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WCBD-TV
Charleston, South Carolina
Branding WCBD NBC 2 (general)
News 2 (newscasts)
Lowcountry CW 14 (on DT2)
Slogan Count on News 2
Channels Digital: 50 (UHF)
Virtual: 2 (PSIP)
Subchannels 2.1 NBC
2.2 The CW
Affiliations NBC (1954–1962 and since 1996)
Owner Media General
(Media General Communications Holdings, LLC)
First air date September 25, 1954
Call letters' meaning Charleston/Berkeley/
Dorchester (three counties in Charleston metro)
Sister station(s) WSPA-TV, WYCW, WJBF/WAGT, WSAV-TV, WBTW
Former callsigns WUSN-TV (1954–1971)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
2 (1954–2009)
Former affiliations ABC (1954–1996, secondary until 1962)
Transmitter power 1,000 kW
Height 581 m
Facility ID 10587
Transmitter coordinates

32°56′24.7″N 79°41′43.5″W / 32.940194°N 79.695417°W / 32.940194; -79.695417

Website www.counton2.com

WCBD-TV is the NBC-affiliated television station for the Lowcountry area of South Carolina licensed to Charleston. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 50 from a transmitter in Awendaw. Owned by Media General, it has studios on West Coleman Boulevard (U.S. 701 Bus/U.S. 17 Bus/SC 703) in Mount Pleasant. Syndicated programming on WCBD includes: Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune, and Dr. Phil.

History

The station signed-on as WUSN-TV on September 25, 1954. It aired an analog signal VHF channel 2 and was originally an NBC affiliate with a secondary ABC affiliation. It shared ABC programming with WCSC-TV until 1962, when WCIV signed-on and took the NBC affiliation. WUSN then became a full-time ABC affiliate. During the late-1950s, it was also briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network. On November 8, 1971,[1] the station adopted its current call letters, WCBD standing for Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester Counties (the three counties in the Charleston metropolitan area). It remained the market's ABC affiliate until August 1996 when it swapped affiliations with WCIV and became an NBC affiliate once again. This was a result of an affiliation deal between ABC and WCIV's owner, Allbritton Communications Company.

Digital television

Digital channels

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
2.1 1080i 16:9 WCBD-HD Main WCBD-TV programming / NBC
2.2 480i 4:3 eCBD-CW Lowcountry CW 14

Starting on September 18, 2006, the station began airing The CW on a new second digital subchannel.

Analog-to-digital conversion

WCBD-TV shut down its analog signal, on June 12, 2009, as part of the DTV transition in the United States.[2] The station remained on its pre-transition channel 50[3] using PSIP to display WCBD-TV's virtual channel as 2.

Newscasts

WCBD spent most of the 1970s and 1980s in last place until Media General bought the station in 1983. Since then, it has been a solid runner-up to longtime leader WCSC. WCBD offers more than 30 hours of news per week. Each newscasts focus on WCBD's signature elements that have become a staple in the Lowcountry; Storm Team 2, CrimeTracker, Count on 2 Medical Report, Count on 2 School Report, Count on 2 Sports,Drive Time Traffic and Reality Check.


WCBD airs a newscast Saturday nights at 7 but, unlike WCSC and WCIV, does not offer a broadcast at the same time on weeknights. The first HD telecasts was on July 29, 2012, making it the last Lowcountry station to go HD.[4] WCBD started a weekend morning newscast that airs on Saturday and Sunday at 9:00am. In addition to its main studios, WCBD also operates a bureau located on Assembly Street/SC 48 covering the Capitol in Columbia. The operating expenses are shared among Media General's outlets in South Carolina.

Newscast titles

  • Channel 2 News (late 1970s-1982)
  • TV-2 Eyewitness News (1982-1989)
  • TV-2 Action News (1989-1997)
  • News 2 (1997–present)

Station slogans

  • "Where the Good Times Begin" (early 1970s)
  • "Channel 2 is Yours" (mid 1970s)
  • "It Takes 2" (late 1970s)
  • "Working Harder... Helping You" (1980's)
  • "Count on News 2" (2006–present)

News team

Anchors

  • Brendan Clark - weeknights (also weeknight sports anchor)
  • Larry Collins - weekend evenings and reporter
  • Brad Franko - weekday mornings and weekdays at noon
  • Haley Hernandez - weekend mornings and reporter
  • Octavia Mitchell - weekday mornings and reporter (also "Cool School" segment producer)
  • Carolyn Murray - weeknights (also health reporter)

StormTeam 2 Meteorologists

  • Rob Fowler (NWA and AMS Seals of Approval) - Chief seen weeknights and heard on WSCC-FM 94.3, WXLY-FM 102.5, WEZL-FM 103.5, and WRFQ-FM 104.5
  • Josh Marthers (AMS Seal of Approval) - weekday mornings and weekdays at noon
  • Kyle Dennis (certified) - weekend evenings (weekday traffic Thu-Fri)
  • Christine Kohler - weekend mornings (weekday traffic Mon-Wed)

Reporters

  • Matt Bise
  • Veronica Macias
  • Robert Kittle - Media General Capitol Bureau
  • Cuthbert Langley
  • Raymond Owens
  • Rebecca Collett
  • Andrea Wontor - also weekend evening sports anchor

Notable former staff

References

  • WCBD About Us

External links

  • CountOn2.com - Official WCBD-TV Website
  • The CW Charleston Online - Official CW Charleston Website
  • Query the FCC's TV station database for WCBD-TV
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