Tennessee station on the air for 50 years

WTVC-TV, the ABC affiliate in Chattanooga, TN, is celebrating 50 years of continuous over-the-air broadcasting. The milestone was marked with special anniversary segments and a one-hour 50th anniversary special on Feb. 27.

The station signed on the air on Feb. 11, 1958, and has consistently presented a series of popular news, information and entertainment programming, most locally produced, that included “The Bob Brandy Show,” “Funtime” (a children’s program) and “Shock Theatre.” That tradition continues today with the daily “This-N-That” show with Don Welch.

Owned by Freedom Communications, WTVC NewsChannel 9 is number one in each weekday news daypart and broadcasts on the Web at www.newschannel9.com.

The station’s studio was originally located on Signal Mountain at the site that still houses WTVC’s transmitter. Its offices were later moved to downtown Chattanooga in the former Golden Gateway Shopping Center. In 2000, the station moved to its current, state-of-the-art digital facility located off Highway 153.