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Two Knoxville anniversaries occur during October. WATE-6 came on the air on 1 Oct 1953, while WTSK-26 signed-on 18 Oct 1953. WATE still operates on channel 6 with the same call letters. WTSK changed call letters several times over the years, as well as changing channels from 26 to 8. In 1973, while employed at WTVK-26, it was suggested to me to put together an anniversary show about the history of the station. A quick look around, and not much history could be found. WTVK was a station on a tight budget, being operated by young ones, some still in high school. The idea of a show was scrapped for lack of material.
Here's the broadcast log for the first day of operation WTSK-26, from 18 October 1953.
Will the last subscriber leaving Dish Network please turn off the satellite.