|Channels||Digital: 8 (VHF)|
|Branding||News 12 Now|
|Owner||Morris Multimedia |
First air date
|April 25, 1954|
Former channel number(s)
|HAAT||300 m (984 ft) (STA)|
384 m (1,260 ft) (CP)
|Transmitter coordinates|| (STA)|
Public license information
WDEF-TV, virtual channel 12 (VHF digital channel 8), is a CBS-affiliated television station licensed to Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States. The station is owned by Morris Multimedia. WDEF-TV's studios are located on Broad Street in Chattanooga, and its transmitter is located in nearby Signal Mountain. On cable, the station is available on Comcast Xfinity channels 13 and 433, and on EPB Fiber Optics channels 12 and 312 in the Chattanooga area. Although parts of the Chattanooga market are in the Central Time Zone, all schedules are listed in Eastern Time.
The station signed on the air on April 25, 1954, carrying programming from all four networks, though it has always been a primary CBS affiliate. It took the CBS affiliation from WROM-TV (channel 9, now WTVC). It lost NBC to WRGP-TV (now WRCB-TV) in 1956, and lost ABC to WTVC (the former WROM) in 1958. During the late 1950s, the station was also briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network.
Roy H. Park bought WDEF-TV, as well as WDEF radio (1370 AM, now WXCT) in 1963. His media interests eventually became known as Park Communications, which was bought by Media General in 1997. In 2006, Media General sold the station to Morris Multimedia.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|12.1||1080i||16:9||WDEF-DT||Main WDEF-TV programming / CBS|
|12.3||Mystery||Court TV Mystery|
WDEF-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 12, on February 17, 2009, the original target date in which full-power television stations in the United States were to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate (which was later pushed back to June 12, 2009). The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 47 to VHF channel 12 for post-transition operations. Immediately before the shutdown, anchor Joe Legge gave a brief retrospective of the station's history as well as the farewell message for all analog viewers. The message ended with images of the past newscasts.
In its early years, WDEF was locally oriented, offering a mix of children's shows, talk and variety programs, including Point of View, one of the longest–running local public affairs programs in the United States.
WDEF has been the local home of Tennessee Titans (based in Nashville) games since 1998 (when the team was still called the Oilers). This comes with its CBS affiliation, as CBS carries all National Football League games played in the afternoon that feature a road team from the American Football Conference, which the Titans play in.
- "Require Prime Evening Time for NTA Films". Boxoffice: 13. November 10, 1956.
- https://www.americanradiohistory.com/hd2/IDX-Business/Magazines/Archive-BC-IDX/63-OCR/1963-11-04-BC-OCR-Page-0067.pdf[bare URL PDF]
- "Media General Completes Sale of WDEF-TV in Chattanooga to Morris Multimedia". Media General. October 13, 2006. Retrieved April 8, 2009.
- RabbitEars TV Query for WDEF
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved March 24, 2012.
- http://wdef.com/news/pick_a_date_congress_sends_mixed_message_to_tv_stations_viewers/02/2009[dead link]
- "List of TV stations to end analog on Tuesday" From Google (February 13, 2009)
- WDEF News 12 Goes All Digital: See What You Missed Overnight, Joe Legge, WDEF-TV, February 18, 2009
- "About Us". WDEF. Retrieved April 8, 2009.