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On October 15, 1929, WTOC radio (1290 AM) signed on as the first radio station in the Savannah area

It was an enterprise of civic group, Junior Board of Trade, that was the forerunner of the Savannah Jaycees. It was later purchased by William Knight, Jr., who eventually added an FM station in 1946.

On February 14, 1954, WTOC-TV was established as the first television station in the Savannah area.

WTOC-AM-FM had long been the area's CBS Radio affiliate, so WTOC-TV joined CBS and has been with the network ever since.

WTOC has led the local Nielsen ratings in Savannah for most of the time since records have been kept…
...winning every timeslot since 1980.

Changes in Weather Technology

William Knight Jr. sold WTOC-AM-FM-TV to AFLAC in 1979. That company sold off the radio stations with the AM station becoming WTKS and the FM station WQBT.

In 1995, WTOC moved to new facilities (known as "The News Place") on the west side of Savannah at Chatham Parkway.

Doug Weathers looks back at WTOC history

In 1996, AFLAC sold its entire television group, including WTOC, to a group headed by Retirement Systems of Alabama which merged it with Ellis Communications to form Raycom Media.

Celebrating Bureau Chief Jim Hilderbrandt

In Memory of Jim Hilderbrandt
In Memory of Johnny Cole
In Memory of Mitch Glicken
In Memory of Steven Shoob
In Memory of Mike Manhatton
In Memory of Don Logana

Looking back at WTOC history with Dawn Baker and Ron Wallace

On October 10, 2010, WTOC began broadcasting news in high definition.

In January of 2019, Raycom Media, including WTOC, was acquired by Gray Television.

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