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.
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".
This logo was similar to the one used by WJBK in Detroit from 1977-1978.
"Still The One" ID (1979–1980)
"You & Me & ABC" ID (1980–1981)
ID bug (1980–1983)
"Now is the time, ABC is the Place" ID (June 26, 1982)
Station ID (February 25, 1982)
"Come on Along!" ID (September 14, 1982)
"That Special Feeling" ID (November 24, 1983)
"That Special Feeling" ID (1983)
"You'll Love It!" ID (February 5, 1986)
"Together" ID (September 5, 1986)
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.
WKRN-TV station ID logo
In 2016, WKRN-TV introduced a new logo incorporating a minor alteration of the 1973–79 Helvetica "2" design.
1Nexstar operates these stations owned by Mission Broadcasting. 2Nexstar operates this station owned by Cunningham Broadcasting. 3Nexstar operates this station owned by White Knight Broadcasting through an SSA. 4Nexstar operates this station owned by Vaughan Media. 5Predecessor company of LIN Media. 6Currently a repeater for WWLP. 7Joint venture with Discovery, Inc., in which Nexstar owns 31% while Discovery owns the remaining 69%.