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WSKT-TV

1953–1954

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WVLT-TV signed on the air on October 18, 1953, under the original call letters of WSKT-TV and operating on the channel 26 frequency.

WTVK

1954–1956

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The call letters changed to WTVK in 1954.

1956–196?

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In 1956, WTVK became the ABC affiliate after WBIR-TV signed on to take the CBS affiliation.

196?–197?

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197?–197?

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197?–1979

1979–1984

WTVK 1981

In September 1979, WTVK swapped affiliations with WATE-TV and became the NBC affiliate.

1984–1986

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1986–1988

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1988

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On September 10, 1988, WTVK swapped affiliations again with WBIR to take the CBS affiliation (therefore rejoining the network since its 1953 sign on).

WKXT-TV

1988–1997

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WKXT 1991

In December 1988, WTVK moved up the dial from UHF channel 26 to VHF channel 8, and changed its call letters to WKXT-TV.

WVLT-TV

1997–2007

WVLT 8

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.

2007–2011

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2011–present

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