WMC-TV 5 celebrates 60 years on the air - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

WMC-TV 5 celebrates 60 years on the air

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Much has changed in the Mid-South since WMC first began broadcasting.

When WMCT went on the air in 1948, only about 1,400 Mid-Southerners owned TV sets.  The University of Memphis was Memphis State, Rhodes was Southwestern, and Lemoyne didn't have Owen.

The Memphis Airport wasn't international and propeller planes rode in and out of a terminal across the street from the present facility.

They were still building Fords at the Memphis plant, the second bridge over the Mississippi was just about finished, and car service came free with gasoline that cost only 30 cents per gallon.

The WMCT studios were located at Madison and Third in downtown Memphis.

The station signed on for the first time December 11th, 1948.  WMCT started as the first television station in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi...

The next six decades brought many more firsts -- in broadcast, technology, race relations, news and entertainment.

This week we're celebrating all of it.

Stay tuned...

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