|Charleston, South Carolina|
|Branding||WCBD NBC 2 (general)|
News 2 (newscasts)
Lowcountry CW 14 (on DT2)
|Slogan||Coverage You Can Count On|
|Channels||Digital: 50 (UHF)|
(to move to 20 (UHF))
Virtual: 2 (PSIP)
2.3 Ion Television
|Owner||Nexstar Media Group|
(Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.)
|First air date||September 25, 1954|
|Call letters' meaning||Charleston|
(three counties in Charleston metro)
|Sister station(s)||WSPA-TV, WYCW, WBTW, WNCN, WNCT-TV, WJBF, WSAV-TV|
|Former callsigns||WUSN-TV (1954–1971)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:|
2 (VHF, 1954–2009)
|Transmitter power||1,000 kW|
546 kW (CP)
|Height||581 m (1,906 ft)|
|Public license information||Profile|
WCBD-TV is a dual NBC/CW+-affiliated television station licensed to Charleston, South Carolina, United States and serving the Lowcountry area. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 50 (or virtual channel 2 via PSIP) from a transmitter in Awendaw. Owned by the Nexstar Media Group, WCBD has studios on West Coleman Boulevard (U.S. 701 Bus/U.S. 17 Bus/SC 703) in Mount Pleasant.
The station is carried on cable channel 3 in most parts of the market.
The station signed on the air as WUSN-TV on September 25, 1954. The station was originally owned by Drayton Hastie. It aired an analog signal on VHF channel 2 and was originally an NBC affiliate with a secondary ABC affiliation. Hastie sold the station to Reeves Telecom in 1960. 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. In 1971, Reeves then sold Channel 2 to State Telecasting Company. On November 8, 1971, the station adopted its current call letters, WCBD standing for Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties (the three counties in the Charleston metropolitan area). Former owner Media General bought the station from State Telecasting in 1983. It remained the market's ABC affiliate until August 19, 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 at the time, Allbritton Communications.
On January 27, 2016, Media General announced that it had entered into a definite agreement to be acquired by Nexstar Broadcasting Group for $4.6 billion. The combined company will be called Nexstar Media Group and own 171 stations (including WCBD-TV). The deal was completed on January 17, 2017.
WCBD-DT2 is branded on-air as Lowcountry CW 14 based on its standard definition cable channel position on the main local provider, Comcast Xfinity (which also carries the subchannel in high definition on digital channel 1014), along with DirecTV. The subchannel is also carried on WOW! channel 12 and Dish Network channel 50.
WCBD launched their second digital subchannel on September 18, 2006 to be Charleston's affiliate of The CW, which was made up of the newly-merged UPN and WB networks. It took the channel 14 slot previously held by its cable-only WB predecessor, which effectively dissolved all operations entirely with the launch of WCBD-DT2.
The previous history of The WB in Charleston saw that network being carried exclusively on cable through "WBLN", an affiliate of The WB's smaller-market The WB 100+ Station Group and run by Coastal Media & Broadcasting and Cox Communications from September 21, 1998 until the network's end in September 2006, and was located on channel 14 on most cable systems. Before WBLN's launch, the network originated on both WGN's national feed and WCTP (the current-day WCIV) in January 1995, which changed their calls to WBNU to fit their new affiliation. In January 1997, WBNU signed an affiliation agreement with UPN and changed their calls to WMMP after a change in ownership, staying with that network until September 2006 when they affiliated with MyNetworkTV; the short gap in 1997 saw viewers receive WB programming only from Superstation WGN before WBLN and the WB 100+ system launched.
In 2013, WCBD-DT2 began broadcasting in 720p high definition, in line with The CW's request for its subchannel-only affiliates to carry the network in HD wherever technically possible.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|2.1||1080i||16:9||WCBD-HD||Main WCBD-TV programming / NBC|
|2.2||720p||eCBD-CW||Lowcountry CW 14|
WCBD-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 2, on June 12, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 50, using PSIP to display WCBD-TV's virtual channel as 2 on digital television receivers.
Though most of WCBD-DT2's schedule is taken up by the default CW Plus schedule, Sunday mornings feature the locally originated outdoors programs Santee Cooper Sportsman with Kevin Davis and SC Outdoors, along with local church services.
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 telecast was on July 29, 2012, making it the last Lowcountry station to go HD. WCBD started a weekend morning newscast that airs on Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 a.m. In addition to its main studios, WCBD also operates a bureau located on Assembly Street/SC 48 covering the Capitol in Columbia, an operation shared by its sister Nexstar stations in and around the state.
WCBD-DT2 has one original newscast produced by WCBD: WCBD News 2 at 10pm on The CW on weeknights. Previously, it carried a repeat of the 6 p.m. edition.
Notable current on-air staff
Notable former on-air staff
Counties that WCBD-TV covers
- Berkeley County
- Charleston County
- Colleton County
- Dorchester County
- Georgetown County
- Orangeburg County
- Williamsburg County
Sometimes WCBD will cover the following counties. (EX: Severe storm coverage, or breaking news from one of the following counties.)
- Allendale County (very rarely)
- Bamberg County (very rarely)
- Barnwell County (very rarely)
- Beaufort County
- Clarendon County
- Hampton County (very rarely)
- Horry County
- Jasper County (very rarely)
- Channel 2 virtual TV stations in the United States
- Channel 50 digital TV stations in the United States
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