BANGOR, Maine — WABI TV5, the CBS/CW television affiliate in Bangor, is celebrating its 60th year of broadcasting in 2013.
The station signed on as “Maine’s First Television Station” on Jan. 25, 1953, under the ownership of former Maine Gov. Horace A. Hildreth. Still operated by the Hildreth family, WABI TV5 is Maine’s only locally owned television station, and the oldest television station in the country to be continuously owned and controlled by the same family.
The station’s observance includes special reports highlighting historical local news events, and TV5 Sports is also providing special reports and features celebrating 60 years of live, local sports coverage. The stations will air a series of special half-hour programs featuring clips from the station’s film and tape archives.
“We have an extensive amount of old film and tape clips available to us,” said WABI-TV General Manager Mike Young. “We’re tapping into that resource for some special programming that we’re calling TV5 Time Capsules.”
The station will air three half-hour Time Capsule specials over the course of the year, the first of which will air on the station’s “birthday” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25. The premiere Time Capsule centers on local news, and features clips from as far back as 1953.
“The clips we’ve selected include a good range of the areas we serve,” said TV5 program director and executive producer of the specials, Steve Hiltz, “including Castine, Ellsworth, Rockland, Waterville, Skowhegan, Farmington, and more — and of course, the Bangor area.”
The program will be repeated on TV5’s sister station, WABI DT2 (The CW) at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24. Future TV5 Time Capsules will focus on local sports and commercials.
More information about local community celebrations and opportunities for viewers to win prizes will be released in the months ahead, and will be available on the station’s website, www.wabi.tv.