- NOTE: The full name of this local television station, for call sign purposes, is WBMA-LD/WCFT/WJSU; for the sake of brevity in this article, the station will be referred to, in the text, as WBMA+, the name used by Nielsen Media Research in reference to the station.
|WBMA-LD: Birmingham, Alabama
WCFT: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
WJSU: Anniston, Alabama
|Branding||Alabama's ABC 33/40 (general; official)
ABC 33/40 News (newscasts)
|Slogan||Alabama's News Leader|
|Channels||Digital: See table below|
|Subchannels||See table below|
|Affiliations||American Broadcasting Company|
|Owner||Allbritton Communications Company
(sale to Sinclair Broadcast Group pending)
(TV Alabama, Inc.)
|First air date||September 1, 1996|
|Call letters' meaning||See table below|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
58 (UHF; 1996–2011)
33 (UHF; 1965–2009)
40 (UHF; 1969–2009)
WCFT: 5 (VHF; ?–2009)
NBC (secondary, 1969–1970)
|Transmitter power||See table below|
|Height||See table below|
|Facility ID||See table below|
|Transmitter coordinates||See table below|
WBMA-LD is the ABC-affiliated television station in Birmingham, Alabama. Owned by Allbritton Communications Company, it broadcasts a high-definition digital signal on UHF channel 40 (virtual channel 58.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter located in western Birmingham. The station's studios are located in the Riverchase office complex on Concourse Parkway (near Riverchase Trail) in Hoover.
The station operates two full-power satellite stations that cover areas of Central Alabama not served by the main signal: WCFT-TV (digital and virtual channel 33) in Tuscaloosa and WJSU-TV (digital channel 9, virtual channel 40) in Anniston. The station uses the on-air name "ABC 33/40", making it appear that WCFT is the primary station; however, WBMA is officially Birmingham's ABC affiliate. The low-powered WBMA signal does not extend outside of the immediate Birmingham area – therefore, most Birmingham metro viewers and cable providers obtain the signal from either WCFT or WJSU. Combined, the three stations provide at least secondary coverage from the Alabama-Georgia state line westward to Columbus, Mississippi.
- 1 Stations
- 2 History
- 3 Programming
- 4 News operation
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
|Station||City of license||Physical channel||VC1||First air date||Call letters’
|ERP||HAAT||Facility ID||Transmitter Coordinates|
|WBMA-LD2||Birmingham||40 (UHF)||58||September 1, 1996||AlaBaMA||15 kW||255 m||60214|
|WCFT-TV3||Tuscaloosa||33 (UHF)||33||October 19654||Chapman
|300 kW||657 m||21258|
|WJSU-TV5||Anniston||9 (VHF)||40||October 26, 1969||Jacksonville
|15.6 kW||359 m||56642|
- 1: Virtual channel (PSIP).
- 2. WBMA-LD used the callsign W58CK until 1997. The callsign was changed to WBMA in 1997 and still is to this day.
- 3. WCFT-TV was an independent station from 1965 to 1970, and a CBS affiliate from 1970 to 1996.
- 4. The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says WCFT-TV signed on October 27, while the Television and Cable Factbook says it signed on October 29.
- 5. WJSU-TV used the callsign WHMA-TV from its 1969 inception until 1984. It was a CBS affiliate from 1969 to 1996, with a secondary NBC affiliation from 1969 to 1970.
The digital signals are multiplexed on all stations. "x" represents the PSIP number for the local channel.
|Channels||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|x.1||720p||16:9||WBMA & WCFT: ABC3340
|Main programming / ABC|
|x.2||480i||4:3||WBMA & WCFT: ABC3340
|"James Spann 24/7 Weather"|
|x.3||The Nashville Network|
WCFT and WJSU shut down all analog transmissions on June 12, 2009 for the digital television transition. WCFT moved its digital broadcasts back to its previous analog channel on UHF 33, while WJSU's digital signal remained on its pre-transition VHF channel 9. However, through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display WJSU's virtual channel as 40.
Even though WBMA-LP was not obligated to shut off its analog signal, as the law exempted low-powered stations from the switchover, the FCC encouraged low-power stations to vacate from their out-of-core allotments – the high-band UHF channels from 52 to 69. On December 3, 2010, the FCC granted WBMA-LP a construction permit to flash-cut its analog signal on channel 58 to digital channel 40 (formerly occupied by the analog signal of WJSU). WBMA-LP had a permit to operate on channel 11, but due to possible interference with Columbus, Georgia's WTVM and Tupelo, Mississippi's WTOK-TV, the station decided to move to channel 40. In late May 2011, WBMA-LP signed on its low-power digital signal on channel 40 as WBMA-LD.
WCFT-TV started operating as western Alabama's first television station in October 1965, broadcasting on UHF channel 33. The original licensee, Chapman Family Television (for which the station's callsign is taken from), was a consortium of eight Tuscaloosa businessmen who saw the benefits of a television station, in both business and community service. WCFT began as an independent station, but because it did not return a profit suitable to the original owners, they sold the station to Hattiesburg, Mississippi-based Service Broadcasters in 1967. The new owners rejuvenated WCFT by heavily investing in the station, purchasing new equipment and improving the station's image.
Like WBMG-TV (channel 42, now WIAT) in Birmingham, WCFT picked up CBS and NBC programs that were not cleared by WAPI-TV (channel 13, now WVTM-TV) during channel 33's first few years. In 1970, WCFT became a full-time CBS affiliate, as did WBMG (and WHMA below, for eastern Alabama). Even though Tuscaloosa is less than one hour to the west of Birmingham, CBS opted to retain its affiliation with WCFT because channel 42's signal was severely weak at the time–it barely covered Tuscaloosa despite the city's close proximity to Birmingham. As such, many cable providers in the western part of the market opted to carry WCFT instead. WCFT's viewership regularly trounced WBMG in that portion of the market, and unlike WBMG, was often competitive with WBRC and WAPI/WVTM, especially with local newscasts designed exclusively for western Alabama.
In 1977, Arbitron made Tuscaloosa its own television market, ranking below number 170. For a time in the mid-1990s, WCFT served as the default ABC affiliate for the Columbus/Tupelo market. Service Broadcasters sold WCFT to Allbritton Communications Company in 1995. WCFT's transmitter is located near Windham Springs, Alabama, in rural Tuscaloosa County.
On October 26, 1969, WHMA-TV began broadcasting on UHF channel 40 as a primary CBS affiliate with a secondary affiliation with NBC. The station was operated by the Anniston Broadcasting Company, which was owned by members of the family of Harry M. Ayers (the station's namesake). The Ayers family also owned the Anniston Star newspaper and WHMA radio (1390 AM and 100.5 FM, now WNNX-FM in Atlanta). The station's first general manager, Harry Mabry, came to Anniston from Birmingham, where he had served as news director at WBRC for several years. Mabry already was familiar with Anniston, though, having been an announcer on WHMA-AM over fifteen years earlier. Another former Birmingham personality who was among the original staff of the station was "Cousin Cliff" Holman, who left WAPI after that station reduced his children's show from weekdays to weekends in 1968-69. Holman resumed his program on WHMA in the afternoons, but changes in the TV industry and the FCC's decision in the early 1970s to prohibit children's hosts from promoting products directly on air forced channel 40 to let the show go by 1972. Holman would, in later years, revive his program on Birmingham cable television local access (and for a short time, WBRC) and in public appearances at various children's gatherings.
WHMA-TV ultimately served approximately 100,000 households in east central Alabama, and management fought almost constantly to maintain its own Arbitron market between Birmingham and Atlanta; this was a maneuver critical to the station's survival. Despite being the only station located within the Anniston/East Alabama market (other than Alabama Public Television satellite station WCIQ), WHMA faced immense competition from the "spill-in" (grade B signal) coverage from stations in the larger nearby markets. Its ratings victories garnered it access to numerous national advertisers, a rarity for small-market stations of that time. In 1970, WHMA, along with WBMG and WCFT (above), dropped NBC programming in favor of becoming full-time CBS affiliates after WAPI became the sole NBC affiliate for all of central Alabama that year. As was the case with WCFT, CBS opted to retain its affiliation with WHMA because of WBMG's weak signal at the time. In fact, channel 42 was all but unwatchable in much of east central Alabama, which is in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains; the over-the-air reception of UHF stations is often impaired in rugged terrain. In fact, many cable providers in the eastern part of the Birmingham market opted to carry channel 40 as the local CBS affiliate, instead of WBMG.
In 1984, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) forced the Ayers family to break up its media empire. Later, in a mid-1980s deal that concerned tax avoidance more than profit, the Ayers sold the station to Jacksonville State University, who changed the call letters to WJSU-TV. The station was ultimately sold in the 1990s to Flagship Broadcasting.
In 1995, Birmingham's longtime ABC affiliate, WBRC-TV (channel 6), was sold to Fox Television Stations in preparation to change the station's network affiliation to Fox. However, WBRC's affiliation contract with ABC did not expire until September 1996, giving ABC one year to find a new Birmingham affiliate. ABC reached a unique deal with Allbritton in which WCFT and WJSU would become the ABC affiliate for Central Alabama, with WCFT as the main station. However, under Nielsen rules, neither station would likely appear in the Birmingham ratings books because they were both considered to be out-of-market stations. Allbritton's solution was to purchase W58CK, a low-power station in Birmingham that began operations on November 18, 1994. W58CK would serve as the primary station for ratings purposes.
While the channel 58 purchase was not a condition of the deal between ABC and Allbritton, it did pave the way for Anniston and Tuscaloosa to be merged back into the Birmingham television market (which took place for the 1998-99 television season). That move benefited all of the major Birmingham stations, as it not only increased their viewership in Tuscaloosa and Anniston, but also caused Birmingham to jump 12 spots in the market rankings. As part of the deal, WJSU and WCFT ended separate operations and became full-powered satellite stations of W58CK. Both stations also ceded exclusive CBS rights in all of central Alabama to WBMG, which had recently upgraded its transmitter to broadcast a much stronger full-power signal. Under this arrangement, Allbritton assumed control of WJSU's operations under a local marketing agreement with Flagship Broadcasting; this lasted until Allbritton bought WJSU outright in 2008.
The new station debuted on September 1, 1996 from its studios in Hoover. Its first slogan was "We're Building Our Station Around You," which was also used on WKYC in Cleveland for a few years. Unlike most advertising catchphrases, the phrase was quite accurate because the station's programming consultants surveyed a large number of central Alabama residents to literally build a new station from the ground up, catering to the interests of its potential viewers. The station's logo resembled a reverse image of the time and temperature bug utilized by Good Morning America at the time. W58CK officially changed its call letters to WBMA-LP on September 23, 1997; it had been unofficially using the WBMA calls since it began operations.
For over a decade and a half, WBMA+ maintained a strong relationship with its owner, Allbritton Communications Company, with no major problems arising between the two and likewise no major changes occurring. However, in the spring of 2013, Albritton began to realize that it was having trouble financially supporting the television stations it owned. As a result, on July 29, 2013, Allbritton announced that it would sell its entire television group, including WBMA+, to Sinclair Broadcast Group, in an attempt to shift its focus toward the Internet and away from local television. As part of the deal, Sinclair intends to sell the license assets of its existing Birmingham stations, WABM and WTTO, to Deerfield Media, but will still operate those stations through shared services and joint sales agreements. No affiliation changes are expected, meaning WBMA+ will remain an ABC station, WTTO a CW station, and WABM a MyNetworkTV station. On December 6, 2013, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) informed Sinclair that applications related to the deal need to be "amended or withdrawn," as an existing, grandfathered local marketing agreement between WTTO and its satellite station, WDBB (channel 17), would remain with Sinclair; this would, in effect, create a new LMA between WBMA+ and WDBB, even though the FCC had ruled in 1999 that such agreements made after November 5, 1996 covering more than 15% of the broadcast day would count toward the ownership limits for the brokering station's owner.
In September 2006, WBMA+ moved the popular soap opera All My Children from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. WBRC had aired All My Children one day behind on a tape delay since its days as an ABC affiliate, and this practice continued when WBMA+ picked up the affiliation with the network; this was the first time since the ABC daytime drama began in 1970 that it had aired in pattern in the Birmingham market. Its replacement, The Chew (which debuted in September 2011), also airs at 12 p.m.
In 1997, WBMA+ refused to air "The Puppy Episode", an episode of the Ellen DeGeneres sitcom, Ellen, that gained notoriety for DeGeneres's character (and in effect, DeGeneres herself) coming out as a lesbian. The station cited a need to respect the family values of the region's largely conservative evangelical community as the basis of its decision. Some gay rights and civil libertarian activists decried the decision as a blatant example of censorship; in response, ABC sent a special satellite feed of the show to a community center in Birmingham that was viewed by about 1,000 people, mainly local gays, lesbians, and their supporters. Some cable providers also ran the feed out-of-market from other ABC affiliates including Atlanta's WSB-TV (channel 2). However, WBMA+ aired the same episode when it reran on the network later that same season.
WBMA+ presently broadcasts 32 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with five hours on weekdays and one hour each on Saturdays and Sundays). In addition, WBMA+ produces an online-only Spanish-language webcast that is carried on the station's website; the brief news updates are anchored on a rotating basis by Vivian Mora and Hernan Prado, two Hispanic Birmingham area business owners.
The station achieved early success with its newscasts, due in part to its hirings of many well-known Birmingham television personalities: news anchors Brenda Ladun and Linda Mays, sports anchor Mike Raita, and meteorologists James Spann and Mark Prater, all of whom had worked at rival WBRC, and former WVTM-TV news personalities Pam Huff and Tracy Haynes, who were later hired to anchor the station's early morning newscasts. Although it is a newer competitor to the other major Birmingham stations (even though WCFT and WJSU had already established news departments prior to becoming satellites of WBMA-LD), the station has spent most of its history in a spirited battle with WVTM, and more recently WIAT, for second place in the market behind longtime leader WBRC.
WBMA+ has had a long-standing policy to preempt regular programming for wall-to-wall, uninterrupted severe weather coverage in the event that the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning for any county within its viewing area. The station operates "StormChaser 33/40", a Jeep specialized for storm chasing, equipped with a dashcam and a computer with several radar sources, and "AirLink 33/40", a helicopter that is normally used for newsgathering, but is also occasionally used to show the paths of violent and long-track tornadoes. WBMA+ also operates a network of cameras around Alabama (currently sponsored by local insurance company Alfa Insurance) that provide live video and weather information from observation sites throughout Alabama. Cities in which sites of these "SkyCams" are located include Downtown Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Inverness, Gadsden, Jasper, Mount Cheaha, Cullman, Clanton, Gulf Shores and Huntsville. A few SkyCams are located in Mississippi, at locations where the signal from the WCFT tower can be received.
Despite being a relatively new station to central Alabama, WBMA+ has captured several significant weather events in Alabama history on both its SkyCams and its tower cameras (described below). On April 27, 2011, the Cullman SkyCam caught footage of a multiple-vortex tornado. Later that day, the SkyCam in Tuscaloosa (located atop the Tuscaloosa County Courthouse) captured live footage of an incredibly destructive EF4 tornado that devastated portions of Tuscaloosa. Footage of the same tornado was captured by the Birmingham SkyCam, atop the Daniel Building, as it passed through the northern part of the city almost an hour later. During the 2012 Christmas tornado outbreak, the Mobile SkyCam, located in Battleship Park, captured the faint image of an EF2 tornado as it struck Mobile.
Additionally, WBMA+ operates TowerLink cameras that are mounted on former and current transmitters of the station. The Birmingham TowerLink camera, located on WBMA-LD's current tower, caught footage of a major power outage in western Birmingham, which indicated the presence of the infamous F5 tornado on April 8, 1998. The Tuscaloosa TowerLink camera, located on the old WCFT Channel 33 broadcast tower, has caught footage of an F4 tornado that hit Tuscaloosa in December 2000, a tornado spawned from Hurricane Rita in September 2005, and an EF3 tornado that struck southern Tuscaloosa on April 15, 2011. A TowerLink camera is also located on WJSU's tower in Anniston.
WBMA+ has recently set up additional high-definition cameras, referred to simply as "tower cams", in the Riverchase Galleria complex (atop the Galleria Tower) in Hoover, atop the Alabama Power headquarters office building in Downtown Birmingham, and in several other locations around the central part of the state.
WBMA+ relies heavily on social media, especially for weather updates and alerts. The station has both a Facebook page and a Twitter feed (as do several members of the station's on-air news staff) which are used to keep viewers updated on local news headlines and weather alerts, as well as to get feedback from viewers on news stories. Chief meteorologist James Spann has stated that social media makes it easier to alert people during severe weather, to warn viewers of impending severe weather. Facebook and Twitter were also used in the weeks following the April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak to report – among other things – damage, missing persons and effects of the storm on the people of Alabama. WBMA+ also uses Flickr to post viewer-submitted weather photos, or pictures of severe weather damage. This strong reliance on social media prompted the station to develop an hour-long newscast with Facebook interaction as its basis, called Focus @ 4. Its purpose is for the station to be able to ask questions about current events and interesting topics to its viewers through Facebook and vice versa. The show also boosted the ratings for WBMA+ because it is the only local newscast in Birmingham airing in the 4:00 p.m. timeslot.
Nielsen ratings errors
Between May 26, 2008 and March 23, 2009, Nielsen Media Research shortchanged the WBMA system. For ratings purposes, the entire system is rated as WBMA+, but tuning to any of the three digital channels or anything that carried them (cable or satellite) was ignored, reducing the recorded ratings tremendously; ratings in Nielsen books were less than half of what station management expected. It was later explained that Nielsen had undercounted and overcounted at various times between February 2008 and November 2009, as well as a time in January 2010 that primetime ratings had been shortchanged (including occasional zero shares). The confusion stemmed from the station's unique physical setup.
- TV-33 News (1970s; WCFT)
- Eyewitness News (1970s–1980s; WCFT)
- (33) Eyewitness News (1980s–1996; WCFT)
- TV-40 News (1980s–1996; WJSU)
- The (time) News on Alabama's ABC 33/40 (general) / The Night Team on Alabama's ABC 33/40 (10 p.m. newscast; 1996–2001)
- ABC 33/40 News (2001–present)
- "Alabama's All Electronic News Station" (late 1970s)
- "West Alabama's News Leader" (late 1980s–1996; WCFT slogan)
- "Northeast Alabama's Local TV News Source" (early 1980s–1996; WJSU slogan)
- "We're (Always) Building Our Station Around You" (1996–1998 and 2000–2002)
- "Where News Comes First" (1998–2000)
- "Alabama's News Leader" (2002–present)
- Nicole Allshouse - host of Talk of Alabama (weekdays 9:00-10:00 a.m.)
- Dave Baird - weeknights at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Sheri Falk - weekday mornings on Good Morning Alabama (4:30-7:00 a.m.)
- Honora Gathings - Sundays at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.; also weeknight reporter
- Ebony Hall - weekday mornings on Good Morning Alabama (4:30-7:00 a.m.)
- Pam Huff - weekdays on Focus @ 4 (4:00-5:00 p.m.) and weeknights at 5:00 p.m.
- Brenda Ladun - weeknights at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Linda Mays - weekdays at 11:00 a.m. and weeknights at 5:00 p.m.
- Marissa Mitchell- Mondays at 11 a.m.; also weekday reporter
- Bryant Somerville - Saturdays at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.; also weeknight reporter
- Storm Alert Weather team
- James Spann (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) - chief meteorologist; weekdays at 4:00, and weeknights at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Charles Daniel - meteorologist; weekday mornings on Good Morning Alabama (4:30-7:00 a.m.) and weekdays at 11:00 a.m.
- Ashley Brand (AMS and NWA Seals of Approval) - meteorologist; weekend evenings
- Sports team
- Mike Raita - sports director; weeknights at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.; also co-host of Friday Night Blitz (high school football coverage; Fridays during football season at 10:15 p.m.)
- Jeff Speegle - sports anchor; weekend evenings; also sports reporter; also co-host of Friday Night Blitz (high school football coverage; Fridays during football season at 10:15 p.m.)
- Stu McCann - sports reporter; also fill-in anchor
- Edward Burch - 4:00 p.m. reporter; occasionally seen following up 4:00 p.m. news stories in later newscasts
- Sherrie Evans - general assignment reporter
- Isaiah Harper - Tuscaloosa bureau/West Alabama reporter
- Thomas Lower - technology reporter; seen Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m.
- Cory McGinnis - general assignment reporter
- Larry Miller - 4:00 p.m. reporter; occasionally seen following up 4:00 p.m. news stories in later newscasts
- Robert Richardson - Anniston bureau/East Alabama reporter
- Sarah Snyder - general assignment reporter; also fill-in anchor
- Candace Sweat - 4:00 p.m. reporter; occasionally seen following up 4:00 p.m. news stories in later newscasts
- Haley Westbrook - general assignment reporter
- Candace White - weekday morning reporter
Former on-air staff
Brian Armentrout - reporter (left for a career in medical public relations)
Joy Benedict - reporter (later at WKYC-TV and WEWS-TV in Cleveland)
Anastasiya Bolton - reporter (now at KUSA-TV in Denver)
Jeremy Campbell - reporter (now at WTVT in Tampa)
Valorie Carter (Lawson) - anchor/reporter (now at WSFA in Montgomery, Alabama)
Kyle Craig - sports reporter/producer
Tiffany Craig - reporter (now at WKRG-TV in Mobile)
Shelia Downey - anchor
Rebecca Fox - reporter
Katie Garrety - reporter (left to pursue a career as an attorney)
Jason Gaston - reporter (now a spokesman for Hoover City Schools in Hoover, Alabama)
Dixon Hayes - reporter (now a videojournalist at WBRC-TV in Birmingham)
Roy Hobbs - general assignment reporter (also weekend anchor)
Dwann Holmes (Olsen) - reporter (later at WTVF-TV in Nashville, Tennessee; now a marketing consultant in Florida)
Laura Howe - reporter (now at American Red Cross, Washington, D.C. Chapter)
Kelly Hunter - sports reporter (later in local radio, now appears in local commercials)
Casey Jones - anchor/reporter (now at WJCL-TV in Savannah, Georgia)
Jeremy King - reporter/anchor (now spokesman for Governor Robert Bentley)
Melissa Lee - sports reporter (now a sports reporter with ESPNU and Comcast Sports)
Mike Maher - reporter
Jon Mangum - reporter (deceased)
Brett Oates - reporter (now local sports talk radio co-host at WATV-AM)
Chris Osborne - reporter (now at American Red Cross, Birmingham Chapter)
John Oldshue - meteorologist (left to operate a small business)
Kimberly Osias - reporter (later at CNN and WPEC)
Dyan Patterson (Zedeker) - anchor/reporter (now in media relations at Cape Coral Police Department in Florida)
Brian Peters - fill-in meteorologist (continues work for The Weather Factory, LLC, owned by James Spann)
Ike Pigott - reporter (now at Alabama Power)
Maggie Poteau - anchor
Mark Prater - meteorologist (now meteorologist at WIAT)
Mark Raines - reporter/west Alabama anchor (now nationally award-winning television/film teacher)
Melissa Riopka - general assignment reporter (later at WAAY-TV in Huntsville, Ala., as 6pm and 10pm co-anchor)
Rachel Rose - reporter (now in public relations in Atlanta, GA)
Krista Saari - sports reporter
Tamala Savage - producer/morning update anchor (now hosting a local radio show)
Mike Schoor - sports reporter (left for a career in financial planning)
Keisa Sharpe - anchor (now at Alabama Power)
Christopher Sign - reporter (now at KNXV-TV in Phoenix)
Jason Simpson - meteorologist (now meteorologist at WHNT-19 in Huntsville)
Bob Symon - meteorologist (later at WLKY-TV in Louisville, Kentucky)
Chris Tatum - reporter (later at WSMV-TV in Nashville)
Keith Taylor - Sports Producer/Reporter/Anchor
Tiffani Taylor (Lupenski) - reporter (later at KUSA-TV in Denver as a producer/Executive Producer, now News Director at KATU in Portland, Oregon)
Josh Thomas - anchor (now at WFLA-TV in Tampa; was seen in the 2004 film The Punisher as a news anchor for WFLA)
Deborah Vance - reporter (former Chief of Staff for former Birmingham mayor Larry Langford)
Glenda Webb - anchor/reporter
Jennifer Webster - reporter (left for a career in pharmaceutical sales)
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- CDBS Print
- WBMA Moves to Channel 40
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- Other WCFT Info
- WJSU Info
- Other WJSU Info
- WBMA/WCFT/WJSU Info
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- "November 27 1996 Thanksving Eve "Good Morning America" (Clip used to illustrate example)". American Broadcasting Company. 27 November 1996. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
- Heath, Thomas; Wilgoren, Debbi (July 29, 2013). "Allbritton to sell 7 TV stations, including WJLA, to Sinclair for $985 million". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 29, 2013.
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- The Chew' airing at 12:00
- Refusal to Air 'The Puppy Episode
- April 27, 2011 Tuscaloosa Tornado, AlabamaWX.com, April 28, 2011.
- December 2000 Tuscaloosa Tornado
- September 2005 Tuscaloosa Tornado
- April 15, 2011 Tuscaloosa Tornado
- ABC 33/40 Facebook page
- ABC 33/40 Twitter feed
- James Spann relies on social media
- Twitter helpful after April 27
- Nielson Shortchanges WBMA+ in Ratings
- Nielson Makes Mistakes Regarding WBMA+
- WCFT-TV 1970s
- WCFT-TV 1970s
- Birmingham News Opens, Closes and Promos (3)
- Birmingham News Opens, Closes and Promos (5)
- ABC 33/40 News at 11 Open
- Birmingham News Opens, Closes and Promos (2)
- "ABC 33/40 News - Talent Bios". WBMA-LP. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
- ABC3340.com - Official Website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WBMA-LD
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WCFT
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WJSU
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WCFT-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WJSU-TV