WXIA-TV, virtual channel 11.1 (RF digital channel 10), is the NBC-affiliated television station in Atlanta, Georgia. Popularly known by its 11 Alive moniker, WXIA is owned by the Gannett Company in a duopoly with MyNetworkTV affiliate WATL (channel 36). The station's studios and offices are located at One Monroe Place on the north end of midtown Atlanta, and its TV transmitter site is located on its own TV tower in the city's east section near Kirkwood.
|Branding||11 Alive (general)
11 Alive News (newscasts)
|Slogan||The News You Expect. The Balance You Deserve.(news) Atlanta's HD News Leader (station)|
|Channels||Digital: 10 (VHF)Virtual: 11 (PSIP)|
11.1 - NBC
11.2 - WXIA Weather Information Zone (WIZ TV)
(Pacific and Southern Company, Inc.)
|First air date||September 30, 1951|
|Call letters' meaning||XI (11 in Roman numerals, former analog channel)Atlanta/Alive|
|Former callsigns||WLTV (1951-1953)
WLWA (1953-1962) WAII-TV (1962-1968) WQXI-TV (1968-1973)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog: 8 (1951-1953),11 (1953-2009)|
|Former affiliations||ABC (1951-1980)|
|Transmitter power||80 kW|
|Height||303 metres (994 ft)|
The station signed on the air on September 30, 1951 as WLTV, an ABC affiliate on channel 8 (the second Atlanta station on this channel after WSB-TV moved to channel 2 a year before), by a group of Atlanta businessmen. In 1953, the station was bought by the Crosley Broadcasting Corporation of Cincinnati, who changed its call letters to WLWA (often rendered as WLW-A). This aligned their Atlanta property to Crosley's other TV stations, who took their call letters from its flagship, WLW Radio. Crosley then moved it to channel 11 to alleviate RF interference with WROM-TV, channel 9 in nearby Rome (later moved north to Chattanooga as WTVC), with channel 8 being reallocated for noncommercial educational use by the FCC in May 1960. (WGTV was started by the University of Georgia on channel 8 in 1960.)
WLWA was purchased in 1962 by Richard Fairbanks of Indianapolis as part of a settlement between Crosley and Fairbanks. Crosley had started WLWI (now WTHR) in Indianapolis in 1957, but Fairbanks insisted that the last VHF allocation in Indianapolis should go to a local owner. Eventually, the two companies agreed to what amounted to a trade, in which Crosley kept WLWI while Fairbanks bought WLWA. The Atlanta station's calls then became WAII-TV, using the slogan "The Eyes of Atlanta" and the calls standing for Atlanta's 11 (II)". The station was sold to Pacific & Southern Broadcasting of Phoenix, Arizona in 1968 and became known as WQXI-TV, aligning it with WQXI-AM and FM—the calls originally used on channel 36, currently WATL, in 1954-1955). Pacific & Southern later merged with Combined Communications. The station assumed the WXIA-TV call letters on December 25, 1973 (Christmas Day) and first used the branding 11Alive in 1976. In 1979, Combined merged with Gannett in what became the biggest media merger in history up to that time.
On September 1, 1980, WXIA became an NBC affiliate, due to market leader WSB-TV's signing with ABC. This could be traced to ratings: NBC slid to a very poor third place; meanwhile, ABC was in first place for most of the late 1970s and was seeking out stronger and better affiliates in many markets including Atlanta. So during the summer of 1980, the two stations conducted an experiment unusual for a large market: WXIA aired NBC daytime shows in the morning and ABC daytime shows in the afternoon, while WSB aired ABC shows in the morning and NBC shows in the afternoons. When the experiment was over, on that same day both stations finally swapped affiliations for good.
On June 5, 2006, Gannett agreed to purchase WATL from the Tribune Company, now affiliated with MyNetworkTV. The purchase price was $180 million. Ironically, WXIA's branding of "11 Alive" was once used by Tribune's New York station WPIX. . Since WATL is not among Atlanta's four largest TV stations, the FCC permitted this sale. The sale was finalized on August 7, 2006; as a result, Gannett is now the owner of Atlanta's first television duopoly, as well as duopolies in Denver and Jacksonville.
WATL occasionally airs NBC programs when WXIA is not able to for news-related emergencies and other reasons. It also airs a half-hour WXIA newscast at 10 p.m., competing with the hour-long 10 p.m. newscast on Fox O&O WAGA-TV (channel 5), while letting WXIA air NBC'sprime-time lineup.
Also as a result of the WATL acquisition, WXIA management decided to move the studios for both stations to WATL's old location at One Monroe Place, leaving WXIA's longtime location at 1611 West Peachtree Street. WXIA and WATL began broadcasting from the new studios on July 27, 2008.
The station originally had the only VHF allotment for digital TV in the area, until WGTV (channel 8) was moved from 22 to 12 (now 8). WXIA-TV shut down its analog signal, on June 12, 2009, as part of the DTV transition in the United States.  The station remained on its pre-transition TV channel 10 (193.31 MHz)  using PSIP to display WXIA-TV's virtual channel as 11.
On 11.2 (111 on Charter and 211 on Comcast), NBC Weather Plus service was discontinued on December 1, 2008; however some stations, including WXIA, continued to air national and local radar with Weather Plus branding, supplied by The Weather Channel through the end of December. In January, WXIA rebranded the channel "11Alive Weather" and kept the "L-Bar" with weather information from The Weather Channel, but shifted the remainder of the content to a local radar loop, and eliminated the background music that aired with it. It was later rebranded as the "11Alive Weather Information Zone" or "WIZ" in 2010, along with the weather segments during newscasts on the main channel.
In early December 2010, the WIZ was moved to WATL, and now airs on channel 36.2, while 11.2 continued to air a static message graphic directing over-the-air viewers to tune there and re-scan if necessary. A month later, on January 10, the channel was removed completely from WXIA, and 11.3 became 11.2, before being reversed the following day. 11.2 could be a place holder for a future "Atlanta Nonstop" channel despite WXIA not being an NBC O&O station.
The station added Universal Sports at the beginning of May 2009 on channel 11.3. However, it uses severe video data compression, which leaves very obvious compression artifacts (blurriness and pixelation) during high-motion scenes common in sports. This low-bitrate sacrifice protects the quality of the main HD channel, and is unavoidable because Universal Sports transmits this programming via satellite in this highly compressed form (4.48 Mb/s). It is therefore not transmitted on sister station WATL (virtual channel 36.1, digital channel 25) because it would look the same there, and that station's bandwidth is being used for mobile television (ATSC-M/H), including WXIA's mobile channels. Additionally, mobile communications work better on higher UHF TV channels than on low VHF ones.
|11.1||WXIA-DT1||Main WXIA-TV Programming / NBC (HD)|
|11.2||WXIA-DT2||WXIA Weather Information Zone (WIZ TV)|
11Alive has been WXIA's on-air branding since 1976, when then-owner Combined Communications adopted the practice of using the word "Alive" as part of the monikers at most of their stations. The use of "Alive" in station names was popular in the mid-to-late-1970s. New York'sWPIX TV also used the legendary "11 Alive" nickname from 1976 to 1986, as did Pittsburgh's NBC affiliate WIIC (now WPXI) from 1976 to 1979.
After Gannett acquired Combined in 1979, many of the former Combined stations stopped using "Alive" in their names, though WXIA continued calling itself "11Alive," as it had established a very strong following under that name. Fort Wayne's WPTA, another ex-Combined station, continues to call itself "21 Alive" today.
In August 1994, Gannett dropped the "11Alive" moniker as part of an image makeover. However, only a month later, WXIA began calling itself "11Alive" once again due to popular demand of its viewers.
The station previously aired a program called Noonday for many years, beginning with the news at Noon and at 12:30 continuing on for the rest of the hour with features, akin somewhat to the Today show. This was cancelled in the 2000s, but the half-hour Noon newscast is now preceded by the hour-long Atlanta & Company at 11 am, a program which has some similar features, but is partly paid for by the companies featured on it.
Currently, WXIA broadcasts a total of 27 hours of local newscasts every week (with 4½ hours on weekdays, two hours on Saturdays and 2½ hours on Sundays). Unlike most NBC affiliates, the station does not carry local newscasts in the weeknight 5 p.m. timeslot; nor does it air one prior to the Sunday edition of Today.
The station began calling itself "News Watch" for its newscasts in 1963 and began broadcasting news in color for the first time on March 20, 1967. From the early 1970s onward, channel 11's newscasts waged a spirited battle with WAGA-TV for second place behind long-dominant WSB-TV. Since WAGA switched to Fox in 1994, WXIA has been a solid runner-up, usually finishing well ahead of perennial third-place finisher WGCL-TV; however, by May 2009, WXIA's ratings had been surpassed by WGCL at Noon and 11 pm. NBC's poor prime time ratings over the past decade have not helped WXIA either. The Today in Atlanta morning news programs had experienced a 40% ratings drop, leaving them a very distant third behind the local morning shows on WSB and WAGA, and sometimes fourth behind WGCL. Nevertheless, the Atlanta market remains quite competitive, so WXIA remains a contender, albeit not as much as in the past.
WXIA also aired the NBC Weather Plus service on its digital over-the-air signal, as well as on Charter's and Comcast's digital cable system in the Atlanta area. This is now called "11Alive Weather" WXIA formerly had a partnership with The Weather Channel to use their weather forecasters and provide local weather forecasts.
The station's Doppler weather radar site is located west of Atlanta in far southern Cobb County, south-southwest of Mableton, on the south side of Interstate 20 not far west of Six Flags Over Georgia.
WXIA began airing its daily local newscasts in high definition on February 2, 2006, the first Atlanta station to do so. To signal the conversion to HD, an HD-friendly new TV studio from Production Design Group, Ltd. was built and graphics from Giant Octopus were created.
On April 28, 2010, due to Early Today beginning at 4 a.m., the debut of a new 4:30 a.m. newscast called Wake Up with Chesley features meteorologist Chesley McNeil and travel producer Matt Holmes. In addition to news updates throughout the show, McNeil primarily gives weather updates while Holmes gives travel delays and information. The music opening for the show does not use the mandated Gannett music theme.
News Music Packages
Current on-air staff
Anchors/local program hosts
- Jill Becker - weekday mornings "11 Alive News Today" (5-7 a.m.) and noon
- Karyn Greer - weekday mornings "11 Alive News Today" (5-7 a.m.) and noon
- Ted Hall - weeknights at 6, 7, 10 (on WATL-TV) and 11 p.m.
- Valerie Hoff - weekend mornings "11 Alive News Today"
- Christine Pullara - Atlanta & Company host
- Keith Whitney - weekends at 6, 10 (on WATL-TV) and 11 p.m.
- Brenda Wood - weeknights at 6, 7, 10 (on WATL-TV) and 11 p.m.
11 Alive Weather Information Zone Team
- Paul Ossmann (NWA Seal of Approval) - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 6, 7, 10 (on WATL-TV) and 11 p.m.
- Chris Holcomb (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekend mornings, weekends at 6, 10 (on WATL-TV) and 11 p.m.
- Chesley McNeil (AMS and NWA Seals of Approval) - meteorologist; weekday mornings "11 Alive News Today" (5-7 a.m.) and noon; also host of "Wake Up with Chesley" (4:30 a.m)
- Cheryl Lemke (AMS and NWA Seals of Approval) - meteorologist; fill-in, also weather producer
- Fred Kalil - sports director; weeknights at 6, 7, 10 (on WATL-TV) and 11 p.m.
- Sam Crenshaw - sports anchor; weekends at 6, 10 (on WATL-TV) and 11 p.m., also sports reporter
- Randy Waters - sports reporter and fill-In sports anchor
- Jim Basile - weekday mornings
- Esther Capsino - Sunday mornings
- John Gerard - "Commuter Dude"
- Rob Langer - Saturday mornings
Center for Investigative Action (CIA)
- Shawn Hoder - investigative reporter
- Ross McLaughlin - investigative reporter
General assignment reporters
- Jerry Carnes
- Paul Crawley
- Duffie Dixon
- Jeff Hullinger
- Conn Jackson - Atlanta & Company contributor
- Michael King - 11Alive.com reporter and producer
- Jennifer Leslie
- Bill Liss - consumer and business Editor
- Donna Lowry - education reporter
- Evelyn Mims - Atlanta & Company contributor
- Matt Pearl
- Dr. Sujatha Reddy - health reporter
- Doug Richards
- Kevin Rowson
- Jon Shirek
- Robyn Freedman Spizman - contributor
- Chris Sweigart - 11Alive.com and reporter web producer
- Jaye Watson - also fill-in anchor
- Julie Wolfe
Former on-air staff
- Roz Abrams - Anchor/Reporter (1972-1980, last seen at WCBS-TV, and believed to no longer be in the TV business)
- Steve Adamson - Weekend Meteorologist (1999-2009, now Meteorologist at KSBY-TV in Santa Barbara, CA)
- Mary Ann Ahern - Reporter (1985-1989, now at WMAQ-TV in Chicago)
- Brian Albrecht - Meteorologist (1993-1996, previously worked for KHQ-TV in Spokane, WA from 2000-2009. Now currently a director for St. John's Lutheran Church in Spokane, WA)
- Silas "SiMan Baby" Alexander - Peachtree Morning Field Contributor 1997-2000 (now at Majic 107.5/97.5
- Steve Aveson - "Noonday" Co-Host (1994-1997, now at WPRI-TV/WNAC-TV in Providence)
- Cathy Ballou - Morning Meteorologist/"Peachtree Morning" Road Warrior (1996-1999)
- Alicia Barnes - General Assignment Reporter (2003-2005, now at WOLO-TV in Columbia)
- Ron Becker, Anchor (1972-1976)
- Johnny Beckman - Meteorologist (1982-1994, retired)
- Rick Blalock, General Assignment Reporter (?)
- Neal Boortz, "Hello Georgia" Co-Host (?, now with WSB-AM, and the syndicated The Neal Boortz Show)
- Steve Browne - Meteorologist (1976-1990, now at KSAT-TV in San Antonio)
- Ellen Bryan, Anchor/Reporter (1980s)
- Carmen Burns, Anchor/Reporter/"Peachtree Morning" Co-Host (1984-2000, now a communications coach)
- Ellen Burstien McFarlane, Anchor/Reporter (1970s, deceased)
- Ryan Cameron, "Atlanta & Company" Co-Host (2005-2007)
- John Cater, free-lance reporter (2008, deceased)
- Rebecca Chase - Reporter (1977-1979)
- Joie Chen, Anchor/Reporter (1985-1991, now at CBS News)
- Renee Chenault-Fattah, Anchor/Reporter (1989-1991, now at WCAU-TV in Philadelphia)
- Tom Clark, "Peachtree Morning" Co-Host (1997-1998)
- Tiffany Cochran, Weekend Anchor & Reporter (1997-2007)
- Neil Craig - Weekend Anchor (early 1970s), Reporter, Assignment Editor (1971-2003, deceased)
- Virgil Dominic, Anchor (1972-1976)
- Dennis Douda, Anchor/Reporter (1995-1998, now at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis)
- Maynard Eaton, Reporter (1977-85)
- Art Eckman, Sports Anchor/Reporter (1978-1991)
- Bruce Erion, Skycam Pilot/Reporter (1982-1999, now with Rescue Air 1 air ambulance service at Cobb County Airport-McCollum Field)
- Doug Evans, General Assignment Reporter (1991-1993, now at WAGA-TV)
- Holly Firfer, "Atlanta & Company" Co-Host (2005-2009)
- Joe Flanagan - Weather Anchor/Feature Reporter (1976-1980, now at WVEC-TV in Norfolk, VA)
- Kay Flowers, Reporter/Fill-In Anchor (1988-2006)
- Beth Galvin, General Assignment Reporter (1994-1996, now at WAGA-TV)
- Barbara Gauthier, Anchor/Reporter (1996-2000, now at WTVM-TV in Columbus, Ga.)
- David Grant - Weather Anchor (1972-1975)
- Jim Huber - Sports Anchor/Reporter (1977-1984)
- Patricia Hunte - Anchor/"11 Alive at 5" co-host (1984-1993)
- Gail Janus, Meteorologist (1976-1979) (now Gail Kreher)
- Josh Johnson, Fill-In Meteorologist/Weather Producer (?-2008) Now at WSFA-TV
- Kurt Kalbach, Skycam Pilot/Reporter (?)
- Tricia Kean, Anchor/Reporter (1992-1998, now at KTNV-TV in Las Vegas)
- Arch Kennedy, Meteorologist (1996-1999, now at WZTV-TV in Nashville)
- Kimberley Kennedy, Anchor/Reporter (1993-1997), moved to WSB-TV until 2009
- Kerry Kilbride - Anchor (1985-1989, last seen at KCAL-TV in Los Angeles and believed to no longer be in the TV business)
- Catherine Kim - Anchor/Reporter (2006-2010)
- Ellen Kolodziej, Special Assignments Reporter (?, , formerly of WGCL-TV, now at WCAU-TV in Philadelphia)
- Mike Landess, Anchor/Reporter (1994-1997, now at KMGH-TV in Denver)
- Yetta Levitt - "Noonday" host (1983-1987)
- Ashley McDonald, Weather Producer and fill-in meteorologist in 2009-2010. She returned to WAKA-TV (CBS 8 News) in Montgomery, AL.
- Ken MacLeod - Anchor/Reporter (1982-1990, now at WBZ-TV in Boston)
- Walt Maciborski, Weekend Evening Anchor/Reporter (2000-2005, now at KDAF-TV in Dallas-Ft. Worth)
- Roger Manis, Sports Director/Reporter/Anchor (2000-2006)
- Suzanne Marques, General Assignment Reporter (2004-2006, now at KTTV in Los Angeles)
- Steve McCoy, "Noonday" co-host (1990-92)Formerly on Star 94, currently on B98.5 FM as of July 1, 2008.
- Bonnie McLaughlin Cannon, Meteorologist (?-1996)
- Blair Meeks, Reporter (2003-2008) (now at Jackson/Spalding PR firm in Atlanta)
- Terri Merryman - Anchor (1991-1993, last at WSMV-TV in Nashville now running a business media)
- Dave Michaels, Anchor/Reporter (1976-1985), later with CNN
- Steen Miles, General Assignment Reporter (1984-1999, now Georgia State Senator,in 2006 made a bid for Georgia Lieutenant Governor, but lost in the Democratic Primary, in 2008 ran for CEO of Dekalb County but lost in the primary.
- Rebecca Erwin Miller, Meteorologist (1988-1991, later at KXAS-TV in Dallas 1991-2008, now freelancing at KDAF Dallas)
- Russ Minshew, Meteorologist (?-1982) (deceased)
- Chuck Moore, Anchor/Reporter (1981-1997, last seen at WNEG-TV in Toccoa, GA)
- Kelly Morgan Mack, Anchor/Reporter (1987-1991, last seen at KNBC-TV in Los Angeles and now regards herself as "retired")
- Andrea Nissen - Anchor/Reporter (1983-1986)
- Royal Norman, Chief Meteorologist (1996-1999, now at KTVK-TV in Phoenix, Arizona)
- Vernon Odom, Anchor/Reporter (1975-1976, now at WPVI-TV in Philadelphia)
- Denis O'Hayer - Political Reporter (1998-2009)
- Mark Pettit - Reporter (1988-1991)
- Dean Phillips - Reporter (1991-1993)
- Stone Phillips, Reporter (1978-1979, formerly of Dateline NBC)
- Marc Pickard - Reporter (1988-2010) retired
- Frank Pritchard, Traffic Reporter (?)
- John Pruitt, Anchor/Reporter (1978-1993) retired from WSB-TV Channel 2 in December 2010
- Ed Reams, Reporter (1996 - 1998, now News Director at WHSV-TV)
- Elaine Reyes, Reporter (2004-2008)
- Clarance Reynolds, Anchor (2005-2008)
- Deiah Riley, Anchor/Reporter (1999-2003, now at WFTS-TV in Tampa)
- Angela Robinson, Anchor/Reporter (1994-1997, now at WPBA-TV)
- Del Rodgers, Sports Anchor/Reporter (1986-1997, now at KCRA-TV and KQCA-TV in Sacramento)
- Marie Ryan, Health Reporter (?)
- Ron Sailor, "Hello Georgia" Co-Host (?, now local minister, Dacula, Ga.) His son, Walter Ronnie Sailor, Jr. is a former Georgia State Legislator
- Harry "pothole" Samler, General Assignment Reporter (2000-2005, now at WGCL-TV)
- Wes Sarginson - Anchor/Reporter (1997-2008)
- Guy Sharpe - Meteorologist (1977-1996, deceased)
- Jim Shuler, General Assignment Reporter (?, Governor's Office of Highway Safety)
- Orleon Sidney, Freelance weather anchor (2008-2009)
- Tom Sinkovitz - Anchor/Reporter (1984-1989, retired)
- Joby Smith - Sports Anchor/Reporter (1997-98)
- Terri Smith - Meteorologist (1988-1991)
- Bob Sokoler - "11 Alive at 5" and "Noonday" co-host (1990-1993)
- Steve Somers, Sports Anchor/Reporter (1976-1978, now at WFAN in New York)
- Flip Spiceland, Morning & Noon Weather Anchor (2001-2008)
- Renée Starzyk, General Assignment Reporter (2000-2003, now at WGCL-TV)
- Mike Stevens, General Assignment Reporter (2000-?) now at WEYI
- Matt Stewart, Sports Reporter/"Peachtree Morning" Co-Host (1999-2000, now at CSS)
- David Sullivan, Sports reporter/anchor (1976-1978), now at Lexington Ky.Urban County Government
- Tom Sullivan, "Atlanta & Company" Co-Host (2007-2009)
- Mary Rose Taylor - Anchor/Investigative Reporter (1980s)
- Joel Thomas, General Assignment Reporter (2000-2002, now at KTVT in Dallas)
- Josh Thomas, Reporter (1987-1990, now at WFLA-TV in Tampa)
- Cynthia Tinsley, Anchor/Reporter (1993-1997) now in PR at AirTran Airways
- Shaul Turner, Anchor/Reporter (1988-1998, now at KDVR-TV in Denver)
- Dick Van Dyke, Announcer/Personality (early 1950s, went on to an acting career of some note)
- Lyn Vaughn - Anchor/Reporter (1983-1984, later of CNN Headline News)
- Harmon Wages - Sports Anchor/Reporter (?-1984)
- Richard Warner, Business/Consumer Reporter (1988-1993, now entrepreneur and at GPB)
- Joe Washington, Sports Anchor/Reporter (1978-1994, now at HGTV)
- Ken Watts, Morning and Noon Anchor/Reporter (1998-2005, now at VOOM HD News)
- Heather Wiggins Thompson, Freelance Reporter (2005-2007)
- Elyse Wolfman, Anchor then "Noonday" host (1985-1989)
- Monica Woods Gray, Meteorologist (1999-2000, now at KXTV-TV in Sacramento)
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- 11Alive.com - Official WXIA-TV Website
- MyATLTV.com - Official WATL-TV Website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WXIA-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WXIA-TV