Station History

WXIA-TV Station

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 and USA WEEKEND, a newspaper magazine, and is the USA's largest newspaper group in terms of circulation.

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.

  • WXIA-TV, Atlanta
  • WATL-TV, Atlanta
  • 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
  • USA Today

  • The Montgomery Advertiser

  • The Arizona Republic, Phoenix
  • Tucson Citizen

  • The Baxter Bulletin

  • The Desert Sun, Palm Springs
  • The Salinas Californian
  • Tulare Advance-Register
  • Visalia Times-Delta

  • Fort Collins Coloradoan

  • The News Journal, Wilmington

  • FLORIDA TODAY, Brevard County
  • The News-Press, Fort Myers
  • Pensacola News Journal
  • Tallahassee Democrat

  • Pacific Daily News, Hagatna

  • The Indianapolis Star
  • Journal and Courier, Lafayette
  • The Star Press, Muncie
  • Palladium-Item, Richmond

  • 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

  • Hattiesburg American
  • The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson

  • Springfield News-Leader

  • Great Falls Tribune

  • Reno Gazette-Journal

    New Jersey
  • Asbury Park Press
  • Courier News, Bridgewater
  • Courier-Post, Cherry Hill
  • Home News Tribune, East Brunswick
  • Daily Record, Morristown
  • The Daily Journal, Vineland

    New York
  • Press & Sun-Bulletin, Binghamton
  • Star-Gazette, Elmira
  • The Ithaca Journal
  • Poughkeepsie Journal
  • Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
  • The Journal News, Westchester County

    North Carolina
  • Asheville Citizen-Times

  • Newspaper Network of Central Ohio
  • Telegraph-Forum, Bucyrus
  • Chillicothe Gazette
  • The Cincinnati Enquirer
  • Coshocton Tribune
  • The News-Messenger, Fremont
  • Lancaster Eagle-Gazette
  • News Journal, Mansfield
  • The Marion Star
  • The Advocate, Newark
  • News Herald, Port Clinton
  • Times Recorder, Zanesville

  • Statesman Journal, Salem

    South Carolina
  • The Greenville News

    South Dakota
  • 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
  • Marshfield News-Herald
  • Oshkosh Northwestern
  • The Sheboygan Press
  • Stevens Point Journal
  • Wausau Daily Herald
  • The Daily Tribune, Wisconsin Rapids

    Army Times Publishing Company
  • Army Times
  • Armed Forces Journal
  • Navy Times
  • Marine Corps Times
  • Air Force Times
  • Federal Times
  • Defense News
  • Military City


  • Newsquest Media Group