|Slogan||NBC for the Wiregrass|
|Channels||Digital: 23.1 (UHF)
& WTVY-DT 4.4 (PSIP)
|Owner||Gray Television, Inc.
(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)
|First air date||June 1, 2013 (in previous incarnations since 1990)|
|Call letters' meaning||Across (represented by X) the WiReGrass Region (service area)|
|Former callsigns||W29BB (1990–1992)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
29 (UHF, 1990–1992)
41 (UHF, 1992–2011)
|Former affiliations||TBN (1990–2011)|
|Transmitter power||17.3 kW|
WRGX-LD, UHF digital channel 23.1, is a low-powered, NBC-affiliated television station in Dothan, Alabama. The station is owned by Gray Television, and is sister to CBS affiliate WTVY. The two outlets share studios on North Foster Street in downtown Dothan, and its transmitter is located in Bethlehem, Florida.
The station originally signed on as a Trinity Broadcasting Network-operated translator as W29BB on channel 29 in 1990; it was relocated to channel 41 and changed its callsign to W41BN in 1992. The station was sold through a donation to the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council on November 30, 2010. On June 28, 2011, New Moon Communications acquired the station from the MMTC in a group deal with three other low-powers in Jackson, Tennessee, Jonesboro, Arkansas and Ottumwa, Iowa for $12,004.
Concurrent with the purchase, New Moon signed an affiliation agreement with NBC for WDON and the three other stations, all of which were located in markets where the network was exclusively available through cable and satellite or through rimshot signal coverage from over-the-air affiliates in nearby markets. The callsign of the station was changed to WDON-LP on June 14, 2011.
On January 3, 2013, New Moon Communications announced it was selling WDON-LP to Gray Television for $60,000. Gray changed the callsign of WDON-LP to WRGX-LD on April 13, 2013. WRGX-LD became the NBC affiliate for the Dothan area when the station signed on the air on June 1, 2013.
It is the first NBC affiliate that is licensed to the immediate Dothan market. Previously, Dothan had been one of the last markets in the country without full service from the Big Three Networks. Previously, Montgomery's WSFA and Panama City's WJHG-TV (the latter being a sister station to WRGX) provided decent signal coverage to some portion of the market.
WSFA had rimshot coverage and WJHG with grade B signal coverage in Dothan proper and both stations had cable and satellite coverage across much of the market. With the station's relaunch as an NBC affiliate, WRGX is expected to take the place of both stations on many cable and satellite providers as the market’s main source for NBC programming. Although cable and satellite providers aren't normally required to carry low-power stations, Gray has the right to require area providers to carry WRGX as part of the retransmission consent compensation for carrying WTVY.
The station's launch effectively gave Dothan in-market affiliates of all six major commercial broadcast networks for the first time; three of these affiliations are held by sister station WTVY, which in addition to being the CBS affiliate, also holds affiliations with The CW and MyNetworkTV (the market's other two network affiliates are Fox station WDFX-TV and ABC station WDHN).
With the launch of WRGX, sister station WTVY produces a weeknight 5:30 p.m. newscast for the station. The half-hour program is produced from a secondary set at the North Foster Street facility. Although it features additional personnel seen on WTVY, the show maintains a dedicated reporter.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|23.1||1080i||16:9||Main WRGX-LD programming / NBC|
- New Moon Bringing NBC To 4 Small Markets, TVNewsCheck, June 28, 2011.
- "Call Sign History". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved June 1, 2013.
- Seyler, Dave (January 3, 2013). "Gray doubles in Dothan with LPTV". Television Business Report. Retrieved June 1, 2013.
- "Gray adds an LPTV in Dothan". Television Business Report. January 16, 2013. Retrieved June 1, 2013.
- "Federal Communications Commission Broadcast Station Construction Permit Digital Low Power Television/Television Translator" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. April 13, 2013. Retrieved June 1, 2013.
- Dothan getting NBC affiliate, Dothan Eagle, May 6, 2013.