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WHAS11 History

WHAS11 is woven into the very fabric of Louisville and Kentuckiana, dating all the way back to our first broadcast in March of 1950. The station was a trailblazer, being the area’s first to use newsreel film and the first to bring the nation a television broadcast the iconic Kentucky Derby.

Built on journalistic excellence and a commitment to improve the communities we serve, WHAS11 is one of America’s top performing ABC network affiliates. Dedicated to our viewers, we’re proud to be Kentuckiana’s first choice for news, quality programming, and community involvement.

Viewers can expect the most comprehensive and complete coverage of today’s top stories, as well as the fastest coverage of local, late-breaking news. The WHAS11NEWS FirstAlert Storm Team can be counted on for the most reliable and accurate weather forecast as you plan your week. WHAS11 Sports strives provides viewers complete coverage of some of the nation’s best high school, college and professional sports.

Our distinguished history and tradition of excellence continues today. As the number one choice for Kentuckiana television news for more than 25 years, we thank you for making WHAS11 part of your day.

WHAS Crusade for Children

In 1954, the WHAS Crusade for Children began a yearly tradition of raising money to help the area’s remarkable children. Over the course of its rich history, the nationally-recognized foundation has raised hundreds of millions of dollars for special needs children throughout Kentuckiana. The WHAS Crusade for Children, Inc. established in 1954 by WHAS-TV, raises money for agencies, schools and hospitals to better the lives of special needs children.

The WHAS Crusade for Children, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Gifts are tax-deductible as permitted by law. To make a secure online donation, call (502) 582-7706 or pledge online at https://secure.qgiv.com/for/wcfc