WFXL

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WFXL
Wfxl 2010.png WFXL-DT2 Bounce Albany, GA.png
Albany, Georgia
City of license Albany, Georgia
Branding Fox 31[1]
Fox 31 News
Slogan Get Connected
Channels Digital: 12 (VHF)
Virtual: 31 (PSIP)
Subchannels .1 720p 16:9 WFXL-DT
.2 480i 4:3 WFXL-2[1]
Affiliations .1 Fox
.2 Bounce TV
Secondary: ASN[2]
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group
(WFXL Licensee, LLC)
First air date February 14, 1982; 32 years ago (1982-02-14)
Call letters' meaning FoX ALbany
Former callsigns WTSG-TV (1982–1989)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
31 (UHF, 1982–2009)
Former affiliations Independent (1982–1986)
Transmitter power 60 kW
Height 253 m
Facility ID 70815
Transmitter coordinates 31°19′53″N 83°51′43″W / 31.33139°N 83.86194°W / 31.33139; -83.86194
Website www.wfxl.com

WFXL is the FOX-affiliated television station for Southwestern Georgia that is licensed to Albany. It broadcasts FOX network programming in high definition and local and syndicated programming in an upconverted standard definition digital signal on VHF channel 12 from a transmitter in Doerun near the Colquitt and Worth County line. Owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, the station has studios on Stuart Avenue in Albany.

Digital television[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
31.1 720p 16:9 WFXL-DT Main WFXL programming / FOX
31.2 480i 4:3 WFXL-DT2 Bounce TV[1]/American Sports Network[2]

History[edit]

WFXL's previous logo.

The station signed-on February 14, 1982 as WTSG-TV and was Southwestern Georgia’s first independent station. It became a charter Fox affiliate on October 6, 1986, and changed its call letters to the current WFXL in 1989. Raycom Media acquired WFXL in December 2003 through its purchase of most of Waitt Media's stations. In March 2006, Raycom announced the sale of WFXL and eleven other stations to Barrington Broadcasting in order to meet Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules regarding station ownership. The company had just acquired The Liberty Corporation, owner of NBC affiliate WALB, which it decided to keep.[3]

On June 1, 2006, a MH-47 Chinook military chopper traveling from Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia to Fort Rucker in Alabama for a training mission hit a guy wire connected to WFXL's 1,000-foot-tall (300 m) tower, resulting in a crash. While the tower and the nearby tower for WALB remained standing other than some guy wires, the stations were forced to temporarily cease over-the-air signals; broadcasts on cable were not affected. If the WFXL tower had collapsed, this could have also caused the tower of WALB to topple as both were only 150 feet (45 m) apart.[4][5][6] As a result, Raycom (which at that time still operated WFXL while the sale to Barrington awaited FCC approval) acquired auxiliary transmitters and antennas for both WFXL and WALB, which were installed at a backup tower at WALB's studios in Albany.[7]

On June 7, the WFXL tower was demolished, but in doing so one of the tower's guy wires wrapped around one for WALB's tower, as feared. As a result, that station's tower collapsed in an incident shown on live television. Since both stations were already transmitting their signals from the tower at the WALB studios, they were still on the air at low-power. Thirteen months later, a new tower for both WFXL and WALB was constructed, and began broadcasting on July 3 at 11:35 p.m.[8][9][10]

On February 28, 2013, Barrington Broadcasting announced the sale of its entire group, including WFXL, to Sinclair Broadcast Group.[11] The sale was completed on November 25.[12]

The station's second subchannel was an initial affiliate of the American Sports Network with its first broadcast on August 30, 2014.[2]

Newscasts[edit]

News open.

As a typical Fox affiliate with a weekday morning newscast and nightly prime time newscast, WFXL currently airs 5 hours of local newscasts on weekdays and an hour on weekends. In order to offer comprehensive severe weather coverage, the station purchased the most technologically advanced and powerful computerized weather system available in 2007. This included live weather radar capabilities from the National Weather Service site at Moody Air Force Base and an automated severe weather warning system.

In September 2008, WFXL gave its newscasts a new look by means of updated graphics and the construction of a new set. At the same time, it added a half hour to its weeknight prime time show at 10.[13] It aired a weeknight newscast at 6:30 that competed with the national news shows on the big three stations. However, on September 19th, 2011, WFXL replaced this newscast with a 2-hour comedy block. On October 24, 2011, it added a fourth hour to its weekday morning show which now airs from 5 until 9 a.m.

Newscasts on Mondays through Fridays are anchored by Stefanie Martinez. Newscasts on Saturdays and Sundays are anchored by Franklin White.

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