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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. The station can also be seen on Time Warner channel 2 as well as Knology and Comcast channel 3. There is a high definition feed offered on Comcast digital channel 432, Time Warner digital channel 805, and Knology digital channel 903. 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, Oprah, and Dr. Phil.

WCBD-TV
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Charleston, South Carolina
Branding News 2

Lowcountry CW (on DT2)

Slogan Count on News 2
Channels Digital: 50 (UHF)Virtual: 2 (PSIP)
Subchannels 2.1 NBC2.2The CW
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 (1954-1975)
Former channel number(s) Analog:

2 (1954-2009)

Former affiliations NBC (primary, 1954-1962)

ABC (secondary 1954-1962; primary, 1962-1996)

Transmitter power 1,000 kW
Height 581 m
Facility ID 10587
Transmitter coordinates 32°56′24.7″N79°41′43.5″W
Website counton2.com

Digital programmingEdit

On WCBD-DT2, Knology channel 12, Comcast channel 14, and Time Warner digital channel 807 is the area's CW affiliate. Known on-air as Lowcountry CW, it gets all of its programming from The CW Plus.

Channels (virtual/physical) Programming
2.1/50.1 main WCBD programming/NBC HD
2.2/50.2 WCBD-DT2 "Lowcountry CW"

HistoryEdit

The station signed-on as WUSN-TV on September 25, 1954. It was the third-oldest station in the state behind WCSC-TV in Charleston and WBTW in Florence. The channel aired an analog signal on VHF channel 2 and was originally an NBC affiliate with secondary ABC relations. The secondary status was with WCSC until 1962 when WTMA-TV (now 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. In 1975, 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 the channel swapped affiliations with WCIV and became an NBC affiliate once again. This was a result of an affiliation deal between ABC and the Allbritton Communications Company (WCIV's owner). Starting on September 18, 2006, the station began airing The CW on a new second digital subchannel. WCBD-TV shut down its analog signal, on June 12, 2009, as part of the DTV transition in the United States. [1] The station remained on its pre-transition channel 50 [2] using PSIP to display WCBD-TV's virtual channel as 2.

NewscastsEdit

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News open seen every night at 6.

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. Like all CW Plus stations in the Eastern Time Zone, WCBD-DT2 offers the nationally syndicated morning show The Daily Buzz on weekdays from 6 until 9. That station also repeats the main channel's weeknight 6 o'clock broadcast weeknights at 10. [3] On weekdays, the main channel airs Daytime (produced at sister station WFLA-TV) after its midday show.

Newscast titlesEdit

Station slogansEdit

  • "This is The Place to Be on TV-2"
  • "Hello Lowcountry, Hello Channel 2" (1974-1975; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • "Welcome To The Bright New World on Channel 2" (1975-1976; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • "Let Us Be The One on Channel 2" (1976-1977; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • "We're The One You Can Turn To, Channel 2" (1978-1979; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • "You and Me and Channel 2" (1980-1981; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • "Now is the Time, Channel 2 is The Place" (1981-1982; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • "Come on Along with TV-2" (1982-1983; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • "That Special Feeling on TV-2" (1983-1984; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • "We`re With You on TV-2" (1984-1985; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • "You`ll Love It on TV-2" (1985-1986; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • "Together on TV-2" (1986-1987; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • "Something`s Happening on TV-2" (1987-1990; localized version of ABC campaign)
  • "Lowcountry is Watching TV-2" (1990-1992; localized version of "America's Watching ABC" ad campaign)
  • "Working Harder, Helping You" (early 1990s-1997)
  • "If It`s The Lowcountry, It Must Be TV-2" (1992-1993; localized version of "It Must Be ABC" ad campaign)
  • "Watched By More Lowcountry, TV-2, ABC"(1993-1996; final localized version of ABC ad campaign, before the switch to NBC in 1996)
  • "TV-2, The Network Is You" (1996-1997; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • "The Heart of the South Carolina Lowcountry" (1997–2006)
  • "Count on News 2" (2006–present)

News teamEdit

Anchors

  • Brad Franko - weekday morning news
  • Octavia Mitchell - weekday morning and noon news
  • Carolyn Murray - weeknight news and medical reporter
  • Brendan Clark - weeknight news and Prep Zone Host
  • Larry Collins- weekends
  • Andy Wontor - weekend sports

Storm Team 2 Meteorologists

  • Rob Fowler (NWA and AMS Seals of Approval) - Chief seen weeknights and heard on WLTQ-AM 730, WSCC-FM 94.3, WALC-FM 100.5, WXLY-FM 102.5, WEZL-FM 103.5, and WRFQ-FM 104.5
  • Josh Marthers (AMS Seal of Approval) - weekday mornings and noon
  • Joey Sovine - weekends

Reporters

  • Larry Collins - "Problem Solver" segment producer
  • Raymond Owens
  • Cleve Bryan
  • Rebecca Ryan
  • Andy Wontor

Former on-air staffEdit

  • John Ahrens (now weekend meteorologist at WSOC-TV in Charlotte)
  • Tom Allen
  • Dan Ashley (now anchor at KGO-TV in San Francisco)
  • Bill Baer
  • Bettina Boateng (now at WVTM in Birmingham, AL)
  • Jennifer Brown
  • Erica Bryant Fields (now evening anchor at WSOC-TV in Charlotte)
  • Terry Casey
  • Meryl Conant
  • Miles Crosby
  • Merritt Dempsey
  • Red Evans
  • Corey Broman-Faulks
  • Jenny Fisher
  • Bill Fitzgerald (now at WNCN in Raleigh, NC)
  • Tim Gehret
  • Rudy Gill
  • Karen Grace
  • Gray Hall (now morning reporter at WTVJ in Miami)
  • Trey Hardison
  • Kurt Hogan (now anchor and producer of NASA News on NASA TV at NASA/Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia)
  • Harve Jacobs (now at WCSC-TV)
  • Lorrie Jordan (now at KNSD in San Diego)
  • Nichelle King
  • Ted Knight (deceased)
  • Mike Lacett (now at WSYR in Syracuse, NY)
  • Meredith Land (now at KXAS-TV in Dallas-Ft. Worth)
  • Leslie Lyles
  • Joan Mack
  • Jenny McLendon
  • Christa McLain
  • Jill Franco-Miller - news anchor
  • Karen McGinnis (now at CNN)
  • Chip Maxham (now morning meteorologist at KAUZ in Wichita Falls, TX)
  • Blair Miller (now anchor at WSOC-TV in Charlotte)
  • Angie Mizzell
  • Adrian "Specs" Munzell (deceased)
  • Nancy O'Dell (formerly with Access Hollywood)
  • Steve Overton
  • Warren Peper
  • Ben Pogue
  • Spencer Pryor (now spokesman for North Charleston Police Department)
  • Dallas Raines
  • Dana Ratliff
  • Amy Robach (now with NBC News and MSNBC, and anchor of Weekend Today)
  • Jon Robinson (2004-2006)
  • Darla Rourk
  • Liz Scott
  • Ron Scott
  • Dee Dee Sharp
  • Nina Sossamon
  • Leigh Spann (now at WFLA-TV in Tampa)
  • Andrew Speno (now evening anchor at KOKH in Oklahoma City)
  • Dave Stanley
  • Nate Stewart (now at WLTX)
  • Ben Tackett
  • Jennifer Timmons
  • Joe Trahan (now sports reporter at WFAA in Dallas-Ft. Worth)
  • Jim Vann (announcer in early 1980s)
  • Bo Williams

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Require Prime Evening Time for NTA Films" ([dead link]), Boxoffice: 13, November 10, 1956, http://issuu.com/boxoffice/docs/boxoffice_111056-1
  2. ^ http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1082A2.pdf
  3. ^ CDBS Print

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