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WDEF-TV, virtual and VHF digital channel 12, is a CBS-affiliated television station licensed to Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States. The station, whose call letters came from its former AM and FM sister stations, is owned by Morris Multimedia. Its studios are located on Broad Street in Chattanooga, while its transmitter is located in nearby Signal Mountain. On cable, WDEF-TV is carried on Comcast Xfinity channels 13 and 433, and on EPB Fiber Optics channels 12 and 312 in the Chattanooga area. Although parts of the Chattanooga market are in the Central Time Zone, all schedules are listed in Eastern Time.

HistoryEdit

The station signed on the air on April 25, 1954, carrying programming from all four networks, though it has always been a primary CBS affiliate. It was owned by Joe Engel, who owned the Chattanooga Lookouts minor league baseball team as well as WDEF radio (AM 1370, now WXCT) and WDEF-FM (92.3 MHz). It took the CBS affiliation from WROM-TV (now WTVC, (channel 9). It lost NBC to WRGP-TV (now WRCB-TV) in 1956, and lost ABC to WTVC (the former WROM) in 1958. During the late 1950s, the station was also briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network.

Roy H. Park bought the WDEF stations in 1963. His media interests eventually became known as Park Communications, which was bought by Media General in 1997. In 2006, Media General sold the station to Morris Multimedia.


TV stations in Tennessee
WTVF, Nashville

WREG, Memphis
WDEF, Chattanooga
WJHL, Johnson City/Kingsport/Bristol
WVLT, Knoxville
WBBJ-DT3, Jackson

TV stations in Southern East Tennessee and Northwest Georgia, including Chattanooga
WRCB 3 (NBC)
WOOT-LD 6 (HRTLND)
WTVC 9 (ABC)
WDEF 12 (CBS)
WNGH 18 (PBS)
WELF 23 (TBN)
W18DS-D 26 (3ABN)
WHUA-LP 44 (Youtoo)
WTCI 45 (PBS)
WDNN-CD 49 (Ind)
WFLI 53 (CW)
WDSI 61 (THIS)
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