WTOC-TV, channel 11, is the CBS affiliate television station in Savannah, Georgia (United States). Its transmitter is located west of Savannah. It is owned by Raycom Media.

Savannah, Georgia
Branding WTOC 11 (general)

The News (newscasts)

Slogan The Southeast News Leader
Channels Digital: 11 (VHF)
Subchannels 11.1 CBS (exclusive, since 1970; primary until 1970)

11.2 Skytrack Weather 11.3 This TV

Owner Raycom Media, Inc.

(WTOC License Subsidiary, LLC)

First air date February 14, 1954
Call letters' meaning Welcome To Our City (from former radio sister)
Former channel number(s) 11 (VHF analog, 1954-2009)

15 (UHF digital, 2002-2009)

Former affiliations NBC (1954-1956)

ABC (1954-1970) DuMont (1954-1955) all secondary

Transmitter power 24.4 kW (digital)
Height 441 m (digital)
Facility ID 590
Transmitter coordinates 32°3′14″N 81°21′1″W / 32.05389°N 81.35028°W / 32.05389; -81.35028
Website www.wtoc.com

Digital programming

The station's digital signal is multiplexed.

Digital Channel Programming
11.1 main WTOC-TV programming / CBS HD
11.2 Skytrack Weather
11.3 This TV


In October 1929, WTOC-AM signed on as the first radio station in the Savannah area, an enterprise of the Junior Board of Trade, a civic group that was the forerunner of the Savannah Jaycees. It was later purchased by William Knight, Jr., who later added an FM station in 1946.

On February 14, 1954, Knight took a great financial risk and established WTOC-TV as the first television station in the Savannah area. WTOC radio had long been Savannah's CBS affiliate, so WTOC-TV joined CBS and has been with that network ever since. It carried programming from all three networks for two years until WSAV-TV signed on in 1956 and took the NBC affiliation. WTOC then shared ABC with WSAV until WJCL-TV signed on in 1970. Shortly thereafter, WTOC moved its transmitter & antenna to a new 1500 ft. tower off of Ft. Argyle Road in Southwest Chatham County. This significantly increased its coverage area.

Knight sold WTOC-AM-FM-TV to Aflac in 1979. Aflac sold off the radio stations; the AM station is now WTKS and the FM station is now WQBT. In 1996, Aflac sold its entire television group, including WTOC, to a group headed by Retirement Systems of Alabama, who merged it with Ellis Communications to form Raycom Media. As a condition of the Aflac-Ellis broadcast merger, Raycom had to sell off WSAV, which Ellis had owned since 1995.

For many years, WTOC broadcast from a studio on Abercorn Street in downtown Savannah. In 1995, it moved to a new studio on the west side of Savannah at Chatham Parkway in 1995, known as "The News Place." Since that time, the downtown building has become the offices for the President of Savannah College of Art and Design. The station's original triangle-shaped tower, now used as a backup, can still be seen today along Abercorn Street.

A station editorial, a rarity on many American television stations since the repeal of the Fairness Doctrine, continues to be presented by WTOC General Manager William Cathcart after the 11pm newscast, usually every two weeks. Cathcart's viewpoints are very conservative in nature. While WTOC's snail mail and website address are offered after each of these editorials, counterpoint responses by other parties are never offered on the air. (Raycom now demands that all its station general managers present editorials.[1])

WTOC-TV ended analog operations on June 12, 2009, as part of the DTV transition in the United States.[2] The station moved back to channel 11 after the transition.[3]

News department

WTOC has led the news ratings in Savannah for most of the time since ratings have been kept. While WSAV and WJCL made a serious threat in the 1970s, WTOC has won every timeslot since 1980, often garnering more viewers than WSAV and WJCL combined. Its dominance is so absolute that it calls its newscasts simply "THE News."

The station airs 6 hours of news a day, a considerable amount for a station in the 97th market and far more than any other station in Savannah. Unlike most stations which change their graphics and music after a few years of use, WTOC has used versions of Frank Gari's "Newschannel" music package since 1987.

The station won both Emmy and Edward R. Murrow awards for news gathering efforts in 2003. In addition, the station pulled in 11 Georgia Associated Press Awards for the 2004. In 2005 Chris Clark won an Emmy for his football special and an Edward R. Murrow award for his story about a high school football player. In 2006 an Emmy was awarded to Mike Manhattan and Zach Powers for Freedom Fighters, a story about 3rd-ID Soldiers in Iraq. In 2007 Zach Powers, Alex Monarch and Chris Clark won an Emmy for editing a special series on Rosa Parks. The same year Chris Clark won the Emmy for best sports reporter.

On October 10, 2010, with its Sunday evening late newscast, WTOC became the third station (behind WJCL and WTGS) in Savannah to launch local news in high definition. It should be noted that WTGS news is essentially the same as it sister station WJCL.

News team

Current on-air staff


  • Sonny Dixon, 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm anchor/reporter & co-host of Mid-Morning Live
  • Jody Chapin, 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm anchor/reporter & co-host of Mid-Morning Live
  • Dawn Baker, 5:30 pm and 11:00 pm anchor/reporter
  • Mike Cihla, First Report/Daybreak/noon anchor/reporter and golf tip reporter
  • Melanie Ruberti, weekend anchor/reporter/weathercaster
  • Jennifer Serda, morning anchor/reporter


*Dal Cannady, bureau chief

WTOC 11 First Alert Weather

*Patrick Prokop, chief meteorologist, seen at 5, 5:30pm, 6pm, and 11pm.[4]


*Rick Snow, sports director/anchor
  • DaShawn Brown, sports anchor

Former on-air staff

  • Dwight Bruce ("Happy Dan")
  • Jim Synnott
  • Dan Hogan
  • Richard Lantz
  • Gary Apple
  • Wendy Chioji
  • Mark Middleton
  • Doug Weathers
  • Johnny Cole (1930-2007, deceased)
  • Mitch Glicken (1963-2006, deceased)
  • Jack Keefe
  • Kim Angelastro
  • Hena Daniels
  • Chris Cowperthwaite
  • Stacey Turner
  • Rona Williams
  • Ryan Young
  • Chris Clark
  • Nicole Teigen
  • Dmitra Denmark
  • Holly Bristow
  • Richard Rogers, now at WRDW-TV, Augusta, Georgia
  • Jill Hayes, now in Augusta, Georgia.
  • Brent Davis
  • Susan Graham
  • Fred Morgan
  • Connie Riggins
  • Bill Memory
  • Kwame Holman
  • Paul Reed
  • Frank Kinsman
  • Steven Shoob, The "Phantom Producer"/Reporter (1950–2008, deceased)
  • Jim Carswell [(1984–1996, WSAV-TV 1996-2002)]
  • Jim Hildebrandt (deceased, 1937-1996)
  • Brooke Kelley,
  • Karla Redditte
  • Melissa Maikos
  • Andrew Davis
  • Theresa Elaine Jones Minor (1955-2005, deceased)
  • Gary Doyens
  • Nancy Amons
  • Gayle Jessup
  • Mike Manhatton, 5:30 pm and 11:00 pm anchor/reporter (1958-2014, deceased)

News/station presentation

Newscast titles

  • Your Esso Reporter (1954-1956)
  • The Savannah & Southeast Georgia Report (1956-1962)
  • Television 11/TV-11/Channel 11 News (1962-1970s)
  • Eleven Country News (1970s-1980s)
  • News 11 (1980s-1984)
  • WTOC News (1984-1987)
  • The News (1987–present)

Station slogans

  • We've Got the Touch on WTOC (1985–1986, local version of CBS ad campaign)
  • The Southeast News Leader (1986–present)

[2] This film, television or video-related list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it with reliably sourced additions.==References==

  1. ^ http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/452777-A_Tale_of_Three_Cities.php
  2. ^ http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1082A2.pdf
  3. ^ CDBS Print
  4. ^ a b http://www.wtoc.com/Global/category.asp?C=6903

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