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WATG-TV
Atlanta, Georgia
Branding Atlanta's 2 (general)
Channel 2 Action News (newscasts)
Slogan Coverage You Can Count On
Channels

Digital: 2 (VHF)

Subchannels 2.1 WATG 2 HD
2.2 Channel 2 Action News NOW
Affiliations Independent
Owner WMFL Corporation
Licensee WMFL Television
Founded 1949
First air date June 1st, 1949
Call letters' meaning ATlanta, Georgia
Sister stations(s) WATG-AM 750 & 690 WAG

WATG-TV is a TV station in Atlanta, Georgia, broadcasting as a independent station on DT ch. 2. It's transmitter is located in Downtown Atlanta. The station is currently owned by WMFL Corporation, which makes it a sister station to WATG Radio 750 & SportsRadio 690 WAG

HistoryEdit

WATG-TV signed on June 1st, 1949. It was Atlanta & the State of Georgia's 1st TV station. WATG-TV signed on as a independent station & still runs as a independent station, today. WATG-TV was owned by WMFL Corporation & still owns the station today

DTVEdit

Digital subchannels

Channel Video Aspect Programming
2.1 1080i 16:9 main WATG programming / Atlanta's 2 HD
2.2 1080i 16:9 Channel 2 Action News NOW

On June 12th 2009, WATG-TV remained on ch. 2 when the analog to DT conversion was complete

ProgrammingEdit

Syndicated Programming on WATGEdit

  • Dr. Oz Weekdays at 10:00 AM
  • Rachael Ray Weekdays at 11:00 AM
  • The Doctors Weekdays at 1:00 PM
  • Ellen Weekdays at 2:00 PM
  • The Nate Berkus Show Weekdays at 3:00 PM
  • The Roland Ortega Show Weeknights at 8:00 PM (Syndicated to most WMFL Corporation-owned TV stations from WMFL-TV 6 in Miami)
  • The Simpsons (2 episodes) Every Night at 12:00 AM
  • Family Guy (2 episodes) Every Night at 1:00 AM

Newscast Repeats on WATGEdit

  • Channel 2 Action News at 10:00 Every Night at 2:00 AM
  • Channel 2 Action News at 11:00 Every Night at 3:00 AM
  • Channel 2 Action Sports Wrap Weekdays at 3:50 AM
  • Channel 2 Action Sports Wrap Weekends at 3:40 AM

NewscastsEdit

WATG-TV has a strong TV news tradition. It has led the news TV ratings in Atlanta for as long as records have been kept. As a Independent station, WATG-TV airs the news at 10:00 PM & their morning newscast from 4:00-10:00 AM & also airs newscasts at Noon, 4:00, 5:00, 6:00, 7:00 & 11:00 PM. On June 1st 2004, WATG-TV/Atlanta's 2 became the 1st station in Atlanta to broadcast news in HD. 6 years later, WATG-TV started broadcasting it's news in a 1080i HD format. On December 25th, 2010 (Christmas Day) WATG-TV/Atlanta's 2 expanded the Daybreak Weekend newscast by an hour & it started a half-hour earlier at 6:30 AM. On February 19th 2011, WATG-TV/Atlanta's 2 expanded the Daybreak Weekend newscast once again to another half-hour, starting it at 6:00 AM. On April 18th 2011, WATG-TV/Atlanta's 2 expanded their Daybreak Weekday newscast by a 1/2-hour, starting it earlier at 4:00 AM. On October 15th 2011, WATG-TV/Atlanta's 2 added a weekend hour newscast at Noon

  • Weekdays:
    • Channel 2 Action News Daybreak Weekdays from 4:00-10:00 AM
    • Channel 2 Action News at Noon Weekdays from 12:00-1:00 PM
    • Channel 2 Action News at 4:00 Weekdays from 4:00-5:00 PM
    • Channel 2 Action News at 5:00 Weekdays from 5:00-6:00 PM
    • Channel 2 Action News at 6:00 Weeknights from 6:00-7:00 PM
    • Channel 2 Action News at 7:00 Weeknights from 7:00-8:00 PM
    • Channel 2 Action News at 10:00 Weeknights from 10:00-11:00 PM
    • Channel 2 Action News at 11:00 Weeknights from 11:00-11:50 PM
    • Channel 2 Action Sports Wrap Weeknights from 11:50 PM-12:00 AM
  • Weekends:
    • Channel 2 Action News Daybreak Weekends from 6:00-11:00 AM
    • Channel 2 Action News at Noon Weekends from 12:00-1:00 PM
    • Channel 2 Action News at 5:00 Weekends from 5:00-6:00 PM
    • Channel 2 Action News at 6:00 Weekends from 6:00-7:00 PM
    • Channel 2 Action News at 10:00 Weekends from 10:00-11:00 PM
    • Channel 2 Action News at 11:00 Weekends from 11:00-11:40 PM
    • Channel 2 Action Sports Wrap Weekends from 11:40 PM-12:00 AM

News TeamEdit

AnchorsEdit

  • Fred Blankenship - weekday mornings (4:00-7:00 a.m.) and noon
  • Carol Sbarge - weekday mornings (4:00-7:00 a.m.) and noon
  • Buck Lanford - weekday mornings (7:00-10:00 a.m.)
  • Gurvir Dhindsa - weekday mornings (7:00-10:00 a.m.)
  • John Bachman - weeknights at 4:00, 7:00 and 11:00 p.m.
  • Erin Coleman - weeknights at 4:00, 7:00 and 11:00 p.m.
  • Justin Farmer - weeknights at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
  • Jovita Moore - weeknights at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
  • Dave Huddleston - weekend mornings (6:00-11:00 a.m.) and noon
  • Linda Stouffer - weekend mornings (6:00-11:00 a.m.) and noon
  • Craig Lucie - weekends at 5:00 and 11:00 p.m.
  • Denise Dillon - weekends at 5:00 and 11:00 p.m.
  • Deidra Dukes - weekends at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
  • Doug Evans - weekends at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.

Severe WeatherCenter 2Edit

  • Karen Minton (AMS/Sealed) - meteorologist; weekday mornings (4:00-10:00 a.m.) and noon
  • Ken Cook (AMS/Sealed) - co-chief; weeknights at 4:00, 5:00 and 7:00 p.m.
  • Glenn Burns (AMS-CBM/Sealed) - co-chief; weeknights at 6:00, 10:00 and 11:00 p.m.
  • Jeff Hill (AMS/Sealed) - meteorologist; weekend mornings (6:00-11:00 a.m.) and noon
  • David Chandley (AMS-CBM/Sealed) - meteorologist; weekends at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.
  • Brad Nitz (AMS-CBM/Sealed) - meteorologist; weekends at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.

Channel 2 Action SportsEdit

  • Ken Rodriguez - co-director; weeknights at 5:00, 7:00 and 11:00 p.m.
  • Zach Klein - co-director; weeknights at 4:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
  • Chris Clark - weekends at 5:00 and 11:00 p.m.
  • Anthony Amey - weekends at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.

Triple Team TrafficEdit

  • Mark Arum - weekday mornings (4:00-10:00 a.m. from the studio)
  • Captain Herb Emory - weekday mornings (4:00-10:00 a.m. from Chopper 2 HD)
  • Doug Turnbull - weekday evenings (4:00-8:00 p.m. from the studio)
  • Scott Kimbeler - weekend mornings (6:00-11:00 a.m.) and noon
  • Ed Arnold - weekend evenings (5:00-7:00 p.m.)

Channel 2 Action News BureausEdit

  • Ross Cavitt - Cobb County Bureau Chief
  • Kerry-Kavanaugh - Gwinnett County Bureau Chief
  • Mike Petchenik - North Fulton County Bureau Chief

ReportersEdit

  • Manuel Bojorquez - general assignment reporter
  • Erica Byfield - general assignment reporter
  • Aaron Diamant - general assignment reporter
  • Sophia Choi - general assignment reporter
  • Amy Napier Viteri - general assignment reporter
  • Diana Davis - general assignment reporter
  • Jeff Dore - general assignment reporter
  • Richard Elliot - general assignment reporter
  • George Howell - general assignment reporter
  • Tom Jones - general assignment reporter
  • Darryn Moore - general assignment reporter
  • Eric Philips - general assignment reporter
  • Ryan Young - general assignment reporter
  • Tom Regan - general assignment reporter
  • Tony Thomas - general assignment reporter
  • Carl Willis - general assignment reporter
  • Jason Durden - "Chopper 2 HD" Reporter / Photographer
  • Clark Howard - consumer advisor
  • Heather Catlin - multimedia journalist
  • Nelson Hicks - multimedia journalist
  • Dr. Randy Martin - health reporter
  • Lori Geary - political reporter (city & county)
  • Paul Yates - political reporter (state & national)

The Channel 2 ActionWatch I-TeamEdit

  • Mark Winne - investigative reporter
  • Jodie Fleischer - investigative reporter
  • Richard Belcher - investigative reporter
  • Jim Strickland - consumer investigative reporter

News/Station PresentationEdit

News MusicEdit

  • WATG 1949 News Theme (1949-1959)
  • WATG 1959 News Theme (1959-1964)
  • WMFL 1965 News Theme (1965-1968)
  • WATG 1968 News Theme (1968-1972)
  • Move Closer To Your World (1972-1983) (Mayoham Music)
  • NewsChannel (1983-1991) (Gari Communications)
  • WSB 1991 News Theme (1991-1993)
  • Image VIII (1993-1998) (Newsmusic Central)
  • Third Coast (1998-2004) (Stephen Arnold Music)
  • The One & Only (2004-2009) (Gari Communications)
  • Coverage (2009-Present) (615 Music)

Newscast BrandingsEdit

  • WATG-TV News (1949-1968)
  • Atlanta's NewsCenter 2 (1968-1972)
  • Channel 2 Action News (1972-Present)

RadioEdit

  • Channel 2 Action News' "Severe Weather Team 2 HD" & "TrafficCenter 2 HD" (powered by Beat the Traffic) Updates can be heard on NewsRadio 750 WATG

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