About WKRN ABC2WSIX-TV has been an ABC affiliate since its sign-on in 1953. It was the second television station in Nashville and was owned by WSIX, Inc., which was owned by Louis and Jack Draughon, along with WSIX radio (980 AM, now WYFN). The call letters came from the 638 Tire Company in nearby Springfield, where the Draughon brothers had started WSIX in 1930.
Initially, WSIX-TV was a CBS affiliate that shared the ABC affiliation with WSM-TV (channel 4, now WSMV). However, after WLAC-TV (channel 5, now WTVF) signed on and took the CBS affiliation due to WLAC radio's long history as a CBS radio affiliate, WSIX-TV became a full-time ABC affiliate. During the late 1950s, the station was also briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network.