On August 13, 1956, WCYB-TV 5 began televising programming from the NBC television network to the Tri-Cities five state area. The original owners of the station were Robert H. Smith, Jr., Fey Rogers, Harry Daniel and Charlie Gore. They maintained the ownership of TV 5 until 1970 when the station was sold to Starr Broadcasting. In 1977, the station was sold to Lamco Communications, the station's current owners.
Over the years, the station has been under the direction of three managers. Robert H. Smith, Sr., served as president and general manager for the first 25 years. At the time of his retirement in 1981, the position was turned over to Joseph L. Conway. Conway remained in this position until the time of his death in October 1984. Robert H. Smith, Jr. is the current executive vice-president and general manager.
The changes in technology over the past three decades have included transitions from black and white to color film and a shift from film to videotape. Computers, which were just being developed at the time that the station signed on the air, have become an important part of the operations, sales, traffic and news departments.
[Source: Thirtieth Anniversary Booklet, 1956-1986]
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