TV Technical Profile: WSFA
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Southeast of the Grady community in Montgomery county, along Fannin
Mill Road, just west of its intersection with CR-39.
- Power (ERP):
- 32.1 kW
- Height Above
Average Terrain (HAAT):
- 1,949 feet
- 36 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
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WSFA's own history pages.
Street View of the station's studios on East Delano Avenue in
- mDTV - active
Owned by Gray Television
- WSFA-TV was
spawned from the WSFA-AM radio station. The calls stand for "With
the South's Finest Airport". The station signed on the air Christmas
Day 1954. The original owner was Gordon Persons, who went on to
become governor of Alabama.
- The TV and
radio stations was sold to Oklahoma Publishing Company in February
- In the mid-70's
WSFA erected it's "tall tower", which at the time was the third
tallest man made structure in the modern world.
- The station was
embroiled in controversy in the early 90's, when Retirement Systems
of Alabama tried to buy the station for what at the time was
considered a very high price. Opposition claimed that ownership
would compromise the station's editorial independence.
- In the summer
of 2004 WSFA's digital channel signed on channel 14, where WAIQ-DT
orginially sat. Rumor has it WSFA paid WAIQ to move their digital
channel off of 14, for who-knows-what reason! WSFA began airing
newscasts in high definition in August of 2008.
- It was
correctly rumored that WSFA would be adding the Retro Television
Network in the spring of 2008.
station elected to keep analog broadcasts on until the new June 12th
deadline, moving their digital signal to RF channel 12 after the
- In May
2011 WSFA parent company Raycom announced WSFA would be adding the
black American-targeted Bounce TV network to its subchannel lineup
in the fall. It replaced RTV on 12.2 when it debuted 26
September 2011. In the summer of 2014, the station added the
male-targeted Grit TV to 12.3.
station received a permit to relocate to RF channel 8, from RF
channel 12, in late June 2017, as part of the TV repacking
process. That new channel signed on at the start of July 2020.
Media and Gray Television Inc. agreed to a merger in June 2016, for
$3.6 billion. The merger was approved in December 2016.
The station added the Circle network to a subchannel in early 2020,
and Dabl shortly thereafter.