WYGA-CD

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WYGA-CD
Atlanta metro area (central)
City of license Atlanta, Georgia
Channels Digital: 16 (license);
18 (permit)
Subchannels 16.1 - Soul of the South Network (480i)
16.2 - SonLife (480i)
16.3 - WUVM-LP? color bars (480i)
16.4 - color bars (480i)
16.5 - PEACE TV (480i)
16.6 - color bars (480i)
Owner Mako Communications
(sale to Landover 5 LLC pending)
Founded May 1, 1990
Former callsigns W07CP, W55CR, W19CD, WDAH-CA, WYGA-CA
WYGA-LD (2006-2014)
Former channel number(s) 7, 55, 19, 45
Former affiliations AMG TV, RTN, LAT TV, Daystar, White Springs, independent, Mexicanal, QVC
Transmitter power 4.0 kW (digital)
Height 298 m (978 ft)
Class LPTV class A
Facility ID 168094 (formerly 17541)

WYGA-CD is a low-power television class A station serving Atlanta, Georgia. Its city of license is Atlanta and it transmits digital TV on physical RF channel 16. Its city of license was also Atlanta when it transmitted analog TV on channel 45.

In late September 2009, the station applied to the FCC to change its digital broadcast channel to 18 (vacated by analog WNGH-TV in northwest Georgia), due to higher-than-expected co-channel interference from WGXA-TV in Macon, Georgia on channel 16. WYGA-LD's permit for channel 18 is for the same broadcast power, transmitting from the same tower at a slightly different elevation and with a slightly different antenna pattern.

The station is owned by Mako Communications of Corpus Christi, Texas.

History[edit]

Originally granted the callsign W07CP in November 1997, it became W55CR in December 1998, broadcasting on channel 55. The station then was granted the call letters WDAH-CA from January 2004 to July 2005. After a change in ownership, the station changed call letters and became WYGA-CA. In filings with the Federal Communications Commission, WYGA-CA had been forced to cease operations on a full-time basis on its allocated channel 55 due to issues with its transmit site, likely due to MediaFLO subscription mobile TV using the same channel, or nearby W55BM, or both.

In 2009, the FCC required U.S. television stations to vacate channels 52-69, which have been removed from the UHF TV bandplan and reassigned for other purposes. Consequently, WYGA-CA, which had been operating on channel 55, had applied to the FCC for the displacement channel 45. The channel 45 application was disputed by WGCL-TV (channel 46) because it is an adjacent channel, causing RF interference in certain areas. However, WGCL opted to keep its allocated digital channel 19 after the DTV transition, thus eliminating the adjacent-channel interference situation from WYGA-CA on channel 45.

In order to avoid losing the authorization on channel 45 due to a statutory 12-month cutoff, WYGA-CA had been broadcasting on a special temporary authorization on channel 45 at a low power (2 kW ERP) until WGCL ended its analog nightlight period on June 26. Its application is for 150 kW in the direction of beam tilt, equivalent to 115 kW in the horizontal plane. The directional antenna produces a kidney shape, with the major lobes of its antenna pattern toward the north-northeast and west-southwest.

The station was granted a construction permit for WYGA-LD on channel 16, from the same location as analog 45, which is on the same tower as WUPA TV 43 (69.1) in the southern part of the Reynoldstown neighborhood and southeast of Cabbagetown along Interstate 20 and Memorial Drive. The antenna pattern is similar, but has less of a null toward the northwest. First issued in 2006, it was modified in late April 2009, and expires in late October 2009.

WYGA-CA signed off March 5, 2009 in the wake of the bankruptcy of owner Equity Media Holdings.[1] In the auction that followed on April 16, WYGA was sold to Mako Communications.[2] The sale closed on June 30, 2009.[3]

WYGA-LD started digital broadcasting on channel 16 from September 5, 2009, though it had been testing prior to that. The digital signal was multiplexed into four digital subchannels: 16.1, 16.2, 16.3, and 16.4. The only active channel with programming was 16.2, carrying the AMGTV network, although the station initially carried the White Springs TV when it first signed on. The PSIP identifies the station as WYGA-LD on all four channels, and the electronic program guide identifies all programs as WYGA-LD 16.x (where x is the appropriate number for each subchannel) with no descriptions, and lasting three hours each, changing at 1:59, 4:59, 7:59, and 10:59 AM and PM. Plans for the blank channels are unknown.

As of June 2011, channel 16.1 had been carrying Mexicanal since March. 16.4 remained blank as it has always been (and was later deleted), and 16.2 was also blank. Channel 16.3 carried Retro Television, just moved from WSB-TV 2.2.

As of March 2012, there were six digital subchannels on WYGA-LD, with Mexicanal on 16.1 and 16.6, and SonLife on 16.2. The remaining channels had only color bars, and all channels had all programs identified as "TBA" at 12:59, 3:59, 6:59, and 9:59 AM and PM EST (despite early daylight time already being in effect, the DST flag is not set by this station). RTV is now carried on WANN-CD 32.2 (after a yet another location on WTBS-LD 26.5), and the analog TV broadcast license for WYGA-CA 45 has been cancelled (now occupied by W45DX-D). Despite this, the broadcast callsign of the digital station has not yet been changed to WYGA-CD. It is unclear if this means the station no longer qualifies as a class-A station, or if this is just an oversight at the station or the FCC.

In June 2013, WYGA-LD was sold to Landover 5 LLC as part of a larger deal involving 51 other low-power television stations.[4]

The station's call sign was changed to the current WYGA-CD on May 27, 2014.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Notification of Suspension of Operations / Request for Silent STA". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. March 25, 2009. Retrieved August 26, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Takers found for 60 Equity stations". Television Business Report. April 18, 2009. Retrieved April 20, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Consummation Notice". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. July 1, 2009. Retrieved August 26, 2009. 
  4. ^ Seyler, Dave (June 24, 2013). "Anatomy of an LPTV deal extravaganza". Television Business Report. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 

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