TV Technical Profile: WRBL

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3.1 - CBS
3.2 - Memorable Entertainment Television
3.3 - ion
Transmitter Location:
[map][street view]  North of where GA-26 heads into Fort Benning, just north of Wilkinson Cemetery.
Power (ERP):
1 MW
Height Above Average Terrain (HAAT):
1,663 feet
Other Information:
41 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
[Studio] Street View of the station's studio on 13th Avenue in Columbus.
Owned by
Nexstar Media Group, Inc.
Signed on by the owners of WRBL AM and FM, in the May 1953 as a channel 4 station.  At the time, Columbus' only other TV station was WTVM, on UHF channel 28. A few years later, in a game of musical chairs with WTVY in Dothan (then on channel 9), WRBL went from 4 to 3 and WTVY from 9 to 4. WTVM (the real beneficiary) went from 28 to 9. WRBL has always been a CBS affiliate WRBL's CBS affiliation dated back the the late 30's though it had secondary affiliation when the market had only two stations. This ended with channel 38 came on the air. The station added Retro Television Network to a digital subchannel in the spring of 2008.
This station elected to keep analog broadcasts on until the June 12th deadline.
The Retro TV feed was cut on 26 September 2011 and replaced with the new MeTV network.  The station later added the ION television network to the -.3 subchannel.