TV Technical Profile: WIYC


Channel:
48
19 (CP)
Programming:
48.1 - Cozi TV
48.2 - color bars
48.3 - Heroes & Icons
Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view] About halfway between Troy and Montgomery, just south of Old Pike Road near the Bullock County community of High Ridge.  Just south of the WBMM tower.  In the absolute northernmost part of Pike County.
Power (ERP):
50 kW
185 kW
(CP)
Height Above Average Terrain (HAAT):
1,130 feet
Antenna:
Directional
Other Information:
41 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
41 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC. (FCCdata.org Link) (CP)
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Owned by Woods Communications Corp.
History:
This station dates back to the fall of 2000, when it came on the air as WRJM, a UPN affiliate serving the Montgomery and Wiregrass areas of Alabama, on analog channel 67.  It was put on the air by Jack Mizell, who at the time owned WRJM-FM (then 93.7 in the Dothan area).  Part of the impetus for the large coverage area of this part of the state was to sell ads to the ill-fated Country Crossing bingo hall near Dothan.  The station switched to the My Network TV network on the day it debuted, circa September 2006.  The station went bankrupt in the winter of 2008, and went through several owners, during which time the digital permit kept getting extended due to a lack of funds.  In April 2009 the station dropped My Network TV, supposedly due to reception equipment problems.  The station eventually shutdown the analog and went digital after a lightning strike, according to the Wikipedia article.  The station picked up the American Music Video Network, which appears to originate from the area or the station itself, as it is only available on southeast Alabama cable systems.  The calls changed to WIYC (It's Your Country) in November 2009.  During this tumultuous period the station's OTA signal has been reported off.  Reports from January 2010 say the station is on air, but broadcasting in a format that ATSC digital tuners cannot see properly.
 
While the station should be showing a PSIP of their former analog channel, 67, it appears they are instead showing their actual RF channel, 48.
 
The American Music Video Network rebraded to TCN - The Country Network at some point after its debut on WIYC.
 
At some point after becoming TCN, the channel dropped the country music for a 24 hour weather feed known as Weather Nation.  TCN reappeared in October 2011 on a subchannel, according to area reports.  In January 2012 the station was reported by broadcasting in 1080i HD with Dolby Digital.  In April 2013 the station has reportedly dropped Weather Nation for NBC-owned Cozi TV.  It's unknown if Weather Nation or TCN will continue to air on the subchannel as the 48.2 channel is present but blank on receivers as of 2013, but as of 2016, Cozi TV remains the only broadcast aired by this station.  The station was sold by Neal Ardman (WIYC Inc) for $1 million to Woods Communications in November 2017.  Woods already owns WCOV and WALE-LD in Montgomery.
As part of the FCC spectrum repacking processing, this station received a permit in mid-July to relocate from RF channel 48 to 19, with no other real technical changes aside from a drop in power. 

The station added Heroes and Icons to the -.3 subchannel in August 2018, along with color bars as a placeholder for an unknown channel to debut on the -.2 subchannel.