WDRB FOX 41 in Louisville

Thunder Over Louisville fireworks display
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WDRB FOX 41 in Louisville airs newscasts Monday - Friday: 5 a.m., 6 a.m., 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 11:30 a.m., Noon, 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 10 p.m. The schedule changes on the weekends. On Saturday and Sunday the news is on at 10 p.m. Of course, when there is pressing news or alerts that need to be shared, WDRB FOX 41 Louisville breaks into programming to provide viewership with needed news.

Before FOX

The television channel 41 began in the 1950s and went through a few changes before becoming Independence TV of Louisville. It was the first independent station in Louisville and the studios were located right in the heart of Louisville, on Main Street. Some of the most famous shows on Independence TV include the Fright Night and Presto the Magic Clown. Catering to very different audiences, Fright Night was a curated show of low-budget horror movies and ran on Saturdays. Presto the Magic Clown was designed for kids. It was aired daily and included cartoons, performers and birthday greetings.

By the mid 1970s, viewership had expanded and ownership changed. Air time extended and after a while the station moved to Louisville's Butchertown neighborhood, a neighborhood now hip and trendy with places like the Butchertown Market. Then, in the 1908s, there was a move back to downtown Louisville, to their current location on Muhammad Ali Boulevard (if you stop by, check out The Seelbach Hotel).

When the Station Became a Fox Affiliate

In the mid 1980s, the network had expanded its reach. Programming national shows during prim time, WDRB-TV became an affiliate of the FOX network. Then, during the 1990s, WDRB moved away from the classics and toward reality shows and talk programming. The "new" station was referred to as FOX 41.

First Airing of Thunder Over Louisville

In 2007, WDRB became the first television station in Louisville to televise Thunder Over Louisville, the annual pyrotechnic display that marks the beginning of the Kentucky Derby Festival. This was quite a feat to show the fireworks in high definition and was appreciated by all in the area who were unable to make it downtown for the annual event. Now, it is expected. If you are unable to attend, simply watch it on WDRB!

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