Due to a logjam of competition and bureaucratic tie-ups, Channel 10 was slow to arrive, but tried to catch up. Musician and former leader of Jim Early and the Westerneers, Jim Early became one of Knoxville’s first TV personalities, first  with WATE, but he later became one of WBIR’s early local stars. Lighting his rocket is Carl Williams, another longtime newsman, who still lives in the area.

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Due to a logjam of competition and bureaucratic tie-ups, Channel 10 was slow to arrive, but tried to catch up. Musician and former leader of Jim Early and the Westerneers, Jim Early became one of Knoxville’s first TV personalities, first with WATE, but he later became one of WBIR’s early local stars. Lighting his rocket is Carl Williams, another longtime newsman, who still lives in the area.

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