On September 10, 1988, WTVK swapped affiliations again with WBIR to take the CBS affiliation (therefore rejoining the network since its 1953 sign on).
In December 1988, WTVK moved up the dial from UHF channel 26 to VHF channel 8, and changed its call letters to WKXT-TV.
In 1996, Gray Communications Systems bought the station, and changed its calls to the current WVLT-TV in 1997. The call letters "VLT" stands for VoLunTeer State, which is Tennessee's official nickname.
1These stations (except for WQCW) broadcast these networks on their digital subchannels. 2Owned by Branson Visitors TV, Gray holds a 50.1% interest in the company. 3Owned by Schurz Communications, Gray operates KSPR through a SSA. 4Owned by Entravision Communications, Gray operates KDCU through a JSA.