TV Technical Profile: WOIL-CD

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Channel:
23
Programming:
47.1 - Local, YouToo America, Cornerstone TV, Jacksonville State TV programming
Transmitter Location:
[map] West of Talladega on a mountain just north of County Road 58.
Power (ERP):
8 kW
Height Above Average Terrain (HAAT):
1,122 feet
Antenna:
Directional [pattern via FCCdata.org] (STA)
Other Information:
51 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC. (FCCdata.org link)
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Owned By:
Joesph V. Early (Alabama Heritage Communications, LLC)
History:
This station dates back to an original construction permit for a low power analog TV station, first granted in 1993.  The station did not come on the air until July 1995, most likely as a repeater for Birmingham's NBC affiliate, WVTM. It was put on the air by Vincent Earley with the W47BS call sign.  Over the years, the station went through numerous ownership changes, coming under the current ownership in July 2009.  The call sign changed to WOIL-LP in the year 1999 while under the ownership of Church of the Rock, Inc., who programmed both local religious shows as well as from the Praise network.  As far back as 2011, the station had planned on cutting to a digital transmission on channel 47, but due to delays, it did not occur until June of 2015, when the call sign became WOIL-CD. 

The station received a permit at the end of July 2017 to move to RF channel 23 from channel 47 as part of the FCC spectrum repacking process.  In late August 2019 the station was granted a Special Temporary Authority to operate with just 838 watts from a directional antenna during the repacking process.  The station has stated it will sign off of RF channel 47 on 6 September 2019. 

A license to cover for the post-repack RF channel 23 was filed in April 2020.