WTVJ broadcasts NBC’s Today show with Dave Garroway from Miami in January 1955.

Television in Florida started in an old theater in Miami. On March 21, 1949, WTVJ-Channel 4 began “telecasting” as the first TV station in the Sunshine State — and just the 16th in the nation. Three of the next six stations in the state would also call South Florida home. Here’s a trip through more than 50 years of TV promotions for some early South Florida stations. You can view this gallery as a slideshow or click on the images themselves for larger views.¬†Thanks to Google’s Newspaper Archive, AmericanRadioHistory.com, and the Miami Archives blog for helping provide material for this page.¬†Stations included below:

  • WTHS (Channel 2 – Miami)
  • WTVJ (Channel 4 – Miami)
  • WJNO (Channel 5 – West Palm Beach)
  • WCIX (Channel 6 – Miami)
  • WCKT (Channel 7 – Miami)
  • WPST, WLBW and WPLG (Channel 10 – Miami)
  • WEAT (Channel 12 – West Palm Beach)
  • WITV (Channel 17 – Miami)
  • WIRK (Channel 21 – West Palm Beach)
  • WFTL, WGBS and WAJA (Channel 23 – Miami)

To view our gallery of Orlando TV station ads, click here.
To view just the ads for Orlando TV newscasts, click here.

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