call_letters = WBBJ-TV
city =
station_slogan = West Tennessee's News Channel, ... Weather Channel, ... Sports Channel
station_branding = ABC 7 (General)
ABC 7 Eyewitness News (Newscasts)
analog = 7 (VHF)
digital = 43 (UHF)
other_chs =
affiliations = ABC
network =
founded =
airdate = March 1955 [The "Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook" says March 5, while the "Television and Cable Factbook" says March 6.]
location = Jackson, Tennessee
callsign_meaning = Bahakel
former_callsigns = WDXI-TV (1955-1969)
former_channel_numbers =
owner = Bahakel Communications, Ltd.
licensee = Tennessee Broadcasting Partners
sister_stations =
former_affiliations = CBS (1955-1968)
effective_radiated_power = 316 kW (analog)
920 kW (digital)
HAAT = 323 m (analog)
303 m (digital)
class =
facility_id = 65204
coordinates = coord|35|38|16.3|N|88|41|33.2|W|type:landmark_scale:2000
homepage = [http://www.wbbjtv.com/ www.wbbjtv.com]

WBBJ-TV (channel 7) is the ABC television affiliate located in Jackson, Tennessee. It is owned by Bahakel Communications of Charlotte, North Carolina. Its transmitter is located in Jackson. Offices and studios are located at 346 Muse Street in Jackson.

It started broadcasting on March 5, 1955 as WDXI-TV, a CBS affiliate owned by Aaron Robinson. In 1968, it changed to ABC, and a year later was sold to Bahakel and adopted its current call letters.

WBBJ-TV has the historical distinction of being the oldest TV station in Tennessee to have had continuous ownership by the same company that put the station on the air. One other Tennessee TV station, WKPT-TV in the Kingsport-Johnson City-Bristol, Virginia market, has the second oldest station license in Tennessee with the same company that launched the station, coincidentally going on the air the same year WBBJ was sold to Bahakel. These two station owners have long surpassed station ownerships in much larger markets in Tennessee.

WBBJ's digital signal broadcasts an HD feed for network programming with SD feeds for all other programming on 7.1, an analog upconverted feed on 7.2, and the local weather radar with NOAA Radio as audio on subchannel 7.3.

WBBJ, like many of the stations that broadcast on Channel 7, features the Circle 7 Logo. (It had done so in the past, then used WJLA's stylized Circle 7 logo for several years, but returned to the full logo in 2003.) On August 1, 2007, WBBJ debuted new graphics, a new logo, new music, and an updated weather set. WBBJ, which had been using Frank Gari's Image News music package since 1999, switched to In-Sink by Nashville, Tennessee-based company 615 Music. Also on this date, the 5:00 pm newscast dropped the "Live at Five" branding and returned to "ABC 7 Eyewitness News at 5:00". Likewise, the 90-minute morning newscast rebranded to "ABC 7 Eyewitness News Good Morning West Tennessee."

On-Air Talent

Current Anchors

*Brandon Artiles - ABC 7 Eyewitness News Good Morning West Tennessee
*Jackie Rivard - ABC 7 Eyewitness News Good Morning West Tennessee
*Tom Britt - ABC 7 Eyewitness News Mid-Day, ABC 7 Eyewitness News at 5:00
*Emily Jordan - ABC 7 Eyewitness News Mid-Day
*Brad Douglass - ABC 7 Eyewitness News at 6:00 & 10:00
*Keli McAlister - ABC 7 Eyewitness News at 6:00 & 10:00

Weather Anchors

*Gary Pickens - Chief Forecaster
*Nick Austin - Meteorologist (Weekday mornings)
*Mike McEvoy - Meteorologist (Weekends)

ports Anchors

*Reggie Walker - Sports Anchor/Reporter (Weekday)
*Johnathan Huskey - Sports Anchor/Reporter (Weekend)


*Brandon Artiles - Anchor/Reporter
*Meredith Hill
*Emily Jordan
*Lauren Linney
*Jackie Rivard - Gibson County Reporter
*Jonquil Newland
*Beth Phillips

Past Personalities

*Alison Montoya - Anchor/Reporter
*Ginger Trice - Anchor/Reporter
*Shaun Fossett - Reporter
*Ashley Haddock - Anchor/Reporter
*Jordan Leigh - Reporter
*Ryan Davidson - Weather
*Jennifer Lahmers - Anchor/Reporter
*John Stewart - Sports
*Angela Migliaccio - Anchor/Reporter
*Ravi Kapur - Anchor/Reporter
*Amy Silver - Anchor/Reporter
*Porcha Johnson - Reporter
*Chip Washington - Anchor
*Kara Kostanich - Anchor
*Mickey Goodwin - Anchor/Reporter
*Natasha Ray -Reporter
*Vicki Zamata - News Anchor
*Kimberly Laburda - News Anchor
*Erin Pickens - News Anchor
*Misty Shay Cole - News Anchor
*Noel Glasgow - Sports Anchor
*Jason Marks - Sports Anchor
*Greg Hammond - Sports Anchor
*Courtney Friel - News Anchor
*Katie Garrety - News Anchor
*Keli Fulton - Sports Anchor
*Tiffany Carey - Weather Anchor
*Anjuli Porter - News Anchor
*Eddie Holmes - Meteorologist
*Tommy Stafford - Weather Anchor
*Julie Rhodes - Fill-in Weather Anchor
*Marty Steinmetz - News Anchor
*Christine Kelly - Reporter
*"'Buddy Pearson - Sports Anchor
*"'Dave Weatherly - Sports Anchor
*Nick Paranjape - Reporter
*Marlin Williams - Sports Anchor
*Jim Holder - Sports Anchor
*Sharrie Williams - Anchor/Reporter
*Nancy Lubinski - Anchor/Reporter
*Liz Wilson - Anchor/Reporter
*Lew Jetton - Reporter/Weather/Sports
*Ron Nored (deceased) - Reporter
*Pamela Beene - Anchor/Reporter
*John Scofield - Anchor


External links

* [http://www.wbbjtv.com/ WBBJ-TV Website]


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