WFGA Color Television

March 15th, 2011, 14:22H · Topics: Business, Girls, Guys · Print

Jacksonville television station WFGA began broadcasting September 1, 1957 and was the first TV station in the country designed for color broadcasting.  It was also a pioneer with the first “live camera” coverage of space launches at the Kennedy Space Center in 1958 and acted as the designated pool feed for all national TV networks. The station now broadcasts as WTLV.

Anyone recognize the group on stage?

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  1. 1 Herb Gold March 16th, 2011 19:41H

    Cameraman is John Addis….Picture taken during the John Tillotson show late 1950s early 1960s

    • 2 Bob / Vintage Jacksonville March 16th, 2011 20:38H

      Thanks for the additional information. From the research that I have done it sounds like WFGA has some significant history that reaches beyond Jacksonville.

      • 3 Herb Gold March 17th, 2011 16:12H

        Bob, WFGA had lots of TV history. It was the 1st TV station built from the ground up for color TV. Other stations were on the alr in black and whits and converted to color. But WFGA was the 1st built for color.

        WFGA’s Crew was the only crew that provided TV coverage to all networks of the aftermath of the Apollo One fire and coverage from the Cape for the 1st Telstar feed to Europe.

        Lots of other 1sts, check the WFGA page on FB

    • 4 David August 28th, 2014 22:19H

      That’s my dad, John Addis, just fyi. I was born in Florida. How ya’ll doing back home there? :)

      David

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