TV Technical Profile: WNCF


Channel:
31
Programming:
32.1 - ABC
32.2 - CW // WBMM Tuskegee
Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view 1] [street view 2] On Lowndes County Road 12, just west of Collerine Cutoff Road, west of the community of Gordonville. Co-located with WAKA-DT.
Power (ERP):
720 kW
Height Above Average Terrain (HAAT):
1,568 feet
Antenna:
Directional
Other Information:
41 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
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[Street View] WAKA/WNCF/WBMM studio and old tower site.
Owned by Channel 32 Montgomery, LLC (SagamoreHill Broadcasting)
History:
Began as WCCB. On  March 12, 1964 changed to WKAB; in 1989 the calls changed to WHOA-TV for "Heart of Alabama". Has always been an ABC affiliate. The calls were changed to WNCF in 1999. WNCF stands for "Where News Comes First".  Not to be confused with Montgomery's WMCF, on channel 45.  In early 2009 the station made The CW Network available on digital subchannel 32.2.
 
This station elected to discontinue analog broadcasts sometime before the new June 12th deadline.
 
In July 2011 it was announced that Bahackel Communications, owners of WAKA-DT 8, were to extend an agreement with WNCF's owner SagamoreHill regarding a local marketing agreement, or LMA.  WAKA produces news and sells ads for WNCF under the LMA.  This resulted in Bahakel acquiring WBMM Tuskegee outright, and consolidating it into their Montgomery stable.  As part of the change, WNCF got a big power boost and had their transmitter relocated to the WAKA-TV site.  In early July 2017 the station dropped the weather radio/radar combo from the .3 subchannel.