WIYC

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WIYC
Troy/Montgomery, Alabama
United States
CityTroy, Alabama
ChannelsDigital: 48 (UHF)
(to move to 19 (UHF))
Virtual: 48 (PSIP)
AffiliationsCozi TV (2013–present)
OwnerWoods Communications Corporation
FoundedJuly 10, 1995
First air dateNovember 24, 2000 (18 years ago) (2000-11-24)
Call letters' meaningIt's Your Country
(slogan; based on its previous affiliation with TCN)
Sister station(s)WCOV-TV
WALE-LD
Former callsignsWRJM-TV (2000–2009)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
67 (UHF, 2000–2009)
Former affiliationsUPN (2000–2006)
MyNetworkTV (2006–2009)
TCN (2009–2011)
WeatherNation TV (2011–2013)
Transmitter power50 kW
27.6 kW (CP)
Height344.5 m (1,130 ft)
Facility ID62207
Transmitter coordinates32°3′36.54″N 85°57′1.83″W / 32.0601500°N 85.9505083°W / 32.0601500; -85.9505083
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile
CDBS

WIYC is a Cozi TV-affiliated television station licensed to Troy, Alabama, United States, serving the Black Belt and River Region of central Alabama, including Montgomery. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on virtual and UHF channel 48 from a transmitter on County Road 37 in rural Bullock County. The station is owned by Woods Communications Corporation as part of a duopoly with Montgomery-licensed Fox affiliate WCOV-TV (channel 20). WIYC's home office is located in Troy, with a local sales office in Montgomery.

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 United Paramount Network (UPN). 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 programming service, MyNetworkTV. The station made the switch between affiliations on MyNetworkTV's first day of broadcast, September 5, 2006. In addition to MyNetworkTV 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.

On November 15, 2017, Neal Ardman filed to sell WIYC to Woods Communications Corporation for $1 million.[5] The sale would create a duopoly with Fox affiliate WCOV-TV (channel 20); as Montgomery does not have enough television stations to permit a legal duopoly, Woods sought a failing station waiver for the purchase. The sale was completed on April 3, 2018.[6]

Digital channel[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[7]
48.1 720p 16:9 Cozi TV Cozi TV
48.2 480i 4:3 (blank)
48.3 (blank)
48.4 Heroes & Icons

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/209417-Deals.php?rssid=20065&q=Deals
  4. ^ http://montgomerytvandradio.com/2011/10/06/wiyc-48-drops-the-country-network/
  5. ^ "Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved November 24, 2017.
  6. ^ "Consummation Notice". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. April 3, 2018. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  7. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WIYC

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