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WMBB signed on the air on October 4, 1973 as WDTB-TV, an NBC affiliate. On February 28, 1977, WDTB was sold to Octagon Broadcasting of Atlanta, Georgia and the call letters were changed to WMBB-TV, home of the World's Most Beautiful Beaches.

On January 4, 1982, WMBB-TV changed its network affiliation from NBC to ABC. Buford Television of Tyler, Texas bought the station on December 5, 1986, and invested major capital for both technical and on-air improvements.

Here is a picture of our resident Osprey nest that resides atop our 150ft tower at the Station in downtown Panama City. The Station is about three blocks from the Bay and each year a pair of Osprey raise their young in this nest. In the right column, we have a more more detailed image of our tower and the nest as well as a picture of Mom Osprey sitting on one of our antennas.

Then on May 18, 1989 at 2:03 p.m. an Air Force F-15 clipped a guy wire at the Frink, Florida transmitter site - causing the tower, antenna and transmitter to be completely destroyed. Spartan Communications, Inc. out of Spartanburg, South Carolina purchased the station on April 12, 1990 as the construction stages of a complete new tower, transmitter and antenna installation had just begun.

On August 6, 1990 WMBB-TV began broadcasting from a new 1,500-foot state-of-the-art tower and transmitter one mile south of Youngstown, Florida. This new transmission facility gives the station the best coverage available in the Panama City market.

In March 2000, WMBB became one of 13 stations in a package acquired by Media General from Spartan Communications, Inc. WMBB was sold to Hoak Media, Inc. in the first half of 2008.

WMBB is owned by Hoak Media, Inc., Dallas, Texas and is one of the company's television stations that streach from North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado, Texas and Louisiana all the way to the Panhandle of Florida. WMBB-TV is Hoak Media's first television station East of the Mississippi River.

WMBB-TV currently serves nine counties in the panhandle representing over 146,520 homes and a viewing audience in excess of 337,000. Panama City is currently ranked 151st in market size and is considered by many to be located in one of the fastest growing areas in the state of Florida.

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click for article Woman Charged with Murdering Grandson
By: Jessi Chapin
Marianne Bordt, 71, is ordered to be held without bond, charged with the murder of her grandson.

click for article American Postal Workers Union to Picket at USPS Public Meeting
By: Erin Hawley
The Bay County American Postal Workers Union holds an emergency meeting Tuesday evening to discuss the United States Postal Service’s proposal to close a Bay County post office outgoing mail sorting facility.

click for article Bay County Update
By: Elizabeth Cate
The Bay County commission gets back into the swing after holiday break.

click for article Out of Service Elevator Brings Complaints From Apartment Building Residents
By: Jerry Brown
High-rise apartment building residents want answers about an out of service elevator.

click for article Inmate Charged With Defrauding Other Inmates, IRS
Source: Jackson County Floridan
An Apalachee Correctional Institution inmate is accused of using other prisoners’ names and Social Security numbers to obtain thousands of dollars in tax rebates — while he was behind bars

click for article PCPD Arrests Man for Grand Theft of Laptop
Source: Panama City Police Department
The Panama City Police Department announces the arrest of Jonathan Kyle Brickley, 22 years of age

click for article Freezing Temperatures Cause Pipes to Burst
By: Mary Scott Speigner
The longer this unusually cold weather holds out, the more problems it will cause. The freezing temperatures are causing pipes to burst and leak across Panama City.

click for article Panama City Police Arrest Three Men for Car Burglaries
Source: Panama City Police Department
The Panama City Police Department announces the arrest of Renate Menge, 55 years of age, James Gafford, 43 years of age and Gary Frank Dudick, 49 years of age

click for article Twelve-year-old Girl Transported to Hospital for Drug Overdose
Source: Walton County Sheriff’s Office
On Monday afternoon, a 12-year-old child was transported by ambulance to the Emergency Room of Healthmark Regional Medical Center in DeFuniak Springs. The child’s mother suspected the girl was under the influence of drugs

click for article Second Rental Business Burglarized in Walton County
Source: Walton County Sheriff’s Office
For the second time in a week, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the burglary of a rental company business in the Santa Rosa Beach area.

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