TV Technical Profile: WZDX
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- 54.1 - Fox
- 54.2 - My
- 54.3 - MeTV
54.4 - Escape TV
view] On the west side of Monte Santo Boulevard, just south of
Rowe Drive SE. On the American Tower Company tower, where it shares
space with WAAY-DT and WZDX-DT.
- Power (ERP):
- 700 kW
- Height Above
Average Terrain (HAAT):
- 1,699 feet
- 41 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
map, from the FCC. (FCCdata.org
Google Photos image of the station's studio on Memorial Parkway.
Street View imagery of the station's studio on Memorial Parkway.
Owned by Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.
- Came on the air
in 1985 as an independent with the slogan, "We're Taking You To The
Top!" according to Wikipedia. The channel didn't take Fox
affiliation until 1990, but did air some Fox-carried specials from
time to time. At one time was an affiliate of the now-defunct
PTEN - Prime Time Entertainment Network, a short-lived "fifth
network" in the mid 90's. After launching Huntsville's
second digital broadcast, the station added then cable-only
"WAWB-TV" to the digital subchannel for non-cable viewers.
This is now My Network TV and sloganed as "WAMY-TV". WZDX was
co-located with WAAY on a tower that collapsed in 2003, killing
station elected to keep analog broadcasts on until the new June 12th
- In July 2009 it
was announced that this station would be picking up the ESPN-created
"SEC Network" for collegiate sporting events. In June 2011 the
station upgraded from its previous 200 kW of power to 700 kW.
The station's -.2 subchannel carries the Huntsville market's My
Network TV affiliation, and the -.3 has the retro-television themed
MeTV network. In August 2016 it was discovered that several
sites are claiming MeTV will be replaced with Laff at some point in
the future. In late August 2016 the station added a fourth
subchannel featuring Escape TV, part of a deal between Katz
Broadcasting the station's owners, Nexstar Broadcasting.
At the end of July 2017 the station received a permit to relocate
from RF channel 41 to 18 as part of the FCC repacking process.
In early 2019 it was reported the station was carrying a simulcast
of sister station WHDF in Florence, mapped to virtual channel 15-1
and running in 1080i, but it only seemed to last a few days before
being pulled. In March 2019 it was announced that Tegna would
be acquiring the station along with several other Nextstar stations
across the country, contingent on the Nextstar-Tribune deal being