TV Technical Profile: WHNT
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- 19.1 - CBS
- 19.2 -
19.3 - Antenna TV (SD)
view] Atop Monte Santo Mountain, west of Monte Santo Boulevard
SE and near Rowe Drive SE.
- Power (ERP):
- 250 kW
- Height Above
Average Terrain (HAAT):
- 1,742 feet
- 41 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
Street View imagery of the Holmes Avenue studios for the station in
- Owned by Nexstar
dishes] a view of the iconic WHNT satellite dishes in front of
a view of the WHNT tower
- Much of this
information has been skimmed from the WAAY-TV
station came on the air on November 28, 1963, broadcasting from a
250 foot tower with 600 kW of power. Apparently the station has
always been WHNT and always been affiliated with CBS. It seems the
only change at this station has been ownership - original owner
Charles Grisham sold it to New York Times Broadcasting in the late
added closed captioning to their newscasts in 1993.
- After the
analog shutdown in February 2009, the station had planned to return
to its original RF channel, 19. They even had a construction
permit for that channel at one time, but in March 2009 it was
altered to channel 46, with a big increase in power. That was
due to WYLE in Florence having been assigned channel 20 for the post
digital transition. With WYLE's record now deleted (they went
bankrupt and off the air some time ago) WHNT has proposed to return
to channel 19 permanently.
- As of the
new shutdown date in June 2009, WHNT was operating on a Special
Temporary Authority on low power,
channel 19, until the FCC sorted everything out. The permit for
channel 46 stayed valid but was later replaced with a full power
permit for them to remain on RF channel 19.
January 2011 the station replaced Retro TV with the Tribune-sourced
Antenna TV. Although advertised as a home for classic TV, it
also carries modern syndicated talk show programming, all in 720p,
making this one of the few stations in the US (at launch time) that
broadcast more than one high definition signal on its signal.
That same month, the FCC approved the station's request to
permanently move back to RF channel 19. The information listed
under the construction permit on this page reflect the FCC's
approved facility for the "new" allocation. At the start of
the new year, 2016, the station added a weather radar loop to the
-.3 subchannel, but it was taken down a few weeks later, only to
show up again towards the end of January. It was gone again
shortly thereafter and has not been back as of April 2016. The
testing was apparently in preparation for kicking Antenna TV to 19.3
in standard definition, and using 19.2 to launch a second
programming channel with no network affiliation, carrying various
syndicated shows, ACC sports and WHNT newscasts.
In September 2019, the station was sold to Nexstar Media Group,
owners of two other CBS affiliates in Alabama (WKRG in Mobile and
WIAT in Birmingham).
The station replaced its independently-programming —.2 subchannel
with a simulcast of The CW via WHDF in Florence in September 2020.