WCCO-TV

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WCCO-TV
WCCO CBS 4 logo.png
MinneapolisSaint Paul, Minnesota
United States
City of licenseMinneapolis, Minnesota
BrandingWCCO Channel 4 (general)
WCCO 4 News (newscasts)
SloganMinnesota's most-watched station
ChannelsDigital: 4 (UHF)
Virtual: 4 (PSIP)
Subchannels4.1 CBS
Translators(see article)
AffiliationsCBS (O&O)
OwnerCBS Corporation
(CBS Television Licenses, LLC)
First air dateJuly 1, 1949 (1949-07-01)
Call letters' meaningderived from sister station WCCO radio (Washburn Crosby COmpany)
Sister station(s)KMNB, KZJK, WCCO
Former callsignsWTCN-TV (1949–1952)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
4 (VHF, 1949–2009)
Former affiliationsFNN (1981-1985)
Transmitter power1000 kW
Height432 m (1,417 ft)
Facility ID9629
Transmitter coordinates45°3′44″N 93°8′21″W / 45.06222°N 93.13917°W / 45.06222; -93.13917
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license information:Profile
CDBS
Websiteminnesota.cbslocal.com
 
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WCCO-TV
WCCO CBS 4 logo.png
MinneapolisSaint Paul, Minnesota
United States
City of licenseMinneapolis, Minnesota
BrandingWCCO Channel 4 (general)
WCCO 4 News (newscasts)
SloganMinnesota's most-watched station
ChannelsDigital: 4 (UHF)
Virtual: 4 (PSIP)
Subchannels4.1 CBS
Translators(see article)
AffiliationsCBS (O&O)
OwnerCBS Corporation
(CBS Television Licenses, LLC)
First air dateJuly 1, 1949 (1949-07-01)
Call letters' meaningderived from sister station WCCO radio (Washburn Crosby COmpany)
Sister station(s)KMNB, KZJK, WCCO
Former callsignsWTCN-TV (1949–1952)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
4 (VHF, 1949–2009)
Former affiliationsFNN (1981-1985)
Transmitter power1000 kW
Height432 m (1,417 ft)
Facility ID9629
Transmitter coordinates45°3′44″N 93°8′21″W / 45.06222°N 93.13917°W / 45.06222; -93.13917
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license information:Profile
CDBS
Websiteminnesota.cbslocal.com

WCCO-TV, channel 4, is a CBS owned-and-operated television station, licensed to Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA and serving the Twin Cities television market. WCCO-TV's studios are located on South 11th Street in downtown Minneapolis, and its transmitter is located at the Telefarm complex in Shoreview, Minnesota.

WCCO-TV's programming is also seen on two full-power satellite stations: KCCO-TV (channel 7) in Alexandria, Minnesota; and KCCW-TV (channel 12) in Walker, Minnesota.

History[edit]

The WCCO building in downtown Minneapolis.

WCCO-TV's roots originate with a radio station, but not the one with which it is affiliated today. Radio station WRHM, 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. The call letters of channel 4 were changed to WCCO-TV to match its new radio sister (the WTCN-TV call sign would later be picked up by what is now KARE).[1] CBS was forced to sell its minority ownership stake in the WCCO stations in 1954 to comply with Federal Communications Commission ownership limits of the time. The network gained full ownership of WCCO-TV in 1992, when it acquired the broadcast holdings of Midwest Radio and Television.[2]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channel[edit]

ChannelVideoAspectPSIP Short NameProgramming[3]
4.11080i16:9WCCO-DTMain WCCO-TV programming / CBS

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WCCO-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 4, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 32.[4] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 4.

On October 21, 2014, CBS and Weigel Broadcasting announced the launch of a new digital subchannel service called Decades, scheduled to launch on all CBS-owned stations in 2015, including on WCCO-TV on channel 4.2, KCCO-TV on channel 7.2, and KCCW-TV on channel 12.2. The channel will be co-owned by CBS and Weigel (owner of CBS affiliate WDJT-TV in Milwaukee), with Weigel being responsible for distribution to non-CBS-owned stations. It will air programs from the extensive library of CBS Television Distribution, including archival footage from CBS News.[5]

Satellite stations and translators[edit]

WCCO-TV operates two satellite stations northwest of the Twin Cities area:

Former KCCO/KCCW logo
StationCity of licenseChannels
(TV / DT)
First air dateFormer call lettersERPHAATTransmitter CoordinatesFacility IDPublic license
information
KCCO-TVAlexandria7 (PSIP)
7 (VHF)
October 8, 1958KCMT (1958–1987)29 kW339.6 m45°41′10″N 95°8′3″W / 45.68611°N 95.13417°W / 45.68611; -95.13417 (KCCO-TV)9632Profile
CDBS
KCCW-TVWalker12 (PSIP)
12 (VHF)
January 1, 1964KNMT (1964–1987)59 kW286.4 m46°56′5″N 94°27′19″W / 46.93472°N 94.45528°W / 46.93472; -94.45528 (KCCW-TV)9640Profile
CDBS

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.[6][7] 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.[8]

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 broadcast in digital:

City of licenseCallsignChannel
FrostK35IU-D35
JacksonK35IZ-D35
OliviaK51AL-D51
Red LakeK49LO-D49
Redwood FallsK33LB-D33
St. JamesK41IZ-D41
WillmarK46AC-D46

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