WAFB Baton Rouge

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WAFB owned by Gray Television is a CBS affiliate active in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Established on April 19, 1953, the channel is a sister to LP, Class A station WBXH-CD linked with MyNetworkTV. The two siblings are housed on Government Street in downtown Baton Rouge with a transmitter installed on River Road near the city’s Riverbend section. Cox Communications, DirecTv, AT&T U-verse and Dish Network are the cable carriers of the television. Until Feb 13, 2019, the channel was carried by cox in Lafayette.

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Slogan: Louisiana’s News Channel

Sister: WVUE-DT and WBXH-CD

Website: www.wafb.com/

 

History

WAFB signed on air on April 19, 1953 as Louisiana’s second TV channel. Modern Broadcasting of Baton Rouge was the owner of the channel and also owned radios WAFB-AM and WAFB-FM. The television asset was sold by the company to Royal Street corporation of New Orleans n 1956 which held WDSU, the maiden television to air in the state of Louisiana. Royal then ran the channel until 1964 when it released it to Guaranty Corporation. The transmitter tower was relocated to south of Louisiana State University’s campus. Initially launched on UHF Ch 28, the channel switched to VHF Ch in 1960.

It since its inception maintained its status as a CBS affiliate but hosted some of NBC network on its lineups until 1955. The station would also carry select ABC programs until 1971 while also airing DuMont until it got went down. How to Marry a Millionaire, This is Alice and Sherriff of Cochise were the programs of the channel during its brief affiliation stint with NTA Film Network. Gray Television announced the acquisition of the television after its merger with Raycom on June 25, 2018; the deal was approved by Federal Communications Commission and concluded on Jan 2, 2019.

Programming

Despite hosting CBS network’s most of content, WAFB also carries syndicated programs including The Kelly Clarkson Show, Right This Minute, 25 Words or Less and Tamron Hall. Channel 9 brings news, weather, traffic updates, health, community news, Louisiana weekend, the investigators, and more online. Follow WAFB on Facebook and Twitter. Here is the website: https://www.wafb.com/