TV History Profile: WSFA
Much of this historical
information was gathered from the WSFA website's history
WSFA-TV was spawned
from the WSFA-AM radio station. The calls stand for "With the South's Finest
Airport". The station signed on the air Christmas Day 1954. The original
owner was Gordon Persons, who went on to become governor of Alabama.
The TV and radio stations
was sold to Oklahoma Publishing Company in February of 1955.
In the mid-70's WSFA
erected it's "tall tower", which at the time was the third tallest man
made structure in the modern world.
The station was embroiled
in controversy in the early 90's, when Retirement Systems of Alabama tried
to buy the station for what at the time was considered a very high price.
Opposition claimed that ownership would compromise the station's editorial