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WRBL

WRBL

WRBL is the CBS television affiliate in Columbus, Georgia. WRBL is the second oldtest television station in Columbus, having gone on the air a mere few weeks after WTVM which debuted on October 6, 1953 as WDAK-TV on channel 28. After having been established as a radio station, WRBL was originally sold to the Junior Chamber of Commerce for $250. In 1931, after changing owners several more times, it was sold to Jim Woodruff, who was killed in a car wreck in the 1970's. After his death, banks controlled the station until it was bought by Malcolm Glazier's Avant Corporation out of Rochester, New York. He sold it to TCS Partners who in turn sold it to Spartan Radiocasting Company, until they sold WRBL to Media General, its current owners, in 2000. Its transmitter, located in Cusseta, Georgia, once held the record as the tallest man-made structure on the face of the Earth.

History

WRBL began as a radio station in the 1920's and broadcast their first signal from a dressing room in the Three Arts Theater, which used to sit across from the Medical Center in Columbus, Georgia.

Current Personalities

Anchors / Reporters

  • Tammy Terry, Morning & Noon anchor, producer
  • Jennifer Serda, First Edition Anchor, reporter
  • Steve Ring, First Edition Anchor
  • Teresa Whitaker, Evening Edition & Nightwatch anchor
  • Phil Scoggins, Evening Edition & Nightwatch anchor
  • Tim Reid, fill-in anchor, reporter
  • Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield, reporter
  • Kelly O'Connell, reporter
  • David Spunt, reporter, photographer
  • Tiffany Simmons, reporter, photographer
  • Ashley Ball, reporter, photographer

Meteorologists

  • Bob Jeswald, Chief Meteorologist
  • Harmony Mendoza, Morning Meteorologist
  • Steve Garrett, Weekend Weather Forecaster

Sports Anchors and Reporters

  • Jack Rodgers, sports anchor, reporter
  • Shawn Skillman, sports anchor, reporter

Past Anchors, Meteorologists, and Reporters

  • Trent Aric, meteorologist (now meteorologist at WPLG-TV)
  • Susanna Avery, reporter
  • Dan Bohannon, anchor
  • Megan Bradley, reporter
  • Becca Brown (Hardin), anchor/reporter (now at The Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce)
  • Mark Bullock, anchor/reporter (now anchor/reporter at WSFA-TV)
  • Kit Callaway, anchor
  • Jessica Clark, anchor/reporter (now reporter at WTLV)
  • Candace Cook, reporter (now traffic anchor at WCAU-TV)
  • Rece Davis, sports director (now at ESPN)
  • Gordon Dill, anchor/reporter (now anchor/reporter at WYFF-TV)
  • Jeff Donald, chief meteorologist (now a high school teacher)
  • Semone Doughton, weekend anchor/reporter (now anchor/reporter at WTVM)
  • John Elliot, weathercaster (now meteorologist at WCBS-TV)
  • Richard Elliot, anchor/reporter/managing editor (now reporter at WSB-TV)
  • Rozell Fabiani, host of "Rozell Show" (deceased)
  • Oscar Fann, meteorologist (now at WTVY-TV)
  • Bruce Frazier, sports anchor, reporter
  • Sam Hall, anchor, managing editor
  • Angie Hanshaw, anchor/reporter
  • Jill Henricksen (now Noelle), weekend weathercaster/ reporter (now weathercaster for WICD-TV)
  • Jay Hermacinski, producer/reporter (now reporter for WISH-TV)
  • Janice Huff, Meteorologist/science reporter (now a meteorologist at WNBC-TV and weekend Today)
  • Darlene Hughes, anchor
  • Robert Hydrick, weekend sports anchor (now at WALB-TV in Albany, GA)
  • Heather Jensen, weekend anchor, reporter
  • Mara Kelly, anchor/reporter
  • Kimberley Kennedy, anchor (now at WSB-TV)
  • Jamie Lakin, Opelika-Auburn reporter
  • Frank Malloy, anchor/reporter (now at WMAZ-TV)
  • Jenna Maloney, reporter/anchor (now reporter at WXIN-TV)
  • Dick McMichael, anchor (retired)
  • Reese McMichael, reporter (now anchor at WBBJ-TV)
  • Brad Means, anchor (now anchor at WJBF-TV)
  • Jason Miles, reporter (now reporter at WMC-TV)
  • Samantha Mohr, meteorologist (now chief meteorologist at KPIX-TV)
  • Anne Montgomery, sports reporter (1980s), later at ESPN, now a teacher at South Mountain High School
  • Heath Morton, meteorologist (now meteorologist at KLFY-TV)
  • Mitzi Oxford, chief meteorologist
  • Jennifer Pauli, anchor/reporter (married to Brian Sharpe, editor of "her" magazine)
  • Jon Paepcke, reporter (now reporter at WVTM-TV)
  • Jim Payne, anchor (now at WESH-TV)
  • Don Rollins, anchor 1968-70 (now New York Times Radio New York City.)
  • Amanda Rosseter, anchor/reporter (now at WSB-TV)
  • Creshon Saunders, News 3 First Edition anchor, reporter
  • Brian Sharpe, anchor/reporter (now works for Columbus Chamber of Commerce )
  • Ken Smith, reporter (now a reporter at WRAL-TV)
  • Darren Stack, morning meteorologist (now meteorologist at WPDE-TV)
  • Blaine Stewart, anchor/reporter (now reporter/weathercaster at WTKR-TV)
  • Chris Sweigart, reporter/internet director (now a producer at WXIA-TV
  • Mark Tarello, freelance meteorologist (now Chief meteorologist at KEYC-TV)
  • Desiree Taylor, reporter/anchor (now at a Tampa, FL insurance company)
  • Sterling Thomas (Payne), reporter/assignment editor (now with Transportation Safety Administration)
  • Doug Wallace, meteorologist (deceased)
  • Katie Weitzner, reporter (now consumer reporter for WZVN-TV)

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