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Birmingham, Alabama
United States
ChannelsDigital: 17 (UHF)
Virtual: 46.1 (PSIP) [1]
OwnerHC2 Holdings
(DTV America Corporation)
FoundedJanuary 27, 1988
First air dateJanuary 27, 1988; 31 years ago (1988-01-27) (original incarnation)
July 1, 2016; 3 years ago (2016-07-01) (current incarnation)
Call letters' meaningW University Of Alabama (previous owner)
Former callsignsW52AI (1988-1990)
W53AZ (1990-1992)
W51BY (1992-2003)
W46DK (2003-2015)
WUOA-LP (2015)
Former channel number(s)Analog: 52 (UHF, 1988-1990)
53 (UHF, 1990-1992)
51 (UHF, 1992-2003)
46 (UHF, 2003-2015)
Former affiliationsTBN (1988-2003)
Independent/translator of WVUA-CA (2003-2015)
This TV (2008-2015, partial via WVUA)
Silent (2015)
Transmitter power10.46 kW
Height699 feet (213 m)
Facility ID990
Transmitter coordinates33°29′4.4″N 86°48′25.2″W / 33.484556°N 86.807000°W / 33.484556; -86.807000

WUOA-LD is a digital low-powered Laff-affiliated television station that is licensed to and serving Birmingham, Alabama, USA. The station is under ownership of DTV America Corporation of Sunrise, Florida. The station broadcasts its digital signal on UHF channel 17, while consumer digital TV receivers display the station as virtual channel 46 via PSIP. The signal originates from a transmitter located on Red Mountain on the south side of Birmingham. [1]

The station is currently affiliated with Laff.


The station began broadcasting in January 1988 as an Owned-and-operated station of the Trinity Broadcasting Network. The station originally broadcast on UHF channel 52 under its original callsign W52AI. It became W53AZ in 1990 after moving the signal to UHF channel 53. Two years later, the station moved its signal again to channel 51 and changing the call letters to W51BY.[1] It remained a TBN translator until 2003. In 2003, the station moved its signal to UHF channel 46, and changed the callsign again, this time to W46DK. It was purchased by the University of Alabama, whose communications department converted the station to a translator of the university-owned WVUA-CA.

In 2015, the station went silent as W46AY was obligated to be converted to digital as the digital TV transition deadline for low-power stations was scheduled for September 1 of that year. The station’s callsign was changed to the original WUOA-LD. In Summer 2016, DTV America Corporation purchased the station and converted it into an affiliate of Katz Broadcasting-operated Laff network. This was the second DTV America-owned station to sign on in the state of Alabama (the first was MyNetworkTV/Doctor TV affiliate WDSF-LD which signed on in 2014). The station also launched second and third subchannels to run FremantleMedia’s Buzzr network, and Laff’s sister network Escape, respectively. WUOA-LD is now silent as of May 2019.

Digital channels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1]
46.1 480i 4:3 WUOA-LD Laff [2]
46.2 Buzzr
46.3 Escape [3]
46.4 get TV
46.5 QVC
46.6 Shop LC
46.7 QVC2


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