Media in Atlanta

Media in Atlanta

As of 2011, metro Atlanta is the ninth-largest media market in the United States. Due to apparent over-estimates of population growth in the 2000s by the U.S. Census Bureau, this rank is a decrease from two years prior as a result of the 2010 U.S. Census.

In 2009, metro Atlanta was the eighth- or seventh-largest market, with over 2.3 million TV households and 4.3 million people aged 12+. According to Nielsen Media Research, it ranked eighth in television broadcasting, having recently slightly surpassed the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, and not far behind the South Florida metropolitan area). According to Arbitron, it ranked seventh in radio broadcasting, now just ahead of the Philadelphia metropolitan area and not far behind the greater Houston/Galveston metropolitan area.[1]

Cox Enterprises, a privately-held company controlled by siblings Barbara Cox Anthony and Anne Cox Chambers, has substantial media holdings in and beyond Atlanta. Its Cox Communications division is the nation's third-largest cable television service provider;[2] the company also publishes over a dozen daily newspapers in the United States, including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. WSB AM, the flagship station of Cox Radio, was the first broadcast station in the South.



The Atlanta metro area is served by many local television stations, and is the eighth-largest Nielsen designated market area (DMA) in the U.S. with 2,310,490 homes (2.0% of the total U.S.).[3]

Cable/satellite networks

Atlanta is a major cable television programming center. Ted Turner began the Turner Broadcasting System (now merged with Time Warner media empire) in Atlanta, where he bought a UHF station that eventually became TBS. Turner established the headquarters of the Cable News Network at CNN Center, adjacent today to Centennial Olympic Park. As his company grew, its other channels – the Cartoon Network, Boomerang, TNT, Turner South, Turner Classic Movies, CNN International, CNN en Español, CNN Headline News, and CNN Airport Network – centered their operations in Atlanta as well (Turner South has since been sold). Also now fully part of Turner is truTV. The Weather Channel, owned by Landmark Communications until it was purchased by NBC Universal in September 2008, has its offices in the nearby Cumberland/Galleria edge city. The first nationwide music video programming on cable television, Video Concert Hall, a precursor to MTV, was created in Atlanta.[4]

Local stations

The Atlanta area has 13 full-power TV stations, running a total of 28 TV channels from 27 TV networks and local sources. Over-the-air digital subchannels are shown as subitems, the main channel is always on the x.1 subchannel and is or was simulcast on analog (over-the-air and cable). Cable listings are shown for Comcast, the dominant local broadband TV provider. For digital cable, three-digit whole numbers are for set-top box users, while decimal numbers are in-the-clear (non-encrypted) QAM for cable-ready ATSC tuners, and have occasionally been changed. These numbers are the physical RF TV channels and the transport stream identifier (TSID) as they are transmitted from the headend, however some are mapped with PSIP to have the same number as over the air. For HDTV stations, an SDTV version (often a separate feed) is mapped on set-top boxes to the original analog cable channel number. Since March 16, 2009, all Atlanta TV stations that air local news are now in HD, with WXIA 11 first, then WSB 2, followed by WGCL 46, and WAGA 5 last.

As of 27 October 2011 (2011 -10-27), the following stations and channels are seen in the area:

  • WSB-TV 39*¹ Atlanta, 31 Athens, 46 Gainesville (cable 3, 803, 98.1), Cox Television
    • 2.1 WSB-DTABC (720p60)
    • 2.2 WSB-DTMe-TV (720×480i with black sidebars; cable 248, 98.248)
  • WAGA-TV 27 Atlanta (cable 4, 804, 98.3, 98.804 HD), Fox Television Stations (although New World Communications is still credited.)
    • 5.1 WAGA-HDFox HD (720p60)
    • 5.2 WAGA-SD – former SDTV simulcast in widescreen (704×480i), then blank; removed completely in December 2009
  • WGTV TV 8*² Athens (cable 8, 808, 80.205), Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission, Stone Mountain
  • WXIA-TV 10 Atlanta (cable 6, 806, 108.3), Gannett
    • 11.1 WXIA-TV – NBC / 11Alive (1080i)
    • 11.2 WXIA-WX - Weather Information Zone / WIZ (480i)
    • 11.3 SPORTSUniversal Sports (May 2009 to Nov. 2011; severe video compression) (480i)
  • WPXA-TV 51 Rome (cable 12, 209, 80.209), ION Media Networks, Bear Mountain
    • 14.1 IONION Television (720p)
    • 14.2 quboqubo (480i)
    • 14.3 IONLifeION Life (480i)
    • 14.4 Worship – Worship Network (480i) dropped from all Ion stations at end of January 2010
  • WPCH-TV 20 Atlanta (cable 7, 802, 80.204), Time Warner
    • 17.1 WPCH-DT – Peachtree TV, formerly TBS (SD programming, 1080i transmission)
  • WPBA TV 21 Atlanta (cable 16, 80.212), Atlanta Board of Education
    • 30.1 WPBA-TVPBS (1080i)
  • WUVG-DT 48*¹ Athens, translator 17 in Athens (cable 14), Univisión
    • 34.1 WUVG-DTUnivisión (1080i)
    • 34.2 WUVG-DTTeleFutura (480i; digital cable 250, 530, 96.530)
  • WATL TV 25 Atlanta (cable 13, 813, 29.2), Gannett
    • 36.1 WATL-DTMyNetworkTV (720p)
    • 36.2 Bounce - Bounce TV (480i)
    • 36.3 SportsUniversal Sports (began Oct. 2011, ends Jan. 2012) (480i)
  • WGCL-TV 19*³ Atlanta (cable 9, 809, 108.1), Meredith Corp.
    • 46.1 WGCL-TV – CBS (1080i)
    • 46.2 WGCLDT2 (March 2009) and previously (March 2008) 46.3 during March Madness (480i)
  • WATC-DT 41*¹³ Atlanta (cable 2, 85.112), Community Television, Inc., Sweat Mountain
    • 57.1 WATC DT – Christian independent (480i) – also formerly analog on WSKC-CA 22
    • 57.2 WATCTOO – family independent, added May 2011 (480i)
  • WHSG-TV 44*³ Monroe (cable 11, not on DirecTV), Trinity Broadcasting Network
  • WUPA TV 43 Atlanta (cable 10, 810, 29.810)
    • 69.1 WUPA-DT – The CW (1080i with grey sidebars)

Mobile TV

Along with two stations in Seattle (KOMO and KONG), two stations in Atlanta were chosen by the OMVC to be the first four to beta test mobile DTV using the ATSC-M/H system. Ion began transmitting the service on WPXA in early 2009. Gannett is also known to be transmitting mobile LDTV versions of at least some of its four channels (11.1, 36.2, 11.3, 36.1) on WATL. Additionally, Manifest Wireless has an experimental broadcasting license on-air on RF channel 56 in Atlanta (as well as Dallas/Fort Worth and Denver), and appears to be transmitting ATSC-M/H. (There is a strong ATSC signal, but no regular MPEG-2 subchannels on it for an ATSC tuner to decode.) Manifest is a subsidiary of Frontier Wireless, which like Dish Network is owned by EchoStar.


 *¹ Several stations have broadcast translators which retransmit their parent stations to areas with insufficient coverage due to terrain and defects of the ATSC DTV standard mandated by the FCC. WUVG-DT also airs on RF channel 17 in Athens. WSB-TV also airs on RF channel 31 near Athens, using virtual channels 2.5 and 2.6, and is airing on RF 46 near Gainesville (on 2.7 and 2.8), and under construction permit on RF 17 in Newnan. It has also applied for RF channel 14 near Rome. WATC-DT also has a permit for RF 36 near Union City.

 *² WGTV TV 8 ended analog on February 17, along with the rest of the GPB TV network. It then re-tuned its DTV transmitter from channel 12 to 8 and re-used its analog channel 8 antenna, which allowed it to go to a higher power. The station is still at a lower power than what would be equal to its analog, so alternative sources for GPB digital are WNGH-TV 33 (18.x) in north/northwest metro and WJSP-TV 23 (28.x) in south/southwest metro.

 *³ In 2009, WGCL-TV 46 applied to end analog on February 17, but continued until June 12 with regular programming, and as an "analog nightlight" until June 26. WATC TV 57 ended analog on February 17. WHSG-TV 63 ended analog on April 16.

LPTV stations

Several LPTV stations cover smaller parts of the metro area:

  • WUVM-LP 4 Atlanta (digital cable 249, 532, 99.532), Azteca America, Una Vez Mas Atlanta License, LLC, carried on DirecTV and xFinity
  • WDWW-LD 28 Atlanta, digital construction permit for WDWW-LP 28 Cleveland (previously briefly on-air on digital 7 from Sweat Mountain)
  • WYGA-LD 16 Atlanta (replaced WYGA-CA 45, which carried Retro Jams), Mako Communications, from WUPA tower
    • 16.1 WYGA-LD - Mexicanal (480i)
    • 16.2 WYGA-LD - blank (formerly AMGTV 480i)
    • 16.3 WYGA-LD - Retro Television (480i)
  • WSKC-CD 22 Atlanta, KM Communications
  • W23DN 23+ Atlanta (W24AL-D 24 Atlanta DTV permit), Home Shopping Network, Ventana Television
  • WTBS-LP 26 Atlanta / WTBS-LD 30 Atlanta (on-air DTV permit), unknown, Prism Broadcasting
    • 26.1 NEWS 24 - France 24 (480i)
    • 26.2 LWN - Live Well Network (previously Untamed Sports TV) (480i)
    • 26.3 TUFF TV - Tuff TV (480i)
    • 26.4 JTV - Jewelry TV (480i)
    • 26.5 Oldie - Oldie Goldie (480i)
    • 26.6 MOXIE - Moxie (formerly called "prism") (480i)
    • 26.7 this TV - this TV (480i)
    • 26.8 tr3s - Tr3́s (480i)
    • 26.9 LATV - LATV (480i)
    • 26.10 VIDA TV - Vida TV (480i)
  • WANN-LD 29 Atlanta (silent analog WANN-CA 32 Atlanta), Prism Broadcasting, from Bank of America Plaza (analog) and North Druid Hills (digital)
    • 32.1 APGuide - Zap2it Atlanta Program Guide (480i), Biz TV (windowed above guide)
    • 32.2 MTVtr3s - Tr3́s (480i)
    • 32.3 this TV - this TV (480i)
    • 32.4 MOXIE - Moxie (formerly called Prism TV) (480i)
    • 32.5 Oldie - Oldie Goldie: movies (480i)
    • 32.6 LATV - LATV (480i)
    • 32.7 TUFF TV - Tuff TV (480i)
    • 32.8 Legacy - EmVeeTV shopping daytime, Legacy TV religious nighttime (480i)
    • 32.9 VIDA TV - Vida TV (480i)
    • 32.10 News 24 - France 24 (480i)
    • 32.21 WGST640 - WGST AM 640 (audio only)
    • 32.22 949BULL - WUBL FM 94.9, "94-9 the Bull" (audio only)
    • 32.23 PROJECT - WKLS FM 96.1, "Project 9-6-1" (audio only)
    • 32.24 WiLD - WWLG FM 96.7, "WiLD 105-7 & 96-7" (audio only)
    • 32.25 WiLD - WWVA-FM 105.7, "WiLD 105-7 & 96-7" (audio only)
    • 32.26 PATRON - WBZY FM 105.3 "El Patrón" (audio only)
    • 32.27 TBA - duplicate of 32.21 (audio only)
    • 32.28 TBA - duplicate of 32.22 (audio only)
    • 32.29 TBA - duplicate of 32.23 (audio only)
    • 32.30 TBA - duplicate of 32.25 (audio only)
  • WIRE-CD 40 Atlanta (flash-cut, licensed), D.T.V. LLC, WUPA tower
    • 40.1 WIRE-D1 - infomercials (480i)
    • 40.2 WIRE-D2 - infomercials (480i)
    • 40.3 WIRE-D3 - infomercials (480i)
    • 40.4 WIRE-D4 - Three Angels Broadcasting Network (480i)
  • WTHC-LD 42 Atlanta, DTV-only, Beach TV Properties, from Westin Peachtree Plaza
    • 42.1 ATLC-DT - The Atlanta Channel (tourism info) (480i)
  • WKTB-CD 47 Norcross (former W38CU 38 Atlanta, Telemundo), Korean American TV Broadcasting
    • 47.1 KTNDT - Telemundo (Spanish; 480i)
    • 47.2 KTND2 - Korean Television Network (local), KBS World (Korean; 480i)
    • 47.3 KTND3 - Arirang; formerly SKDTV/mbn (Korean; 480i)
    • 47.4 KTND4 - Midwest Christian Television (MC-TV), openly captioned in English (formerly Arirang, then infomercials) (480i)
  • WXID-LP 49 Atlanta, off-air (assigned to rebroadcast KTBN-TV), Word of God Fellowship, Sweat Mountain
  • WDTA-LD 35 Atlanta (digital cable 263, 100.63), Word of God Fellowship

Cable-only stations


There are also numerous local radio stations serving every genre of music, sports, and talk radio. The nationally-syndicated Neal Boortz and Clark Howard shows are broadcast from Atlanta radio station WSB AM 750. Atlanta is also where Sean Hannity and Ryan Seacrest got their starts—Hannity filling Boortz's seat at WGST AM 640, and Seacrest as a radio personality at WSTR FM 94.1. Other notable radio personalities have included Leslie Fram and Elvis Duran (both now in New York), Rhubarb Jones, and voice talent George Lowe. Familiar Atlanta Braves announcers have included Skip Caray, Larry Munson, Don Sutton, and Pete van Wieren.

Cox Enterprises, which owns the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV/FM/AM, is headquartered in Atlanta. Cumulus Media engages in the acquisition, operation, and development of commercial radio stations in mid-size radio markets in the United States and is also headquartered in Atlanta. As of the end of 2005, it owned and operated 307 radio stations in 61 mid-sized U.S. media markets and a multimarket network of five radio stations in the English-speaking Caribbean.[5]

Stations in grey are considered "rimshots", normally reaching only part of the metro area clearly.

AM stations

  • WDWD AM 590 Atlanta, Radio Disney
  • WPLO AM 610 Grayson (Mexican "RadioMex 610")
  • WGST AM 640 Atlanta (news/Talk "640 WGST")
  • WCNN AM 680 Atlanta (sports/talk "680 The Fan", formerly CNN simulcast)
  • WSB AM 750 Atlanta (news/Talk "News/Talk 750 WSB")
  • WQXI AM 790 Atlanta (sports/talk "790 The Zone", Sporting News Radio)
  • WFGM AM 830 Sandy Springs (new station construction permit)
  • WAEC AM 860 Atlanta (religious)
  • WJTP AM 890 Lithia Springs (Spanish Christian, moved-in from South Carolina in 2009)
  • WGKA AM 920 Atlanta (conservative talk, "Talk 920")
  • WNIV AM 970 Atlanta (Christian talk and teaching)
  • WGUN AM 1010 Atlanta (brokered)
  • WWWE AM 1100 Hapeville (religious)
  • WCFO AM 1160 East Point (business talk)
  • WAFS AM 1190 Atlanta
  • WFOM AM 1230 Marietta (sports/talk, "1230 The Fan 2", ESPN Radio)
  • WTJH AM 1260 East Point (gospel music)
  • WPBC AM 1310 Decatur
  • WIFN AM 1340 Atlanta (sports/talk, "1340 The Fan 3", Fox Sports Radio)
  • WAOK AM 1380 Atlanta (African American talk)
  • WATB AM 1420 Decatur
  • WYZE AM 1480 Atlanta (Gospel)
  • WAZX AM 1550 Smyrna (Spanish)
  • WIGO AM 1570 Morrow
  • WAOS AM 1600 Austell (Spanish)
  • WMLB AM 1690 Avondale Estates (variety)

In addition, several other smaller stations serve the suburbs.

FM stations


WUBL FM 94.9 and WSB-FM 98.5 are the primary entry points to the state of Georgia Emergency Alert System, taking emergency messages from the governor of Georgia, GEMA, or U.S. president, and relaying them to all other stations across the state.

WSB-FM and WFSH-FM carry a Christmas music format from Thanksgiving to Christmas Day.


Four local college radio stations operate on Internet radio and other means of distribution:


The major daily paper in Atlanta is The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Several alternative weekly publications are also distributed, including Creative Loafing, The Sunday Paper and the Atlanta Nation. A monthly newsprint publication Stomp and Stammer features local music news, indie rock record reviews, and cultural commentary.

As of November 2010, the following newspapers are published in Atlanta:

  • Atlanta Journal-Constitution (2001–present) daily
  • Atlanta Business Chronicle weekly
  • Fulton County Daily Report (1890–present) daily
  • Atlanta Inquirer (1960–present)
  • Atlanta Voice (1966–present) daily
  • Creative Loafing (1972–present) free weekly
  • The Atlanta Jewish Times (1925–present) weekly
  • The Sunday Paper (2004–present)
  • Barbershop Digest (2008–present) free monthly
  • Atlanta Story (2002–present) Formerly the Intown Story, Buckhead Story, and Central Dekalb Story, now an online-only newspaper [3]
  • The Nooze (current) north-northeast metro area and adjacent counties extending into northeast Georgia

Suburban newspapers include:

In its history, Atlanta has had many other daily and weekly newspapers.

  • Atlanta Luminary (July 14, 1846–1848) weekly
  • Daily Intelligencer (1849–1871) daily
  • Daily Examiner (1850?–1857) daily (merged with Intelligencer)
  • City Guardian (1861)
  • Atlanta Southern Confederacy (1861–1864)
  • Daily New Era (1866–1869) daily
  • Atlanta Constitution (1868–2001) daily
  • Daily True Georgian (1870)
  • Daily Sun (Atlanta) (1872–1874)
  • Daily Herald (Atlanta) (1872–1876) daily
  • Daily News (1874) daily
  • Daily Evening Commonwealth (1874–1875)
  • The Sunny South (1875–1907) literary weekly[6]
  • Atlanta Times (1876)
  • Atlanta Telegram (1877)
  • Atlanta Tribune (1877–1878)
  • Post Appeal (1882)
  • Atlanta Journal (1883–2001) afternoon daily
  • Evening Capitol (1885)
  • Atlanta Georgian (1906–1939) afternoon daily
  • The Great Speckled Bird (1968–1976)
  • Atlanta Daily World (1977–1988) daily
  • Poets, Artists & Madmen (1993?–1998?) free weekly
  • Atlanta Press (1996?–2002?) free weekly
  • Atlanta Intown (1996–present) free monthly
  • Southern Voice (1988–2009) free weekly
  • Southern World (1882–1885)


Studios and programs

TV episodes

HGTV (and sometimes HGTV Canada) have aired many episodes shot in metro Atlanta:

  • Deserving Design, Atlanta Fire Department fire station #16, aired December 2008
  • My First Place
    • "House Poor in Hotlanta" - March 2009-aired episode in Kennesaw (Mountain Oaks and Barrett Knoll)[8]
    • "The Two-Bedroom Two-Step" (2008) on Belvedere near downtown Atlanta
    • "Confounded By Condos" - a woman looks for a condo in Brookhaven, Buckhead, or East Atlanta
  • Curb Appeal shot an episode in or near East Atlanta
  • Curb Appeal: The Block, which first aired January 2010, shot several episodes in the area, including its debut season in places like Decatur and Smyrna:
    • "Damaged Driveway Gets an Overhaul", aired on New Year's Day
    • "The Entire Block Comes Together to Make Over a House and the Street Itself", in the Winnona Park neighborhood of Decatur
  • House Hunters:
    • "Post-Katrina Relocation" - a New Orleans real-estate agent who permanently evacuated from Hurricane Katrina finds a home
    • "Big Dreams, Small Budget"
    • "From the Big Apple to Atlanta" - the search for a home like his former one in New York
    • "Moving to Downtown Atlanta" - a woman in Duluth looks for a home in Midtown and Buckhead[9]
    • "Downsizing in Atlanta"[10]
    • "Georgia Bound" - a suburban home in Alpharetta [11]
    • "Downtown Dwellers" (2008) a couple from a suburb near the Atlanta airport look in two new East Atlanta neighborhoods: Parkside Walk and Eastside Walk
    • a low-rise apartment near Piedmont Park
  • Designed to Sell:
    • "Driving Home a Big Sale" (first aired June 2008)[12]
    • "Green Makeover" (also June 2008)[13]
    • "Trading Atlanta for Tennessee"[14]
    • "An Art Gallery Owner Has Outgrown Her Atlanta Condo and Needs to Sell" [15]

See also


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