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WTAJ Anchors
John Clay
Carolyn Donaldson
K.C. Kantz

WTAJ Reporters
Charlotte Ames
Ashley Doerzbacher
Christian Heilman
Mallory Lane
Kelsie Metzgar
Alex Belser

WTAJ Weather
Joe Murgo
Regina Miller
Christy Shields

WTAJ Sports
Alex Cawley
Jaime Baker
Jacob Kaucher

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 community.
Personalities from the Past

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 of 1959.

about-pic2.jpgThen, 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, LLC.

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.

WTAJ-TV 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.

In 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. 

Closed Captioning Concerns

Please contact the following for Closed Captioning concerns:

Randy Chamberlin
Chief Engineer
5000 Sixth Avenue
Altoona, PA 16602

Phone: (814) 943-2919  
Fax: (814) 943-3001
eMail: cc@wtajtv.com

Department Contacts

Phil Dubrow, VP/General Manager
(814) 942-1010, ext 102 | Email
Chris Miller, News Director
(814) 942-1010, ext 175 | Email

Jennifer Bates, Local Sales Manager
(814) 942-1010, ext 116 | Email
Palmer Brown, Digital Sales Manager
(814) 942-1010, ext 114 | Email

Dave Beeney, Production/Promotions
(814) 942-1010, ext 136 | Email

Randy Chamberlin, Chief Engineer
(814) 942-1010, ext 144 | Email

Station Bureau Addresses

WTAJ Your News Leader
5000 Sixth Avenue
Altoona, PA  16602

Cambria County Bureau
907 Old Scalp Avenue, Suite 121
Johnstown, PA  15904

Centre County Bureau
403 S. Allen Street, Suite 104
State College, PA  16801

DuBois Bureau
2 West Park Avenue, Suite 2
DuBois, PA  15801