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WGCL was signed on by the Christian Broadcasting Network in 1971 as WHAE-TV, a mostly religious independent station, though it also aired some low-budget programming.
In 1977, the call letters were changed to WANX-TV as even more secular programming joined the schedule.
Tribune Broadcasting acquired WANX from CBN in 1983, and one year later changed the call letters to WGNX to emphasize its co-ownership with WGN-TV in Chicago.
10:00 newscast open from 1989
Around this time, the station developed a news department and began to offer local news.
7:30 newscast open from 1993
10:00 newscast open from 1994
WGNX became the CBS affiliate for the Atlanta market in December 1994, after WAGA-TV switched its affiliation to Fox , as part of an affiliation deal with New World Communications . Originally, WGNX was set to affiliate to The WB, as Tribune held a minority stake in that network. T he WB instead ended up on former Fox affiliate (and sister station between 1997 and 1998) WATL .
CBS Atlanta News Open (1999-2000) CBS Atlanta News Open (2000-2001)
In 1998, Tribune sold WGNX to
Meredith Corporation. This new logo and look was introduced a year later.
WGNX changed its call letters to
WGCL-TV on July 4, 2000. At the same time, it introduced a new news format called Clear News.
CBS Atlanta News open (2002-2003)
WGCL dropped the
Clear News name in 2002, reverting to the name CBS Atlanta.
Around a year later, the station became
CBS 46 News at 6:00 open from 2004-2009
WGCL newscast logo (2009-2014)
CBS Atlanta News open (2009-2014)
CBS Atlanta branding returned after six years in 2009. Along with it came a graphics refresh.
CBS 46 News open from 2014
WGCL returned to the
CBS 46 name in 2014, launching a new logo and graphics package (originally designed for the CBS O&Os) at the same time.
WGCL-TV news opens
All the news opens for WGCL-TV.
TV stations in North Georgia, including metro Atlanta and Athens
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