KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — On October 1, 1953, WATE (then called WROL) hit the airwaves for the very first time. Just over four decades later, launched.

In honor of WATE’s 70th anniversary, the WATE Digital Team is looking back at the station’s website from its 1996 launch to 2023.

WATE was the first TV station in Knoxville to launch a website. The first capture of WATE’s Website on the Wayback Machine dates all the way back to Dec. 29, 1996, just 13 years after the internet began.

In the nearly three decades since the launch of the website, it has gone through several changes and colors. Below you can see how got to its current look.


1999 on April 30, 1999 (Screenshot via the Wayback Machine)

2000 on August 15, 2000 (Screenshot via WayBack Machine)

2001 on Nov. 13, 2001 (Screenshot via Wayback Machine)

2003 on Oct. 14, 2003 (Screenshot via Wayback Machine)

2005 on Oct. 1, 2005 (Screenshot via Wayback Machine)

2006 on Oct. 3, 2006 (Screenshot via Wayback Machine)

2008 on Oct. 8, 2008 (Screenshot via Wayback Machine)

2010 on Oct. 3, 2010 (Screenshot via Wayback Machine)

2012 on August 22, 2012 (Screenshot via Wayback Machine)

2013 on Oct. 4, 2013 (Screenshot via Wayback Machine)

2015 on Oct. 1, 2015 (Screenshot via Wayback Machine)

2018 on Oct. 1, 2018 (Screenshot via Wayback Machine)

2021 on Oct. 1, 2021 (Screenshot via Wayback Machine) got its most recent update in 2021. It was created to focus more on a mobile view while still making sure our viewers could easily find the day’s top stories and breaking news.