WAGA-TV is the FOX owned-and-operated affiliate for the Atlanta television market, broadcasting on digital UHF channel 27.3 (displayed on tuners as 5.1). Their subcarriers on 5.2 is the Movies! network, on 5.3 is Buzzr, which features game shows from the Fremantle North America library, on 5.4 is silent but will be The Grio.TV in January 2021 (it was Light TV) and on 5.5 is Decades.
WAGA-TV, on analog VHF channel 5, was the TV offshoot of WAGA radio, which broadcast at 590 khz on the AM dial, having moved from 1480. The radio station was a CBS radio affiliate at the time (it was NBC Blue when it was at 1480), so by default, WAGA-TV would become a CBS television affiliate. They would also carry ABC and DuMont shows under secondary affiliation. Their original studio building was the same West Peachtree Street site where WJRJ/channel 17 (now WPCH) would occupy later. In 1967, WAGA moved to a plantation-style building on Briarcliff Road in the unincorporated east side of Atlanta.
Like many network stations independently owned, WAGA would black out some CBS shows in favor of syndicated fare and local movies, but it was generally regarded as one of CBS's strongest performers. By the 90s, WAGA was owned by New World Communications, which was based in Atlanta. In 1994, CBS lost the NFC football package to upstart network FOX. In a bid to shore up stronger VHF band affiliates, FOX cut a deal with New World to make a number of its stations FOX affiliates, WAGA one of them. By September, 1994, WAGA began piecemeal blackouts of CBS shows in preparation for the switch to FOX that December (one CBS show, The Price Is Right, would air on WVEU/channel 69--now WUPA--during the interim until CBS named a new affiliate for Atlanta, which would eventually be WGNX/channel 46, now WGCL.) Word has it that CBS was so angry at WAGA jumping ship that they were going to buy channel 46 and move it to channel 6. The move was negated as two adjoining markets—Birmingham AL and Augusta GA—already had a channel 6. Interference with channel 5 was also a factor.
WAGA passed up the FOX Kids block weekdays and weekends, so they were taken by WATL/channel 36, then later by WHOT/channel 34 (now Univision's WUVG) and WUPA/channel 69. Fox's kids shows were discontinued at the start of 2009. Starting in 2020, WAGA will become the preseason broadcast home for the Atlanta Falcons with games simulcast from NFL Network. WUPA/channel 69 had been airing the games.
WAGA is owned and operated by FOX and the station is one of the network's strongest affiliates. FOX Television Stations is now a component of Fox Corporation, having split off from FOX’s entertainment units which was acquired by Disney (owner of ABC) on March 20, 2019.
|5.1||27.3 ATSC 1.0||WAGA-DT||FOX High Definition|
|31.10 ATSC 3.0|
Current Prime-Time Schedule
|Monday||TMZ||Extra||9-1-1||The Big Leap||FOX 5 News||Fox 5 News Edge|
|Tuesday||The Resident||Our Kind of People|
|Wednesday||The Masked Singer||Alter Ego|
|Thursday||Thursdays Night Football|
|Saturday||Fox 5 News||various sport||Axe Cop|
|Sunday||The Simpsons||Bob's Burgers||The Simpsons||The Great North||Bob's Burgers||Family Guy||TMZ|
Previous Prime-Time Schedules
|Monday||Wheel of Fortune||Jeopardy!||Evening Shade||Dave's World||Murphy Brown||Love & War||Northern Exposure||Channel 5 Eyewitness News|
|Tuesday||Wheel of Fortune||Jeopardy!||Rescue 911||The CBS Tuesday Night Movies||Channel 5 Eyewitness News|
|Wednesday||Wheel of Fortune||Jeopardy!||Hearts Afire||The Nanny||South of Sunset||48 Hours||Channel 5 Eyewitness News|
|Thursday||Wheel of Fortune||Jeopardy!||In the Heat of the Night||Eye to Eye with Connie Chung||Angel Falls||Channel 5 Eyewitness News|
|Friday||Wheel of Fortune||Jeopardy!||It Had to Be You||Family Album||The Building||The Boys||Picket Fences||Channel 5 Eyewitness News|
|Saturday||A Current Affair Extra||Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman||Harts of the West||Walker, Texas Ranger||Channel 5 Eyewitness News|
|Sunday||60 Minutes||Murder, She Wrote||The CBS Sunday Night Movies||Channel 5 Eyewitness News|