|Branding||Nashville's News 2|
|Slogan||First. Fast. Accurate.|
|Channels||Digital: 27 (UHF)
Virtual: 2 (PSIP)
|First air date||November 29, 1953|
|Call letters' meaning||Knight-Ridder Nashville
|Former callsigns||WSIX-TV (1953–1973)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
8 (VHF, 1953–1973)
2 (VHF, 1973–2009)
|Former affiliations||CBS (1953–1954)|
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
|Height||411 metres (1,348 ft)|
WKRN-TV, virtual channel 2 (UHF digital channel 27), is an ABC-affiliated television station located in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. The station is owned by Media General. WKRN-TV's studios and offices are located on Murfreesboro Road (U.S. Routes 41 and 70S) in Nashville, and its transmitter is located in Brentwood, Tennessee.
- 1 History
- 2 Digital television
- 3 Programming
- 4 News operation
- 5 References
- 6 External links
The station first signed on the air on November 29, 1953 as WSIX-TV, broadcasting on VHF channel 8; it was the second television station in Nashville. The station was originally owned by Louis and Jack Draughon, along with WSIX radio (980 AM, now WYFN). The call letters came from the 638 Tire Company in nearby Springfield, where the Draughon brothers had started WSIX in 1930; neither the radio nor the television stations have ever had the number six in their frequencies, which would explain it otherwise. Originally a CBS affiliate that shared the ABC affiliation with WSM-TV (channel 4, now WSMV), it became a full-time ABC affiliate after only one year when WLAC-TV (channel 5, now WTVF) signed on and took the CBS affiliation due to WLAC radio's long history as a CBS radio affiliate. During the late 1950s, the station was also briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network.
The station's original studio facilities were located on Old Hickory Boulevard, just outside of Nashville. In 1961, WSIX-AM-FM-TV moved to a new studio located at 441 Murfreesboro Road, where the television station remains located today. The current WKRN studio facility is where the Wilburn Brothers' television program, a Show Biz Inc., production, was produced during the 1960s and 1970s (however, WSM-TV had the rights to air the show in the Nashville market).
WSIX-TV, however, did not have much luck against WSM-TV and WLAC-TV. Part of the problem was a weak signal, as its transmitter was short-spaced to channel 8 in Atlanta – occupied first by WLWA-TV (now WXIA-TV) and currently occupied by WGTV. WSIX-TV was also hampered by a weaker network affiliation (ABC was not truly competitive with CBS and NBC until well into the 1970s).
The Draughons sold the WSIX stations to General Electric in 1966. In 1973, GE agreed to a deal with Nashville's PBS member station, WDCN-TV (now WNPT), then on channel 2, to swap frequencies. GE participated in the channel trade because the analog channel 2 facility was better suited for a network affiliate as opposed to an non-commercial educational station. The swap occurred on December 11, 1973 at 9 p.m., in the middle of evening prime-time programming, between the Movie of the Week, "The Cat Creature", and Marcus Welby, M.D.. At the same time, even though General Electric still owned WSIX-AM-FM, WSIX-TV's call letters were changed to WNGE-TV (for Nashville General Electric). This was only the third facility swap in American television history.
General Electric pared down its broadcasting holdings during the 1980s (though it would purchase NBC in 1986), selling WNGE-TV to Knight Ridder in 1983. The new owners changed the calls that November to the current WKRN-TV. Young Broadcasting bought the station in 1989. It is merely a coincidence that the call letters reflect Young Broadcasting's flagship outlet, KRON-TV in San Francisco. Like all other ABC affiliates owned by Young Broadcasting, WKRN preempted ABC's broadcast of the movie Saving Private Ryan in 2004.
On June 6, 2013, Media General announced that it would acquire Young Broadcasting in an all-stock deal. The merger was completed on November 12, 2013, resulting in WKRN and its Knoxville sister station WATE-TV becoming sister stations of Johnson City-based WJHL-TV.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|2.1||720p||16:9||WKRN-DT||Main WKRN-TV programming / ABC|
|2.2||480i||4:3||WKRN-SD||Nashville WX Channel|
|2.3||16:9||WKRNLWN||Live Well Network|
On August 26, 2012, WKRN began carrying the Live Well Network on its third digital subchannel. Originally announced to launch on July 18, 2012, LWN's carriage on the new subchannel was part of an agreement announced in January 2012, between Young Broadcasting and Live Well Network in which the network will be carried as a digital multicast service on Young-owned stations in seven markets.
WKRN-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 2, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 27. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 2.
The station has an agreement with the Tennessee Titans to broadcast Bridgestone Titans on 2 with Mike Munchak, the team's coach's show that originally aired from 8 to 9 p.m. Tuesday evenings, pre-empting ABC programming in that timeslot during the NFL season (which featured low-rated and critically derided sitcoms for the majority of the 2000s). The show can now be seen on Monday and Saturday evenings at 6:30 p.m., pre-empting Wheel of Fortune in that timeslot during football season.
The station received heavy criticism from viewers in November 2009 for not airing V at the network's original timeslot. V then aired early Wednesday mornings after Jimmy Kimmel Live!. WKRN claimed the 13-year agreement to air the coach's show would not allow for the moving of that show to accommodate high-demand network programming without notice months in advance. However, in the past the program has moved at times to accommodate other high-demand programs such as Dancing with the Stars during the early portion of the season and network holiday programming. The station also reversed a plan to air V over NashvilleWX on digital channel 2.2 at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays the day before the premiere. WKRN's sister station in Green Bay, WBAY-TV also faced the same situation with a locally produced football program covering the Green Bay Packers, but after a week moved that program to air before primetime to accommodate V.
WKRN-TV presently broadcasts 33 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 5½ hours on weekdays, three hours on Saturdays and and 2½ hours on Sundays); in addition, the station produces a half-hour public affairs program This Week with Bob Mueller, which airs Sundays at 11:00 p.m. WKRN is the only Big Three network affiliate in Nashville that does not run an hour-long newscast at 6 p.m., although its early evening on weekdays begin at 4 p.m., including ABC's World News with Diane Sawyer at 5:30 p.m.
Before the advent of satellite technology in the 1980s, the Vanderbilt Television News Archive taped all ABC News broadcasts from the airwaves of WSIX/WNGE/WKRN. Some of the recordings prior to that time include local cut-ins to ABC coverage of national elections, which represent the only preservations of the station's news broadcasts of that time. The station's two main evening news anchors, Bob Mueller and Anne Holt, have been associated with WKRN since the early 1980s.
On October 11, 2011, WKRN began broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition, becoming the last Nashville television station to make the upgrade. This included a brand new news set that was built in a separate studio that was based on a design shared by all Young stations that have upgraded to HD, replacing the "working newsroom" set that had been used for the newscasts since the 1980s.
- WSIX-TV News (1953–1961)
- The Tennessee Report (1961–1965)
- The Six O'Clock Report/The Ten O'Clock Report (1965–1968)
- Newsnight (1968–1969)
- Eyewitness News (1969–1972)
- The Big News (1972–1974)
- Dateline: Today (1974–1976)
- NewsWatch 2 (1976–1983)
- Channel 2 News (1983–1994)
- News 2 (1994–2011)
- Nashville's News 2 (2011–present)
- "The Powerhouse!" (1973–1975)
- "2 a New Beat" (1979–1980)
- "The News Specialists" (1981–1983)
- "Let's Get Involved" (1983–1985)
- "The Winner's Circle!" (1985–1986)
- "On Your Side" (1990–1996)
- "Where Coverage Comes First!" (1996–1998)
- "First. Fast. Accurate." (1998–present; news slogan)
- John Dwyer - weekdays at 4:00 and Sundays at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Samantha Fisher - weeknights at 10:00 p.m.
- Anne Holt - weekdays at 4:00 and weeknights at 5:00 and 6:00 p.m.
- Erin Holt - Saturdays at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.; also reporter
- Julie Kroenig - weekday mornings on News 2 This Morning (4:00-7:00 a.m.)
- Bob Mueller - weeknights at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.; also host of This Week with Bob Mueller
- Lauren Murphy - weekend mornings on News 2 This Morning Weekend
- Neil Orne - weekday mornings on News 2 This Morning (4:00-7:00 a.m.) and 11:00 a.m.
News 2 StormTracker Weather
- Lisa Patton - chief meteorologist; weekdays at 4:00 and weeknights at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Justin Bruce - meteorologist; weekday mornings on News 2 This Morning (4:00-7:00 a.m.) and 11:00 a.m.
- Davis Nolan (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekend mornings on News 2 This Morning Weekend
- Randy Rauch - meteorologist; weekends at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Cory Curtis - sports director; weeknights at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
- Dawn Davenport - sports anchor; weekends at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m., also sports reporter
- Rob Johnson - sports reporter; also fill-in sports anchor
- Jerry Barlar - general assignment reporter
- Chris Bundgaard - general assignment reporter
- Andy Cordan - general assignment reporter
- Todd Dunn - general assignment reporter
- Karen Higbee - general assignment reporter
- Heather Jensen - weekday morning reporter
- Stephanie Langston - general assignment reporter
- Lori Mitchell - general assignment reporter; also fill-in anchor
- Amy Napier Viteri - general assignment reporter
- Joseph Pleasant - general assignment reporter
- Tracee Tolentino - general assignment reporter
- Jamey Tucker - general assignment reporter
Notable former on-air staff
- "Require Prime Evening Time for NTA Films". Boxoffice: 13. November 10, 1956.
- "VHF frequency swap in Nashville." Broadcasting. March 26, 1973, pp. 60-62. 
- "In brief: Two gets you eight." Broadcasting. December 17, 1973, pg. 10. 
- radiodiscussions.com: "Retro: Northern Alabama Tuesday, December 11, 1973", October 7, 2012.
- "TV Companies Media General and New Young Broadcasting to Merge". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
- "Media General, Young Now Officially One". TVNewsCheck. November 12, 2013. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
- RabbitEars TV Query for WKRN
- Young To Air Live Well In Seven Markets, TVNewsCheck, July 12, 2012.
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- "CDBS Print".
- WKRN Nightside Open, 1991
- WKRN News 2 at 6 Open (January 21, 2003)
- "David Crabtree Bio". WRAL-TV. Retrieved 9 March 2013.
- WKRN.com - Official website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WKRN-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WKRN-TV