WHNT News 19 Huntsville

Channel 19 Alabama

WHNT branded as WHNT News 19 is a station operating in Huntsville, Alabama and is affiliated with CBS. Owned by Tribune Broadcasting, the station serves North Alabama’s Tennessee Valley. Monte Sano serves as the transmitter site of the station with studios on Holmes Avenue Northwest in downtown Huntsville. WHNT at present also has news bureaus in Decatur, Shoals and Sand Mountain. It broadcasts on UHF Ch 19.

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Slogan: North Alabama’s News Leader | The Weather Authority

Sub-Channels: 19.1 CBS

19.2 Independent

19.3 Antenna TV

Website: www.whnt.com/


Earlier Days

WHNT commenced its operation on Nov 28, 1963 on the occasion of Thanksgiving Day and was the maiden station to be launched after the assassination of Kennedy. Since its inception and to date the channel has maintained its identity as a CBS affiliate, being the only in Huntsville to do so.

Acquisition by New York Times

The New York Times Company in 1980 assumed the ownership of the channel which would then run it for over a quarter century. The station moved to its present facilities in downtown Huntsville in 1987 under the ownership of New York Times. Monte Sano mountain providing the highest elevation point serves as the transmitter site. It is the only major station to use the specialized broadcasting facility in Huntsville. The other stations including WZDX, WAAY and WAFF operate from formerly office building, gas station and jewelry store respectively. It in 2003 allowed its competitors in the market WZDX and WAAY to use its transmitter tower following the collapse of their site which also resulted in killing of three of their men.

Local TV and Tribune Ownership

On Jan 4, 2007, The New York Times Company sold the station to Local TV which in turn was owned by Oak Hill Capital Partners; the deal closed on May 7, 2007. Tribune Company on Dec 27, 2013 completed the acquisition of the channel and other Local TV stations for USD 2.75 billion following a deal which started on July 1, 2013

Sale to Nexstar Media Group (Pending)

On Dec, 2018, Nexstar Media Group announced its acquisition of Tribune Media holdings for a transfer fee of USD 6.4 billion in Cash and debt. Nexstar which owns WZDX and WHDF since Dec 2014 and Nov 2018 can’t purchase WHNT outright because of the Federal Communications Commission rule which prohibit the common ownership for more than two channels in the same market.


WHNT broadcasts local (from Decatur, Shoals, Athens and Huntsville), national and international news, weather and sports programming, community events, featured content and more. It currently broadcasts all of CBS programming except for the Saturday edition of CBS This Morning which is broadcasted on WHNT-DT2. The Syndicated content includes Rachel Ray, The Ellen DeGeneres Sow, Access and Inside Edition and others. Here are some of programs produced by CBS affiliate.

Bull “Prior Bad Acts” The Late Show with Stephen Colbert  Blue Bloods “My Brothers Keeper”  Open House
 State of the Union 2019  WHNT News 19 at Noon  CBS Morning News  WHNT News 19
 WHNT News 19 Early Morning  CBS Overnight News  The Bold and Beautiful  Let’s Make a Deal
 The World’s Best “The Auditions Season Premiere”  The Talk  The Price is Right Inside Edition “Super LIII”​
 The Young and the Restless  CBS This Morning  Young Sheldon “A Math Emergency and Perky Palms”  S.A.W.A.T “The B-Team”
 Access  Big Brother: Celebrity Edition  Criminal Minds “Truth or Dare”  The Big Bang Theory “The Donation Oscillation”
 The Neighborhood “Welcome to Fight Night”  Man with a Plan “Wife-Proof”  Celebrity Page  On the Money

Raw Travel



Chelsea Brentzel Kelly Smith Courtney Crown Ben Smith
Jasmine Redus Clarissa McClain Lisa Screws Christina Edwards
Kelly Vaughen Ivy Anderson Drew Galloway Maxie Gardner Christine Mitchell
Madison Neal Stephanie Muse Carter Watkins Justin Barr
Laura Christmas Paul Caron Gabrielle Deabler
Greg Screws Dallas Parker Felesha Lee Joel Porter
Lauren Harksen Jason Simpson Olivia Whitmire Melissa Riopka
Steve Johnson Kristen Conner Jerry Hayes Brian Lawson
Rocco DiSangro Christine Killimayer Alex Stokes



Address: WHNT News 19

200 Holmes Avenue

Huntsville, AL 35801

Tel: 256 533 1919

256 534 7226 (Newsroom)

Fax: 256 536 9468