Station Profile

Nexstar Broadcasting Group purchased WATE-TV, an ABC affiliate, from Media General in 2016. WATE-TV is Knoxville’s first television station signing on October 1, 1953. WATE is the “On Your Side” station, focusing on news coverage that makes East Tennessee a better, safer place to live. WATE is an award-winning news organization, garnering regional and national awards for news excellence, including 2 national Edwards R. Murrow awards. The station is committed to making an investment in the community through partnerships with leading community organizations and the On Your Side Day of Service. WATE’s syndicated programming includes Live with Kelly, Judge Judy, Family Feud, Wendy Williams, and Rachael Ray. Greystone Mansion, built in 1885 and on the National Register of Historic Places, has been home to the station since 1965, making WATE part of East Tennessee history in more ways than one.

Market Profile

Knoxville, TN is in the 61st largest DMA in the United States, with a population of approximately 1,211,470 and 578,600 television households, as reported by Nielsen Media.

Cable/ADS penetration in the market is estimated to be at 92% (59% wired, 33% ADS). Knoxville is home of the University of Tennessee, a Top 50 ranked public university for 2017 by U.S. News & World Report. Regal Entertainment Group, Pilot/Flying J, Bush Brothers & Co, and Scripps Networks Interactive are headquartered in Knoxville.

Source: Nielsen Media, TVB, U.S. News & World Report

Station Contact Information

1306 North Broadway Street Knoxville, TN 37917 P: (865) 637-6666


Station Contacts

Kimberly Byrd, VP & General Manager

Jamie Foster, News Director

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