TV History Profile: WCOV
Most of the following
information was gathered from WCOV-TV's engineering department's history
pages on the WCOV website. Check it out!
This station went on
the air on April 23, 1953. A feat considering practically no one had UHF
sets back then. In 1955, the control room and co-located transmitter were
destroyed in a fire, which brough the station off the air. The station
was back on the air shortly thereafter with much new equipment.
In early 1965 the station
was sold to Gay-Bell Manufacturing Company of Lexington, Kentucky. The
new owners wanted more coverage and by the summer of '65, the station had
a new 793 foot tower.
The station was knocked
off the air (again) in March of 1996, this time by a tornado. The tower
was felled by the tornado and took out to satellite dishes in the area
(sparing many residents' homes nearby).
The station was back
on the air in a few weeks with low power. In September of 1996 the station
relocated it's antenna. It is now co-located with WSFA's on their tall