WSBT-TV

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WSBT-TV
WSBT logo.png
South Bend, Indiana
BrandingWSBT (general)
WSBT News (newscasts)
SloganYour Local News Leader
ChannelsDigital: 22 (UHF)
Subchannels22.1 CBS
22.2 SBT2
22.3 Stormtracker WX
AffiliationsCBS
OwnerSchurz Communications, Inc.
(WSBT, Inc.)
First air dateDecember 21, 1952
Call letters' meaningSouth
Bend
Tribune
Sister station(s)WSBT (AM), WNSN
Former channel number(s)Analog:
34 (1952-1957?)
22 (1957?-2009)
Digital:
30 (-2009)
Former affiliationsNBC/ABC/DuMont (1952-1954, all secondary)
UPN (DT2, 2003-2006)
Transmitter power266 kW
Height332.6 m
Facility ID73983
Transmitter coordinates41°37′0″N 86°13′1″W / 41.616667°N 86.21694°W / 41.616667; -86.21694
Websitewww.wsbt.com
 
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WSBT-TV
WSBT logo.png
South Bend, Indiana
BrandingWSBT (general)
WSBT News (newscasts)
SloganYour Local News Leader
ChannelsDigital: 22 (UHF)
Subchannels22.1 CBS
22.2 SBT2
22.3 Stormtracker WX
AffiliationsCBS
OwnerSchurz Communications, Inc.
(WSBT, Inc.)
First air dateDecember 21, 1952
Call letters' meaningSouth
Bend
Tribune
Sister station(s)WSBT (AM), WNSN
Former channel number(s)Analog:
34 (1952-1957?)
22 (1957?-2009)
Digital:
30 (-2009)
Former affiliationsNBC/ABC/DuMont (1952-1954, all secondary)
UPN (DT2, 2003-2006)
Transmitter power266 kW
Height332.6 m
Facility ID73983
Transmitter coordinates41°37′0″N 86°13′1″W / 41.616667°N 86.21694°W / 41.616667; -86.21694
Websitewww.wsbt.com

WSBT-TV, channel 22 is a CBS-affiliated television station in South Bend, Indiana. WSBT is the flagship television station of Schurz Communications. Its studios are located on East Douglas Avenue in Mishawaka. Its transmitter is located in South Bend.

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Digital channels

ChannelVideoAspectPSIP Short NameProgramming
22.11080i16:9WSBT-HDMain WSBT-TV programming / CBS
22.2480i4:3WSBT-SDAdditional syndicated programming
22.3WSBT-WXWeather rader

In 2003, WSBT launched UPN Michiana on digital channel 22.2. UPN Michiana became an independent in Fall 2006 when UPN programming merged into the new CW network. At that point, "UPN Michiana" became "SBT2". One of SBT2's new offerings include a weekday 10pm newscast, which began September 5, 2006.

History

WSBT-TV first signed on on December 21, 1952 as another media outlet of the South Bend Tribune. It was the first UHF station in the country to produce a live telecast, which was five minutes of news. It was also the first on UHF to telecast a high school basketball tournament, which came from John Adams High School. In 1953, WSBT-TV had several sports related firsts. In the fall of that year, WSBT became the first TV station in the United States to present a closed-circuit telecast of a college football practice. This allowed Notre Dame coach Frank Leahy to direct the practice, as he was hospitalized at the time. WSBT-TV was also the first station in Indiana to broadcast in color, starting in 1954 in new studios designed by architect William Pereira. The station unveiled its new facility in Mishawaka on November 16, 2008, beginning with WSBT News at 10 on SBT2. With the relocation, WSBT became the first station in South Bend to produce and broadcast its local programming in high definition. The TV station joined the radio stations which began broadcasting from the new facility a few weeks earlier.[1] The former WSBT studio building is now home to the area's PBS member station WNIT (channel 34).

Although WSBT has been the earliest UHF television station to have broadcast continuously, it has switched channels once during the analog era. Originally broadcast on channel 34, it moved to channel 22 around 1958. It is also one of the very few stations to have had the same call letters, owner and primary network affiliation throughout its history as well as the only commercial television station in South Bend to remain owned by a locally-based company. And when the Federal Communications Commission tightened its cross-ownership regulations in the 1970s, the combination of the Tribune and the WSBT radio and television stations was among the few such combinations that were grandfathered under those rules—a situation that remains in effect since all four of the media properties that were grandfathered remain owned by the Schurz family to this day.

On August 4, 2008, WSBT announced plans to purchase Weigel Broadcasting's three stations in the market, ABC affiliate WBND-LP, CW affiliate WCWW-LP, and My Network TV affiliate WMYS-LP. Since the three stations are all low-power, they are not counted under FCC ownership rules. Alongside WSBT-DT's existing three channels, the purchase would have given Schurz Communications a total of six channels in the market, including two "Big Four" network affiliates. However, in the absence of action by the FCC, the deal was called off in August 2009.[2]

Newscasts

On Sunday, November 16, 2008, WSBT became the first station in South Bend to broadcast local news in high definition. With the switch to HD, WSBT moved from its old studios after 53 years in South Bend, to a new all-digital, state-of-the-art facility in Mishawaka. The move also came with a brand new studio, weather center and graphics.

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Weather

Sports

Notable former staff

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