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Early Television Stations

U. S. TV Stations After WW2

Postwar television networks

 Construction Permits as of Jan 3, 1945

Original Call
Later Call

City

Licensee

Channel

Notes
W1XG   Boston, MA General Television Corp. 1 Experimental
W2XVT   Passaic, NJ Dumont Labs. Inc. 4 Experimental
W2XJT   Jamaica, NY Jamaica Radio & TV Corp. 13 Experimental
W2XBS WNBT New York, NY NBC 1 Commercial
W2XAB WCBW New York, NY CBS 2 Commercial
W2XVT WABD New York, NY Dumont Labs, Inc. 4 Commercial
W2XXB   New York, NY Bamberger Broadcasting Svc. 6 Experimental
W2XMT   New York, NY Metropolitan Television Inc. 8 Experimental
W2XB,WGY  W2XAF, W2XAD WRGB Schenectady, NY General Electric 3 Commercial
W3XWT WTTG Washington, DC Dumont Labs, Inc. 1 CP to convert to commercial
  WNBW Washington, DC NBC 2 CP to convert to commercial
W3XE WPTZ Philadelphia, PA Philco Radio & TV 3 Commercial
W3XAU   Philadelphia, PA WCAU Broadcasting Co. 5 Experimental
W3XEP   Camden, NJ RCA 5 Experimental
W6XHT   San Francisco, CA Hughes Tool Co.    2 Experimental
W6XAO KTSL Hollywood, CA Don Lee 1 CP to convert to commercial
W6XHH   Los Angeles, CA Hughes Tool Co. 2 Experimental 
W6XZY KTLA-TV Los Angeles, CA Television Productions, Inc. 4 CP
  KSEE Los Angeles, CA Earl Anthony, Inc. 6 Experimental
W8XCT   Cincinnati, OH Crosley Corp. 1 Experimental
W8XGZ   Charleston, WV Gus Zaharis 1 Experimental
  WMJT Milwaukee, WI The Journal Co.  3 Experimental
W9XMT   Indianapolis, IN P. R. Mallory & Co. ? Experimental
W9XZV WTZR Chicago, IL Zenith Radio Corp. 1 CP to convert to commercial
W9XBK WBKB Chicago, IL Balaban and Katz Corp. 2 Commercial
W9XCB   Chicago, IL CBS 4 Experimental
W9XG   West Lafayette, IN Purdue University 3 Experimental
W9XK, W9XUI   Iowa City, IA University of Iowa 1,12 Experimental

 

 

New York Times, December 22, 1945

Courtesy of John Pinckney

1947

Date

Original Call

Later Call

      City

Channel

Original Network

8 Feb KSD-TV St Louis, MO 5 NBC, CBS, ABC
4 Mar WWDT WWJ, WDIV-TV Detroit, MI 4 NBC
27 Jun  WNBW WRC-TV Washington, DC 4 NBC
13 Sep WFIL-TV WPVI-TV Philadelphia, PA 6 ABC
3 Oct  WMAL-TV WJLA-TV Washington, DC 7 ABC
27 Oct WMAR-TV Baltimore, MD 2 NBC, CBS
17 Dec  WEWS-TV Cleveland, OH 5 CBS
20 Dec WTMJ-TV Milwaukee, WI 4 NBC

1948

Date 

Original Call

Later Call

City

Channel

Original Network

2-Jan WATV WNDT, WNET   New York-Newark, NY 13 Ind
6-Feb KTSL-TV KNXT, KCBS-TV Los Angeles, CA 2 CBS
9-Feb WLWT-TV   Cincinnati, OH 5 (4) NBC
11-Mar WBAL-TV   Baltimore, MD 11 CBS
15-Mar WCAU-TV   Philadelphia, PA 10 CBS, NBC
5-Apr WGN-TV   Chicago, IL 9 Ind, DuMont, CBS
15-Apr W6XIS KDYL-TV Salt Lake City, UT 4 (2) ABC
22-Apr WTVR-TV   Richmond, VA 6 CBS
23-Apr KSTP-TV   St Paul-Minneapolis, MN 5 NBC
14-May WBEN-TV WIVB-TV Buffalo, NY 4 CBS
1-Jun WNAC-TV WNEV-TV, WHDH Boston, MA 7 ABC, CBS, DuMont
9-Jun WBZ-TV   Boston, MA 4 NBC
15-Jun WPIX   New York, NY 11 Ind
15-Jun WNHC-TV WTNH-TV New Haven, CT 8 (6) ABC, CBS, NBC
21-Jul WSPD-TV   Toledo, OH 13 NBC
10-Aug WJZ-TV WABC-TV New York, NY 7 ABC
17-Sep WENR-TV WBKB, WLS- TV Chicago, IL 7 ABC
17-Sep KLAC-TV KCOP-TV Los Angeles/Hollywood, CA 13 Ind, DuMont
29-Sep WSB-TV   Atlanta, GA 2 (8) ABC
29-Sep WBAP-TV KXAS-TV Fort Worth-Dallas, TX 5 NBC
6-Oct KFI-TV KHJ-TV, KCAL Los Angeles, CA 9 Ind
9-Oct WXYZ-TV   Detroit, MI 7 ABC
24-Oct WJBK-TV   Detroit, MI 2 CBS
25-Oct WNBK WKYC-TV Cleveland, OH 3 (4) NBC
2-Nov WAAM-TV WJZ-TV Baltimore, MD 13 ABC
24-Nov WAVE-TV   Louisville, KY 3 NBC
25-Nov KING-TV   Seattle, WA 5 NBC
29-Nov KOB-TV   Albuquerque, NM 4 NBC
11-Dec WHEN-TV WTVH Syracuse, NY 5 (8) CBS
11-Dec WMCT WMC-TV Memphis, TN 5 NBC
18-Dec WDSU-TV   New Orleans, LA 6 NBC
22-Dec KPIX-TV   San Francisco, CA 5 CBS

1949

Date

Original Call

Later Call

City

Channel

Original  Network

1-Jan KTTV-TV   Los Angeles, CA 11 Ind, CBS
1-Jan KLEE-TV KPRC-TV Houston, TX 2 NBC
2-Jan WDTV KDKA-TV Pittsburgh, PA 2 (3) ABC, CBS, NBC, DuMont
16-Jan KNBH KRCA-TV, KNBC, Los Angeles, CA 4 NBC
16-Jan WOIC-TV WTOP-TV, WDVM-TV, WUSA-TV Washington, DC 9 CBS
26-Jan WHIO-TV   Dayton, OH 7 (13) CBS
1-Jan WNBQ WMAQ-TV Chicago, IL 5 NBC
8-Mar WAGA-TV   Atlanta, GA 5 CBS
15-Mar WICU-TV   Erie, PA 12 NBC
15-Mar WLWD WDTN-TV Dayton, OH 2 (5) NBC
16-Mar KFMB-TV   San Diego, CA 8 CBS
18-Mar WGAL-TV   Lancaster, PA 8 (4) NBC
21-Mar WTVJ-TV WFOR Miami, FL 4 NBC, CBS
3-Apr WLWC WLWS, WCMH-TV Columbus, OH 4 (3) NBC
5-May KGO-TV   San Francisco, CA 7 ABC
30-May WFBM-TV WRTV-TV Indianapolis, IN 6 NBC
30-May WAFM-TV WAPI-TV Birmingham, AL 13 NBC
1-Jun KSL-TV   Salt Lake City, UT 5 CBS
6-Jun WKY-TV KTVY, KFOR, Oklahoma City, OK 4 NBC
14-Jun WHAM WROC-TV Rochester, NY 8 (5) NBC
1-Jul WTCN-TV WCCO-TV Minneapolis-St.Paul, MN 4 CBS
1-Jul WBRC-TV   Birmingham, AL 6 (4) ABC
10-Jul WJAR-TV   Providence, RI 10 (11) NBC, CBS
15-Jul WBTV   Charlotte, NC 3 CBS
26-Jul WCPO-TV   Cincinnati, OH 9 (7) CBS, DuMont
15-Aug WOOD-TV   Grand Rapids, MI 8 NBC
30-Aug WTVN-TV   Columbus, OH 6 ABC
1-Sep KMTV-TV   Omaha, NB 3 NBC
15-Sep WJAC-TV   Johnstown, PA 6 (13) ABC
16-Sep WMBR-TV WJXT-TV Jacksonville, FL 4 CBS
16-Sep KECA-TV KABC-TV Los Angeles, CA 7 ABC
17-Sep KBTV WFAA-TV Dallas-Fort Worth, TX 8 ABC
22-Sep WFMY-TV   Greensboro-High Point, NC 2 CBS
5-Oct WBNS-TV   Columbus, OH 10 CBS
5-Oct WOR-TV WWOR Secaucus, NJ (New York City) 9 Ind
16-Oct WDAF-TV   Kansas City, MO 4 NBC
31-Oct WOC-TV   Davenport, IA 6 NBC
11-Nov WTTV-TV   Bloomington-Indianapolis, IN 4 (10) Ind
15-Nov KRON-TV   San Francisco, CA 4 NBC
15-Nov WSAZ-TV   Huntington, WV 3 (5) NBC, CBS, ABC, DuMont
30-Nov KOTV-TV   Tulsa, OK 6 CBS
1-Dec WNBF-TV WBNG-TV Binghamton, NY 12 CBS
1-Dec WKTV-TV   Utica, NY 2 (13) NBC, ABC , CBS, DuMont
3-Dec KRLD-TV KDFW-TV Dallas-Fort Worth, TX 4 CBS
4-Dec KPHO-TV   Phoenix, AZ 5 NBC, ABC , CBS, DuMont
11-Dec WOAI-TV KMOL-TV, WOAI-TV San Antonio, TX 4 NBC
19-Dec WXEL-TV WJKW-TV, WJW-TV Cleveland, OH 8 (9) CBS, ABC, Dumont

Thanks to John Pinckney, Joseph Gallant and Bill Sutherland for providing additional details for this chart.

 

As of January, 1950

 

KPTV, the first UHF station in the country

As of January, 1957