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|Minneapolis–St. Paul, Minnesota|
|City of license||Minneapolis, Minnesota|
|Branding||WCCO Channel 4,
WCCO, CCO (general)
WCCO 4 News (newscasts)
|Slogan||Minnesota's Most Watched Station|
|Channels||Digital: 32 (UHF)
Virtual: 4 (PSIP)
(CBS Broadcasting, Inc.)
|First air date||July 1, 1949|
|Call letters' meaning||Washburn-Crosby COmpany (precursor of General Mills) and taken from its sister radio station|
|Sister station(s)||KMNB, KZJK, WCCO (AM)|
|Former callsigns||WTCN-TV (1949–1952)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
4 (VHF, 1949–2009)
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
WCCO-TV, channel 4, is a CBS owned-and-operated television station that is licensed to Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States and serving the Minneapolis-St. Paul television market. The station is owned by the CBS Television Stations subsidiary of CBS Corporation. WCCO-TV's studios are located in downtown Minneapolis, and its transmitter is located at the Telefarm complex in Shoreview, Minnesota.
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WCCO-TV's roots originate with a radio station, but not one with which it is affiliated today. Radio station WRHM (1280 AM), which signed on the air in 1925, is the station to which WCCO-TV traces its lineage. In 1934, two newspapers – the Minneapolis Tribune and the Saint Paul Pioneer Press-Dispatch – formed a joint venture named "Twin Cities Newspapers", which purchased the radio station and changed its call letters to WTCN. Twin Cities Newspapers later expanded into the then-new medium of television with the launch of WTCN-TV on July 1, 1949 as Minnesota's second television station, broadcasting from the Radio City Theater at 50 South 9th Street in downtown Minneapolis.
When Twin Cities Newspapers sold its radio holdings – WTCN (now WWTC) and WTCN-FM (now KTCZ-FM) – in 1952, it was able to buy the much stronger and dominant WCCO (830 AM). A new company, Midwest Radio and Television, was created to do this, with CBS as a minority partner with the radio station. The call letters of channel 4 were changed to the present WCCO-TV to match its new radio sister (the WTCN-TV call sign would later be picked up by what is now KARE). CBS was forced to sell its minority ownership stake in WCCO radio in 1954 to comply with Federal Communications Commission ownership limits of the time. The network did not own any portion of WCCO-TV until 1992, when it acquired the broadcast holdings of Midwest Radio and Television.
Digital television 
Digital channel 
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|4.1||1080i||16:9||WCCO-DT||Main WCCO-TV programming / CBS|
Analog-to-digital conversion 
WCCO-TV shut down its analog signal on June 12, 2009 as part of the digital television transition. The station remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 32, using PSIP to display WCCO's virtual channel as 4, in correspondence to its former analog channel frequency, on digital television receivers.
Satellite stations and translators 
WCCO-TV operates two satellite stations northwest of the Twin Cities area:
|Station||City of license||Channels
(TV / DT)
|First air date||Former call letters||ERP||HAAT||Transmitter Coordinates||Facility ID||Public license
|October 8, 1958||KCMT (1958–1987)||29 kW||339.6 m||9632||Profile
|January 1, 1964||KNMT (1964–1987)||59 kW||286.4 m||9640||Profile
Both of these stations were founded by the Central Minnesota Television Company and maintained primary affiliations with NBC and secondary affiliations with ABC from their respective sign-ons until the summer of 1982, when both stations switched to CBS. KCMT had originally broadcast from a studio in Alexandria, with KNMT operating as a satellite station of KCMT. Central Minnesota Television sold both stations to Midwest Radio and Television in 1987, at which point they adopted their present call letters and became semi-satellites of WCCO-TV.
Until 2002, the two stations simulcast WCCO-TV's programming for most of the day, except for separate commercials and inserts placed into channel 4's newscasts. However, in 2002, WCCO-TV ended KCCO/KCCW's local operations and shut down the Alexandria studio, converting the two stations into full-time satellites. Since then, channel 4 has identified as "Minneapolis-St. Paul/Alexandria/Walker", with virtually no on-air evidence that KCCO and KCCW were separate stations.
In addition, the broadcast signal of WCCO-TV is extended by way of six translators in southern Minnesota and one in northern Minnesota; all but one broadcasts in digital:
|City of license||Callsign||Channel|
News operation 
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WCCO presently broadcasts 28 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 4½ hours on weekdays, 3½ hours on Saturdays and two hours on Sundays). In addition, the station produces a half-hour sports highlight program on Sunday evenings after the 10 p.m. newscast called Rosen's Sports Sunday, which is hosted by sports director Mark Rosen.
Since the May 2006 ratings period, WCCO's newscasts have claimed the top spot in total household ratings for most news programs. The exception has been mornings, where KARE still leads all local competitors. In main demographic groups, WCCO usually comes in second place. May 2009 showed a third place finish behind KSTP at 5:00 p.m.
WCCO 4 NEWS TEAM 
Notable former on-air staff 
- Karen Boros (to CBS)
- Jerry Bowen (to CBS)
- Clellan Card - children's television personality "Axel" (1954–1966)
- Bill Carlson - entertainment reporter, midday news anchor (deceased)
- Mary Davies - host of children's shows (as "Carmen The Nurse")
- Paul Douglas - chief meteorologist (1997–2008; now with StarTribune)
- Sam Ford (to CBS then WJLA-TV, Washington, DC)
- Phil Jones (to CBS) 
- Randi Kaye (to CNN)
- Don Kladstrup (to CBS and ABC)
- Bud Kraehling - weather anchor/staff announcer (1946–1996)
- Skip Loescher (to CNN)
- Allan Lotsberg - host of children's shows as "Willie Ketchum" 
- Bob McNamara (to CBS)
- Dave Moore - news anchor (1950s–1998; deceased)
- Barry Petersen (to CBS)
- Ann Rubenstein (to NBC)
- Hal Scott - sports anchor (1960s–1980)
- Ray Scott - sports (1960s–1970s)
- Don Shelby - news anchor (retired)
- Susan Spencer (to CBS)
- Bill Stewart (to ABC, murdered in Nicaragua in 1979)
- Michele Tafoya - sports anchor/reporter (to NBC Sports)
- Heather Tesch (to The Weather Channel)
- Ben Tracy (to CBS)
- WCCO TV Query Results
- http://llnw.static.cbslocal.com/station/wcco/community/09_0827_community_WCCOtimeline.pdf Retrieved 2011-7-22
- http://www.thefreelibrary.com/CBS+ACQUIRES+TELEVISION+AND+RADIO+STATIONS+FROM+MIDWEST+COMMUNICATIONS-a011880751 Retrieved 2011-8-21
- List of Digital Full-Power Stations
- "WATR-TV decides to go it alone." Broadcasting, February 22, 1982, pg. 72. 
- Minnesota State Edition
- Washington, D.C. Federal Communications Commission. FCC Record, Vol. 02, No. 22, pp. 6730-6732, Oct 23-Nov. 6, 1987. UNT Digital Library. FCC 87-331 Vol. 22. Accessed June 28, 2012.
- "Jerry Bowen". CBS News.
- "WCCO Anchor Bill Carlson Dies At Age 73". 2008-02-29. Archived from the original on 2008-03-03. Retrieved 2008-03-01.
- http://books.google.com/books?id=mPxHBfonthgC&lpg=PA17&pg=PA23#v=onepage&q&f=false "Best Seat in the House: Mark Rosen’s Sports Moments and Minnesota Memories" by Mark Rosen, 2012, page 23
- "CNN TV - Anchors/Reporters:Randi Kaye".
- "Bob McNamara". CBS News.
- http://www.startribune.com/obituaries/103681189.html Star-Tribune September 23, 2010
- Oslund, John J. (1997). "Ruling a Prizewinner Unfair". Retrieved 2007-12-11.
- http://www.topix.com/forum/world/nicaragua/TD3JS0HK75RCUPNBC (an unusual source but there is very little documentation of Stewart's tenure at WCCO)
- "A History of Minneapolis: Radio and Television". Minneapolis Public Library. 2001. Archived from the original on 2004-08-08. Retrieved 2004-09-25.
- "History of WCCO-TV". WCCO. 2003-07-16. Retrieved 2004-09-26.[dead link]
- CBSMinnesota.com - Official website
- WCCO Webcast
- RabbitEars.info website - WCCO
- RabbitEars.info website - KCCO
- RabbitEars.info website - KCCW
- WCCO-TV Historical Airchecks at tcmedianow.com
- WTCN TV (4) & WTCN Radio billboard, 1950 from Minnesota Historical Society
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WCCO
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KCCO
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KCCW
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WCCO-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KCCO-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KCCW-TV