The Fox Atlanta O&O has created a 60th Anniversary microsite that includes historic videos, photos and an interactive timeline.
Fox O&O WAGA Atlanta (DMA 8) is celebrating 60 years of broadcasting. The station broadcast its first television signals on March 8, 1949.
To mark the station’s diamond anniversary, WAGA has created a 60th Anniversary microsite on myfoxatlanta.com. The site includes historic videos and promos, such as the dedication of the station’s current facilities at 1551 Briarcliff Road; old photos; and an interactive historic timeline.
Also featured are interviews with several WAGA news team members that have been with the station for more than 20 years, including Amanda Davis, Dale Russell, Morse Diggs, Ken Cook and Paul Yates.
Through the years, WAGA has been an innovator and leader in news and local programming. Some of its milestones include:
- The station launched Good Day Atlanta in 1992 and today it is the market’s longest running local morning show.
- WAGA produces 51 hours of local news every week, the most in the market.
- The station has won numerous industry awards, including two Peabody Awards, the first in 1982 for the documentary Paradise Saved and the second in 1999 for the investigative report Singled Out; as well as two National Edward R. Murrow Awards, the first in 1997 for the station’s investigative report into crack cocaine sales and the second in 2002 for a news series on audio tapes of Georgia executions.
- The Fox 5 I-Team has gained nationwide recognition for its work uncovering business scams to political corruption. Most recently, Randy Travis’ report on Fox Pens, a type of fenced-in fox hunting, earned him the National Humane Society’s Genesis Award.
Gene McHugh, the station’s vice president and general manager said: “We are extremely proud that WAGA Fox 5’s community commitment and broadcast excellence is as strong today as it was six decades ago. While the world around us has changed, our station has and will continue to serve Atlanta residents with the best in news, entertainment, sports and public affairs programming.”