TV Technical Profile: WJTC
- 44.1 -
44.2 - Grit TV
- [map] [street
view | alt.
eye] Just east of CR-87 in Baldwin County, south of
I-10. Along the aptly-named Channel 44 Road. FM station WPCS
is also on this tower.
- Power (ERP):
- 1 MW
- Height Above
Average Terrain (HAAT):
- 1,490 feet
- 41 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
map, from the FCC. (FCCdata.org
- Owned by
Deerfield Media, operated via LMA by Sinclair Broadcasting
- Licensed to
Pensacola, WJTC came on the air in 1984 as an independent. Call
letters stood for the last names of the three owners. It ambitiously
tried lots of local programming and even local news, but when that
got expensive and the ratings came up nil, they settled into the
usual mix of syndicated shows and movies. The station's been through
several owners and heavy financial losses. In the early 90's, Clear
Channel bought all of the assets of the station and put in a local
marketing agreement (LMA) with their other station in the area,
Mobile's WPMI. WJTC picked up some syndicated programming off
WPMI after it moved from Fox to NBC affiliation, and at one time
even shared studio space with WPMI on Azalea Road in Mobile.
- In July
2009 it was announced that this station would be picking up the
ESPN-created "SEC Network" for collegiate sporting events. In
late September (2009?) the station switched from broadcasting in the
1080i format to 720p. In late 2012 the station was sold, along
with WPMI to Sinclair Broadcasting (operating the station via a
local marketing agreement (LMA) with Deerfield Media) from Newport
Television. Grit TV was added as a subchannel in late December
2014. In October 2017, Grit was added to WFNA's -.4
subchannel; it's unknown if it will remain here or will be replaced
with something else.
- The station received a
permit from the FCC to relocate from RF channel 45 to 35 as part of
the repacking process in July 2017.