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A History of WTVO

<p><a href="http://www.mystateline.com/fulltext/?sid=f07e875c88a5c52f884c909b9482cadd&amp;nxd_id=2635"><img align="left" src="/images/Multi_Media/mystateline/nxd_media/img/jpg/2007_03/dc5f053a-6555-fe34-7144-546977d92d61/raw.jpg" alt=" " title="WTVO" /></a><br /><a href="http://www.mystateline.com/fulltext/?sid=f07e875c88a5c52f884c909b9482cadd&amp;nxd_id=2635"><strong><span style="font-size: small">A History of WTVO</span></strong><br /></a>WTVO began operations on May 3, 1953 under the original ownership of Harry and Elmer Balaban.&nbsp; WTVO was the first station to air programming in the Rockford market.</p>
A History of WTVO
WTVO began operations on May 3, 1953 under the original ownership of Harry and Elmer Balaban. WTVO was the first station to air programming in the Rockford market.The station served Rockford as an NBC affiliate for 42 years before switching to an ABC affiliation.


Mission Broadcasting purchased the station in November 2004. WTVO-TV offers viewers the most comprehensive local news coverage in the stateline area. WTVO-TV has made "News Where You Live" our mission to serve residents of the Illinois/Wisconsin stateline area.

WTVO-TV is a member of the Rockford Area Chamber of CommerceRockford Area Economic Development Council, and Television Bureau of Advertising

 
WTVO is proud of the many awards we have won over the years, including:

2006 Best Community Service (American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Telethon – 1st place) from the Illinois Broadcasters Association

2006 Best Community Service (Rockford Rescue Mission Telethon – 2nd place) from the Illinois Broadcasters Association

2006 Best Late Evening Newscast (1st place) from the Illinois Broadcasters Association

2006 Best Afternoon/Early Evening Newscast (2nd place) from the Illinois Broadcasters Association

2005 Best TV Late Evening (9-10:30p) Newscast (1st place) from the Illinois Broadcasters Association

2005 Best Community Service Activity (1st and 2nd place) from the Illinois Broadcasters Association

2004 Best Spot News Coverage (1st Place) from the Illinois Associated Press

2004 Best Newscast Outside Chicago (1st Place) from the Illinois Associated Press

2003 Best Newswriter Award (1st Place) from the Illinois Associated Press

2003 Best News Documentary (1st Place) from the Illinois Associated Press

2003 Regional Murrow Award for News Documentary from the RTNDA

2001-2003 Fair Award, the local League of Women Voters award for Best Local TV Political Coverage

2000 Best Spot News Coverage from the Illinois Associated Press

1999 Community Builder Award for our employee giving campaign in support of the United Way of Rock River Valley.

1995 Award of Outstanding Community Service from the National Society of Fund Raising Executives

Outstanding Media Service Award for Local Health Coverage from the Rockford Health System

Service Award for our eight-year sponsorship and support of the Illinois American Lung Association’s Clean Air Challenge Bike Ride and Walk

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