From Bobby Nelson to Bill Jartz: WBAY’s legacy looms large

Action 2 News pulls back the curtain as we look at 69 years broadcasting to Northeast Wisconsin
Published: Mar. 17, 2022 at 6:35 AM CDT|Updated: Mar. 17, 2022 at 10:26 PM CDT
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - WBAY is celebrating 69 years on the air.

It was March 17, 1953, when we became the first television station in Green Bay. The switch was flipped at 7 p.m. that day.

Off and running, Channel 2 offered live programs and commercials. Captain Hal, the Quarterback Club and Colonel Caboose all had sponsors eager to try out this new phenomenon.

Within two years, WBAY was on the air with news, sports and weather.

Then, in 1957, more history made with the first live broadcast on location with the dedication of Lambeau Field.

As years passed, technology changed rapidly-- from black and white to color--- from film to videotape--- to digital and high definition. Who would have thought you could watch our news beyond a television set--- on your phone, computer or on social media.

What’s remained the same is WBAY’s mission to provide the public with immediate news, weather and sports to the best of our ability.

That unwavering commitment to journalism has stayed the same--- and so have many familiar faces over the years, from Bobby Nelson, Chuck Ramsay and Jerry Burke--- to the many of us today who consider WBAY our home.

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