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    Quote Originally Posted by thegrhof View Post
    In 2008 Mike Kavanagh passed away and left the original WSBHISTORY.COM website to the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame for preservation and maintenance. Mike was one of our founding board members. He is a 2009 Legacy inductee. We partnered with the Georgia State University Library's Special Collections department to merge their vast holdings with everything Mike passed on to us. The result is here . It is a work in progress as we have hundreds of artifacts and memorabilia which are being cataloged. Slowly but surely the never before see material is being posted, however, all the archives are available for researchers and families of former and present WSB employees. There is also a large amount of material on our website under Georgia Stations/Atlanta
    Thanks for "adopting" Mike's old site and updating it. I have enjoyed reading the histories of many of the stations I grew up with as a Georgia native. I appreciate all the work your organization does to honor, and appreciate Georgia radio stations and personalities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidEduardo View Post


    Here is a link to the history of the station's first 50 years:

    WSB 50th Anniversary
    That was interesting. I particularly liked the picture of the WSB truck that listed WSB's three media:

    WSB
    TV - CHANNEL 8
    AM - 750 KC
    FM - CHANNEL 283 (that was 104.5).

    Never knew that FM ever used the channel numbers as a public dial location (vs. technical and legal uses like by the FCC for translator call signs).
    "When broadcasting over the radio, there are certain words we must omit.
    Like 'BEEP' and 'BUZZ' and 'GOBBLE-GOBBLE', by gosh we can't even say shhhhhaving cream!"

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    The STL tower behind the WSB broadcast complex once held the antennas for channel 8 and 104.5, the original WSB-FM.

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    Ch8 was the old WCON...

    that later became WXIA. When the Atlanta Journal and the Atlanta Constitution newspapers merged, one of the TV's had to be sold off. It later moved to Ch11 and ch 8 was reallocated to public broadcasting. Thats the story as I heard it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kf4rca View Post
    that later became WXIA. When the Atlanta Journal and the Atlanta Constitution newspapers merged, one of the TV's had to be sold off. It later moved to Ch11 and ch 8 was reallocated to public broadcasting. Thats the story as I heard it.
    Picking a nit...

    WXIA was never channel 8. But the station that became WXIA (after stints as WQXI-TV, WAII, and WLWA, better known as Crosley's WLW-A to tip the hat to The Big One) was channel 8. I think it moved from 8 to 11 in the Crosley era.

    It moved due to interference with WROM Channel 9 in Rome, which later moved to Chattanooga.
    "When broadcasting over the radio, there are certain words we must omit.
    Like 'BEEP' and 'BUZZ' and 'GOBBLE-GOBBLE', by gosh we can't even say shhhhhaving cream!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabba17 View Post
    Picking a nit...
    OK, let’s get this right….

    • WSB (Atlanta Journal) signed on 9/29/48 on channel 8.
    • WCON (Atlanta Constitution) had a CP for channel 2, but never hit the air because the newspapers merged in 1950.
    • WSB then chose to move to channel 2 in 1951.
    • Then, on 9/30/51, channel 8 signed on again as WLTV.
    • In 1953, WLTV changed to WLWA.
    • Also, in 1953, WROM signed on in Rome as channel 9 and mostly covered the Chattanooga market.
    • Channels 8 and 9 caused interference with each other, so to over-compensate, the FCC, in 1953, moved WLWA to channel 11 and reduced WROM’s power – declaring Rome (and all North Georgia) to be part of the Atlanta market.
    • As a result, WROM lost its network affiliation(s), tried being independent, went dark in 1957, moved to Chattanooga, and signed on again 2/11/58 as WTVC/channel 9 (ABC). This solved a problem with channel 9 in Columbus and opened up the channel 8 allocation in North Georgia.
    • WLWA became WAII, then WQXI, then WXIA – all on channel 11.
    • On 5/23/60, WGTV in Athens signed on the air on channel 8.

    Oh, yeah … WXIA swapped network affiliations with WSB in 1980 and moved into the WATL (channel 36) studios in 2008. Channel 36 was WQXI in 1954-55.

    Gotta love the Atlanta market.

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    Which one carried the Dumont network-the original 4th network?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kf4rca View Post
    Which one carried the Dumont network-the original 4th network?
    WAGA Channel 5 was a part-time DuMont affiliate. It was also a part-time ABC affiliate until WLTV hit the air.

    Interesting because many of the old DuMont affiliates later picked up Fox (although WAGA switched from CBS to Fox when and because it became a Fox O&O).

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WAGA-TV
    "When broadcasting over the radio, there are certain words we must omit.
    Like 'BEEP' and 'BUZZ' and 'GOBBLE-GOBBLE', by gosh we can't even say shhhhhaving cream!"

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    Dumont was absorbed into the ABC network. Dumont was most famous for sports and game shows.

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    "Trusty",
    Did you mean 64-65 for WQXI-TV? And what was the original call for Channel 46?
    WGAU (Athens) 1965-1968 / WDOL (Athens) 1971 / Radio Dramatist

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