Monday, March 21, 2016

3/21 Today in Florida History from the Florida Historical Society

1949 - WTVJ-TV, Miami’s first television station, aired its first broadcast at noon on this date. It was the first television station in Florida and only the 16th in the entire country. The station was originally owned by Wometco Enterprises and carried all four major networks of that era (NBC, CBS, ABC and Dumont). After 1964, the Jackie Gleason Show was produced at WTVJ. In 1984 Wometco sold the station to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) but by 1987 NBC purchased the station. WTVJ is also the home of local NBC News Channel 6 which received multiple local Emmys for their coverage of Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

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