TV Technical Profile: WHBR


Channel:
34
Programming:
33.1 - CTN
33.2 - CTN International
33.3 - CTN Lifestyle
Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view] Between JA Racine Road and CR-64 in Baldwin County, south of I-10. Co-located with WEAR-DT, WFGX-DT; FM stations WKSJ, WJTQ, WDLT and WBLX.
Power (ERP):
1 MW
Height Above Average Terrain (HAAT):
1,362 feet
Antenna:
Directional
Other Information:
41 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
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History:
WHBR was originally intended to be a commercial independent. The CP was held by Harbor Broadcasting  Company (hence the calls). They chickened out and sold off to the Chrisitan Television Network of Clearwater, Florida. The station came on the air in January 1986, transmitting from a a side mounted antenna on the WPMI TV tower (true for the analog broadcasts, anyway.) It was somewhat unusual that WHBR and WMPV both came on the air within months of each other -- both carrying 100% religious programming. Though this setup has lasted for 14 years, there have always been indications that there is not enough viewer support available in the market to make both stations fully viable. The 1800 foot tower that held WPMI-TV, WHBR-TV, WJLQ-FM, WKSJ-FM, WBLX-FM and WYOK-FM fell in 2004 during Hurricane Ivan.  The stations have since relocated to alternate tower facilities.
 
The first week of March 2011 sees this station getting its first subchannel.  33.2 is now carrying CTN International, a global version of the main programming channel.  At the end of May 2011 the station added another subchannel, BlabTV.  Blab is mainly carried on Pensacola-area station WPAN-DT; the WHBR feed is a direct off-air relay, including the WPAN station identifications.  In July the BlabTV signal went dark, although the channel still exists.  Apparently BlabTV is using WHBR to relay the WPAN-DT signal to WFBD's transmitter site in Wing, Alabama, and encrypting the signal.  Shortly after debuting the encrypted signal, however, it suddenly went clear again for WHBR viewers.  Around 11 November 2011 the station suddenly went off air due to a major technical malfunction.  It returned a few days later, citing a lightning strike as the cause.  Although Blab remained in the clear for a long time, as of April 2012 it's scrambled again.  Blab TV was eventually removed from WHBR when alternate means of feeding their primary transmitter came online.  CTN later launched a channel called CTN Lifestyle, which eventually took the slot of the -.3 subchannel on WHBR.