJSU
in order to keep the station on the air for east Alabama
viewers. The license was transferred to HSH from TV Alabama in
early December 2014.
- WBMA, a
low power station, is official Birmingham's ABC affiliate.
WJSU, along with Tuscaloosa station WCFT served as "satellites" to
rebroadcast ABC all over central Alabama until the Sinclair
acquisition. WBMA began digital broadcasts in the winter or
spring of 2011.
station elected to keep analog broadcasts on until the new June 12th
deadline. They will remain on RF channel 9
post-transition. In October 2012 the station added a basic
weather radar to their -.2 subchannel. This became the new
digital-only Nashville Network on 1 November 2012 and the weather
(later renamed "James Spann 24/7 Weather") moved to the -.3
subchannel. The Nashville Network later became
Heartland. On March 11, 2015 the call sign changed from WJSU
to WGWW. Although it failed to debut on 1 October 2015 as
promised, Heartland was eventually replaced by Heroes and Icons in
the first part of October, 2015.