WIYC

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WIYC
Troy/Montgomery, Alabama
United States
City Troy
Channels Digital: 48 (UHF)
Virtual: 48 (PSIP)
Affiliations Cozi TV (2013–present)
Owner Neal Ardman
(WIYC, Inc.)
Founded July 10, 1995
First air date November 24, 2000; 16 years ago (2000-11-24)
Call letters' meaning It's
Your
Country (slogan; based on its previous affiliation with TCN)
Former callsigns WRJM-TV (2000–2009)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
67 (UHF, 2000–2009)
Former affiliations UPN (2000–2006)
MyNetworkTV (2006–2009)
TCN (2009–2011)
WeatherNation TV (2011–2013)
Transmitter power 50 kW
Height 344.5 m
Facility ID 62207
Transmitter coordinates 32°3′34.8″N 85°56′52.4″W / 32.059667°N 85.947889°W / 32.059667; -85.947889
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS

WIYC is a Cozi TV-affiliated television station serving Central Alabama's River Region that is licensed to Troy. Owned by Neal Ardman, the station broadcasts a standard definition digital signal on UHF channel 48 from a transmitter located on County Road 37 in rural Bullock County. Its home office is located in Troy, with a local sales office in Montgomery. The station is also broadcast on area cable systems to over 600,000 homes. WIYC ranks second in total household coverage in the market.

History[edit]

WRJM's logo as a MyNetworkTV affiliate, used from 2006 to 2009

The station came on the air on November 24, 2000 as WRJM-TV, an affiliate of the UPN network. Following the announcement of the merger between UPN and The WB to form The CW, WRJM signed an affiliation agreement with News Corporation's new upstart network, MyNetworkTV. The station made the switch between affiliations on MyNetworkTV's first day of broadcast, September 5, 2006.

In addition to network programming, WRJM-TV showed traditional syndicated fare, local programming, and sports, including Troy University and high-school sports.

In February 2008, the station went into receivership after defaulting on a $2.9 million loan to Citizens Bank.[citation needed]

WRJM received an extension of time to construct its previously approved digital facilities, through November 19, 2008.[1]

Bankruptcy receiver Walter P. Lunsford filed with the FCC that the station is being offered for sale. He noted that any new owner would be responsible for construction of WRJM's digital facilities, since no construction has taken place due to the station's financial condition.[2]

On January 16, 2009, Southern Venture Capital Group began operating WRJM via a local marketing agreement; on April 20, SVCG entered an agreement to purchase the station outright for $3 million.[3] In August 2009 SVCG assigned the LMA and purchase agreement to Artists and Fans Network, Inc.

In April 2009, the station ceased to carry MyNetworkTV programming; at the time, the station cited satellite problems and a need to reconfigure the station's equipment for its digital transition (though the station has also since dropped all syndicated programming, in favor of The Country Network (TCN), a subchannel featuring country music videos and performances). That May, WRJM suffered a lightning strike, forcing the station to end analog transmission; the station then ordered equipment to convert to digital. It would not be until 2014 when MyNetworkTV found another affiliate, low-powered WDSF-LD, which serves the immediate Montgomery area. Since WRJM's disaffiliation, most area cable systems carried WABM from the adjacent Birmingham market.

The station changed its call letters to WIYC in November 2009.

In 2011, WIYC dropped TCN in favor of WeatherNation, a weather information network similar to The Weather Channel.,[4] It then changed affiliates again in 2013, this time affiliating with Cozi TV.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channel[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[5]
48.1 720p 16:9 Cozi TV Cozi TV

References[edit]

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