WTVR-TV, the South’s First Television Station located on West Broad Street in Richmond, Virginia, is a legacy CBS affiliate owned by Tribune Broadcasting.
The station signed on the air April 22, 1948 as the first TV station granted a license south of the Mason/Dixon line. It was also the 16th television station in the U.S. — and the eighth to be granted a broadcast license.
The station’s landmark tower, which sits at 1,049 feet above sea level, was the largest freestanding structure in the country at that time and now stands as a familiar Richmond landmark.
The tall tower helps WTVR reach more viewers than any other TV station in Central Virginia spanning a region that reaches Fredericksburg to the North, westward beyond Charlottesville, east into Tidewater and south into North Carolina.
While the facility’s original building is still part of WTVR, a massive addition took place in 1990 that wrapped around two sides of the building to create a more modern work environment.
The new spacious newsroom and large studio feature a high definition news set and working weather center.
WTVR invests heavily in the latest technology to provide in-depth coverage of local stories to serve viewers more effectively than our competitors.
For example, the station launched fully high definition newscasts in August 2010. As a result, WTVR provides more local news in high definition than any other station in Central Virginia. In fact, WTVR is the only local station to broadcast in high definition from the field.