TV Technical Profile: WVUA
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- 23.1 - This TV
23.2 - Light TV
23.3 - This TV
23.4 - Weather Radar / Alabama Public Radio audio
Atop Red Mountain, Birmingham, on the old WIAT-TV tower.
- Power (ERP):
- 26 kW
- Height Above
Average Terrain (HAAT):
- 1,296 feet
- 28 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
// WVUA-CD Tuscaloosa, AL
// WJMY-CD Demopolis, AL
// WDVZ-CD Greensboro, AL
- This station
was originally supposed to be a simulcast of WABM-TV out of
Birmingham, carrying UPN programming. The calls were WBJH, changed
to WLDM a month later; it may have been on the air with a
Shop-at-Home programming feed at one point. The University of
Alabama, which from 2002 has owned WVUA-CD, a low power VHF station
in Tuscaloosa, acquired this channel through a donation. In March
2005, the calls changed to WUOA, which were the original calls of
Alabama Public Radio station WUAL, also owned by the University.
After acquisition, the station has simulcast WVUA-CD programming,
which features Tuscaloosa's only local newscasts on
television. Early on, the station carried the America One
network, but that was dropped for This TV in 2008.
- On the analog
shutdown date of June 12th, this station made the
flash-cut switch from their analog channel 23 to digital 6 from atop
Red Mountain. The station picked up the "University wide"
WVUA-DT calls in May 2015. The parent station to this repeater
is WVUA-CD; there's also a WVUA-FM
radio station run by the students at the University. In the
late spring of 2017 the station picked up the fledgling Light TV
network on the -.2 subchannel. The -.3 subchannel carries
weather radar along with WUAL-FM's public radio audio format.
There had also been a -.4 subchannel with color bars and the
eXponential brand music format, but it appears it was dropped in the
fall of 2017.
One of the benefits of this station taking WBRC's old VHF channel 6
allocation atop Red Mountain was that they could use that station's
old analog VHF antenna. Today, the station uses a re-purposed
16-bay ERI FM antenna that's located near the top of the old WIAT-TV
to a contract requirement with the owners of the This TV network,
the station added a full time feed of the network to the —.3
subchannel in late November 2019. It bumped the APR audio and
weather radar feed to the —.4 subchannel.