Approx 3 miles east
of Alabama 69, off county 85 (?) in Tuscaloosa County. Near WOWC tall tower.
Height Above Average
WCFT began broadcasting
on October 27, 1965. Originally, Tuscaloosa was part of the Birmingham
market and WCFT was the first from Tuscaloosa to broadcast. The station
began with no affiliation, but after years of little return for their investment,
the station was sold to Service Broadcasters of Hattisburg in 1967. After
the purchase WCFT was granted permission to air CBS programming even though
Birmingham's channel 42 was the DMA affiliate. In 1970, the station became
a full network affiliate. In the early 80's the station began doing better
in the news area and by 1987 Arbitron made Tuscaloosa it's own market.
WCFT was sold to Albritton Communications in 1995 to become part of Birmingham's
unique new ABC affiliate.
WBMA, a low power station
is official Birmingham's ABC affiliate. WCFT, along with Anniston station
serve as "satellites" to rebroadcast ABC all over central Alabama.
The original WCFT tower
is still standing just off I-20/59 near the Skyland Blvd. exit, and is
used for ABC 33/40's Tuscaloosa tower camera.