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WBRC, virtual channel 6, is the Fox-affiliated television station serving the Birmingham, Alabama designated market area. The station is owned by Raycom Media, and its transmitter is located atop Red Mountain in Birmingham. The station broadcasts on digital channel 50, although through the use of PSIP technology, the station's virtual channel number appears as 6.1.
WBRC is a more news-intensive Fox station with 45 hours a week of locally-produced newscasts, as well as first-run prime time, sports and Saturday late night programming from Fox. WBRC also runs off-network syndicated sitcoms, talk shows, reality shows and court shows.
- 1 History
- 2 Programming
- 3 News operation
- 4 News Music Packages
- 5 Previous owners of Channel 6
- 6 References
- 7 External links
WBRC-TV began operation on July 1, 1949, on channel 4. It was a primary NBC affiliate, and also carried secondary affiliations with ABC and DuMont. It was Alabama's second television station, signing on a few months after WAFM-TV (channel 13, now WVTM-TV). During the late 1950s, the station was also briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network.
At its outset, WBRC-TV was owned by Eloise D. Hanna and her Birmingham Broadcasting Company along with WBRC radio (960 AM). The station's call letters stand for Bell Radio Company, after J.C. Bell, the founder of WBRC radio. In 1953, WBRC-TV was moved to channel 6 as part of an FCC-ordered frequency realignment. This move was made in order for WBRC-TV to avoid interference with WSM-TV (now WSMV) in Nashville, which also operated on channel 4; the two stations' respective signals suffered from interference problems in northern Alabama.
Later on in 1953, Eloise Hanna also sold the WBRC stations to Storer Broadcasting. George B. Storer, the company's founder and chairman, was a member of the CBS board of directors, and most of his stations operated as CBS affiliates. Storer may have used his leverage to secure a primary CBS affiliation for WBRC-TV in 1954. The NBC affiliation moved to channel 13, then known as WABT, and both stations retained a secondary affiliation with ABC. Also in 1954, the WBRC stations moved to a new studio built by Storer, where channel 6 remains today. The studio, like many of those built by Storer, resembled an antebellum mansion. Unusually for commercial broadcasters, Storer supported educational television, and the company gave two transmitters and frequencies in the general Birmingham area (channels 7 and 10) to Alabama Educational Television.
In 1957, Storer sold the WBRC stations to Taft Broadcasting. Storer had to sell its Birmingham cluster after it purchased WIBG in Philadelphia and WPFH in Wilmington, Delaware in order to comply with the Federal Communications Commission's ownership limits in effect at the time.
In 1961, WBRC took the ABC affiliation full-time, leaving channel 13 (by then known as WAPI-TV) to share CBS and NBC. This was very unusual for a market with only two commercial stations. Usually, one or both stations carried ABC as a secondary affiliation, since ABC would not be on anything resembling an equal footing with CBS and NBC until the 1970s. However, Taft had very good relations with ABC. Most of Taft's TV stations were ABC affiliates, including its flagship station, WKRC-TV in Cincinnati, which was one of ABC's strongest affiliates. Also, Taft's chairman was a personal friend of the ABC president Leonard Goldenson. Taft later bought ABC's former syndication arm, Worldvision Enterprises, in 1979 (ABC spun off this division in 1973 as a result of fin-syn laws that are now repealed).
Another factor, though supposedly not as important as the Taft-Goldenson relationship, was CBS News' apparent strong support of the Civil Rights Movement, which did not sit well with a large segment of WBRC's audience. ABC had very few full-time affiliates south of Washington, D.C. at the time, but now it had the full benefit of one of the South's strongest signals, best antenna locations, and largest coverage areas.
In 1972, Taft sold WBRC-AM-FM, which changed their call letters to WERC-AM-FM. That AM radio station is now WVVB while the FM station is now WBPT. WBRC was one of ABC's strongest affiliates for years. For a time, it lodged the ABC dot logo inside its own "6" logo (just as it had done with the CBS eye in the 1950s).
In late 1987, Taft was restructured into Great American Broadcasting after a hostile takeover. In December 1993, Great American Broadcasting was restructured again after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and became known as Citicasters. Citicasters then decided to put most of its television stations up for sale.
As a Fox station
In early 1994, Citicasters agreed to sell four of its stations to New World Communications -- WBRC, WDAF-TV (channel 4) in Kansas City, KSAZ-TV (channel 10) in Phoenix, Arizona and WGHP (channel 8) in High Point, North Carolina. However, a month before, New World agreed to buy four stations owned by Argyle Communications, including Birmingham's WVTM (although the transfer/assignment applications of the Argyle stations were not filed with the FCC until after New World's purchases of the Citicasters stations were already completed). FCC rules at the time dictated that one company could not own two stations in the same market. In addition, the acquisitions put New World three television stations over the FCC-mandated 12-station limit in effect at the time.
In May 1994, New World agreed to affiliate all of its stations with Fox except for WVTM and KNSD (channel 39) in San Diego which remained affiliated with NBC; these were subsequently purchased by that network. WSBK-TV (channel 38) in Boston was also left out of the New World–Fox affiliation deal; it remained an independent station and was subsequently sold to the Paramount Stations Group to become a UPN station. New World closed on its purchases of WDAF, KSAZ and WGHP on September 9, 1994 followed by WBRC on October 12. On January 19, 1995, while awaiting for the Argyle acquisition to be approved by the FCC, New World announced that it would sell WBRC and WGHP directly to Fox and simultaneously assumed control of the Argyle stations through time brokerage agreements.
Less than three months later, at the end of March 1995, New World completed the placement of WBRC and WGHP into a trust company formed for the sole purpose of selling the two stations to Fox. This transfer allowed New World to finally close on the Argyle acquisition on April 14. Fox assumed control of WBRC and WGHP in September 1995 through local marketing agreements, and closed on the purchase on January 17, 1996 (a year later, most of the other New World stations were reunited with WBRC and WGHP when Fox bought out New World; by that time, the FCC had loosened most restrictions on television station ownership). Since WBRC's affiliation agreement with ABC did not expire until September 1996, Fox had to run WBRC as an ABC affiliate for over a year. This also gave ABC time to find another affiliate to serve central Alabama.
WBRC was originally going to run Fox Kids in the 1 to 4 p.m. slot, but once it was determined that soon to be former Fox affiliate WTTO would be left an independent, it opted to let WTTO keep the Fox Kids programming. As a Fox affiliate, WBRC has aired only the prime-time and weekend sports programming of the Fox network. Even in 2000 when WTTO dropped Fox Kids, WBRC still did not pick it up. Fox offered a Saturday Morning kids lineup programmed by 4Kids Entertainment until the programming block (FoxBox/4Kids TV) went off the air on December 27, 2008; WBRC never picked it up. 4Kids TV has since been succeeded by the new Weekend Marketplace infomercial block, but WBRC still declined to pick it up (it currently airs on MyNetworkTV affiliate WABM). Since the affiliation switch, the station has been known as "FOX6". After formally joining Fox, the station added an hour-long 9 p.m. newscast, in addition to its half-hour 10 p.m. newscast.
WBRC is one of only a few stations in the country to have had primary affiliations with all of the Big Three networks, and the only one in the country to have had primary affiliations with all four current major networks. The station was also one of the first Fox O&O's to launch a website with the MyFox interface, which features video, more detailed news, and a consistent interface that was featured on virtually all Fox O&O station websites until late January and early February 2009 when the Fox O&O station websites (still using their existing MyFox addresses and branding) were redesigned to use a less-flashy design very similar to those of the websites of television stations owned by the LIN TV Corporation (which are also operated by Fox Interactive Media).
When Media General completed its acquisition of WVTM from NBC on June 26, 2006, WBRC became the only network O&O in the Birmingham/Tuscaloosa/Anniston market. However, on December 22, 2007, Fox announced that it had entered into an agreement to sell WBRC and seven other Fox O&O stations to Oak Hill Capital Partners' Local TV, which was built around the former television division of The New York Times Company. The sale of the station to Local TV became official on Monday, July 14, 2008.
On January 6, 2009, Local TV announced that it would be swapping WBRC to Raycom Media in exchange for that company's WTVR-TV in Richmond, Virginia.  Raycom is headquartered in Montgomery, the market just to the south of Birmingham, and also owns that market's NBC affiliate WSFA as well as WAFF, the NBC affiliate in Huntsville, the market just to the north of Birmingham. The transfer closed on March 31, 2009 .
In late January 2009, most of the former Fox O&Os now owned by Local TV migrated their websites to the Tribune Interactive platform. This was a result of the broadcast management agreement between Local TV and Tribune Broadcasting which was announced in late 2007 and officially launched in mid-2008. However, WBRC's website remained in the MyFox format with a design nearly identical to the recently redesigned websites of Fox O&Os until late June 2009 when the site (still using its MyFox address) was relaunched through Raycom's interactive partner WorldNow.
Like many network affiliates, WBRC-TV would pre-empt ABC programming occasionally or regularly, in some cases. For example, the station initially turned down the sitcom Bewitched, not because it concerned witchcraft, but because it concerned a mixed marriage (between a witch and a mortal); there were fears that Bewitched would encourage what some segregationists referred to as "cross-breeding". WBRC only started to clear Bewitched in 1967.
Soon after WBRC switched to Fox, it ceased production and broadcasting of local segments of the United Cerebral Palsy Telethon; WBRC was the first station to broadcast the telethon starting back in the 1940s. National celebrities would fly in to appear on this telethon and it was from WBRC that it moved to national prominence. Even in its waning moments at WBRC, the UCP Telethon would air locally produced mini-documentaries from WBRC (produced by Randy Mize and Tom Stovall).
WBRC produces a weekly Law advice program, "FOX6 WBRC Law Call". The program is a call in format, in which viewers phone in and ask legal advice from a legal panel (usually personal injury attorneys). It is hosted by former WBRC reporter Tiffany Bittner. It airs live on Sunday nights after the station's 10 o'clock newscast.
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WBRC broadcasts a total of 45½ hours of local news a week (7½ hours on weekdays, 3½ hours on Saturdays and 4½ hours on Sundays), more than any other television station in the state of Alabama.
After WBRC became a Fox affiliate in 1996, the station has placed more emphasis on its newscasts, maintaining a newscast schedule very similar to a ABC, CBS or NBC affiliate, along with additional 7-9 a.m. and 5:30-6 p.m. newscasts, and what was at first a 30-minute primetime 9 p.m. newscast. The 9 p.m. newscast was expanded to a full hour by 1999. The station is one of a steadily growing number of Fox stations with a newscast in the traditional late news timeslot (at 10 p.m. Central time, in WBRC's case; and one of the few Fox stations running a 10 p.m. (or 11 p.m.) newscast seven nights a week), in addition to the primetime (9 p.m.) newscast, along with one of the few to continue their Big Three-era 10 p.m. newscast after the affiliation switch.
On October 26, 2009 WBRC began broadcasting its local newscasts in High Definition, making WBRC the third television station in the entire state of Alabama—and the second station in the Birmingham-Tuscaloosa-Anniston market after WVTM-TV—to do so. The news set and the graphics were also redesigned in the transition to HD.
David Neal lawsuit
In May 2008, former chief meteorologist and Gadsden native David Neal filed a breach-of-contract and fraud lawsuit against the station and members of the management team. According to lawsuit filings, Neal was fired in March. The station had taken him off the air without explanation the previous month. The station denied wrongdoing, and began defending the lawsuit. In July 2008, the station announced that Neal's permanent replacement would be James-Paul Dice, formerly of WHNT-TV, the CBS affiliate in Huntsville, Alabama. On July 29, 2008, the parties to the lawsuit filed a stipulation of dismissal, stating that the dispute had been resolved in mediation. Terms of the settlement were not immediately disclosed.
For most of the last decade, FOX6 News at 9:00 has been one of the highest-rated primetime newscasts in the country. It also airs 43 hours of locally produced news programming per week, the most in the market. It has been the ratings leader in the market for most of the last quarter-century, dating to its time with ABC.
Raycom News Network/Raycom Weather Network
WBRC is part of the Raycom News Network, a system designed to rapidly share information among Raycom's widespread group of television stations and websites. A regional network has developed among Columbus/Phenix City ABC affiliate WTVM (channel 9), Montgomery NBC affiliate WSFA (channel 12) and Huntsville NBC affiliate WAFF (channel 48) in which stations share information, equipment such as satellite trucks or even reporters' stories. Between them, these four stations cover the state of Alabama. The four stations also comprise the Raycom Weather Network and the Raycom Alabama Weather Blog, where meteorologists from all four stations post forecasts and storm reports, as well as live feeds from all of the cameras that the four stations operate. The site also has live feeds of "TrueView Doppler 9" (WTVM), "Doppler 12 StormVision" (WSFA), "FOX 6 VIPIR" (WBRC) and "Live Doppler 48" (WAFF).
- Daybreak - 4:30-5am
- Good Day Alabma - 5am-9am
- FOX6 News at Noon - 12-1pm
- FOX6 News at 5 - 5-5:30pm
- FOX6 News at 5:30 - 5-5:30pm
- FOX6 News at 6 - 6-6:30pm
- FOX6 News at 9 - 9-10pm
- FOX6 News at 10 - 10-10:35pm
- FOX6 News Saturday Morning - 7-8:30am
- FOX6 News at 9 - 9-10pm
- FOX6 News at 10 - 10-10:30pm
- FOX6 News Sunday Morning - 7-9am
- FOX6 News at 9 - 9-10pm
- FOX6 News at 10 - 10-10:30pm
News Music Packages
|Music Packages||Composer||Year Used||Other Notes|
|The Golden Apple []||Bob James||1977-1979||Commissioned by WBRC|
|On The Top of It All []||Mayoham Music||1979-1981|
|Movin' Ahead []||Boutwell Studios||1981-1983||Commissioned by WBRC|
|BRC-6 News Package []||VTS Productions||1983-1985||Only first station to commissioned|
|Turn to News[]||Gari Communications Inc.||1985-1990||Commissioned the image campaign Alabama's Great []|
|Palmer News Package []||Shelly Palmer Advance Media||1990-1998|
|Outlaw News []||Stephen Arnold Music||1998-2007|
|Fox Affiliate News Theme []||OSI Music||2007-2010|
|The X-2 Package []||Gari Communications Inc.||2010-Present|
- Good Day Alabama - 4:30-9 a.m.
- Fox 6 News at Noon - 12-1 p.m.
- Fox 6 News at 5 - 5-5:30 p.m.
- Fox 6 News at 5:30 - 5-5:30 p.m.
- Fox 6 News at 6 - 6-6:30 p.m.
- Fox 6 News at 9 - 9-10 p.m.
- Fox 6 News at 10 - 10-10:35 p.m.
- Fox 6 News Saturday Morning - 7-8:30 a.m.
- Fox 6 News at 9 - 9-10 p.m.
- Fox 6 News at 10 - 10-10:30 p.m.
- Fox 6 News Sunday Morning - 7-9 a.m.
- Fox 6 News at 9 - 9-10 p.m.
- Fox 6 News at 10 - 10-10:30 p.m.
- Your Esso Reporter (1949-1953)
- Alabama Newsreel (1953-1960)
- The Alabama Report (1960-1964)
- TV-6 News (1964-1976)
- Total News (1976-1982)
- Channel 6 News (1982-1984 and 1986-1996; presented on-air as "6 24 Hour News" from the early 1990s-1996)
- BRC 6 News (1984-1986)
- Fox 6 News (1996-present)
- We're Still Having Fun, TV-6's The One (1977-1978; 1979-1980; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
- We're the One, You Can Turn to TV-6 (1978-1979; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
- You're On Top Of It All (1979-1981)
- You and Me and TV-6 (1980-1981; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
- Now is the Time, Channel 6 is the Place (1981-1982; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
- Movin' Ahead (1981-1983)
- Come on Along with Channel 6 (1982-1983; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
- That Special Feeling on BRC-6 (1983-1984; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
- We're With You on BRC-6 (1984-1985; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
- You'll Love It on BRC-6 (1985-1986; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
- Together on Channel 6 (1986-1987; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
- Alabama's Great! (1986-1989; used during period station used Frank Gari's "Turn to News")
- The Beat Belongs to 6 (1987-1989)
- Something's Happening on Channel 6 (1987-1990; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
- Your 24-Hour News Source (1989-1994)
- Alabama's Watching Channel 6 (1990-1992; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
- If It's Alabama, It Must Be Channel 6 (1992-1993; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
- Your 24-Hour News Team (1994-1996)
- On Your Side (1995-1996 and 2009-present)
- Alabama's 24-Hour News Team (1996-1998)
- Coverage You Can Count On (1998-2006)
- The Most Powerful Name in Local News (2006-2009)
Notable on-air staff
Current on-air staff
- Karen Church - Weekends, FOX6 News Saturday/Sunday Morning, FOX6 News at 9 and 10
- Steve Crocker - Weeknights, FOX6 News at 6 and 9
- Janet Hall - Weeknights, FOX6 News at 5, 5:30, and 6
- Rick Journey - Weekdays, Daybreak, Good Day Alabama (5-9am)
- Janice Rogers - Weekdays, Good Day Alabama (5-7am) and FOX6 News at Noon
- Scott Richards - Weekinights, FOX6 News at 5, 5:30, and 10
- Beth Shelburne - Weeknights, FOX6 News at 9 and 10
- Sarah Verser - Weekdays, Good Day Alabama (7-9am)
- Arielle Clay - general assignment reporter
- Alan Collins - general assignment reporter
- Jonathan Hardison - nightside reporter
- Sherea Harris - general assignment reporter
- Dixon Hayes - Anniston bureau videojournalist
- Katie Herrea - Gadsden bureau videojournalist
- Emily Luxen - general assignment reporter; also fill-in anchor
- Doug Luzader - FOX News Washington D.C. correspondent
- Ashley Nix - general assignment reporter
- Melanie Posey - general assignment reporter
- Max Reiss - Raycom Political Reporter (based out of WSFA-TV in Montgomery)
- Kelvin Reynolds - Tuscaloosa bureau reporter
- Ronda Robinson - "FOX6 On Your Side" investigative reporter
FOX6 StormWarn Weather Team
- James-Paul Dice Weeknights, Chief Meteorologist,(AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist and NWA Seals of Approval) - FOX6 News at 5, 5:30, 6, 9 and 10 p.m.
- Mickey Ferguson - Weekdays, Weather Anchoe, Daybreak, Good Day Alabama, and FOX6 News at Noon
- Fred Hunter Weekends, Meteorologist,(NWA Seal of Approval) - FOX6 News at 9 and 10, and "Absolutely Alabama" segment
- Wes Wyatt Weekends, Meteorologist, (AMS and NWA Seals of Approval) FOX6 News Saturday/Sunday Morning
- Dennis Washington - Meteorologist, fill-in
FOX6 Sports Team
- Rick Karle - Sports Director; Weeknights, FOX6 News at 5, 6, 9, and 10 p.m.
- Sheldon Haygood - Sports Anchor; Weekends, FOX6 Newsat 9 and 10 p.m.
- Jeh Jeh Pruitt - Sports Anchor; Weekdays, FOX6 News at Noon
- Mike Dubberly - Sports Reporter
Former on-air staff
- Brooke Allen - traffic reporter
- Christie Del Amo (Johnson) - anchor/reporter
- Colleen Bates - midday weather reporter
- Tiffany Bittner - reporter/weekend morning anchor (now host of "FOX6 WBRC Law Call" which airs on Sunday nights)
- Frank Billingsley - weekend meteorologist (now at KPRC-TV in Houston)
- Bill Bolen - weekday morning anchor (retired in 2010; had been with the station since 1969)
- Dave Bondy - reporter (currently at WPXI in Pittsburgh)
- Bruce Burkhardt - anchor/reporter
- "Country Boy" Eddie Burns - host of longest produced program for local country music talent, The "Country Boy" Eddie Show
- Shane Butler - meteorologist (currently at WRDW-TV)
- Wynette Byrd (Tammy Wynette) - was a regular performer on WBRC's Country Boy Eddie Show, prior to her move to Nashville (deceased)
- Benny Carle - did various Children's TV shows in Birmingham TV market from 1949-1964 (retired)(site below)
- John Carroll - meteorologist (currently at KREX-TV in Grand Junction, Colorado)
- Michele Cimino - reporter/meteorologist (currently at [WKMG-TV WKMG-TV] in Orlando, FL)
- Bruce Cunningham - sports anchor (WBFF-TV in Baltimore)
- Brian Curtis - anchor/reporter (currently main weekday evening anchor at KXAS-TV in Dallas/Fort Worth)
- Chris Davis - meteorologist
- Terri Denard - weekend anchor
- Jason Dennis - reporter (currently news anchor at WXTX-TV in Columbus, GA)
- Jonathan Elias - reporter (1988-1991; now at WBZ-TV in Boston)
- Fannie Flagg - co-host of The Morning Show (1960s)
- Art Franklin - anchor (retired in May 2008 from WAGA-TV in Atlanta, GA)
- Eli Gold - sports anchor (currently the voice of University of Alabama football & hosts the weekly NASCAR Live radio call in show on MRN)
- Pat Gray - weather reporter
- Ron Grillo - weekend sports anchor/reporter
- Donna Hamilton - co-host of "The Morning Show" and "PM Magazine" (currently at WBAL-TV in Baltimore)
- Taylor Henry - Tuscaloosa Bureau chief/reporter (now in management at WGNO in New Orleans, LA)
- Michael Hill - anchor/reporter now in the process of putting together a new media company.
- Mike Hogewood - sports anchor (currently lead broadcaster for the Atlantic Coast Conference)
- Michael Jones - anchor/reporter
- Jason Kelley - weekend meteorologist
- Ted Klimasewski ("Dr. Ted K") - meteorologist (currently fill-in meteorlogist at WJXS-TV)
- Brenda Ladun - anchor (currently at WBMA/WCFT/WJSU)
- Larry Langford - reporter (former mayor of Birmingham)
- Joe Langston - anchor
- Andrea Lindenberg - anchor (currently morning news anchor on Birmingham's WVTM-TV)
- Scott Lukich - sports anchor/reporter
- Harry Mabry - anchor (deceased)
- Brandy Malone - traffic reporter (now traffic reporter at WZTV in Nashville)
- Linda Mays - anchor (currently at WBMA/WCFT/WJSU)
- Pat McReynolds - anchor/reporter (currently at KPHO-TV in Phoenix)
- Chris Montana - "That's Life" general assignment reporter
- Bev Montgomery - anchor
- David Neal - meteorologist (now weekend meteorologist at WIAT)
- Frank O'Neil - weather reporter
- Kerry Nivens - sports reporter
- Phyllis Oliver - weekend weather reporter
- Greg Phillips - "6 on your side" reporter and fill-in anchor
- Brian Pia -investigative reporter and documentary anchor (now svp & director, Luckie Strategic Public Relations, 5th ranked ad agency-owned PR operation in U.S., www.luckie.com.)
- Mark Prater - meteorologist (now chief meteorologist at WIAT)
- Nikki Preede (Kimbleton) - anchor/reporter (currently at WJXT in Jacksonville, FL)
- Cynthia Pryor (Hardy) - anchor/reporter
- Dave Pylant - meteorologist (currently at KOAM-TV in Seattle, Washington)
- Mike Raita - sports anchor (currently at WBMA/WCFT/WJSU)
- Atticus Rominger - "6 on your side" reporter
- Mike Royer - meteorologist (currently news anchor at WVTM-TV)
- Lynn Sampson (Stephens) - anchor/reporter
- Sara Sanders - weekend meteorologist
- Dan Satterfield - meteorologist (currently at WHNT-TV in Huntsville)
- Kevin Selle - weekend meteorologist (currently at TXCN)
- Shelia Smoot - news reporter (currently on the Jefferson County Commission)
- James Spann - meteorologist (currently at WBMA/WCFT/WJSU)
- Emily Stroud - reporter/fill-in anchor (currently at WBIR-TV in Knoxville, TN)
- Laurie Stroud - anchor
- Gil Tyree - weekend sports anchor (now at GPB in Atlanta)
- Devon Walsh - anchor, (now morning anchor at WKRG-TV)
- Sally Wiggin - anchor/reporter, (now at WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh)
- Kathy Williams - reporter
- Herb Winches - sports anchor (was at WJOX-AM from 1990-2006; at WIAT-TV for several years before leaving)
- Dell Witcher - anchor/reporter
- Tom York - sports anchor/host of WBRC's long-running The Morning Show
Previous owners of Channel 6
- 1949–1953: Birmingham Broadcasting Co.
- 1953–1957: Storer Broadcasting
- 1957–1987: Taft Broadcasting
- 1987–1993: Great American Broadcasting
- 1993–1994: Citicasters
- 1994–1995: WBRC/WGHP Trust(sale to Fox planned)
- 1995–2008: FOX Broadcasting
- 2008–2009: Local TV LLC
- 2009: Raycom Media
- ^ "WBRC-TV To Debut July 1, First in Ala.". Billboard: 13. 1949-06-11.
- ^ "Require Prime Evening Time for NTA Films" ([dead link]). Boxoffice: 13. November 10, 1956. http://issuu.com/boxoffice/docs/boxoffice_111056-1.
- ^ Nelson, Bob (2008-10-18). "Call Letter Origins". The Broadcast Archive. http://nelson.oldradio.com/origins.call-list.html. Retrieved 2008-10-31.
- ^ News Corporation
- ^ Raycom, Local TV to Swap Stations - 1/6/2009 6:28:00 PM - Broadcasting & Cable
- ^ Local TV Closes on WTVR
- ^ "Still No Sign of David Neal on Fox 6," The Birmingham News, March 26, 2008, p. 3C
- ^ "Meteorologist Sues Fox 6 Over Firing," The Birmingham News, May 13, 2008, p. 1B
- ^ "Fox 6 Hires Dice as Chief Meterologist," The Birmingham News, July 19, 2008, p. 2C
- ^ Fox 6, David Neal Settle Lawsuit, The Birmingham News, July 30, 2008
- ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zstVnuzD3N0
- ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oo5E4S7SfbU
- ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gsCW-CqcPY
- ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1klTBH_JR8
- ^ http://www.myfoxal.com/Global/category.asp?C=169485
- Birmingham Rewound: Radio-TV
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WBRC
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WBRC-TV
- Program Information for WBRC at TitanTV.com
- Huntsville Rewound-Huntsville AL TV Memories
- Benny Carle-Classic Alabama TV(on WBRC from 1954-1964)