WTAJ-TV started in 1952 as WFBG-TV. The call letters came from the
initials of the station's founder, William F.B. Gable, owner of Gable's
Department Store in Altoona. Channel 10's first regular broadcast
occurred on March 1st, 1953. In those early days, all programs were
produced and transmitted "live" from the studios on Wopsononock Mountain
in Altoona. At that time, channel 10 was one of the strongest stations
in the entire country, utilizing over 300,000 watts to serve the
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WFBG-TV became a CBS Television Network affiliate in July of 1955. In
1956, the station was sold to Triangle Publications, Inc. (founders of
TV Guide magazine) and studios and offices were moved from the mountain
location to our present location at 5000 6th Avenue in Altoona in August
Then, in 1973, WFBG-TV was sold again. This time, Gateway
Communications, Inc. bought the station and changed the call letters to
WTAJ-TV - reflecting our industry (Television), and two of the major
cities we covered at that time, (Altoona and Johnstown). Gateway
Communications also operated WBNG-TV in Binghamton, New York and WOWK-TV
in Huntingdon/Charleston, West Virginia.
In December 2000 the
Gateway stations were acquired by SJL Northeast, L.L.C. In 2004,
WTAJ-TV was acquired by Television Station Group License Subsidiary,
In 2007, WTAJ-TV was purchased by Nexstar Broadcasting
Group. Nexstar's CEO Perry Sook is a DuBois High School graduate.
Nexstar Broadcasting Group is one of the nation's top 20 television
broadcasting companies. Click here for more on Nexstar Broadcasting.
was the first television station in Central Pennsylvania to purchase
its own state-of-the-art satellite uplink truck for use in daily news
operations. SKYLINK helps WTAJ NEWS bring you the news from virtually
anywhere in the continental United States! By transmitting to a
satellite orbiting above the earth, SKYLINK is not limited by
mountainous areas that would interfere with a standard microwave signal.
As a result, WTAJ NEWS can deliver your news as it's happening, right
from the source.
With our ongoing expansion and
continual technical upgrades, WTAJ YOUR NEWS LEADER is dedicated to
continue providing the area's most complete live, local, late-breaking
news, weather, and sports coverage.
WTAJ-TV has also
received numerous awards over the years from the Pennsylvania Associated
Press Broadcasters and the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters.
WTAJ Your News Leader, delivers more news, more often - to be there when you need us the most.
2013, WTAJ Your News Leader went through extensive efforts in order to
broadcast in HD. Along with the new transition, WTAJ Your News Leader
also unveiled a brand new logo.