1951 - On the Air
WXIA-TV's history dates back to 1951 when the station signed on the air as an
ABC affiliate. Twenty-nine years later, in September 1980, Channel 11 joined NBC.
Early in its history, the station was known as WLWA-TV
and operated under the ownership of Crosley Broadcasting. Known from the start as a
station with a strong interest in local, live programming, the station was purchased in
1962 by Richard Fairbanks of Indianapolis and officially became WAII-TV, The Eyes of
Atlanta. In 1963 WAII-TV introduced News Watch and brought the first woman weather
forecaster, Eleanor Knight, to the airwaves, followed by Linda Faye in 1964. Three years
later in March of 1967, WAII-TV began broadcasting the news with its first color camera.
1968 - A New Beginning
In 1968 WAII was sold to Pacific & Southern
Broadcasting and Channel 11 became known as WQXI-TV until 1974 when the station became
WXIA-TV. Two years later, the station adopted the 11Alive name.
1979 - A Change in Ownership
Ownership of WXIA-TV changed again in 1979 when
Combined Communications Corporation signed a deal with the Gannett Company to become one
of the largest mergers in media history. WXIA-TV, 11Alive is today still owned by Gannett
Broadcasting, which consists of more than 20 television stations covering more than 17 percent of the USA
and cable television systems in major U.S. markets. In addition to its broadcast
operations, Gannett publishes more than 75 daily newspapers including USA TODAY
, a newspaper magazine, and is the USA's largest newspaper group in terms of
In 1996, WXIA-TV was the NBC flagship station of the Atlanta Summer Olympics.
Included among the many personalities to work at WXIA-TV over the years were NBC's Stone Phillips and actor Dick Van Dyke. Van Dyke worked as an announcer and audioman. Allegedly, Phillips was discovered waiting tables at an Atlanta restaurant by a station executive. The "Dateline" anchor went directly from his summer job to the 11Alive newsroom.
11Alive currently employs more than 200
men and women in the areas of news, engineering, production, promotion, accounting, sales,
programming, web design and development, and administrative support. WXIA-DT went on the air October 1998.
In 2006, 11Alive became Atlanta's first station to broadcast all local news programs in high definition.
Also in 2006, Gannett Broadcasting acquired WATL-TV (Channel 36), and WATL became an affiliate of MyNetworkTV. WATL-TV broadcasts in the digital and HD spectra.
Gannett Television Stations on the Web
Gannett Broadcasting consists of more than 20 television stations reaching more than 17 percent of the U.S. television market.
WLBZ-TV, Bangor, Maine
WGRZ-TV, Buffalo, N.Y.
WKYC-TV, Cleveland, Ohio
WLTX-TV, Columbia, S.C.
KUSA-TV, Denver, Colo.
WZZM-TV, Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, Mich.
WFMY-TV, Greensboro, N.C.
WTLV-TV, Jacksonville, Fla.
WJXX-TV, Jacksonville, Fla.
WBIR-TV, Knoxville, Tenn.
KTHV-TV, Little Rock, Ark.
WMAZ-TV, Macon, Ga.
KARE-TV, Minneapolis-St. Paul
KPNX-TV, Phoenix, Ariz.
WCSH-TV, Portland, Maine
KXTV-TV, Sacramento, Calif.
KSDK-TV, St. Louis, Mo.
WTSP-TV, Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla.
WUSA-TV, Washington, D.C.
Gannett Newspapers on the Web
The Montgomery Advertiser
The Arizona Republic, Phoenix
The Baxter Bulletin
The Desert Sun, Palm Springs
The Salinas Californian
Fort Collins Coloradoan
The News Journal, Wilmington
FLORIDA TODAY, Brevard County
The News-Press, Fort Myers
Pensacola News Journal
Pacific Daily News, Hagatna
The Indianapolis Star
Journal and Courier, Lafayette
The Star Press, Muncie
The Des Moines Register
Iowa City Press-Citizen
The Courier-Journal, Louisville
Kentucky Enquirer, Fort Mitchell
The Town Talk, Alexandria
The Daily Advertiser, Lafayette
The News-Star, Monroe
Daily World, Opelousas
The Times, Shreveport
The Daily Times, Salisbury
Battle Creek Enquirer
The Detroit Free Press
Lansing State Journal
Times Herald, Port Huron
St. Cloud Times
The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson
Great Falls Tribune
Asbury Park Press
Courier News, Bridgewater
Courier-Post, Cherry Hill
Home News Tribune, East Brunswick
Daily Record, Morristown
The Daily Journal, Vineland
Press & Sun-Bulletin, Binghamton
The Ithaca Journal
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
The Journal News, Westchester County
Newspaper Network of Central Ohio
The Cincinnati Enquirer
The News-Messenger, Fremont
News Journal, Mansfield
The Marion Star
The Advocate, Newark
News Herald, Port Clinton
Times Recorder, Zanesville
Statesman Journal, Salem
The Greenville News
Argus Leader, Sioux Falls
The Daily News Journal, Murfreesboro
The Leaf-Chronicle, Clarksville
The Jackson Sun
The Tennessean, Nashville
The Spectrum, St. George
The Burlington Free Press
The Daily News Leader, Staunton
The Bellingham Herald
The Olympian, Olympia
The Post-Crescent, Appleton
The Reporter, Fond du Lac
Green Bay Press-Gazette
Herald Times Reporter, Manitowoc
The Sheboygan Press
Stevens Point Journal
Wausau Daily Herald
The Daily Tribune, Wisconsin
Army Times Publishing Company
Armed Forces Journal
Marine Corps Times
Air Force Times
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