MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Thursday marked a milestone in the history of WSFA 12 News. In addition to it being Christmas, the station celebrated its 60th anniversary on the air in the Montgomery television market.
WSFA-TV signed on the air on Christmas Day in 1954 with a brief announcement made by announcer Ralph Williams which then led into the station's first program, "A Christmas Carol."
Our call letters came from Alabama's 43rd Governor, Gordon Persons. Persons opened WSFA as the state's fourth radio station in 1930. The radio and a new TV station moved to our current facility on East Delano Avenue in West Montgomery in 1955. The radio station was later sold.
The station was originally housed in the Montgomery Airport which at that time was considered one of the best. So our call letters W-S-F-A stand for With the South's Finest Airport.
Since signing on the air WSFA 12 News has covered many huge stories, including the Civil Rights movement with the Montgomery Bus Boycott and Dr. Martin Luther King in the 50s and 60s, to Governor George Wallace and the election of the state's first Republican governor since Reconstruction, Governor Guy Hunt. There have been hurricanes, tornadoes, national championships, and many other big news events and WSFA has been there through it all.
WSFA has also been known for many children's programs such as 'Young World', 'Cartoon Carl', and 'Popeye's Theater', and it was also home to the 'Auburn Football Review' show for dozens of years.
We've been your number one news source for decades and were the first to broadcast in high definition. We will be sharing some special stories celebrating our 60th anniversary throughout the coming year! In the meantime, thanks for watching!