WKRG Mobile

1930
Channel 5 Alabama

WKRG-TV founded on Sep 5, 1955 is a CBS station that broadcasts in Mobile, Alabama and Pensacola, Florida. Licensed to Mobile the channel shares a duopoly with WFNA serving Gulf Shores on Channel 55. Nexstar Media Group has the ownership to the WKRG stationed on Broadcast Drive in southwest Mobile. The transmitter of the CH 5 is installed in unincorporated Baldwin County near Spanish Fort. WMBB, WFNA and WDHN are the siblings of the CBS affiliate.

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Watch WKRG stream online from Mobile, Alabama. Local news from Baldwin and Mobile County, Pensacola and Northwest Florida, weather and sports updates, traffic reports and more. Stream may take a moment to load.
 

 
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Catchphrase: Coverage You Can Count On

Sub-Channels: 5.1 CBS

5.2 Ion Television

5.3 MeTV

5.4 Laff

Website: www.wkrg.com

 

History

WKRG launch dates back to Sep 5, 1995 when movie theater owner Kenneth R. Giddens put the channel on air after already having the ownership to WKRG 710 AM (now WNTM). Since its existence the WKRG has remained as a CBS affiliate. It was originally stationed on St. Louis Street in downtown Mobile and stayed there until 1982 when it shifted to Bel Air Mall. Giddens who had a 20% interest in the station, sold 50% of his stake in channel to Mobile Press-Register, Inc. on April 4, 1958 however regained the full control in 1966.
For a number of years, WKRG remained a locally owned station in Mobile/Pensacola area but this would end following the demise of Giddens in 1993. Spartan Communications acquired the station in 1998 and then sold it to Media General in 2000. The channel celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2015. WKRG in 2007 entered a deal with Channel Communications (later iHeartMedia) to reunite with its former siblings WMXC and WNTM.

WKRG for a number of years served as an exclusive CBS affiliate in Pascagoula/Biloxi market but this changed in 2012 when WLOX affiliated with ABC signed with CBS to borrow content for one of its digital sub-channels. Media General on Sep 8, 2015 announced that it would acquire Meredith Corporation for USD 2.4b however, the deal couldn’t materialize. Nexstar Broadcasting Group on Jan 27, 2016 announced its purchase of Media General; this concluded in WKRG rejoining her Panama City sister WMBB.

Programming

WKRG currently broadcasts 22 hours of locally produced news-bulletins with 4 hours on weekday and 1 hour each on Saturdays and Sundays. 4:30 am and 6:30 pm (replacing Andy Griffith Show) newscasts were introduced on Dec 5, 2016.

Syndicated programming hosted by the station includes The Big Bang Theory, The Andy Griffith Show and Family Feud. Local News, Weather Alerts, Sports Stories, Traffic reports, WKRG Community feeds, trending stories, latest videos and more is available online. You can follow the channel 5 on Facebook and Twitter. Here is the website: https://www.wkrg.com/
 
Do You Know: Mel Showers associated with the WKRG since 1969 is the lead news anchor of station?