WAGA-TV

WAGA-TV, virtual channel 5 (UHF digital channel 27), is a Fox owned-and-operated television station licensed to Atlanta, Georgia, United States. The station is owned by the Fox Television Stations subsidiary of Fox Corporation. WAGA-TV's studios and transmitter are located on Briarcliff Road Northeast in the Druid Hills area of unincorporated DeKalb County, just outside the Atlanta city limits (but with an Atlanta mailing address). On cable, the station is available on Comcast Xfinity channels 804 and 1005 and Charter Spectrum channel 5.

WAGA-TV
WAGA-TV logo
Atlanta, Georgia
United States
BrandingFox 5 Atlanta (general)
Fox 5 News (newscasts)
SloganDedicated, Determined, Dependable
The Most Powerful Name in Local News (news)
We Are Fox 5 (general)
ChannelsDigital: 27 (UHF)
Virtual: 5 (PSIP)
Subchannels
  • 5.1: 720p 16:9 WAGA-HD
  • 5.2: 480i 16:9 WAGA-SD
  • 5.3: 480i 4:3 BUZZR
  • 5.4: 480i 4:3 LIGHT[1]
Affiliations
OwnerFox Television Stations
(New World Communications of Atlanta, Inc.)
First air dateMarch 8, 1949
Call letters' meaningAtlanta, GeorgiA
derived from former sister station WAGA radio (now WDWD)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 5 (VHF, 1949–2009)
Former affiliations
  • Primary:
  • CBS (1949–1994)
  • Secondary:
  • ABC (1949–1951)
  • DuMont (1949–1956)
  • NTA (1956–1961)
Transmitter power1,000 kW
Height332 m (1,089 ft)
Facility ID70689
Transmitter coordinates33°47′51.4″N 84°20′1.7″W / 33.797611°N 84.333806°WCoordinates: 33°47′51.4″N 84°20′1.7″W / 33.797611°N 84.333806°W
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile
CDBS
Websitewww.fox5atlanta.com

History

As a CBS affiliate

WAGA-TV first began operations on March 8, 1949. The station was originally owned by Toledo, Ohio-based Fort Industry Company, which also operated WAGA radio (AM 590, now WDWD; and WAGA-FM 103.3, now WVEE), all colloquially called "Wagga". Fort Industry would later be renamed Storer Broadcasting after the company's founder, George B. Storer. Channel 5 is Atlanta's second-oldest television station, signing on seven months after WSB-TV (then on channel 8). Originally a CBS affiliate, channel 5 also carried a secondary affiliation with the DuMont Television Network from 1949 to 1956. It also shared the ABC affiliation with WSB-TV (which moved to channel 2 in 1950) until WLTV (a then-new channel 8 station) signed on in September 1951. During the late 1950s, the station was also briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network.[2] Storer sold the WAGA radio stations in 1959; however, channel 5 retained the "-TV" suffix before dropping it in 1998, only to pick it up again in 2009.

WAGA-TV was the only VHF commercial station in Atlanta that was on the same channel from its launch. Though both WSB-TV and WLTV—predecessor of WXIA-TV (channel 11)—initially broadcast over channel 8, the Federal Communications Commission's 1952 Sixth Report and Order reallocated the frequency to Athens and reserved the channel for non-commercial educational use. The University of Georgia returned channel 8 to the air as WGTV, now the television flagship of Georgia Public Broadcasting, in May 1960.

WAGA studios
WAGA-TV studios

WAGA-TV originally broadcast from studios and transmission facilities located at 1018 West Peachtree Street Northwest. This building would later become home to pioneering superstation and leading Atlanta independent station WTBS (channel 17, now WPCH-TV). On June 21, 1966, channel 5 opened its current facilities in Druid Hills.[3][4] The studio resembles an antebellum Southern mansion, a type of Colonial Revival architecture that was typical for Storer's broadcasting facilities.[5] While this design was somewhat out of place in most of Storer's other markets (which also included Toledo, Detroit, Cleveland and Milwaukee), it was a perfect fit for Atlanta. (The studio facility was used for an on-location shoot for a Matlock episode called "The Reporter".)

WAGA's original transmitter tower was later the site of a different tower for WPCH-TV's analog channel 17 signal, and a backup for WWWQ (99.7 FM). Because Storer Cable became part of Comcast, the tower (owned by competing cable television provider Time Warner, along with WPCH) was to be removed by October 2009, ending the land lease.

In 1985, WAGA, along with the other Storer stations were sold into a group deal to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., a New York-based private equity firm. Two years later in 1987, KKR sold the Storer stations to Gillett Communications. After bankruptcy, Gillett restructured in 1991, selling several stations and changing its name to SCI Television Inc. On June 26, 1991, Gillett Holdings filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after it failed to reach an agreement with the company's creditors before a court-imposed June 25 deadline. SCI Television also missed repayment of $162 million in bank loans before a June 30 deadline; as a consequence of its financial difficulties, Gillett/SCI decided to sell its broadcast holdings.[6]

On February 17, 1993, one day after SCI purchased WTVT in Tampa from Gillett Holdings in a separate agreement for $163 million, New World Pictures purchased a 51% ownership stake in SCI Television from Gillett for $100 million and $63 million in newly issued debt. The purchase was finalized on May 25, at which point, the film and television production company folded WAGA and its six sister stations—fellow CBS affiliates WJW-TV in Cleveland and WTVT in TampaSt. Petersburg, WJBK-TV in Detroit and WITI-TV in Milwaukee, NBC affiliate KNSD in San Diego and independent station WSBK-TV (now a MyNetworkTV affiliate) in Boston—into a new broadcasting subsidiary, New World Communications. As a result of New World being headquartered in Atlanta, WAGA – which was New World's second-largest station, behind WSBK-TV, at the time the SCI purchase was completed – became the company's flagship television station.[7][8][9]

As a Fox station

New World Communications ownership

On May 23, 1994, as part of a broad deal that also saw News Corporation acquire a 20% equity interest in the company, New World Communications signed a long-term agreement to affiliate its nine CBS-, ABC- or NBC-affiliated television stations with Fox, which sought to strengthen its affiliate portfolio after the National Football League (NFL) accepted the network's $1.58 billion bid for the television rights to the National Football Conference (NFC) – a four-year contract that began with the 1994 NFL season – on December 18, 1993.[10] WAGA-TV was among the stations involved in the Fox agreement, which also initially included four of New World's other existing CBS-affiliated stations — WITI-TV, WJBK-TV, WJW-TV and WTVT — and four additional stations — CBS affiliate KSAZ-TV in Phoenix, ABC affiliates WBRC-TV in Birmingham and WGHP in GreensboroWinston-SalemHigh Point, North Carolina, and NBC affiliate WDAF-TV in Kansas City — that were part of New World's concurrent $360-million acquisition of Great American Communications's television properties. (The agreement would subsequently be amended to include four additional stations that New World acquired later that month from Argyle Television Holdings.)[11][12][13] At the time, Fox's owned-and-operated and affiliate stations were mostly UHF outlets that had limited to no prior history as major network affiliates, among them its existing Atlanta outlet, WATL-TV (channel 36, now a MyNetworkTV affiliate), which the network's Fox Television Stations unit had acquired from Renaissance Broadcasting (during its acquisition of then-WATL parent Chase Broadcasting) in 1993. Although the network already owned WATL and was in the midst of planning to launch a local news department for channel 36, Fox found the prospect to having its programming carried on a VHF station too much to resist, considering that WAGA had a stronger market position and a long-respected local news operation. (At the time, channel 5 placed second, behind WSB-TV, in total day and news viewership.) As a result, Fox decided to include WAGA in the affiliation agreement with New World and have Fox Television Stations sell WATL.

With only a few months before WAGA was set to switch to Fox, CBS needed to find a new affiliate in what had become the nation's 10th largest media market. It approached all of Atlanta's major television stations to potentially reach an agreement. However, none of them were interested at first. CBS first approached WXIA-TV; however, its then-owner Gannett Broadcasting subsequently signed a long-term affiliation deal renewing its contract with WXIA and its sister NBC affiliates in Jacksonville, Minneapolis–St. Paul and Phoenix; the deal would become a factor in a major affiliation shuffle in Denver the following year. WSB-TV was later eliminated as an option as its Atlanta-based owner, Cox Enterprises, would reach a new long-term agreement with ABC to retain its affiliation with that network.[14][15] WATL was eventually eliminated as Qwest Broadcasting (a joint venture between music producer Quincy Jones, former NFL defensive end Willie Davis, television producer Don Cornelius, television host Geraldo Rivera, and Tribune) announced in November that it would purchase WATL from Fox Television Stations as part of a two station, $167-million deal.[16]

By September 1994, with only a little more than two months left before channel 5 was slated to join Fox, CBS faced the prospect of having to pipe in WRBL in Columbus, WMAZ-TV in Macon, WSPA-TV in Spartanburg, South Carolina and WDEF-TV in Chattanooga, Tennessee for Atlanta-area cable customers until it found a new affiliate in the market. Almost out of desperation, on September 26, CBS made a deal to buy independent station WVEU (channel 69, now CW owned-and-operated station WUPA) for $46 million.[17][18] However, this was only a contingency, since WVEU's signal at the time barely made it outside of Atlanta itself and its closest-in suburbs, and it barely registered as a blip in the ratings. Even after it agreed to buy WVEU, CBS still sought to move its programming to a higher-profile station. It continued to negotiate with Tribune Broadcasting to reach a deal to affiliate with longtime independent station WGNX (channel 46, now WGCL-TV), which initially turned down CBS' offer to affiliate with the station; WGNX was especially attractive for the network since channel 46 was the only non-Big Three station in the Atlanta market that had a functioning news department. That November, Tribune relented and signed a deal with CBS to convert WGNX into the network's new Atlanta affiliate.[19] As a consequence of the WGNX deal, CBS reached an agreement to sell WVEU to Viacom in a three-way deal that saw Viacom sell CBS affiliate KSLA in Shreveport, Louisiana to Ellis Communications (owned by Atlanta-based businessman Bert Ellis) to comply with FCC ownership rules in coincidence with Viacom's divestitures of its major network-affiliated television stations to focus on its UPN charter outlets.[20][21][22][23] The last CBS network program to air on WAGA was a first-run episode of Walker, Texas Ranger at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time on December 10; this led into a message by then-station president and general manager Jack Sander shortly before the start of that evening's edition of Channel 5 Eyewitness News at 11:00 (which was relaunched as an hour-long prime time newscast at 10:00 p.m. two days later), informing viewers about the pending network changes.

WAGA-TV officially became a Fox affiliate on December 11, 1994, when the network's programming lineup moved to the station from WATL; the first Fox network program to air on the station as a full-time affiliate was Fox NFL Sunday at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time that day, leading into that afternoon's NFL doubleheader: an early game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Los Angeles Rams and a mid-afternoon game between the San Francisco 49ers and the San Diego Chargers. (The affiliation switch involving WAGA, WGNX and WATL was originally slated to occur on November 27, but was delayed two weeks in order to allow Fox, New World and CBS to iron out the final details.)[24] Prior to the switch, WAGA had been CBS's longest-tenured affiliate south of Washington, D.C. (a title now held by Charlotte, North Carolina affiliate WBTV, which has carried CBS programming since it signed on the air on July 15, 1949). WGNX concurrently took over the CBS affiliation, which necessitated the shift of a large number of the syndicated cartoons, drama series and sitcoms in its inventory over to WVEU — which had become a UPN affiliate when that network launched on January 16, 1995 — as channel 46 could not continue to accommodate many of these shows due to CBS's network-dominated programming lineup; as a result, WGNX became the only Atlanta television station that did not retain its entire existing syndicated programming lineup following the switch. WATL — whose sale to Qwest Broadcasting (which, in 2000, merged with WB network part-owner, the Tribune Company), would not be finalized until December 1995 — temporarily operated as an independent station during its transition into an affiliate of upstart network The WB upon that network's launch the following month on January 11, 1995. (WATL is now owned by Tegna as part of a duopoly with WXIA).[25]

As with most of the other New World-owned stations affected by the affiliation agreement with Fox, WAGA-TV retained its longtime "Channel 5" branding upon the affiliation switch, with references to the Fox logo and name limited in most on-air imaging; although as with most of the other New World-owned stations affected by the agreement with Fox, the station retained the news branding it had been using before it joined the network – in its case, Channel 5 Eyewitness News, the base moniker of which the station adopted in November 1980 as a CBS affiliate. In addition to expanding its local news programming at the time it joined Fox, the station replaced CBS daytime and late night programs that migrated to WGNX with an expanded slate of syndicated talk shows as well as some off-network sitcoms, game shows and documentary-based reality series, and also acquired some syndicated film packages and first-run and off-network syndicated drama series for broadcast in weekend afternoon timeslots on weeks when Fox did not provide sports programming; however, the revamped programming schedule – as was the case with most of New World's other Fox stations – relegated children's programs to weekend mornings only.

With the switch from WAGA to WGNX, CBS lost significant viewership in the northern portion of the Atlanta market. Despite its five million-watt analog signal, WGNX did not penetrate nearly as far into this area as WAGA did because of the relatively mountainous terrain that is found in that part of northern Georgia. At the time, much of this region was among the few areas in the United States where cable was still not readily available. CBS did not return over-the-air to this area until Toccoa's WNEG-TV (channel 32, now WGTA) joined CBS the following August. Although it was located in the Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville market, WNEG served as the de facto CBS affiliate for the far northern portion of the Atlanta market as well as the Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville market's western fringes until that station's sale to the University of Georgia in 2008. (WGNX's availability in this area increased through expanded cable and satellite distribution in subsequent years).

Fox Television Stations ownership

On July 17, 1996, News Corporation—which separated most of its entertainment holdings into 21st Century Fox in July 2013—announced that it would acquire New World in an all-stock transaction worth $2.48 billion. The purchase by News Corporation was finalized on January 22, 1997, folding New World's ten Fox affiliates into the former's Fox Television Stations subsidiary and making all twelve stations affected by the 1994 agreement owned-and-operated stations of the network. (The New World Communications name continues in use as a licensing purpose corporation—as "New World Communications of [state/city], Inc." or "NW Communications of [state/city], Inc."—for WAGA and its sister stations under Fox ownership, extending, from 2009 to 2011, to the former New World stations that Fox sold to Local TV in 2007.)[26][27][28]

At that time, Channel 5 became the third English language network-owned commercial station in the Atlanta market (Viacom, then-owner of that network's Atlanta station WUPA, would acquire part-ownership of UPN in 1996). It was also one of two stations that switched to Fox under the New World agreement that replaced an existing Fox O&O, only to later be sold to the network itself (in DallasFort Worth, sister station KDFW-TV had earlier replaced KDAF as that market's Fox station in July 1995), making Atlanta one of a handful of markets more than one station has served as an O&O of the same network. In November 1996, two months before the completion of the Fox–New World merger and at a time when other network-owned stations around the United States began adopting similar network-driven branding, WAGA-TV shortened its branding to simply "Fox 5 Atlanta" per the network's branding guidelines (with its newscasts concurrently rebranding as Fox 5 Eyewitness News, later shortened to Fox 5 News in February 1998).

Programming

Syndicated programs broadcast by WAGA-TV as of September 2018 include Judge Judy, Steve, The Wendy Williams Show, The Real, Dish Nation, TMZ on TV (as well as its spin-off TMZ Live) and Access.[29] Since it joined the network in December 1994, WAGA has only aired Fox's prime time, Saturday late night and sports programming, as well as special reports produced by Fox News. As with most of its sister stations under its former New World ownership (with the subverted exception of former sister station KTVI in St. Louis, which assumed rights to the network's children's programs in 1996 and carried the blocks until Fox stopped providing them within its schedule), Channel 5 declined carriage of the children's programming blocks that Fox carried prior to 2008, only having aired fall preview specials and network promotions for those blocks that aired within Fox's prime time lineup during that twelve-year period.

WAGA opted not to run the Fox Kids weekday and Saturday blocks when it affiliated with the network, due to the station's interest in airing syndicated shows more compatible with its expanded local news schedule on weekdays, opting only to air children's programs acquired via syndication on weekend mornings (the pre-emptions of Fox Kids by the New World stations led the network to change its carriage policies to allow Fox stations uninterested in carrying the block the right of first refusal to transfer the local rights to another station; by 2001, affiliates were no longer required to run the Fox Kids lineup even if Fox had not secured a substitute carrier). Fox Kids remained on WATL after it became a WB affiliate in January 1995, before moving to WHOT (channel 34, now WUVG-DT) in September 2000; its successor, FoxBox/4Kids TV, moved to WUPA in September 2002 (coinciding with WHOT's conversion into a Univision O&O), where it aired until that station became a CW owned-and-operated station in September 2006. (4KidsTV did not air in the Atlanta market thereafter, as remains the case with the paid programming block that replaced it in December 2008, Weekend Marketplace[30]). On September 13, 2014, WAGA-TV began carrying Xploration Station, a live-action educational program block distributed by Steve Rotfeld Productions that is syndicated primarily to Fox stations (including those owned by Fox Television Stations) on Saturday mornings.[31][32]

Sports programming

WAGA began serving as the primary television station for the Atlanta Falcons upon the team's inception in 1966, under CBS's contractual television rights to the pre-AFL merger National Football League. The station carried most regional or national Falcons game telecasts aired by CBS until its contractual rights to the National Football Conference concluded in 1993. However, the station's December 1994 switch to Fox allowed WAGA to retain its status as the Falcons' unofficial "home" station. For the 1994 season, most of the team's first fourteen games that year were aired instead on lame-duck Fox O&O WATL; with that, the 3½-month interruption in game coverage that year, due to the transfer of NFC telecast rights from CBS to Fox, is the only break in network coverage of the team by the station to date since 1966. Since the switch to Fox, both of the Falcons' Super Bowl appearances – XXXIII and LI – have been carried on the station, as both were Super Bowls to which Fox had the national television rights.

Since Fox obtained the partial (now exclusive) over-the-air network television rights to Major League Baseball in 1996, WAGA has also carried certain Atlanta Braves games that have been regionally or nationally televised by the network during the league's regular season and postseason. (WTBS/WPCH retained the local over-the-air television rights to the Braves until 2011).

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1]
5.1 720p 16:9 WAGA-HD Main WAGA-TV programming / Fox
5.2 480i MOVIES! Movies!
5.3 4:3 BUZZR Buzzr
5.4 16:9 LIGHTtv Light TV

WAGA-TV has plans for a mobile DTV feed of subchannel 5.1.[33][34]

Channel 5.2 originally was for the benefit of smaller cable providers which were taking the fullscreen SD signal straight from the air, and did not want problems due to the widescreen or scan conversion on 5.1; this lasted until the end of April 2009. The channel then stayed blank with no electronic program guide data for several weeks until late June, when it again had identical programming, but this time in widescreen. The 704×480i anamorphic format is unusual, as most standard definition digital channels use a fullscreen 640×480i format (by comparison, widescreen NTSC DVDs use 720×480p). Channel 5.2 again went blank in late July, but continued to have the same program data as 5.1, until it was deleted entirely on December 3.

Analog-to-digital conversion

WAGA shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 5, on June 12, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television.[35] The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 27,[36] using PSIP to display WAGA's virtual channel as 5 on digital television receivers. The station's first chief broadcast engineer from 1949, Paul Cram (99 years of age at the time; now deceased), was given the duty of permanently turning off the analog transmitter live on the air at 12:30 p.m. on June 12. WSB-TV, WXIA-TV, and WATL also went off the air at the same time, with WSB and WXIA also live in their transmitter rooms like WAGA.

Out-of-market cable carriage

WAGA is carried in parts of Cherokee and Macon counties of western North Carolina, both bordering Georgia. Cherokee is part of the Chattanooga media market of southeast Tennessee and northwest Georgia, while Macon is part of the Asheville/Greenville/Spartanburg DMA of the western Carolinas and northeast Georgia. Although clearly outside of the must-carry obligations that apply within the Atlanta DMA, both counties are popular with visitors and summer-home residents from the Atlanta area. WSB-TV 2.1 is also carried in those counties.

In the 1970s and 1980s, WAGA once had cable carriage in Aiken and Clemson in west-central and upstate (northwestern) South Carolina.[37] WAGA also had significant carriage on Storer Cable, and Liberty Cable Systems (Later TCI, now Mediacom) in South GA during the 1970s, into the early and mid 80s.

News operation

WAGA-TV presently broadcasts 68 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 11½ hours each weekday, 5½ hours on Saturdays and five hours on Sundays). In regards to the number of hours devoted to news programming, it is the highest newscast output among Atlanta's broadcast television stations.

For most of its first three decades on the air, WAGA-TV was Atlanta's second-highest rated station. From the 1970s to early 2009, it had to fend off a spirited challenge from WXIA-TV, with the two stations regularly trading the number-two position in the market behind longtime leader WSB-TV. However, WXIA has never recovered from a ratings slump in 2009, and WAGA-TV has been the solid runner-up in the market since then

WAGA's Saturday and Sunday 6 p.m. newscasts are subject to delay due to network sports coverage. WAGA also provided news reports and weather forecasts for news radio station WYAY (106.7 FM), through a partnership between WAGA and WYAY's owner Cumulus Media struck in May 2012.

For many years as a CBS affiliate, the station called its newscasts 5 News Scene. In the 1980s, this changed to Eyewitness News. In 1992, WAGA dropped CBS This Morning through 1994 in favor of a three-hour locally produced morning news program called Good Day Atlanta.[38]

With the 1994 affiliation switch to Fox, WAGA poured more resources into its already well-respected news department. It adopted a news-intensive schedule, increasing its news programming output from about to nearly 40 hours a week. The station retained a news schedule similar to what it had as a CBS affiliate. However, it expanded the weeknight 6 p.m. newscasts to two hours and moved the 11 p. m. newscast to 10 p.m. and expanded it to a full hour. On January 14, 2008, WAGA debuted a new 11 p.m. newscast called Fox 5 News Edge, returning a newscast to that timeslot since the station was still affiliated with CBS.[39] On March 16, 2009, WAGA became the last major network station in the market (behind WGCL, WSB & WXIA) to begin broadcasting its locally produced newscasts in high-definition.

On September 14, 2009, WAGA expanded its weekday morning newscast to five hours from 5 to 10 a.m. among with the addition of an hour-long 9 a.m. extension of the program called Good Day Xtra.[40] On April 1, 2010, WAGA expanded its morning news by an extra half-hour, with the start time moved a half-hour earlier to 4:30 a.m., becoming the first Atlanta station to expand its morning newscast into that slot; the extension was made in order to attract those who wake up go to work earlier than most; the additional half-hour competes against national early morning newscasts airing on WXIA, WGCL and WSB.[41] As of September 2010, WAGA dropped the Fox 5 Morning News and Good Day Xtra titles, in favor of using the Good Day Atlanta branding throughout the morning newscast. On September 14, 2015, the station extended its 11 p.m. newscast to one hour with the addition of a half-hour News Edge at 11:30; this makes WAGA among the very few stations to extend its late newscast to midnight, and one of three Fox affiliates (Kansas City's WDAF-TV and Washington, D.C.'s WTTG being the others) to air a two-hour late local news block.

On-air staff

Notable current on-air staff

Notable former on-air staff

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Alyse Eady

Alyse Cynthia Eady (born March 15, 1988) is an American news anchor and beauty pageant titleholder who was Miss Arkansas 2010. Eady was named first runner-up at the 2011 Miss America pageant, which was won by Miss Nebraska 2010 Teresa Scanlan.

Amanda Davis (journalist)

Amanda Marie Davis (October 17, 1955 – December 27, 2017) was an American broadcast journalist and morning anchor of CBS 46 News in Atlanta, formerly working for Fox 5 News.

Boots Woodall

Dennis "Boots" Woodall was a country musician active from the 1930s to early 1960s in the American South and Midwest. After participating in a number of bands and serving in World War II, he formed the Radio Wranglers, whose name was changed to the TV Wranglers in 1949. The TV Wranglers were seen on WAGA-TV of Atlanta, Georgia.Along with Bill Lowery, Boots Woodall was instrumental in forming the National Recording Corporation. As vice-president of the company, he not only produced sessions but leased many recordings that were released on the National Recording Corporation label. Chief among these was "Robbin' The Cradle" by Chicago vocalist Tony Bellus. The Bellus single went Top 40 in 1959, and Woodall was involved in production of the subsequent album.

Woodall died in an automobile accident in Atlanta in 1988. He was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 1997.

Channel 27 digital TV stations in the United States

The following television stations broadcast on digital channel 27 in the United States:

K16EO-D in Oro Valley/Tucson, Arizona

K27AI-D in Ninilchik, etc., Alaska

K27BZ-D in Wellington, Texas

K27CD-D in Boulder, Montana

K27CL-D in Coos Bay/North Bend, Oregon

K27CS-D in Montpelier, Idaho

K27DA-D in Big Sandy Valley, Arizona

K27DO-D in Bend, etc., Oregon

K27DX-D in McCall, Idaho

K27EC-D in Lake Havasu City, Arizona

K27EE-D in Ukiah, California

K27EJ-D in Colorado City, Arizona

K27FI-D in Frost, Minnesota

K27GB-D in Beryl/Modena/New Castle, Utah

K27GC-D in Heber/Midway, Utah

K27GD-D in Park City, Utah

K27GL-D in Hobbs, New Mexico

K27GM-D in Preston, Idaho

K27GN-D in Myton, Utah

K27HJ-D in Pierre, South Dakota

K27HM-D in Quanah, Texas

K27HP-D in Alamogordo, New Mexico

K27HR-D in Manti & Ephraim, Utah

K27ID-D in Tropic & Cannonville, Utah

K27IG-D in Cortez, etc., Colorado

K27IH-D in Holyoke, Colorado

K27IM in Billings, Montana

K27IN-D in Malad City, Idaho

K27IS-D in Emery, Utah

K27IT-D in Escalante, Utah

K27IX-D in Loa, etc., Utah

K27IY-D in Leamington, Utah

K27IZ-D in Coalville, Utah

K27JA-D in Henefer & Echo, Utah

K27JB-D in Samak, Utah

K27JJ-D in Forbes/Jasper Cty, Texas

K27JK-D in Glendale, Nevada

K27JO-D in Strong City, Oklahoma

K27JP-D in Little Rock, Arkansas

K27JQ-D in Wolf Point, Montana

K27JT-D in Fillmore, etc., Utah

K27JU-D in Scipio/Holden, Utah

K27JV-D in Kanab, Utah

K27JW-D in Joplin, Montana

K27JY-D in London Springs, Oregon

K27JZ-D in Round Mountain, Nevada

K27KA-D in Parlin, Colorado

K27KB-D in Caineville, Utah

K27KC-D in Ferron, Utah

K27KD-D in Hatch, Utah

K27KE-D in Huntington, Utah

K27KG-D in Columbia, etc., Utah

K27KH-D in Orderville, Utah

K27KN-D in Alexandria, Minnesota

K27KP-D in Driggs, Idaho

K27KQ-D in Hanksville, Utah

K27KR-D in Fishlake Resort, Utah

K27KS-D in Globe/Miami, Arizona

K27KU-D in Circleville, Utah

K27KV-D in Evanston, Wyoming

K27KW-D in Gold Hill, etc., Oregon

K27KX-D in Las Animas, Colorado

K27LF-D in San Antonio, Texas

K27LK-D in Gateview, Colorado

K27LL-D in Big Falls, Minnesota

K27LO-D in Emigrant, Montana

K27LT-D in Baker, Montana

K27LU-D in Stephenville, Texas

K27MA-D in Boulder, Colorado

K27MM-D in Tendoy/Leadore, Idaho

K27MQ-D in St. George, Utah

K27MT-D in Romeo, Colorado

K27MW-D in Soda Springs, Idaho

K27MX-D in Baker Valley, Oregon

K27MY-D in Altus, Oklahoma

K27ND-D in Aztec, New Mexico

K27NF-D in Jackson, Minnesota

K27NX-D in Ridgecrest, California

K27OI-D in Mina/Luning, Nevada

K30GC-D in Rural Beaver, etc., Utah

K40MV-D in Susanville, etc., California

K46AI-D in Durant, Oklahoma

K46KE-D in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho

KAAH-TV in Honolulu, Hawaii

KAMC in Lubbock, Texas

KAOB-LD in Beaumont, Texas

KASA-TV in Santa Fe, New Mexico

KASW in Phoenix, Arizona

KBAX-LD in Twin Falls, Idaho

KBKI-LD in Boise, Idaho

KBTC-TV in Tacoma, Washington

KBTV-CD in Sacramento, California

KBTV-TV in Port Arthur, Texas

KBVO in Llano, Texas

KCPM in Grand Forks, North Dakota

KCWV in Duluth, Minnesota

KDJB-LD in Hondo, Texas

KDKJ-LD in Tyler, Texas

KEBK-LP in Bakersfield, California

KETF-CD in Laredo, Texas

KEYT-TV in Santa Barbara, California

KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

KFTA-TV in Fort Smith, Arkansas

KFXA in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

KGHB-CD in Pueblo, etc., Colorado

KGJT-CD in Grand Junction, Colorado

KHGI-CD in North Platte, Nebraska

KHGI-LD in O'Neil, Nebraska

KHTV-CD in Los Angeles, California

KJKZ-LP in Fresno, California

KJNB-LD in Jonesboro, Arkansas

KLWY in Cheyenne, Wyoming

KNYS-LD in Natchitoches, Louisiana

KODF-LD in Britton, Texas

KORO in Corpus Christi, Texas

KRPV-DT in Roswell, New Mexico

KRWF in Redwood Falls, Minnesota

KSKC-CD in Pablo/Ronan, Montana

KSLM-LD in Dallas, Oregon

KSNT in Topeka, Kansas

KTSF in San Francisco, California

KTVE in El Dorado, Arkansas

KTVW-CD in Flagstaff/Doney Park, Arizona

KUCO-LD in Chico, California

KULG-LD in Springfield, Missouri

KVEW in Kennewick, Washington

KWYF-LD in Casper, Wyoming

KYMB-LD in Monterey, California

W18CJ in Quincy, Illinois

W27AU-D in Wausau, Wisconsin

W27DG-D in Millersburg, Ohio

W43CH-D in Belvidere, New Jersey

W48CK-D in Sterling, Illinois

WACY-TV in Appleton, Wisconsin

WAGA-TV in Atlanta, Georgia

WAIQ in Montgomery, Alabama

WAPA-TV in San Juan, Puerto Rico

WBKH-LD in Port Charlotte, Florida

WBUN-LP in Birmingham, Alabama

WCBI-TV in Columbus, Mississippi

WCCB in Charlotte, North Carolina

WCIU-TV in Chicago, Illinois

WDYH-LD in Augusta, Georgia

WEKA-LD in Canton, Ohio

WETA-TV in Washington, D.C.

WFXV in Utica, New York

WGTW-TV in Burlington, New Jersey

WHJC-LP in Williamson, West Virginia

WHVL-LD in State College, etc., Pennsylvania

WHWC-TV in Menomonie, Wisconsin

WIPX-TV in Bloomington, Indiana

WKPT-TV in Kingsport, Tennessee

WKRG-TV in Mobile, Alabama

WKRN-TV in Nashville, Tennessee

WLFL in Raleigh, North Carolina

WLJT-DT in Lexington, Tennessee

WLNM-LD in Lansing, Michigan

WOUB-TV in Athens, Ohio

WPCW in Johnstown, Pennsylvania

WRDQ in Orlando, Florida

WSFL-TV in Miami, Florida

WSOT-LD in Marion, Indiana

WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

WTBY-TV in Poughkeepsie, New York

WTNB-CD in Cleveland, Tennessee

WTXL-TV in Tallahassee, Florida

WUDI-LD in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

WUNI in Marlborough, Massachusetts

WUNW in Canton, North Carolina

WXEL-TV in West Palm Beach, FloridaThe following stations, which are no longer licensed, formerly broadcast on digital channel 27:

K27MG-D in Columbia, Missouri

WPCP-CD in New Castle, Pennsylvania

Ed Thilenius

Edward Albert Thilenius (December 4, 1924 – March 23, 1981) was an American sports announcer.

He served as the play-by-play voice of the University of Georgia Bulldogs football team from 1955 through 1965 and was part of the inaugural Atlanta Falcons radio broadcast team along with Johnny Sauer on CBS Sports televised NFL coverage during the 1966 and 1967 seasons. He also served as the city editor for the Athens Banner-Herald and the sports director for WAGA (TV) in Atlanta, Georgia for 12 years. In 1975, Thilenius became the head of public relations for the Atlanta Flames NHL hockey team.In 1960, Thilenius co-authored a book about Bulldogs football coach Wally Butts entitled No Ifs, No Ands, A Lot of Butts: 21 Years of Georgia Football.Thilenius died in 1981 at the age of 57. He is survived by three sons: Edward, Robert, and Jackson. Edward has one daughter, Ariel Thilenius. Robert has one son, Garrett Thilenius.

Fox 5

Fox 5 may refer to:

Television stations in the United States affiliated with the Fox Broadcasting Company:

WNYW TV, New York City, New York

WTTG TV, Washington, D.C.

WAGA-TV, Atlanta, Georgia

KSWB-TV, San Diego, California (cable channel; broadcasts on channel 69)

KVVU-TV, Henderson / Las Vegas, Nevada

KRBK, Springfield, Missouri (cable channel; broadcasts on channel 49)

KXPI-LD, Idaho Falls, Idaho (cable channel; broadcasts on channel 34)Other uses:

FOX-5, the Distant Early Warning site at Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut, Canada (formerly Broughton Island)

Gayle Barron

Gayle Barron (born 6 April 1945) is a former American marathon runner. From 1970 to 1978, Barron placed in the top five in marathons held across the United States and was the winner of the 1978 Boston Marathon. Barron was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 2003 and the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.

Jeff Hullinger

Jeff Hullinger is a 19 time-Emmy Award-winning news and sports anchor from Atlanta. He has also been inducted into the Southeast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Silver Circle. Jeff is now with WXIA TV NBC Atlanta serving as 5, 6,10,11pm weeknight news anchor/weeknight sports anchor. He has worked as the morning drive news anchor on B98.5 WSB-FM, and the afternoon drive news anchor on News/Talk 750 WSB Radio. His career includes anchoring WAGA TV, being a host for CNN’s TalkBack Live, calling games for ESPN and doing play-by-play for the Atlanta Falcons.

John Doyle (announcer)

John Doyle is a professional announcer whose voice was most notably used by the National Institute of Standards and Technology on their radio clock WWV, a "time and temperature" voice for the Audichron Company, and others.John Doyle is a veteran weathercaster for several television stations in the Atlanta metropolitan area, including WSB-TV 2, WAGA TV 5, and WGCL-TV 46. His career started at WSB AM 750 in Atlanta, Georgia.

He has now retired from broadcasting. In addition to periodic voice jobs, he works part time as a court bailiff in Gwinnett County, Georgia.

Matches 'n Mates

Matches 'n Mates was an American syndicated game show created and produced by Nick Nicholson and E. Roger Muir that aired from 1967-1968, and was taped at both WJW-TV in Cleveland, Ohio and WAGA-TV in Atlanta, Georgia. It was a Nicholson-Muir Production in association with 20th Century Fox Television.

The show was hosted by Art James, with Dave Michaels and Bob McClain announcing.

Matches 'n Mates was a word game in which two Husband and Wife teams attempted to match questions to answers in order to reveal letters of a mystery word called the "Hidden Item".

Peachtree Creek

Peachtree Creek is a major stream in Atlanta. It flows for 7.5 miles (12.1 km) almost due west into the Chattahoochee River just south of Vinings.

Peachtree Creek is an important part of the area history. Fort Peachtree was built near the creek and the Chattahoochee River to guard against the Cherokee, who were in the Cherokee County territory northwest of the river.

During the American Civil War, the Battle of Peachtree Creek was a major battle of the Atlanta Campaign. Pace's Ferry was built across the river near the creek, and Paces Ferry Road still runs roughly parallel to the creek. Another street, Peachtree Battle Avenue, runs in a similar fashion. Because it is usually called just Peachtree Battle (even by GDOT on its overpass of Interstate 75), that part of Buckhead is often called the same, which in turn gave rise to a local play called Peachtree Battle.

Its two major tributaries are the North Fork Peachtree Creek and the South Fork Peachtree Creek. The northern fork begins at the edge of Gwinnett County and flows 13.5 miles (21.7 km) southwest, almost perfectly parallel to Interstate 85 through DeKalb County. It ends at its confluence with the southern fork, next to where the highway meets Georgia 400. The southern fork, 15.4 miles (24.8 km) long, begins in Tucker and flows south then west, passing through Clarkston, then crossing under part of the Stone Mountain Freeway and quickly back again, west (inside) of the Perimeter. It then flows twice through the northern part of the campus of Emory University and its Wesley Woods section. The southern edge of its basin borders the Eastern Continental Divide, including Peavine Creek (which ends next to WAGA-TV) and its tributary Lullwater Creek, which originates in the Lake Claire neighborhood of Atlanta and drains Fernbank Forest and the Druid Hills Golf Club north of Ponce de Leon Avenue. Other major nearby creeks in Atlanta include Nancy Creek (which flows into Peachtree Creek just before the Chattahoochee River), and Proctor Creek (which flows directly into the Chattahoochee).

Storer Communications

Storer Broadcasting, Inc. was an American company which owned several television and radio stations in the Northeastern United States. It was incorporated in Ohio in 1927, and was broken up in 1986.

Turner Broadcasting tower

The Turner Broadcasting tower, built in 1967, was a 314.3-meter (1,031 ft) free-standing lattice tower in Atlanta, Georgia. It was located next to the Downtown Connector between Spring, West Peachtree, 10th and 12th Streets in Midtown. It had a triangular cross-section, and was built on the site of a previous square broadcast tower built for WAGA-TV 5. It was disassembled in late 2010, with analog WPCH-TV 17 having been discontinued by law in June 2009, and tenants WNNX FM 100.5 and WWWQ FM 99.7 moving their auxiliary/backup facilities elsewhere.

Although the tower was owned by Turner Broadcasting System parent Time Warner, it was on a land lease from Comcast, a competing cable TV company. This is the result of WAGA having been owned by Storer Broadcasting, while Storer Cable went through a series of acquisitions that found it folded into Comcast. Storer leased the land to WJRJ, which later became WTCG when purchased by Ted Turner, and was best known as "superstation" WTBS (now TBS on cable/satellite and Peachtree TV over-the-air). Turner later sold his TV networks (including CNN, TBS, and others) and the TV station to Time Warner.

The lease apparently was on the condition that the tower be removed when it would no longer be used for broadcasting, a condition which was finally triggered by the mandated shutdown of analog TV. The digital TV transmission for WPCH-TV 20 (17.1) is now from the North Druid Hills site, along with several other local FM and TV stations, including WWWQ FM 99.7. WNNX FM 100.5 is now back at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel, where it was first located after being moved-in from Alabama as WWWQ FM 100.5, before briefly moving to the Turner tower and back again.

UniverSoul Circus

The UniverSoul Circus is a single ring circus, established in 1994 by Cedric Walker, an African American man who had a vision of creating a circus with a large percentage of people of color performing. He began searching for people from all around the world with incredible talents. The circus currently has performers from at least 24 different countries around the world. It is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

WCHK (AM)

For the FM station in Green Bay-Appleton, Wisconsin, please see WKZG. For the Atlanta, Georgia-area FM stations that previously had this call sign, please see WRDA (FM) and WNSY.

WCHK AM 1290 is a radio station broadcasting a Latin pop format. Licensed to serve Canton, Georgia, its broadcast callsign stands for Cherokee, the county of which Canton is the seat of government, largest city, and geographic center. The station is currently owned by Davis Broadcasting of Atlanta, L.L.C.

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