WBRC, Virtual Channel 6 (UHF Digital Channel 29), is a Fox-owned television station licensed for Birmingham, Alabama, USA. The station is owned by Gray Television. The WBRC Studios and Transmitter are located on Red Mountain, between Volcano Trail and Valley View Drive, in southeast Birmingham (west of the NBC WVTM-TV affiliate studios, channel 13); The station shares its transmitter tower with the local NOAA KIH54 weather station. By cable, WBRC is available on the 7th channel of the Spectrum Charter and on the 6th channel of Comcast Xfinity and AT & T.
The station first signed on air on July 1, 1949, initially broadcasting on VHF channel 4 as WBRC-TV (stands for Bell Radio Company, after Dr. Fountain Heights J.S. Bell, founder of WBRC (960 AM) "-TV" . "the suffix was removed from the callsign in June 1999.) Although WBRC-TV was the first television station in Birmingham licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), it is the second oldest television station in Alabama, which began broadcasting in just over one month. after WAFM-TV (channel 13, now WVTM-TV), which debuted on May 29. It was originally owned by the Birmingham Broadcasting Company, which is run by Eloise D. Hannah, along with WBRC radio. Hannah's first husband, MD, bought the WBRC radio from Bell in 1928. Her son, MD, Dr. Smith III, who worked at radio stations for advertising sales, and then was appointed director of the program and vice president, supervised the work of the television station. Philosophy Smith IV later organized Smith Broadcasting, which in 1963 acquired WAFG-TV, Channel 31 in Huntsville, Alabama, as an operations manager. Call letters were immediately changed to WAAY-TV. M.D. Smith III is also named the remote general manager of WAAY-TV from Birmingham.
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