TV Technical Profile: WIYC
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- 48.1 - Cozi TV
48.2 - color bars
48.3 - Court TV
48.4 - Heroes & Icons
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
- Height Above
Average Terrain (HAAT):
- 1,130 feet
- 41 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
map, from the FCC. (FCCdata.org
- Owned by Woods
- 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.
the station should be showing a PSIP of their former analog channel,
67, it appears they are instead showing their actual RF channel, 48.
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
received a permit in September 2019 to delay the repacking process.
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. In March 2019, the station dropped
power to 50 kW with a Special Temporary Authority due to failure of
some amplifier components in the transmitter.
The station was slated to pick up the newly-relaunched Court TV in May
The station moved to RF channel 19 in mid-December 2019.