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WSIX-TV

1953–1965

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WKRN-TV originally signed on the air on November 29, 1953, as WSIX-TV, a primary CBS affiliate on VHF channel 8, it was owned by Louis and Jack Draughon, who owned AM radio station WSIX (now WYFN). It became a full-time ABC affiliate after only one year when WLAC-TV (VHF channel 5, now WTVF) signed on and took the CBS affiliation due to WLAC radio's long history as a CBS radio affiliate.

1965–1969

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The Draughons sold the WSIX stations to General Electric in 1966.

1969–1971

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1971–1972

1972–1973

WNGE-TV

1973–1979

1973–1976

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On December 11, 1973, WSIX-TV and PBS member station WDCN-TV (now WNPT) switched channel positions; with the change, WSIX-TV became WNGE-TV on VHF channel 2, which stood for "Nashville General Electric".

1976–1979

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1979–1981

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This logo was similar to the one used by WJBK in Detroit from 1977-1978.

1981–1983

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WKRN-TV

1983–1990

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WNGE-TV changed its callsign to the current WKRN-TV on November 29, 1983 as a result of General Electric selling off its broadcast stations (including channel 2, which went to Knight Ridder, except for KCNC-TV in Denver); the "circle 2" from its final years as WNGE-TV was retained. Knight Ridder sold all of its television stations including channel 2 (along with WTEN in Albany, New York), at which point Young Broadcasting purchased in 1989.

1990–2016

1990–1994

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1994–2016

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2016–present

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In 2016, WKRN-TV introduced a new logo incorporating a minor alteration of the 1973–79 Helvetica "2" design.

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