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WZDX
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Huntsville, Alabama
Branding Fox 54

My WAMY (on DT2)

Channels Digital: 41 (UHF)
Subchannels 54.1 Fox

54.2 MyNetworkTV

Owner [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grant_Broadcasting_System_II Grant Broadcasting

System II] (Huntsville Television Acquisition Licensing, LLC)

First air date April 20, 1985
Sister station(s) "WAMY-TV"
Former channel number(s) 54 (UHF analog, 1985-2009)
Former affiliations Independent (1985-1990)
Transmitter power 700 kW
Height 517.9 m
Facility ID 28119
Transmitter coordinates 34°44′12.7″N 86°31′58.9″W / 34.736861°N 86.533028°W / 34.736861; -86.533028
Website fox54.com

Contents

[hide]*1 Digital programming

Digital programming

Its signal is multiplexed. It operates the area's MyNetworkTV affiliate on a second digital subchannel. In most areas, this can also be seen on Comcast and Charter channel 8. It uses the fictional call letters WAMY-TV.

Channel Programming
41.1 main WZDX programming / Fox HD
41.2 "WAMY-TV" (MyNetworkTV)

History

WZDX began broadcasting on April 20, 1985 airing an analog signal on UHF channel 54. Its first program was an airing of the 1968 film Charly. At that time, the station's transmitter was on Green Mountain in Southeastern Huntsville while its studios were in the northwest section of the city. During the first months after going on-air, WZDX used the slogan "We're Taking You to the Top!". In the beginning, the station was Northern Alabama's first independent station and the first new channel in nearly twenty years. When the new Fox network began broadcasting on October 6, 1986, WZDX abstained from affiliating unlike many independents. However, the station did air occasional Fox broadcasts such as the Emmy Awards. Eventually in 1990, it became a full time affiliate of the network.

In 2002, it launched the second digital signal of the market on UHF channel 41. "WAWB-TV" (now "WAMY-TV"), the area's cable-only WB affiliate, began to be offered on WZDX's second digital subchannel. This move was made in order to offer non-cable viewers access to WB programming. In September 2003, the tower shared by WZDX and ABC affiliate WAAY-TV collapsed killing three men. Until the tower could be replaced, both WZDX and WAAY broadcasted from the tower of CBS affiliate WHNT-TV. After the analog television shutdown on June 12, 2009, WZDX remained on its current pre-transition channel number, 41, using PSIP to display its virtual channel as 54. WZDX maximized its transmitting power to 700 kW on July 2.

Newscast

[3][4]Its news open.In January 2007, WZDX launched the area’s only local prime time newscast. Airing Sunday though Friday nights at 9, it is produced from the Independent News Network in Davenport, Iowa. Except for two reporters, the news team is based in that city. The broadcast originates from studios on Tremont Avenue in Davenport. Beginning on February 1, 2010, WZDX began to have competition on weeknights because WHNT added a prime time newscast at 9 on its Retro Television Network-affiliated second digital subchannel.

Fox 54 Nine O'Clock News (Sunday though Friday nights 9 to 9:30)

  • News anchors:
    • Nathan O'Leary
    • Sunya Walls
    • Phill Doherty - Sundays
  • Weather:
    • Pat Walker
  • Sports:
    • Roland Glembine
    • Bill Sindewald - Sundays
  • Reporters:
    • Rebecca Shlien
    • Ellis Eskew

Former on-air staff

  • Mark Prater - weather
  • Evan Hutchinson - weather
  • Susie Martin - weather
  • John Beard - news anchor
  • BJ Steed - reporter
  • Ken Conley - reporter
  • Jamiese Price - reporter
  • Wil Elrick - reporter
  • Katie Herrera - reporter
  • Chris Davis - reporter

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