WBRC-TV FOX6 is celebrating 60 years of broadcasting in Birmingham. FOX6 dates back to 1928 when WBRC was a radio station.
In fact, WBRC stands for Bell Radio Corporation. In the late twenties, WBRC AM 950 operated with a power of 10 watts, and WBRC-AM had a broadcast day of only four hours. The 1930's brought about more changes for WBRC. The power increased from 500 to 5,000 watts. The studio's all-glass enclosure allowed people to watch live radio broadcasts. WBRC-TV went on the air July 4, 1949 atop Red Mountain.
A big step came in September of 1950 when coaxial cable connected New York to Channel 6. This allowed the station to have a live link to air NBC and DuMont network programs. The first live studio cameras were added too, and this opened the way for live shows. One of the first was "Coffee Break." Other live acts were "Supersonic Sam" and "Cowboy Theatre."
The eighties brought a major advance in technology... satellites. The big dishes took root on Red Mountain in 1982, making it cheaper and more convenient for WBRC to receive network programs, news feeds, commercials and syndicated programs. The most recent ownership changes would be a part of television history. New World Incorporated purchased WBRC on October 12, 1994. New World would alter the network affiliate landscape across America as they aligned many of their stations with the FOX network.
Less than a year later, the FOX Network, owned by Rupert Murdoch would become our owner on July 22, 1995. Channel 6 became FOX 6 on September 1, 1996, and remains to this day one of the most successful FOX TV stations in the country. In July 2008, WBRC was sold by Fox Television Stations to Local TV, LLC and on March 31st, 2009 WBRC was proud to become part of the Raycom Family.