NewsChannel 5 signed
on the air as WLAC-TV in 1954---Nashville's second television station. In 1975, the call letters were changed to WTVF-TV.
August 6, 2004 marked 50 years of excellence for the NewsChannel 5 Network. Here are just a few of the highlights and
milestones through the years:
- The station went on air with call letters
WLAC-TV from its studios at 159 4th Avenue North in downtown Nashville .
- The original owners were T.B. Baker, Jr., Alvin G. Beaman, Jr., and Life and Casualty Insurance
- The station signed on with the first full-height
tower in Tennessee .
August 22, 1954
- WLAC-TV aired its first color telecast when CBS aired The Ed Sullivan Show
on closed circuit.
- The only color telecast
from CBS for many years was the "The Red Skelton Show".
hired the first female weather person in Nashville , Jean Hughes.
- On September 9th, WLAC-TV
was the first Nashville television station to use radar in its weather presentation. This was 14 years before any other station.
The Mid 60's
Rhythm and Blues Show "Night Train" was produced at WLAC-TV. It was a popular entertainment show, showcasing
famous artists that included Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, Gladys Knight, Wilson Pickett, and Otis Redding.
was the first television station to provide statewide live election coverage during a state election.
broadcast the first local news story using color film.
- On September 28th, WLAC-TV moved to its present location at 474 James Robertson
Parkway in downtown Nashville.
- They broadcast
news from their first "news set" at the new location.
- The first locally produced network television program, "The Boots Randolph Show" on ABC,
was videotaped at Channel 5 studios.
- On June 15th, CBS Television bought "Hee Haw", a summer replacement
show for CBS. It was taped at Channel 5 until 1980. The show became a network hit and was a highly successful syndicated program.
hired the first African American sportscaster, Bill Perkins, on Nashville television.
1969 - 1970
originated the concept of Snow Watch for reporting school closings during inclement winter.
hired the first female feature reporter in the Nashville area, Ruth Ann Leach.
hired the first female news co-anchor in the Nashville area, Oprah Winfrey.
[Information and history from newschannel5.com]