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WBRC, virtual channel 6, is the Fox-affiliated television station serving the Birmingham, Alabama designated market area. The station is owned by Raycom Media, and its transmitter is located atop Red Mountain in Birmingham. The station broadcasts on digital channel 50, although through the use of PSIP technology, the station's virtual channel number appears as 6.1.

WBRC
WBRC
Birmingham, Alabama
Branding Fox 6 (general)

Fox 6 News (newscasts)

Slogan On Your Side
Channels Digital: 50 (UHF) Virtual: 6 (PSIP)
Subchannels 6.1 Fox
Owner Raycom Media, Inc.

(WBRC License Subsidiary, LLC)

First air date July 1, 1949
Call letters' meaning Bell Radio Company(original owner of WBRC radio)
Former channel number(s) Analog:

4 (1949-1953) 6 (1953-2009)

Former affiliations NBC (1949-1954) CBS (1954-1961) ABC (1949-1996; secondary until 1961) DuMont (secondary, 1949-1953)
Transmitter power 1000 kW (digital)
Height 373 m (digital)
Facility ID 71221
Transmitter coordinates 33°29′21.2″N86°47′56.1″W
Website www.myfoxal.com/

WBRC is a more news-intensive Fox station with 45 hours a week of locally-produced newscasts, as well as first-run prime time, sports and Saturday late night programming from Fox. WBRC also runs off-network syndicated sitcoms, talk shows, reality shows and court shows.

HistoryEdit

Early historyEdit

WBRC-TV began operation on July 1, 1949, on channel 4.[1] It was a primary NBC affiliate, and also carried secondary affiliations with ABC and DuMont. It was Alabama's second television station, signing on a few months after WAFM-TV (channel 13, now WVTM-TV). During the late 1950s, the station was also briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network.[2]

At its outset, WBRC-TV was owned by Eloise D. Hanna and her Birmingham Broadcasting Company along with WBRC radio (960 AM). The station's call letters stand for Bell RadioCompany, after J.C. Bell, the founder of WBRC radio.[3] In 1953, WBRC-TV was moved to channel 6 as part of an FCC-ordered frequency realignment. This move was made in order for WBRC-TV to avoid interference with WSM-TV (now WSMV) in Nashville, which also operated on channel 4; the two stations' respective signals suffered from interference problems in northern Alabama.

Later on in 1953, Eloise Hanna also sold the WBRC stations to Storer Broadcasting. George B. Storer, the company's founder and chairman, was a member of the CBS board of directors, and most of his stations operated as CBS affiliates. Storer may have used his leverage to secure a primary CBS affiliation for WBRC-TV in 1954. The NBC affiliation moved to channel 13, then known as WABT, and both stations retained a secondary affiliation with ABC. Also in 1954, the WBRC stations moved to a new studio built by Storer, where channel 6 remains today. The studio, like many of those built by Storer, resembled an antebellum mansion. Unusually for commercial broadcasters, Storer supported educational television, and the company gave two transmitters and frequencies in the general Birmingham area (channels 7 and 10) to Alabama Educational Television.

In 1957, Storer sold the WBRC stations to Taft Broadcasting. Storer had to sell its Birmingham cluster after it purchased WIBG in Philadelphia and WPFH in Wilmington, Delaware in order to comply with the Federal Communications Commission's ownership limits in effect at the time.

In 1961, WBRC took the ABC affiliation full-time, leaving channel 13 (by then known as WAPI-TV) to share CBS and NBC. This was very unusual for a market with only two commercial stations. Usually, one or both stations carried ABC as a secondary affiliation, since ABC would not be on anything resembling an equal footing with CBS and NBC until the 1970s. However, Taft had very good relations with ABC. Most of Taft's TV stations were ABC affiliates, including its flagship station, WKRC-TV in Cincinnati, which was one of ABC's strongest affiliates. Also, Taft's chairman was a personal friend of the ABC president Leonard Goldenson. Taft later bought ABC's former syndication arm, Worldvision Enterprises, in 1979 (ABC spun off this division in 1973 as a result of fin-syn laws that are now repealed).

Another factor, though supposedly not as important as the Taft-Goldenson relationship, was CBS News' apparent strong support of the Civil Rights Movement, which did not sit well with a large segment of WBRC's audience. ABC had very few full-time affiliates south of Washington, D.C. at the time, but now it had the full benefit of one of the South's strongest signals, best antenna locations, and largest coverage areas.

In 1972, Taft sold WBRC-AM-FM, which changed their call letters to WERC-AM-FM. That AM radio station is now WVVB while the FM station is now WBPT. WBRC was one of ABC's strongest affiliates for years. For a time, it lodged the ABC dot logo inside its own "6" logo (just as it had done with the CBS eye in the 1950s).

In late 1987, Taft was restructured into Great American Broadcasting after a hostile takeover. In December 1993, Great American Broadcasting was restructured again after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and became known as Citicasters. Citicasters then decided to put most of its television stations up for sale.

As a Fox stationEdit

In early 1994, Citicasters agreed to sell four of its stations to New World Communications -- WBRC, WDAF-TV in Kansas City, KSAZ-TV in Phoenix and WGHP in High Point, North Carolina. However, a month before, New World agreed to buy four stations owned by Argyle Communications, including Birmingham's WVTM (although the transfer/assignment applications of the Argyle stations were not filed with the FCC until after New World's purchases of the Citicasters stations were already completed). FCC rules at the time dictated that one company could not own two stations in the same market. In addition, the acquisitions put New World three television stations over the FCC-mandated 12-station limit in effect at the time.

In May 1994, New World agreed to affiliate all of its stations with Fox except for WVTM and KNSD in San Diego which remained affiliated with NBC; this pair was subsequently purchased by that network. Also, WSBK-TV in Boston was left out of the New World–Fox affiliation deal; it remained an independent station and was subsequently sold to the Paramount Stations Group. New World closed on its purchases of WDAF, KSAZ and WGHP on September 9, 1994 followed by WBRC on October 12. On January 19, 1995, while awaiting for the Argyle acquisition to be approved by the FCC, New World announced that it would sell WBRC and WGHP directly to Fox and simultaneously assumed control of the Argyle stations through time brokerage agreements.

Less than three months later, at the end of March 1995, New World completed the placement of WBRC and WGHP into a trust company formed for the sole purpose of selling the two stations to Fox. This transfer allowed New World to finally close on the Argyle acquisition on April 14. Fox assumed control of WBRC and WGHP in September 1995 through local marketing agreements, and closed on the purchase on January 17, 1996 (a year later, most of the other New World stations were reunited with WBRC and WGHP when Fox bought out New World; by that time, the FCC had loosened most restrictions on television station ownership). Since WBRC's affiliation agreement with ABC did not expire until September 1996, Fox had to run WBRC as an ABC affiliate for over a year. This also gave ABC time to find another affiliate to serve central Alabama.

WBRC was originally going to run Fox Kids in the 1 to 4 p.m. slot, but once it was determined that soon to be former Fox affiliate WTTO (channel 21) would be left an independent, it opted to let WTTO keep the Fox Kids programming. As a Fox affiliate, WBRC has aired only the prime-time and weekend sports programming of the Fox network. Even in 1999 when WTTO dropped Fox Kids, WBRC still did not pick it up. Fox offered a Saturday Morning kids lineup programmed by 4Kids Entertainment until the programming block (FoxBox/4Kids TV) went off the air on December 27, 2008; WBRC never picked it up. 4Kids TV has since been succeeded by the new Weekend Marketplace infomercial block, but WBRC still declined to pick it up (it currently airs on MyNetworkTV affiliate WABM). Since the affiliation switch, the station has been known as Fox 6. After formally joining Fox, the station added an hour-long 9 p.m. newscast, in addition to its half-hour 10 p.m. newscast.

WBRC is one of only a few stations in the country to have had primary affiliations with all of the Big Three networks, and the only one in the country to have had primary affiliations with all four current major networks. The station was also one of the first Fox O&O's to launch a website with the MyFox interface, which features video, more detailed news, and a consistent interface that was featured on virtually all Fox O&O station websites until late January and early February 2009 when the Fox O&O station websites (still using their existing MyFoxaddresses and branding) were redesigned to use a less-flashy design very similar to those of the websites of television stations owned by the LIN TV Corporation (which are also operated by Fox Interactive Media).

When Media General completed its acquisition of WVTM from NBC on June 26, 2006, WBRC became the only network O&O in the Birmingham/Tuscaloosa/Anniston market. However, on December 22, 2007, Fox announced that it had entered into an agreement to sell WBRC and seven other Fox O&O stations[4] to Oak Hill Capital Partners' Local TV, which was built around the former television division ofThe New York Times Company. The sale of the station to Local TV became official on Monday, July 14, 2008.

On January 6, 2009, Local TV announced that it would be swapping WBRC to Raycom Media in exchange for that company's WTVR-TV in Richmond, Virginia. [5] Raycom is headquartered in Montgomery, the market just to the south of Birmingham, and also owns that market's NBC affiliate WSFA as well as WAFF, the NBC affiliate in Huntsville, the market just to the north of Birmingham. The transfer closed on March 31, 2009 [6].

In late January 2009, most of the former Fox O&Os now owned by Local TV migrated their websites to the Tribune Interactive platform. This was a result of the broadcast management agreement between Local TV and Tribune Broadcasting which was announced in late 2007 and officially launched in mid-2008. However, WBRC's website remained in the MyFox format with a design nearly identical to the recently redesigned websites of Fox O&Os until late June 2009 when the site (still using its MyFox address) was relaunched through Raycom's interactive partner WorldNow.

ProgrammingEdit

Like many network affiliates, WBRC-TV would pre-empt ABC programming occasionally or regularly, in some cases. For example, the station initially turned down the sitcom Bewitched, not because it concerned witchcraft, but because it concerned a mixed marriage (between a witch and a mortal); there were fears that Bewitched would encourage what some segregationists referred to as "cross-breeding". WBRC only started to clear Bewitched in 1967.

Soon after WBRC switched to Fox, it ceased production and broadcasting of local segments of the United Cerebral Palsy Telethon; WBRC was the first station to broadcast the telethon starting back in the 1940s. National celebrities would fly in to appear on this telethon and it was from WBRC that it moved to national prominence. Even in its waning moments at WBRC, the UCP Telethon would air locally produced mini-documentaries from WBRC (produced by Randy Mize and Tom Stovall).

WBRC produces a weekly Law advice program, "FOX6 WBRC Law Call". The program is a call in format, in which viewers phone in and ask legal advice from a legal panel (usually personal injury attorneys). It is hosted by former WBRC reporter Tiffany Bittner. It airs live on Sunday nights after the station's 10 o'clock newscast.

News operationEdit

WBRC broadcasts a total of 45½ hours of local news a week (7½ hours on weekdays, 3½ hours on Saturdays and 4½ hours on Sundays), more than any other television station in the state of Alabama.

After WBRC became a Fox affiliate in 1996, the station has placed more emphasis on its newscasts, maintaining a newscast schedule very similar to a ABC, CBS or NBC affiliate, along with additional 7-9 a.m. and 5:30-6 p.m. newscasts, and what was at first a 30-minute primetime 9 p.m. newscast. The 9 p.m. newscast was expanded to a full hour by 1999. The station is one of a steadily growing number of Fox stations with a newscast in the traditional late news timeslot (at 10 p.m. Central time, in WBRC's case; and one of the few Fox stations running a 10 p.m. (or 11 p.m.) newscast seven nights a week), in addition to the primetime (9 p.m.) newscast, along with one of the few to continue their Big Three-era 10 p.m. newscast after the affiliation switch.

On October 26, 2009 WBRC began broadcasting its local newscasts in High Definition, making WBRC the third television station in the entire state of Alabama—and the second station in the Birmingham-Tuscaloosa-Anniston market after WVTM-TV—to do so. The news set and the graphics were also redesigned in the transition to HD.

ControversyEdit

David Neal lawsuitEdit

In May 2008, former chief meteorologist and Gadsden native David Neal filed a breach-of-contract and fraud lawsuit against the station and members of the management team. According to lawsuit filings, Neal was fired in March. The station had taken him off the air without explanation the previous month.[7] The station denied wrongdoing, and began defending the lawsuit.[8] In July 2008, the station announced that Neal's permanent replacement would be James-Paul Dice, formerly of WHNT-TV, the CBS affiliate in Huntsville, Alabama.[9] On July 29, 2008, the parties to the lawsuit filed a stipulation of dismissal, stating that the dispute had been resolved in mediation. Terms of the settlement were not immediately disclosed.[10]

RatingsEdit

For most of the last decade, FOX6 News at 9:00 has been one of the highest-rated primetime newscasts in the country.[citation needed] It also airs 43 hours of locally produced news programming per week, the most in the market. It has been the ratings leader in the market for most of the last quarter-century, dating to its time with ABC.

Raycom News Network/Raycom Weather NetworkEdit

WBRC is part of the Raycom News Network, a system designed to rapidly share information among Raycom's widespread group of television stations and websites. A regional network has developed among Columbus/Phenix City ABC affiliate WTVM (channel 9), Montgomery NBC affiliate WSFA (channel 12) and Huntsville NBC affiliate WAFF (channel 48) in which stations share information, equipment such as satellite trucks or even reporters' stories. Between them, these four stations cover the state of Alabama. The four stations also comprise the Raycom Weather Network and the Raycom Alabama Weather Blog, where meteorologists from all four stations post forecasts and storm reports, as well as live feeds from all of the cameras that the four stations operate. The site also has live feeds of "TrueView Doppler 9" (WTVM), "Doppler 12 StormVision" (WSFA), "FOX 6 VIPIR" (WBRC) and "Live Doppler 48" (WAFF).

NewscastsEdit

Weekdays

  • Good Day Alabama - 4:30-9 a.m.
  • Fox 6 News at Noon - 12-1 p.m.
  • Fox 6 News at 5 - 5-5:30 p.m.
  • Fox 6 News at 5:30 - 5-5:30 p.m.
  • Fox 6 News at 6 - 6-6:30 p.m.
  • Fox 6 News at 9 - 9-10 p.m.
  • Fox 6 News at 10 - 10-10:35 p.m.

Saturdays

  • Fox 6 News Saturday Morning - 7-8:30 a.m.
  • Fox 6 News at 9 - 9-10 p.m.
  • Fox 6 News at 10 - 10-10:30 p.m.

Sundays

  • Fox 6 News Sunday Morning - 7-9 a.m.
  • Fox 6 News at 9 - 9-10 p.m.
  • Fox 6 News at 10 - 10-10:30 p.m.

News/station presentationEdit

Newscast titlesEdit

  • Your Esso Reporter (1949–1953)
  • Alabama Newsreel (1953–1960)
  • The Alabama Report (1960–1964)
  • TV-6 News (1964–1976)
  • Total News (1976–1981)
  • Channel 6 News (1981–1983 and 1989–1996; presented on-air as "6 24 Hour News" from the early 1990s-1996)[11]
  • Channel 6 News Live At Five (5pm Newscast; 1989-1992)
  • Channel 6 News The Alabama Evening News (6pm Newscast; 1989-1992)
  • Nightcast (10pm Newscast; 1983-1992)
  • BRC-6 News (1983–1989)
  • Fox 6 News (1996–present)[12

Station slogansEdit

  • Let's Get Together on TV-6 (1970-1971; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • This is The Place to Be on TV-6 (1971-1974; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • Hello Central Alabama, Hello TV-6 (1974-1975; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • Welcome to the Bright New World on TV-6 (1975-1976; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • Let Us Be The One on TV-6 (1976-1977; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • We're Still Having Fun, TV-6's The One (1977-1978; 1979-1980; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • We're the One, You Can Turn to TV-6 (1978-1979; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • You're On Top Of It All (1979-1981)
  • You and Me and TV-6 (1980-1981; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • Now is the Time, Channel 6 is the Place (1981-1982; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • Movin' Ahead (1981-1983)
  • Come on Along with Channel 6 (1982-1983; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • That Special Feeling on BRC-6 (1983-1984; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • The Station You've Grown To Trust (1983-1986)
  • We're With You on BRC-6 (1984-1985; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • You'll Love It on BRC-6 (1985-1986; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • Alabama's Great! (1985-1989; used during period station used Frank Gari's "Turn to News")
  • Together on Channel 6 (1986-1987; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • The Beat Belongs to 6 (1987-1989)
  • Something's Happening on Channel 6 (1987-1990; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • Making A Difference/Alabama's #1 Source for News Live(1989-1991)
  • Alabama's First News/Alabama's NewsChannel/Alabama's First Team (1989-1992)
  • Alabama's Watching Channel 6 (1990-1992; localized version of "America's Watching ABC" ad campaign)
  • Your 24-Hour News Source (1991-1994)
  • If It's Alabama, It Must Be Channel 6 (1992-1993; localized version of "It Must Be ABC" ad campaign)
  • Watched By More Central Alabama, Channel 6, ABC (1993-1996; localized version of ABC ad campaign; before switching to Fox in September 1996)
  • Your 24-Hour News Team (1994-1996)
  • Gotta Be Gotta Be Channel 6 News (1994-1996)
  • On Your Side (1995-1996 and 2009-present)
  • Non-Stop Fox 6 (1996-1997; localized version of Fox ad campaign)
  • Alabama's 24-Hour News Team (1996-1998)
  • Gotta Be Gotta Be Fox 6 News (1996-2006)
  • Just One Alabama...Just One Fox...Fox 6 (1997-2002; localized version of Fox ad campaign)
  • Coverage You Can Count On (1998-2006)
  • First on Fox 6 (2006-2007; localized version of Fox ad campaign)
  • The Most Powerful Name in Local News (2006-2009)
  • So Fox 6 (2009-present; localized version of Fox ad campaign)
  • Gotta Be Gotta Be Fox 6 News On Your Side (2010-present)

News Music PackagesEdit

Notable on-air staffEdit

Current on-air staff[13]Edit

Current anchors


  • Karen Church - weekend mornings, and weekend evenings at 9 and 10 p.m.
  • Steve Crocker - weeknights at at 6 and 9 p.m.
  • Janet Hall - weeknights at at 5, 5:30 and 6 p.m.
  • Rick Journey - weekday mornings Good Day Alabama (7-9 a.m.)
  • Janice Rogers - weekday mornings Good Day Alabama (4:30-7 a.m.) and noon
  • Scott Richards - weeknights at 5, 5:30 and 10 p.m.
  • Beth Shelburne - weeknights at at 9 and 10 p.m.
  • Sarah Verser - weekday mornings Good Day Alabama (7-9 a.m.)

FOX6 StormWarn Weather Team


  • James-Paul Dice (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist and NWA Seals of Approval) - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 5:30, 6, 9 and 10 p.m.
  • Mickey Ferguson - weather anchor; weekday mornings Good Day Alabama and noon
  • Fred Hunter - (NWA Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekends at 9 and 10 p.m., also "Absolutely Alabama" feature reporter
  • Wes Wyatt - (AMS and NWA Seals of Approval) - meteorologist; weekend mornings
  • Dennis Washington - meteorologist; fill-in

Sports team


  • Rick Karle - sports director; weeknights at 5, 6, 9 and 10 p.m.
  • Sheldon Haygood - sports anchor; weekends at 9 and 10 p.m.
  • Jeh Jeh Pruitt - sports anchor; weekdays at noon
  • Mike Dubberly - sports reporter

Reporters


  • Arielle Clay - general assignment reporter
  • Alan Collins - general assignment reporter
  • Jonathan Hardison - nightside reporter
  • Sherea Harris - general assignment reporter
  • Dixon Hayes - Anniston bureau videojournalist
  • Katie Herrea - Gadsden bureau videojournalist
  • Emily Luxen - general assignment reporter; also fill-in anchor
  • Doug Luzader - FOX News Washington D.C. correspondent
  • Melanie Posey - general assignment reporter
  • Max Reiss - Raycom political reporter (based out of WSFA in Montgomery)
  • Kelvin Reynolds - Tuscaloosa bureau reporter
  • Ronda Robinson - "FOX6 On Your Side" investigative reporter

Former on-air staffEdit

Notable former on-air staffEdit

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  • Brooke Allen - traffic reporter (2008-2009)
  • Joe Aloia - general reporter (1969-1982; deceased)
  • Christie Del Amo (Johnson) - anchor (2005-2009)
  • Colleen Bates - weekday weather reporter (1980-1985)
  • Frank Billingsley - weekend meteorologist (1985-1988; now meteorologist at KPRC-TV in Houston, TX)
  • Tiffany Bittner - weekday evening anchor (2004-2009; now host "FOX 6 Law Call")
  • Bill Bolen – anchor (1969–2010; retired)
  • Dave Bondy – reporter (2001-2010; now at WPXI in Pittsburgh)
  • Mary Brown - weekend evenings meteorologist (1983-1985; deceased)
  • "Country Boy" Eddie Burns - host of longest produced program for local country music talent, The "Country Boy" Eddie Show (1957-1993; retired)
  • Bruce Burkhardt - general assignment reporter (1970s-1980s; deceased)
  • Shane Butler - weekend evening meteorologist (1993-1996; now at WRDW-TV in Augusta, Georgia)
  • Wynette Byrd (Tammy Wynette) – was a regular performer on WBRC's Country Boy Eddie Show, prior to her move to Nashville (deceased)
  • Benny Carle - did various Children's TV shows in Birmingham TV market from 1949-1964 (retired)(site below)
  • John Carroll - meteorologist (1996–1999; currently at KREX-TV in Grand Junction, CO)
  • Dan Cates - Assistant Promotions Director and Bureau Chief (1984-1993; now at WSPA-TV in Greenville, South Carolina)
  • Michele Cimino - reporter/meteorologist (1997-2001; last at WKMG-TV in Orlando, FL)
  • Bruce Cunningham - sports director (1985-1989; now at WBFF-TV in Baltimore)
  • Brian Curtis - weekend news anchor reporter (1993-1995; now at KXAS-TV in Dallas, Texas)
  • Chris Davis - weekend meteorologist (2002-2005)
  • Terri Denard - weekend anchor reporter (1982–1993; now at University of Alabama)
  • Jason Dennis - reporter (2002-2008; currently news anchor at WXTX-TV in Columbus, GA)
  • Michael Douglas - morning reporter; consumer reporter/producer (1996-1998; retired)
  • Jonathan Elias - reporter (1988-1991; now at WBZ-TV in Boston)
  • Fannie Flagg – co-host of The Morning Show (1960s)
  • Art Franklin - weekend news anchor weekday evenings news anchor (1991-2003; retired from WAGA-TV in 2008)
  • Pat Gray - weather reporter (1970s retired)
  • Ron Grillo - weekend sports anchor/fill-in anchor reporter (1971–1994)
  • Eli Gold – sports anchor (1987-1989; currently the voice of University of Alabama football & hosts the weekly NASCAR Live radio call in show on MRN)
  • Cynthia Gould - weekend news anchor (2001-2006; currently weekend news anchor at WIAT)
  • Donna Hamilton - weekday weather reporter (1977-1980; now at WBAL-TV in Baltimore)
  • Taylor Henry - Tuscaloosa Bureau chief/reporter (1997-2004)
  • Michael Hill - anchor/reporter (1981-1992; now in the process of putting together a new media company.)
  • Mike Hogewood – sports anchor (1981-1986 currently lead broadcaster for the Atlantic Coast Conference)
  • Michael Jones - fill-in anchor/reporter (1983-1994)
  • Rick Journey - weekend anchor, weekdays morning anchor, and Tuscaloosa reporter (1992–2012)
  • Ted Klimasewski ("Dr. Ted K") - meteorologist (1988-1990, 1999; currently a fill-in meteorologist at WEAC-CD)
  • Jason Kelley - weekend weather meteorologist (2009-2010)
  • Brenda Ladun - Anchor and "Six on Your Side" reporter (1987–1996; now at WBMA/WCFT/WJSU)
  • Larry Langford – reporter (1970s; former mayor of Birmingham)
  • Joe Langston – anchor (1955-1981 and 1982-1987; retired)
  • Andrea Lindenburg - weekend anchor, later weekday evening anchor (1993-2004; last at WVTM-TV)
  • Andrew Love - weekend anchor - (1960s-1981; deceased)
  • Scott Lukich - sports anchor/reporter (1978-1986)
  • Emily Luxen - reporter and fill-in anchor (2007-2011; now at WTVF in Nashville)
  • Harry Mabry – anchor (1960s-1970s; deceased)
  • Brandy Malone - general traffic reporter (2005-2008; last at WZTV in Nashville)
  • Rebekah Caldwell Mason - general assignment reporter (1995-2000)
  • Linda Mays - daybreak and noon anchor (1988-1996; now at WBMA/WCFT/WJSU)
  • Pat McReynolds - weekend anchor and "Good Day Alabama" morning anchor (1995-2000; now at KPHO-TV in Phoenix, Arizona)
  • Bev Montgomery - weekday evenings anchor (1980-1987)
  • Chris Montana - "That's Life" general assignment reporter (2004-2007)
  • Lee Naves - reporter (1974-1985; deceased)
  • David Neal - weekday evenings meteorologist (1996-2008; now the husband of former WVTM-TV news anchor Andrea Lindenburg)
  • Frank O'Neil - weather reporter (1986-1989; currently married to news anchor Janet Hall)
  • Kerry Nivens - sports reporter (1980-1988; now a photographer of WBRC)
  • Ashley Nix - general assignment reporter (2004-2011)
  • Phyllis Oliver - weekend weather reporter (1975-1983)
  • Marty Orgel - general reporter (1973-1980; deceased)
  • Brian Pia - investigative reporter and documentary anchor (1979-1993; now svp & director, Luckie Strategic Public Relations, 5th ranked ad agency-owned PR operation in U.S.)
  • Greg Phillips - "6 on your side" Weekend Anchor/Investigative Reporter (1998-2005)
  • Dave Pylant - meteorologist (1985-1990; currently at KOAM-TV in Pittsburg, Kansas-Joplin, Missouri)
  • Mark Prater - weekday mornings meteorologist (1994-1996; now at WIAT)
  • Nikki Preede (Kimbleton) - anchor/reporter (1997-2002; currently at WJXT in Jacksonville, FL)
  • Cynthia Pryor (Hardy) - general reporter (1980-1991; now at Columbia College in South Carolina)
  • Dave Pylant - weekday mornings meteorologist (1984-1989; now at KOAM-TV in Pittsburg, Kansas)
  • Mike Raita - weekdays sports anchor/fill-in anchor (1989-1995; now at WBMA/WCFT/WJSU)
  • Atticus Rominger - "Six on Your Side" consumer reporter (1999-2006)
  • Mike Royer - weekday evenings weather anchor (1979-1989; now a news anchor at WVTM-TV)
  • Sara Sanders - weekend mornings meteorologist (2008-2009)
  • Lynn Sampson Stephens - "Six on Your Side" and Political reporter (1978-1988)
  • Shelia Smoot - fill-in anchor/"Fox 6 On Your Side" repoter (1997-2001)
  • Steve Sanders - studio floor director (1970-1973; now at WGN-TV in Chicago)
  • Dan Satterfield - weekday mornings/afternoon meteorologist (1990-1994; retired from WHNT-TV in January 2012)
  • Kevin Selle (Kevin Collins) - weekend meteorologist (1990-1993; now at TXCN)
  • Emily Stroud - fill-in anchor (1991-1994 now at WBIR-TV in Knoxville, TN)
  • Laurie Stroud - weekday anchor for "Daybreak" and "Family Healthcast" reporter (1991-1993; last seen on Bill Bolen retirement in 2010)
  • James Spann – meteorologist (1989–1996; now at WBMA/WCFT/WJSU)
  • Marc Teichner - general assignment reporter (1996-1999; now at WAGA-TV in Atlanta)
  • Gil Tyree - weekday evening sports anchor (1985-1989; now at GPTV in Atlanta)
  • Kender Veech - weekday morning anchor (1986-1991)
  • Devon Walsh - weekday evening anchor and "Six Family Health" reporter (2002-2008; now at WKRG-TV in Mobile)
  • Kathy Williams - reporter (1980-1990; deceased)
  • Herb Winches - sports anchor (1976-1985; now at WERC (AM))
  • Sally Wiggin – anchor/reporter (1977–1980; now at WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
  • Dell Witcher - anchor/reporter (1980-1993)
  • Tom York – sports anchor/host of WBRC's long-running The Morning Show (1957-1989; retired)

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LogosEdit

Previous owners of Channel 6Edit

  • 1949–1953: Birmingham Broadcasting Co.
  • 1953–1957: Storer Broadcasting
  • 1957–1987: Taft Broadcasting
  • 1987–1993: Great American Broadcasting
  • 1993–1994: Citicasters
  • 1994–1995: WBRC/WGHP Trust(sale to Fox planned)
  • 1995–2008: FOX Broadcasting
  • 2008–2009: Local TV LLC
  • 2009: Raycom Media

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "WBRC-TV To Debut July 1, First in Ala.". Billboard: 13. 1949-06-11.
  2. ^ "Require Prime Evening Time for NTA Films" ([dead link]). Boxoffice: 13. November 10, 1956.
  3. ^ Nelson, Bob (2008-10-18). "Call Letter Origins". The Broadcast Archive. Retrieved 2008-10-31.
  4. ^ News Corporation
  5. ^ Raycom, Local TV to Swap Stations - 1/6/2009 6:28:00 PM - Broadcasting & Cable
  6. ^ Local TV Closes on WTVR
  7. ^ "Still No Sign of David Neal on Fox 6," The Birmingham News, March 26, 2008, p. 3C
  8. ^ "Meteorologist Sues Fox 6 Over Firing," The Birmingham News, May 13, 2008, p. 1B
  9. ^ "Fox 6 Hires Dice as Chief Meterologist," The Birmingham News, July 19, 2008, p. 2C
  10. ^ Fox 6, David Neal Settle Lawsuit, The Birmingham News, July 30, 2008
  11. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zstVnuzD3N0
  12. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oo5E4S7SfbU
  13. ^ http://www.myfoxal.com/Global/category.asp?C=169485

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