TV Technical Profile: WLOX
- 13.1 - ABC
- 13.2 - CBS
- 13.3 - Bounce
view] East of US-49 in Stone County. Along the aptly
named WLOX-TV Road, near the intersection of Cliff O'Neal Road and
Beaver Dam Road.
- Power (ERP):
- 525 kW
- Height Above
Average Terrain (HAAT):
- 1,303 feet
- 41 dBu protected
map, from the FCC. (FCCdata
Owned by Gray Television
- WLOX was put on
the air around 1960 by WLOX AM 1490; has always been an ABC
affiliate. The station has been under original ownership up until
1994, when it was sold to Love Broadcasting, who in turn sold it to
Cosmo Broadcasting later that same year. Cosmo was eventually
absorbed into Raycom Media.
station elected to keep analog broadcasts on until the new June 12th
deadline. Reports in May 2009 say WLOX has moved their digital
signal to channel 13. As of June 2009 the station is applying
to go back to their original temporary digital channel 39, due to
reception problems related to their VHF 13 assignment. In
early September 2009 the FCC approved channel 39 for WLOX's
immediate use, however it was listed as an application until October
2009, when it was granted as a construction permit.
- In May
2011 the station's parent company, Raycom, announced that WLOX would
be adding the new black American-oriented Bounce TV network.
It was originally scheduled to launch in the fall of 2012, but
actually debuted on 1 January 2012. In March 2012 the station
announced it would be carrying CBS programming on a
subchannel. A launch date and technical details were not
released. The market currently receives CBS programming from
WKRG in Mobile (cable viewers) or WWL in New Orleans (satellite
viewers). The CBS subchannel debuted in time for the Masters
in early April 2012, in SD only, replacing the weather radar on
13.2. CBS programming is available in HD on local cable
outlets and is made available to Dish Network, who as of this
writing has not included it in their lineup.
- As part of the spectrum
repacking scheme set off in 2017, the channel was granted a permit to
relocate from RF channel 39 to 32 in July 2017. They signed on
RF channel 32 in early September 2018. In July of 2018 the
license was transferred to Gray Television, who in turn transferred it
back to Raycom in November 2018.
Raycom Media and Gray
Television Inc. agreed to a merger in June 2016, for $3.6
billion. The merger was approved in December 2016.