Florida TV Station History

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Station

Date

City

Etc

WTVJ-Ch. 4

March 21, 1949

Miami

Now WTVJ-Ch. 6 (NBC)

WMBR-Ch. 4

Sept. 15, 1949

Jacksonville

Now WJXT-Ch. 6 (Indy)

WSUN-Ch. 38

May 13, 1953

St. Petersburg

Was city-owned ABC affiliate until 1965

WEAR-Ch. 3

June 13, 1954

Pensacola

Second station in Pensacola-Mobile, Ala. market

WINK-Ch. 11

March 1, 1954

Fort Myers

Was only station in Southwest Florida until 1968

WDBO-Ch. 6

July 1, 1954

Orlando

Orlando’s first station. Was also WCPX before becoming WKMG

WPTV-Ch. 5

Aug. 1, 1954

West Palm Beach

Still dominates its market

WFTL-Ch. 23

Dec. 24, 1954

Miami-Fort Lauderdale

Was Miami’s NBC affiliate until WCKT signed on in ’56. Now is WLTV-Univision

WEAT-Ch. 12

Jan. 1, 1955

West Palm Beach

Now WPEC

WFLA-Ch. 8

Feb. 14, 1955

Tampa-St. Petersburg

Was once WXFL before returning to WFLA

WTVT-Ch. 13

April 1, 1955

Tampa-St. Petersburg

Second VHF station in market

WTHS-Ch. 2

Aug. 12, 1955

Miami

Educational station. Now WPBT.

WCTV-Ch. 6

Sept. 1, 1955

Tallahassee-Thomasville, Ga.

Was only commercial station in market until 1976

WESH-Ch. 2

June 11, 1956

Daytona Beach

Never changed call sign

WCKT-Ch. 7

July 29, 1956

Miami-Fort Lauderdale

Was NBC station, now WSVN-Fox

WPST-Ch. 10

Aug. 2, 1957

Miami-Fort Lauderdale

Was also

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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