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WANF-LD

WANF-LD
Translator of WMC-TV, Memphis, Tennessee
Channels
Ownership
Owner
History
First air date
January 2016; 8 years ago (2016-01)
Former call signs
  • W20DJ-D (2011–2016)
  • WHJK-LD (2016–2021)
Former channel number(s)
20 (UHF, 2011–2021)
Call sign meaning
Used to park the WANF call sign for later use in Atlanta[a]
Technical information[1]
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID185366
ERP10 kW
HAAT111.2 m (365 ft)
Transmitter coordinates36°4′38.6″N 89°29′28.2″W / 36.077389°N 89.491167°W / 36.077389; -89.491167
Links
Public license information
LMS
Websitewww.actionnews5.com

WANF-LD (channel 32) is a low-power television station in Dyersburg, Tennessee, United States. Owned by Gray Television, it is a translator of WMC-TV (channel 5), the NBC affiliate in Memphis. The transmitter is located on Perciful Road off SR 182 near the I-155/US 412 interchange west of Dyersburg.

Prior to 2020, the station broadcast to Jackson, Tennessee, which remained its nominal city of license until January 2023, on channel 20. It carried national digital multicast networks. Gray acquired it from HC2 Holdings in 2020 and relocated it away from Jackson due to interference issues and to reduce the loss area from the planned conversion of WMC-TV to the UHF band in Dyersburg.

History

The station's construction permit was granted on February 22, 2011, under the ownership of local businesswoman Sarah W. Stopford.[2] Stopford would sell the still-unbuilt W20DJ-D in 2015 to DTV America, who would sign the station on a year later in January 2016 as WHJK-LD.[3] The station would sign on as an affiliate of Escape (now Ion Mystery), and Laff until 2020.[4]

WHJK and WYJJ-LD were two of several dozen DTV America stations that would be purchased by HC2 Holdings in October 2017.[5][6][7]

It was announced in 2020 that Gray Television would be acquiring WHJK-LD from HC2 Holdings. The process would be finalized on July 30, 2020; on August 1, the station would be taken silent and go off the air while Gray finalizes future plans for the station.[8][9][10] Gray relocated the facility to channel 32 from a site northwest of Jackson due to interference from adjacent-channel WJKT (channel 21).

In its present Dyersburg configuration, WANF-LD is one of three such low-power TV stations set up by Gray to reduce the loss area in its proposed conversion of WMC-TV from VHF channel 5 to UHF channel 30. The others are W20DW-D covering Clarksdale, Mississippi, and Helena, Arkansas, and WDDY-LD (channel 15), which—while nominally licensed to Jackson—covers Corinth, Mississippi.[11]

Subchannels

This station rebroadcasts the subchannels of WMC-TV in Memphis.[12]

Subchannels of WMC-TV[13]
Channel Res. Aspect Short name Programming
5.1 1080i 16:9 WMC-NBC NBC
5.2 480i Bounce Bounce TV
5.3 The365 Action News 5 Plus
5.4 Oxygen Oxygen
5.5 WMC-5 The365

Notes

  1. ^ This station became WANF-LD on November 1, 2021. WGCL-TV in Atlanta became WANF "Atlanta News First" on October 3, 2022.

References

  1. ^ "Facility Technical Data for WANF-LD". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  2. ^ "Application Search Details". licensing.fcc.gov.
  3. ^ "Application Search Details". licensing.fcc.gov.
  4. ^ "ION Mystery". ionmystery.com. Retrieved January 30, 2024.
  5. ^ "HC2 to Acquire Majority Interest in DTV America" (Press release). June 27, 2017.
  6. ^ "Daily Releases" (PDF). transition.fcc.gov. Retrieved January 30, 2024.
  7. ^ "Application Search Details".
  8. ^ "Application Search Details". licensing.fcc.gov.
  9. ^ "Application Search Details". licensing.fcc.gov.
  10. ^ "Facility Details « Licensing and Management System Admin « FCC".
  11. ^ Gray Television (February 10, 2022). "Amended Petition for Channel Change". Federal Communications Commission.
  12. ^ "Digital TV Market Listing for WANF-LD". www.rabbitears.info. Retrieved December 17, 2022.
  13. ^ "RabbitEars TV Query for WMC". RabbitEars. Retrieved October 3, 2022.


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