WBFF-TV Channel 45 celebrates 45th anniversary

FOX45 News at Ten debuts in 1991

BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- On April 11, 1971 WBFF-TV Channel 45 went on the air in Baltimore for the first time.

The channel debuted as an independent station, airing movies and sitcoms. Maryland natives will also remember the iconic children's show "Captain Chesapeake". His sidekick, "Mondy the sea monster" still works at WBFF, though under a different name: Traffic Jam Jimmy.

In June of 1991 WBFF, which had by then become a Fox affiliate, launched Fox45 News at Ten.

Forty-five years after its debut, WBFF's parent company Sinclair Broadcast Group is now the largest and most diversified television broadcasting company in the country with more than 160 stations across the U.S.

Over the years Sinclair has acquired Ring of Honor Wrestling and most recently purchased Tennis Channel. It founded American Sports Network and produces a weekly investigative journalism program, Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson.

Today WBFF-TV broadcasts more than 50 hours of locally produced, live newscasts each week.

Sinclair Broadcast Group Vice President and DirectorDr. Fred Smith joined Traffic Jam Jimmy on Monday morning to talk about the station's history:

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