Originally signed on the air on December 11, 1949 as the first incarnation of WOAI-TV, it was the first television station in the San Antonio market on VHF channel 4, owned by Southland Industries along with WOAI (1200 AM) WOAI-AM-TV are among the few broadcast stations located west of the Mississippi River that have a call sign beginning with "W." In the early days of broadcasting, most Central Time Zone states were in the "W" territory. In 1923, the dividing line was changed to the Mississippi River. Since WOAI Radio was already on the air, it kept its W call letters and when it put a TV station on the air, it shared that call sign. Channel 4 has been an NBC affiliate since its sign-on, due to WOAI AM radio's longtime affiliation with the Red Network.
On December 11, 1974, coinciding with the station's 25th anniversary of its sign on, and with the sale of WOAI-TV to United Television, the station, due to FCC rules in place then, changed its callsign to KMOL-TV; the station gained a new logo to go with the callsign change.
KMOL "San Antonio Spirit" logo (1988-1993)
News 4 San Antonio open (1984-1989)
KMOL News 4 San Antonio open (1989-1993)
KMOL News 4 Nightcast open (1989-1993)
KMOL's alternate logo with the NBC peacock from 1986-1993.
"Spirit of San Antonio" logo - Daytime ID (1993-1996)
"Spirit of San Antonio" logo - Nighttime ID (1993-1996)
KMOL News 4 Open (1993-1996)
KMOL's station ID from "The Stars Are Back on NBC" campaign from 1993-94.
KMOL News 4 logo (1993-1996)
KMOL's alternate logo with the NBC peacock from 1993-1996.
KMOL Station ID for Wheel of Fortune from 1996.
News 4 San Antonio open (1996-1999)
News 4 San Antonio open (1999-2002)
KMOL Station ID (1999-2002)
KMOL weather logo, 1996–1997
News 4 San Antonio logo (1996-2002)
KMOL weather logo, 1997–2002
During this logo's run, KMOL-TV alongside the rest of BHC Communications and Chris-Craft Industries would be purchased by the Fox Television Stations subsidiary of News Corporation (owner of the Fox network and KTBC (VHF channel 7) in Austin, KDFW (VHF channel 4) in Dallas–Fort Worth and KRIV (UHF channel 26) in Houston) in 2001. Fox traded the station to Clear Channel Communications alongside then-sister station KTVX in Salt Lake City in 2002. Later, Clear Channel would restore the WOAI-TV callsigns to channel 4 so it can match its ownership of WOAI radio.
WOAI-TV (second era)
WOAI weather logo, 2002–2007
The 1996 KMOL-TV logo was retained when it reclaimed its WOAI-TV callsign on September 1, 2002. On November 16, 2006, after being bought by private equity firms, Clear Channel announced that it would sell all of its television stations. On April 20, 2007, Clear Channel sold its entire television group to Providence Equity Partners-controlled holding company Newport Television; the group deal was finalized on March 14, 2008. However, channel 4 continued a news partnership with its former radio sister, and the two stations continued to share a website for two years afterward.
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