(WTVM) - Sunday, October 6, 2013, marks the 60th anniversary of WTVM, the first TV station on the air in our area.
The year was 1953. WTVM signed on the air the same year Lucille ball had her own--and television's--first baby. President Dwight Eisenhower was inaugurated the same year. Gas was 29 cents a gallon, and a new car cost $1,800.
So much has changed in 60 years, except for one thing: Your loyalty to WTVM, and our commitment to you. Both are as strong as they have ever been!
In the coming days, WTVM News Leader 9 will share stories on our newscasts about the past 60 years. We hope they bring back great memories.
WTVM became an ABC affiliate in 1970. We were originally owned by Martin Theaters. In fact, our call letters, WTVM, were chosen to stand for "TV Martin". Martin Theaters later became the Carmike Theater chain.
What do the Aflac duck and WTVM have in common? Aflac once owned WTVM, eventually selling the station to our current owners, Raycom Media.
WTVM is proud to be the area's first TV station. Every day, we strive to be the best. With our local news in HD, the latest live news technology, and our unmatched capability to warn you of severe weather, we plan to earn our ratings as the number one local station every day.
We will deliver on our pledge: News Leader 9 is "coverage you can count on".
Thank you for 60 great years.
WTVM Editorial Committee
1909 Wynnton Road
Columbus, GA 31906