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WCOV-TV, virtual channel 20 (UHF digital channel 22), is a Fox-affiliated television station licensed to Montgomery, Alabama, United States. The station is owned by David Woods and his Woods Communications Corporation, as part of a duopoly with Troy-licensed Cozi TV affiliate WIYC (channel 48); it is also sister to Montgomery-licensed low-powered Justice Network affiliate WALE-LD (channel 17). The three stations share studios on WCOV Avenue in the Normandale section of Montgomery; WCOV-TV's transmitter is located southeast of Grady along the Montgomery–Crenshaw county line.

On December 31, 1951, the owners of radio station WCOV (1170 AM)—the First National Bank of Montgomery and the estate of G. W. Covington, Jr.—filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission for a new television station on VHF channel 12 in Montgomery.[1] Six months later, after the commission lifted its freeze on television applications, WCOV amended its application to specify UHF channel 20—to the surprise of others—after radio station WSFA also filed for channel 12.[2] The FCC granted WCOV—which had reorganized as the Capitol Broadcasting Company[3]—a construction permit on September 17, 1952.[1]

WCOV-TV was the first television station in Montgomery, making its first broadcast on April 17, 1953.[4] Commercial programs started five days later; the station was a primary CBS affiliate, but all four major networks were represented on channel 20's schedule.[5] During the late 1950s, the station was also briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network.[6]

Christmas Day 1954 brought Montgomery a second television station, this time on VHF, when WSFA-TV began broadcasting as an NBC affiliate on channel 12.[7] The arrival of VHF television in Montgomery created an economic and viewership inequality between the city's two television stations. In 1959, WCOV-TV filed to have channel 8 moved from Selma to Montgomery to put it on an equal footing.[8] When that failed, the station instead proposed that WSFA be moved to the UHF band, an idea that drew protests from viewers—such as those in Butler County—which were served only by channel 12 and which could not receive channel 20.[9] The FCC voted not to pursue deintermixture in Montgomery and other markets in 1962.[10] 1962 also brought the arrival of full three-network service, when channel 32 signed on as ABC affiliate WCCB-TV.[11]

The Covington family sold WCOV radio and television in 1964 for $1.225 million to Gay-Bell Broadcasting, which owned WLEX-TV in Lexington, Kentucky.[12][13] Gay-Bell, however, continued to grapple with its UHF problem in Montgomery. In 1968, it attempted to buy the channel 8 station in Selma, WSLA-TV, which was silent at the time following its destruction by fire,[14] but nothing ever materialized. Channel 20 also continued fighting against multiple attempts by channel 8 to improve its facilities; WCOV-TV had petitioned against applications by WSLA-TV's ownership dating back to 1954,[15]

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