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WCBS-TV, channel 2, is the flagship station of the CBS
CBS
television network, located in New York City. WCBS-TV
WCBS-TV
is owned by the CBS Television Stations division of CBS
CBS
Corporation, and operates as part of a television duopoly with Riverhead, Long Island-licensed independent station WLNY-TV
WLNY-TV
(channel 55). WCBS-TV's studios are located within the CBS
CBS
Broadcast Center and its transmitter is based at the Empire State Building, both in midtown Manhattan and is scheduled to move its transmitting site to One World Trade Center by the end of the year. In the few areas of the eastern United States
United States
where a CBS
CBS
station is not receivable over-the-air, W CBS
CBS
is available on satellite via DirecTV
DirecTV
(which also provides coverage of the station to Latin American and Caribbean
Caribbean
countries and through major U.S. air carriers on LiveTV).

Contents

1 History

1.1 Early years (1931-1951) 1.2 Later years (1951-present)

2 Digital television

2.1 Digital channels 2.2 Analog-to-digital conversion

3 Programming

3.1 Sports programming

4 News operation

4.1 History 4.2 1996 "massacre" and format changes 4.3 From News 2 to CBS
CBS
2 News (2000–present) 4.4 Partnership with the Weather Channel; ratings improvement

4.4.1 Personnel change 4.4.2 Improvement in ratings, new set 4.4.3 WCBS-TV
WCBS-TV
today

4.5 On-air staff

4.5.1 Notable current on-air staff 4.5.2 Notable former on-air staff

5 See also 6 References 7 External links

History[edit] Early years (1931-1951)[edit]

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WCBS-TV's history dates back to CBS' opening of experimental station W2XAB on July 21, 1931, using the mechanical television system that had been more-or-less perfected in the late 1920s. Its first broadcast featured New York Mayor Jimmy Walker, Kate Smith, and George Gershwin. The station had the first regular seven-day broadcasting schedule in American television, broadcasting 28 hours a week. Among its early programming included The Television Ghost (1931–1933), Helen Haynes (1931–1932) and Piano Lessons (1931–1932). Announcer-director Bill Schudt was the station's only paid employee; all other staff were volunteers. W2XAB pioneered program development including small-scale dramatic acts, monologues, pantomime, and the use of projection slides to simulate sets. Engineer Bill Lodge devised the first synchronized sound wave for a television station in 1932, enabling W2XAB to broadcast picture and sound on a single shortwave channel instead of the two previously needed. On November 8, 1932, W2XAB broadcast the first television coverage of presidential election returns. The station suspended operations on February 20, 1933, as monochrome television transmission standards were in flux, and in the process of changing from a mechanical to an all-electronic system. W2XAB returned with an all-electronic system in 1939 from a new studio complex in Grand Central Station
Grand Central Station
and a transmitter atop the Chrysler Building broadcasting on channel 2.[2] W2XAB transmitted the first color broadcast in the United States
United States
on August 28, 1940.[3] On June 24, 1941, W2XAB received a commercial construction permit and program authorization as WCBW. The station went on the air at 2:30 p.m. on July 1, one hour after rival WNBT (channel 1, formerly W2XBS and now WNBC), making it the second authorized fully commercial television station in the United States. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued permits to CBS
CBS
and NBC
NBC
at the same time and intended WNBT and WCBW to sign on simultaneously on July 1, so no one station could claim to be the "first". WCBW's initial broadcast was the first local newscast aired on a commercial station in the country. Its assigned frequency was 60–66 MHz, now known as channel 3 but then referred to as Channel 2 in the 1940–46 alignment of the VHF band.[citation needed] Program schedules were irregular through the summer and early fall of 1941. Regular daily operations began on October 29 and WCBW received a full license to cover its construction permit and commercial program authorization on March 10, 1942. After the war, the FCC re-allocated the television and FM bands. WCBW closed down its operation on the old channel 2 at the end of February 1946 (the 60–66 MHz band had been re-allocated to WPTZ in Philadelphia as channel 3) in order to move to a new channel 2 at 54–60 MHz. It quickly began operation on the new frequency, where it remained from the spring of 1946 until the end of analog full power television service in the late spring of 2009. The call letters were changed to WCBS-TV
WCBS-TV
on November 1, 1946, after the FCC allowed television stations owned by radio stations in the same city to use the same call letters as the radio station with the suffix -TV – it is the only station in the CBS-owned television station to have been built from the ground up by the network.[citation needed] Later years (1951-present)[edit]

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On February 26, 1951, WCBS-TV
WCBS-TV
became the first station to broadcast a regularly scheduled feature film series, The Late Show. On August 11, 1951, WCBS-TV
WCBS-TV
broadcast the first baseball game on color television, between the Brooklyn Dodgers and Boston
Boston
Braves from Ebbets Field. As were all color programs at the time, it was transmitted via a field-sequential color system developed by CBS. Signals transmitted this way could not be seen on existing black-and-white sets. The CBS color system was scrapped after the FCC embraced the alternative RCA all-electronic dot sequential system, which was fully compatible with the existing monochrome television standard, late in 1953. However, CBS
CBS
telecast few programs in color, either locally or on the network, until the mid-1960s when color receivers began to grow in popularity.[citation needed]

Variant used by the station from 2013 to 2016; the logo was used from 1997 to 2016.

In May 1997, the station adopted the " CBS
CBS
2" branding, along with sister stations KCBS-TV
KCBS-TV
in Los Angeles
Los Angeles
and WBBM-TV
WBBM-TV
in Chicago, while retaining a unique and distinctive logo. The practice of CBS-owned stations placing the network identity ahead of their local identity would end up being known as the "Viacom Mandate" (later the "CBS Mandate"). WCBS-TV's over-the air signal was not affected by the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center. Unlike its competitors, channel 2 had long maintained a full-powered backup transmitter at the Empire State Building
Empire State Building
after moving its main transmitter to the North Tower of the then-new World Trade Center in 1975. The station's coverage of the attacks was also simulcast nationally on Viacom (which owned CBS
CBS
at the time) cable network VH1 that day. In the immediate aftermath of the attacks, WCBS-TV
WCBS-TV
was briefly the only full-coverage over-the-air television service operating in New York City, although the station lent transmission time to other stations who had lost their transmitters until they found suitable backup equipment and locations. The backup transmitter had been put into operation once before, when the World Trade Center bombing of February 26, 1993 knocked most of the area's stations off the air for a week. On December 12, 2011, CBS
CBS
Television Stations announced its intent to purchase Riverhead, Long Island-licensed WLNY-TV
WLNY-TV
(channel 55), later announced for a purchase price of $55 million, creating a duopoly with WCBS-TV.[4] The company announced that it would add additional on-air staff and expand WLNY's local news programming (at the time, that station had only an 11 p.m. newscast). The FCC approved the sale on January 31, 2012, and CBS
CBS
took control of the station on March 30. WLNY suspended its own news operations the previous day[5] and began airing WCBS-TV
WCBS-TV
produced newscasts on July 2, 2012. On May 9, 2017, it was announced that WCBS-TV
WCBS-TV
would return broadcasting from the top of the World Trade Center at One World Trade Center by the end of the year.[6] Digital television[edit] Digital channels[edit] The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1]

2.1 1080i 16:9 WCBS-HD Main WCBS-TV
WCBS-TV
programming / CBS

2.2 480i 4:3 DECADES Decades

Digital subchannel 2.2, branded as CBS
CBS
New York Plus, was launched in November 2011 as a 24-hour news channel drawing upon the resources of WCBS-TV, W CBS
CBS
radio (880 AM), WINS (1010 AM), and WFAN-AM-FM (660 AM and 101.9 FM). The Plus service was eventually planned to be rolled out to CBS' other owned-and-operated stations, but only W CBS
CBS
and KYW-TV
KYW-TV
in Philadelphia added Plus channel services.[7] On October 21, 2014, CBS
CBS
and Weigel Broadcasting
Weigel Broadcasting
announced the launch of a new digital subchannel service called Decades, scheduled to launch on all CBS-owned stations on May 25, 2015, including on WCBS-TV on channel 2.2. The channel is co-owned by CBS
CBS
and Weigel (owner of CBS
CBS
affiliate WDJT-TV
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
CBS
Television Distribution, including archival footage from CBS
CBS
News.[8] Analog-to-digital conversion[edit] WCBS-TV
WCBS-TV
discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over VHF channel 2, at 2 p.m. on June 12, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television.[9] The station moved its digital signal from its pre-transition UHF
UHF
channel 56, which was among the high band UHF
UHF
channels (52–69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition, to channel 33,[10] using PSIP to display WCBS-TV's virtual channel as 2 on digital television receivers. Since the station qualified for the nightlight clause in the DTV Delay Act,[11][12] W CBS
CBS
kept its analog signal on for one month to provide public service announcements, starting on 3 p.m. on June 12 and permanently shutting it down during the early morning hours of July 13, 2009; this possibly made it the last full power NTSC broadcast television station in the United States
United States
to discontinue analog transmissions.[11] WCBS-TV
WCBS-TV
currently has a construction permit for a digital fill-in translator on channel 22 in Plainview, Long Island, which will serve portions of eastern and central Long Island where WCBS-TV's signal is affected by the presence of WFSB, a CBS
CBS
affiliate in Hartford, Connecticut which also broadcasts on channel 33.[13] Programming[edit] WCBS-TV
WCBS-TV
serves as the flagship station for the following shows: Hot Bench, Judge Judy, Inside Edition, and Entertainment Tonight. Sports programming[edit] In 2002, WCBS-TV
WCBS-TV
acquired free to air rights to the New York Yankees baseball games, assumed from Fox owned-and-operated station WNYW
WNYW
after the 2001 season, the games were produced by the new YES Network
YES Network
from its launch until the 2004 season, when the free to air rights of Yankees baseball games moved to UPN
UPN
affiliated (now MyNetwork TV owned-and-operated) station WWOR-TV
WWOR-TV
beginning with the 2005 season. From 1956 until 1993, WCBS-TV
WCBS-TV
carried most New York Giants
New York Giants
games, this was due to the network's primary rights of the National Football Conference (NFC), but in 1994, when the NFC and the Giants games was moved to Fox (and, as a result, WNYW); currently, the Giants preseason games are carried by NBC
NBC
owned-and-operated station WNBC
WNBC
(with WWOR-TV being served as an overflow Station if the Summer Olympics conflicts the preseason schedule). Additionally, the team airs an occasional Giants game, usually when the team plays host to an AFC opponent at MetLife Stadium (or, since 2014, through the 'cross-flex' broadcast rules, any Giants games where they play another NFC team that are passed up by WNYW). After its 5-year absence, The NFL returned to CBS and WCBS-TV
WCBS-TV
in 1998 by acquiring the rights of the American Football Conference (AFC) and the station currently airs New York Jets preseason games and most regular season games, During the regular season some Jets games are rotated with WNBC
WNBC
(through NBC
NBC
Sunday Night Football and Thursday Night Football), WNYW
WNYW
(through NFL on Fox), WABC-TV
WABC-TV
(through Monday Night Football), WPIX
WPIX
(through Monday Night Football (if WABC-TV
WABC-TV
is not airing them) and select TNF telecasts not carried by WCBS-TV
WCBS-TV
through CBS' rights or WNBC
WNBC
through NBC's rights to the package it shares with NFL Network), and at rare cases, WWOR-TV (through Monday Night Football). News operation[edit] WCBS-TV
WCBS-TV
presently broadcasts 33 hours, 5 minutes of locally produced newscasts each week (with 5 hours, 5 minutes on weekdays, 3 hours, 5 minutes on Saturdays and 4 hours, 35 minutes on Sundays). Like other CBS-owned stations, WCBS-TV
WCBS-TV
offers a web only newscast called " CBS
CBS
2 at Your Desk", available weekdays at 9 a.m. Also, available are streamlined editions of the noon, 5 and 6, and the 11 p.m. newscasts. There is also a "LoHud Report" edition of "At Your Desk", operated by WCBS-TV
WCBS-TV
and LoHud.com, the website for The Journal News, a Gannett Company-owned newspaper covering the lower Hudson Valley. The Journal News has a partnership with the station where WCBS-TV
WCBS-TV
uses the newspaper's offices for its Westchester Bureau, and The Journal News gets a 30-second promotion during the 6 p.m. newscast for the next day's top story.[citation needed] WCBS-TV
WCBS-TV
cooperates with sister station KYW-TV
KYW-TV
in Philadelphia in the production and broadcast of statewide New Jersey
New Jersey
political debates. When the two stations broadcast a statewide office debate, such as for Governor
Governor
or United States
United States
Senate, they will pool resources and have anchors or reporters from both stations participate in the debate. Additionally, the two stations cooperate in the gathering of news in New Jersey
New Jersey
where their markets overlap; sharing reporters, live trucks and helicopters.[citation needed] History[edit] Upon becoming commercial station WCBW in 1941, the station broadcast two daily news programs, at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. weekdays, anchored by Richard Hubbell. Most of the newscasts featured Hubbell reading a script with only occasional cutaways to a map or still photograph. When Pearl Harbor was bombed on December 7, 1941, WCBW (which was usually off the air on Sunday to give the engineers a day off), took to the air at 8:45 p.m. that Sunday with an extensive special report. The national emergency even broke down the unspoken wall between CBS
CBS
radio and television. WCBW executives convinced radio announcers and experts such as George Fielding Elliot and Linton Wells to come down to the Grand Central Station
Grand Central Station
studios during the evening and give information and commentary on the attack. The WCBW special report that night lasted less than 90 minutes. But that special broadcast pushed the limits of live television in 1941 and opened up new possibilities for future broadcasts. As CBS
CBS
wrote in a special report to the FCC, the unscheduled live news broadcast on December 7 “was unquestionably the most stimulating challenge and marked the greatest advance of any single problem faced up to that time.” Additional newscasts were scheduled in the early days of the war. In May 1942, WCBW (like almost all television stations) sharply cut back its live program schedule and the newscasts were cancelled, since the station temporarily suspended studio operations, resorting exclusively to the occasional broadcast of films. This was primarily due to the fact that much of the staff had either joined the service or were redeployed to war-related technical research, and to prolong the life of the early, unstable cameras which were now impossible to repair due to the wartime lack of parts. In May 1944, as the war began to turn in favor of the Allies, WCBW reopened the studios and the newscasts returned, briefly anchored by Ned Calmer, and then by Everett Holles.[14] After the war, expanded news programs appeared on the WCBW schedule—renamed WCBS-TV
WCBS-TV
in 1946—first anchored by Milo Boulton, and later by Douglas Edwards. On May 3, 1948, Douglas Edwards
Douglas Edwards
began anchoring CBS
CBS
Television News, a regular 15-minute nightly newscast on the rudimentary CBS
CBS
network, including WCBS-TV. It aired every weeknight at 7:30 p.m., and was the first regularly scheduled, network television news program featuring an anchor (the nightly Lowell Thomas
Lowell Thomas
NBC
NBC
radio network newscast was simulcast on television locally on NBC's WNBT (channel 4, now WNBC) for a time in the early 1940s, and Richard Hubbell, Ned Calmer, Everett Holles and Milo Boulton on WCBW in the early and mid-1940s, but these were local television broadcasts seen only in New York City). The NBC
NBC
television network's offering at the time NBC Television Newsreel (premiering in February 1948) was simply film with voice narration. In 1950, the name of the nightly news was changed to Douglas Edwards
Douglas Edwards
with the News, and the following year, it became the first news program to be broadcast on both coasts, thanks to a new coaxial cable connection, prompting Edwards to use the greeting "Good evening everyone, coast to coast." The broadcast was renamed the CBS Evening News when Walter Cronkite
Walter Cronkite
replaced Edwards in 1962.[15] Edwards remained with CBS
CBS
News with various daytime television newscasts and radio news broadcasts until his retirement on April 1, 1988. In the 1950s through the mid-1960s, WCBS-TV's local newscasts were anchored by CBS
CBS
News correspondent Robert Trout. In 1965, Trout left for a new assignment in Europe
Europe
and was succeeded by Jim Jensen. Jensen had only come to WCBS-TV
WCBS-TV
a year earlier (he had been at WBZ-TV
WBZ-TV
in Boston), but was already well known for his coverage of Robert F. Kennedy's 1964 campaign for the United States
United States
Senate. During the 1960s, WCBS-TV
WCBS-TV
battled WNBC-TV
WNBC-TV
(channel 4) for the top-rated news department in New York City. After WABC-TV
WABC-TV
(channel 7) introduced Eyewitness News
Eyewitness News
in the late 1960s, WCBS-TV
WCBS-TV
went back and forth in first place with Channel 7, in a rivalry that continued through the 1970s. For much of the early 1980s, New York's "Big Three" stations took turns in the top spot. During this time, three of the longest-tenured anchor teams in New York – Jensen and Rolland Smith, WABC-TV's Roger Grimsby and Bill Beutel, and WNBC-TV's Chuck Scarborough and Sue Simmons – went head-to-head with each other.[citation needed] WCBS-TV
WCBS-TV
had many well-known personalities during this era: anchors Dave Marash, Rolland Smith, Michele Marsh and Vic Miles; meteorologists Dr. Frank Field and John Coleman; reporters Meredith Vieira, Randall Pinkston, Tony Guida, John Stossel
John Stossel
and Arnold Diaz and sportscaster Warner Wolf. Vieira, Pinkston and Guida later moved to the CBS
CBS
network. Vieira later moved to NBC
NBC
where she co-hosted the morning show Today until leaving and being replaced with Ann Curry. In 1987, WABC-TV
WABC-TV
surged to first place. As the 1990s began, Channel 2 found itself increasingly losing its ratings share to WNBC. One of management's more controversial responses was to take Jensen off the anchor desk in late 1994 and demote him to host of a Sunday morning public-affairs show, Sunday Edition. He also hosted a few episodes of the regular "Sports Update" show on Sunday nights at 11:30 p.m. At the time, Jensen had served as an anchor longer than anyone in New York television history (he has since been passed by WABC-TV's Beutel and WNBC's Scarborough). The move was roundly criticized by many in New York, especially since WCBS-TV
WCBS-TV
had supported him after he went into drug rehabilitation in 1988. Another controversy involved an exchange between Jensen and co-anchor Bree Walker, whose fingers and toes are fused together as a result of the condition ectrodactyly. After Walker did a report about her experience with the condition, Jensen asked Walker, on the air, if her parents would have aborted her had they known she would have been born with the condition. Walker kept her composure on air but soon left the station.[16] The incident took place shortly before Jensen's entry to drug rehabilitation. Station management came under more fire in 1995 when Jensen was forced to retire shortly after the Westinghouse Electric Corporation announced it was buying CBS. By the end of 1995, Channel 2 had crashed into last place for the first time in its history while WNBC
WNBC
surged to a strong second place – a pecking order that would remain in place for eleven years. The station's news branding change from Channel 2 News to just 2 News during that time contributed to the station's last-place finish in the February 1996 sweeps period. 1996 "massacre" and format changes[edit]

WCBS-TV's news logo from 1997 to 2000

On October 2, 1996, the station executed an unprecedented mass firing without any advance warning, citing the need to shake up its news operation. Seven people were fired: anchors John Johnson, Michele Marsh and Tony Guida; sports anchor Bernie Smilovitz (who promptly returned to his previous station, WDIV
WDIV
in Detroit); and reporters Reggie Harris, Roseanne Colletti and Magee Hickey.[17] The firings came after the 6 p.m. newscast. Johnson and Marsh had anchored the 5 p.m. newscasts and signed off at 6 p.m. saying, "We'll see you at 11," but never got a chance to say goodbye on the air. "The massacre," as it has come to be known, was part of a move enacted by then-news director Bill Carey to boost ratings, although it came at a time when CBS
CBS
was under pressure to boost revenues, having just merged with Westinghouse. It was also part of a major reconstruction of the newscast, culminating in the May 1997 rebranding to News 2; 2 months prior, Warner Wolf had returned to the station, having left in 1992 for WUSA-TV, the CBS
CBS
affiliate in Washington. When the News 2 name was put in place, a format change was also instituted, going for a faster-paced newscast with more stories; this was reinforced by reminders that News 2 had "More news in less time, everytime" and a "Rundown" of stories to come. After a year, little to no progress in the ratings was made, so this format was done away with; a new "Virtual studio" format, alongside bright, orange and white graphics and a "club" remix of the CBS
CBS
Enforcer theme, was tried out. This did not work either, so this approach was junked, in favor of a more "traditional" newscast. The "club" remix of the CBS
CBS
Enforcer theme would continue to be used until early 2000. From News 2 to CBS
CBS
2 News (2000–present)[edit]

" CBS
CBS
2 News" nighttime open from September 22, 2013 to April 21, 2016. On April 22, 2016, the logo was changed to a new numeric "2" for the first time since 1997, in the same font used by WBBM-TV
WBBM-TV
and KCBS-TV, also used since 1997.

In 2000, Joel Cheatwood, creator of the 7 News format at WSVN
WSVN
in Miami, was appointed as the station's news director. At his suggestion, the newscasts were rebranded from News 2 to the CBS
CBS
2 Information Network, using "content partners" such as U.S. News & World Report and VH1. He also gave the newscasts more of a tabloid feel. While considerably watered down compared to Bill Applegate's work at WBBM-TV
WBBM-TV
in Chicago, John Lippmann's work at KCBS-TV
KCBS-TV
in Los Angeles, Fox flagship WNYW, and Cheatwood's work at WSVN
WSVN
– and even compared to WSVN's sister station, WHDH in Boston—it was much flashier than had been seen on New York's "Big Three" affiliates. He also retooled the 11 p.m. report as a "gritty, down-to-earth" style newscast, termed Nightcast. At this point, the station was sharing studio space with CBS
CBS
Sports (having shared street-side studios with CBS' then-morning newscast, The Early Show, as a part of its short-lived attempt at a newscast at 4 p.m., which they had attempted in the early 1990s). It also began usage of two different music packages from Edd Kalehoff (who had composed WNBC's "We're 4 New York" campaign and " NBC
NBC
Stations" package that was in use at the time), one for the normal newscasts titled Grandeur, which began alongside the debut of the 4PM news, and another package especially intended for Nightcast. It did not work, and Cheatwood was gone by 2002 in favor of New York veteran news director Dianne Doctor. The station became simply CBS
CBS
2, and gradually phased out the tabloid elements, the Information Network, and Nightcast. In its place, Doctor introduced a "news for the people" approach similar to that of her previous employer, WNBC. The Kalehoff-produced music packs were replaced with the John Hegner-produced "News in Focus" which sister K CBS
CBS
had used starting in 1997 (and had replaced just days before W CBS
CBS
adopted the package); several pieces of Grandeur have since been recycled by Kalehoff as music cues on The Price Is Right. The graphics and logo mainly became blue and silver, with that color motif remaining to this day (albeit with the addition of gold) with successive graphics packages, including the last several which have been shared with most of the other stations in the CBS
CBS
O&O group. After Doctor's arrival, W CBS
CBS
placed a revived emphasis on hard news, while attempting to revive some elements of its glory days. For instance, in 2003 Arnold Diaz rejoined the station to revive "Shame on You", an Emmy Award-winning series of investigative segments. He had worked at the station from 1973 to 1995, leaving to serve a similar investigative role at ABC News. In December 2005, Diaz once again departed, this time leaving for WNYW. Another segment was "Eat at Your Own Risk", which highlighted unsafe conditions at New York-area restaurants. Ironically, the cafeteria at the CBS
CBS
Broadcast Center was cited for violations by the New York City
New York City
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Violations included the presence of rats and roaches, as well as food temperature issues.[18] Despite this and other attempts at fixes, the ratings did not significantly improve under Doctor's watch. Doctor was criticized for airing "Shame on You" and "Eat at Your Own Risk" segments ahead of major stories. She also came under fire when channel 2 led its 11 p.m. newscast of May 24, 2005, with a story and exclusive video of actor Burt Reynolds
Burt Reynolds
slapping a CBS
CBS
producer, while rivals WABC-TV
WABC-TV
and WNBC-TV
WNBC-TV
led with an important vote in the U.S. House on stem cell research.[citation needed] On May 27, 2004, Doctor fired popular sports anchor Warner Wolf, three months before his contract expired, without giving Wolf a chance to say goodbye on air. This incident was widely panned by several newspapers, including the New York Daily News, and the move alienated and angered many viewers. Wolf was replaced by the much younger Chris Wragge, who was brought in from NBC
NBC
affiliate KPRC-TV
KPRC-TV
in Houston. On June 1, 2005, Jim Rosenfield rejoined the station to anchor the 5 and 11 p.m. newscasts with Roz Abrams, who joined channel 2 the previous year after an 18-year run at WABC-TV. The son of a former CBS executive, Rosenfield had worked at the station from 1998 to 2000 before moving to WNBC
WNBC
(to anchor Live at Five) after a contract dispute with channel 2. Rosenfield replaced Ernie Anastos, who moved to WNYW
WNYW
in July 2005.[citation needed] On August 22, 2005, WCBS-TV
WCBS-TV
launched its new Doppler weather radar named "Live Doppler 2 Million". It has one million watts of power, and is live, compared to other dopplers in the market which are delayed by about 15 minutes. "Live Doppler 2 Million" was the punch line of a joke on an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
and was ridiculed on the popular Opie and Anthony
Opie and Anthony
radio show. The station renamed the radar in 2006 to "Live Doppler". The station also uses the VIPIR radar processing software. Coincidentally, transportation reporter Arthur Chi'en was fired from the station three months earlier after mistakenly using expletives live on the air in response to someone from Opie and Anthony
Opie and Anthony
disrupting his live report as part of their "Assault on the Media" contest.[citation needed] On April 14, 2006, Dianne Doctor left WCBS-TV. The station decided to move its news department in a new direction under new general manager Peter Dunn, who axed "Shame on You" and "Eat at Your Own Risk". Doctor reportedly did not agree with the new plans, and opted to leave. The station has since overhauled its graphics and anchor lineup, winning praise from media observers. Partnership with the Weather Channel; ratings improvement[edit] In early September 2006, WCBS-TV's weather department entered into a partnership with The Weather Channel, with meteorologists from the cable channel often appearing on-air with existing WCBS-TV meteorologists. WCBS-TV
WCBS-TV
also received information from the Weather Channel, in addition to using its radars and satellite imagery. The Weather Channel featured updates with W CBS
CBS
for New York City's weather on its Evening Edition
Evening Edition
program with one of the W CBS
CBS
meteorologists, and forecast intros on W CBS
CBS
began with "now time for your exclusive forecast from CBS
CBS
2 and the Weather Channel." On July 7, 2008, this partnership ended when it was announced that the Weather Channel had been sold to NBCUniversal
NBCUniversal
(owner of competitor WNBC).[citation needed] Personnel change[edit] On November 6, 2006, WCBS-TV
WCBS-TV
made a personnel change on its noon and 5 p.m. newscasts. Former sports director and anchor Chris Wragge became co-anchor of both programs, along with newly hired Kristine Johnson; both replaced Roz Abrams and Mary Calvi
Mary Calvi
on those newscasts; Abrams' contract was allowed to lapse, and Calvi was reassigned to weekends as the sole evening anchor. Calvi co-anchored on mornings with Rob Morrison. More changes came on December 25, 2006, as John Elliot was introduced as the new morning and noon meteorologist, replacing Audrey Puente, whose abrupt breach-of-contract demotion led to her being allowed to become the new chief meteorologist at WWOR-TV
WWOR-TV
less than two weeks later. WCBS-TV
WCBS-TV
also hired Lonnie Quinn, who had been a weatherman in Miami, as they phased out John Bolaris, who had rejoined W CBS
CBS
in 2002. On June 25, 2007, Wragge and Johnson added the 11 p.m. newscast to their duties, trading places with Dana Tyler and Jim Rosenfield on the noon program; Tyler and Rosenfield continued to co-anchor the 6 p.m. newscast. Rosenfield left W CBS
CBS
in May 2008 and was replaced with recently hired weekend anchor Don Dahler.[citation needed] Improvement in ratings, new set[edit] In the February 2007 ratings period, WCBS-TV
WCBS-TV
finished second behind WABC-TV
WABC-TV
from sign-on to sign-off – its best showing in 16 years, although most of its newscasts still finished in third place at that time. By the November 2007 sweeps period, channel 2's local evening newscasts had overtaken WNBC
WNBC
for second place (mainly due to declining ratings at WNBC). It was channel 2's best news performance in 12 years, but it still trailed WABC-TV
WABC-TV
by a fairly wide margin. On April 11, 2007, WCBS-TV
WCBS-TV
became the third New York City
New York City
television station to begin broadcasting its newscasts in high-definition. In May 2008, WCBS led WNBC
WNBC
by an even wider margin. However, its longtime #1 noon newscast's ratings fell behind WABC, the only other station to offer a noon newscast in the New York area. W CBS
CBS
has been unable to regain the lead at noon since, although they were still second in New York City among the market's evening broadcasts at the time. W CBS
CBS
elected to change the noon anchors again after approximately a year and put the noon broadcast in the hands of the morning news team; the then-current anchors were Maurice DuBois
Maurice DuBois
and Mary Calvi
Mary Calvi
with John Elliott providing weather forecasts. DuBois has since switched to anchoring the weeknight 5 and 11 p.m. newscasts with Johnson (with Wragge moving to The Early Show; he later returned to anchor WCBS's 6 p.m. weekday broadcast with Dana Tyler) and is now partnered with Calvi weekday mornings and at noon. WCBS-TV
WCBS-TV
today[edit]

Reporter Kathryn Brown reporting on the Summer 2012 North American heat wave from the Times Square subway station on July 18, 2012.

In the February 2011 Nielsen sweeps period, WCBS-TV's 11 p.m. newscast unseated WABC-TV
WABC-TV
for first place in total households in that timeslot. WABC continued to lead in the key demographics at 11 p.m. WCBS-TV quickly lost its lead at 11 p.m. after WABC-TV
WABC-TV
regained its status as #1 at 11 p.m. in the May 2011 sweeps.[19] WABC-TV
WABC-TV
has since kept its #1 status at 11 p.m. Recently, WCBS-TV
WCBS-TV
has moved back to third place in ratings due to an increase in ratings at WNBC-TV. On September 29, 2011 WCBS-TV
WCBS-TV
moved into a temporary set after the final newscast in the set they had been using for 10 years. The final newscast used in the temporary set was on October 20, 2011 for " CBS
CBS
2 News This Morning", on October 20, 2011, WCBS-TV
WCBS-TV
debuted a new set on its noon newscast. The modernized set features a projection screen which changes backgrounds for each newscast (morning, noon and night) behind the anchors with blurred glass panels on both sides and the weather center includes additional blurring panels, plenty of monitors, an L-shaped desk and dimensional letter along the top of the set.[20] On September 22, 2013 on the late newscast following Emmy Awards, WCBS introduced the new look for its newscasts.[21] This included a new logo with a gold "2" that had been seen in promos for months, new opens and an updated version of Enforcer. The former look was used one last time earlier that day during CBS
CBS
2 News Sunday Morning. On April 22, 2016, after nineteen years, WCBS-TV
WCBS-TV
changed its logo which features a new numeric "2" in the same font used by sister stations WBBM-TV
WBBM-TV
(Chicago), KCBS-TV
KCBS-TV
(Los Angeles) and KDKA-TV (Pittsburgh). The logo was introduced along with an updated graphics package that was introduced on the edition of April 21, 2016 of CBS
CBS
2 News at Noon. On-air staff[edit] Notable current on-air staff[edit]

Tony Aiello – general assignment reporter Dick Brennan – general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor Mary Calvi
Mary Calvi
– anchor Alexis Christoforous – business reporter Maurice DuBois
Maurice DuBois
– anchor Alice Gainer – general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor Dr. Max Gomez – medical reporter Carolyn Gusoff – Long Island reporter Cindy Hsu – anchor and fill in anchor Kristine Johnson – anchor Marcia Kramer – chief political reporter Otis Livingston – sports anchor Jennifer McLogan – Long Island correspondent Jessica Moore – anchor and general assignment reporter Lonnie Quinn – chief weathercaster Dana Tyler – anchor; host of Eye on New York Chris Wragge – anchor

Notable former on-air staff[edit]

Roz Abrams (retired) Al Albert (retired) Steve Albert (retired) Vanessa Alfano (currently runs her own blog) Craig Allen – now at W CBS
CBS
(AM) and weekends at WPIX Morry Alter (retired) Ernie Anastos – now at WNYW Gary Apple
Gary Apple
– now at SNY Tiki Barber
Tiki Barber
– now at CBS
CBS
Sports Radio Steve Bartelstein-(retired from TV) Pat Battle – now at WNBC Bruce Beck – now at WNBC Len Berman now at WOR-AM Jim Bouton
Jim Bouton
(retired) Richard Brown (retired) Maureen Bunyan – now at WJLA-TV Tracee Carrasco Duke Castiglione – now at WNYW Ti-Hua Chang – last at WNYW Julie Chen- (Host of The Talk
Talk
and Big Brother) Linda Church (retired) Stephen Clark (now at WXYZ-TV) John Coleman (retired) Penny Crone (retired) Chet Curtis (deceased) Don Dahler – now at CBS
CBS
News Mark Danon - now at KRON-TV Vince DeMentri (last at WICS) Arnold Diaz – now at WPIX Diane Dimond- (Contributor for; Entertainment Tonight) Tom Dunn (deceased) Douglas Edwards
Douglas Edwards
(deceased) Linda Ellerbee Tamsen Fadal
Tamsen Fadal
– now at WPIX Cheryl Fiandaca- now at WHDH Dr. Frank Field (retired) Ira Joe Fisher (retired from TV) Jack Ford – now at CBS
CBS
News as Legal Expert Emily Frances (retired from TV now runs a blog) Shon Gables- host of Black Enterprise Business Report Leeza Gibbons- winner of Celebrity Apprentice Frank Gifford
Frank Gifford
(deceased) Megan Glaros – now at WBBM-TV Leslie Goodman- now at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
as Communications and public affairs Amanda Grove (1999-2002) Tony Guida- now at WCBS-AM Brett Haber – now at Tennis Channel Lester Holt
Lester Holt
– now at NBC
NBC
News Carol Iovanna – president of her own production company Jim Jensen (deceased) John Johnson (retired) Sara Lee Kessler – news anchor on WOR-AM Sukanya Krishnan – now at WNYW Brett Larson- now at CNN Pia Lindström (retired) Tamara Leitner- now at NBC
NBC
News Steve Levy – now at ESPN Lynda Lopez- now at WCBS-AM Kerri Lyon- now at SKDKnickerbocker Diane Macedo – now at ABC News Josh Mankiewicz-now at NBC
NBC
News Dave Marash- now at KSFR Sal Marchiano (retired) Michele Marsh (1979-1996) (deceased) Carol Martin Todd McDermott Jim McKay
Jim McKay
(deceased) Vic Miles (deceased) Rob Morrison (retired from TV; now a realtor) Paul Moyer (retired) Jill Nicolini (now at WPIX) Bill O'Reilly – fired from Fox News Channel Ralph Penza (deceased) Randall Pinkston Michael Pomeranz – now at Fox Sports San Diego Dave Price- now at WNBC Audrey Puente – now at WNYW John Roberts – now at Fox News Channel Carol Reed (deceased) Jim Rosenfield – now at WCAU Jim Ryan (retired) John Schriffen- now at ABC News Joel Siegel
Joel Siegel
(deceased) Dave Sims – now play by play man for Seattle Mariners
Seattle Mariners
and Westwood One Rolland Smith (retired) Andrea Stassou John Stossel
John Stossel
– now at Fox Business Network
Fox Business Network
and at Fox News Channel Amy Stone Kate Sullivan – last at WBBM-TV Mike Taibbi – now at PBS
PBS
NewsHour John Tesh
John Tesh
(retired from TV ; Now a musician) Robert Trout
Robert Trout
(deceased) Earl Ubell
Earl Ubell
(deceased) Jane Velez-Mitchell Meredith Vieira
Meredith Vieira
– former NBC
NBC
News and daytime talk show host Bree Walker Robb Weller Brian Williams
Brian Williams
– former NBC
NBC
Nightly News anchor (2004–2015); now at MSNBC Joe Witte
Joe Witte
(now a researcher at the Goddard Spaceflight Center) Warner Wolf (Now on WABC-AM
WABC-AM
with Imus in the Morning) Bob Young (deceased)

See also[edit]

W CBS
CBS
(AM), aka "W CBS
CBS
Newsradio" (880 kHz.) WCBS-FM (101.1 MHz.) Early television stations

References[edit]

^ a b c "Digital TV Market Listing for WCBS". RabbitEars.Info. Retrieved January 26, 2017.  ^ "W2XAB – CBS, New York". Earlytelevision.org. Retrieved October 22, 2013.  ^ " CBS
CBS
Color Television System Chronology". Novia.net. Archived from the original on September 22, 2013. Retrieved October 22, 2013.  ^ " CBS
CBS
Paying $55 Million For WLNY New York". TVNewsCheck.com. December 21, 2011. Retrieved October 22, 2013.  ^ "WLNY/Ch. 10/55 to suspend newscasts March 29 as part of merger deal with WCBS/Ch. 2". NY Daily News. March 15, 2012. Retrieved October 22, 2013.  ^ [1] ^ Huff, Richard (October 18, 2011). "W CBS
CBS
tries to bridge news and information-gathering power of local channels and sports media". New York Daily News. Retrieved October 18, 2011.  ^ CBS
CBS
Stations, Weigel Partner on Oldies Digi-Net Decades Broadcasting & Cable (October 21, 2014) ^ List of Digital Full-Power Stations ^ CDBS Print. Fjallfoss.fcc.gov. Retrieved on June 4, 2012. ^ a b "UPDATED List of Participants in the Analog Nightlight Program" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. June 12, 2009. Retrieved June 4, 2012.  ^ aviator1212 (June 24, 2009). "W CBS
CBS
TV New York Analog TV Sign Off June 12th 2009". Retrieved December 30, 2016 – via YouTube.  ^ "CDBS Print". Licensing.fcc.gov. Retrieved February 13, 2012.  ^ "Black and white television studio photograph". Newsinfo.iu.edu. Retrieved October 22, 2013.  ^ "The Origins Of Television News In America" by Mike Conway. Chapter: "The Birth of CBS-TV News: Columbia's Ambitious Experiment at the Advent of U.S. Commercial Television". (Peter Lang Publishing, New York NY). ^ "Anchor Jim Jensen Gets Too Personal With Bree Walker". YouTube. August 2, 2008. Retrieved October 22, 2013.  ^ Sandomir, Richard (October 3, 1996). "At WCBS-TV, a Big Round Of News Staff Dismissals". The New York Times. Retrieved September 13, 2009.  ^ Restaurant Inspection Information: NYC DOHMH Archived December 10, 2005, at the Wayback Machine. ^ "It's a Clean Sweep of the November Sweeps for WABC/Channel 7 – FishbowlNY". Mediabistro.com. November 28, 2011. Retrieved October 22, 2013.  ^ "WCBS: New Set Debuts (2011)". YouTube. November 6, 2006. Retrieved October 22, 2013.  ^ "W CBS
CBS
/ CBS
CBS
2 News at 11:00 – September 22, 2013 Montage". YouTube. September 22, 2013. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Official website Query the FCC's TV station database for WCBS-TV

Program Information for W CBS
CBS
at TitanTV.com

Aerial view of WCBS-TV
WCBS-TV
studios from Google Local WCBS-TV
WCBS-TV
logos and screenshots from 1950s to the present day

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Television in New York City
New York City
and the Tri-State Region

Reception may vary by location and some stations may only be viewable with cable television Network O&Os are in bold

Full-power stations

WCBS-TV
WCBS-TV
(2.1 CBS, 2.2 Decades) WNBC
WNBC
(4.1 NBC, 4.2 Cozi) WNYW
WNYW
(5.1 / 9.2 Fox, 5.2 Movies!, 5.4 Light TV) WABC-TV
WABC-TV
(7.1 ABC, 7.2 Live Well HD, 7.3 Laff) WWOR-TV
WWOR-TV
(9.1 / 5.3 MyNetworkTV, 9.3 Buzzr, 9.4 H&I) WPIX
WPIX
(11.1 The CW, 11.2 Antenna TV, 11.3 This TV, 11.4 TBD TV) WPXN-TV
WPXN-TV
(31.1 Ion, 31.2 Qubo, 31.3 Ion Life, 31.4 Ion Shop, 31.5 QVC Over Air, 31.6 HSN) WJLP
WJLP
(33.1 MeTV, 33.2 Laff, 33.3 Escape, 33.4 Grit, 33.10 Weather, 33.11 WKMK
WKMK
audio, 33.12, WBBO
WBBO
audio, 33.13 WWZY audio, 33.14 WHTG audio) WXTV-DT (41.1 UNI, 41.2 Bounce) WZME (43.1 Sonlife, 43.2 CNC World, 43.3 Comet, 43.4 Charge!) WNJU
WNJU
(47.1 TMD, 47.2 TeleXitos) WRNN-TV
WRNN-TV
(48.1 Ind, 48.2 Stadium, 48.3 Arirang TV, 48.4 NHK World) WTBY-TV (54.1 TBN, 54.2 Hillsong. 54.3 JUCE TV/Smile), 54.4 Enlace, 54.5 TBN Salsa) WLNY-TV
WLNY-TV
(55.1 IND) WMBC-TV
WMBC-TV
(63.1 Ind, 63.2 CGTN, 63.3 NTDT, 63.4 Aliento, 63.5 WDNJ audio, 63.6 KCBN audio) WFTY-DT (67.1 Justice, 67.2 UNI via WXTV, 67.3, UniMás
UniMás
via WFUT, 67.4 GetTV, 67.5 Escape) WFUT-DT
WFUT-DT
(68.1 UniMás, 68.2 getTV, 68.3 Justice)

Public television stations

WNET
WNET
(13.1 PBS, 13.2 Kids, 13.3 Biz (shared with WMBQ-CD) WLIW
WLIW
(21.1 PBS, 21.2 Create, 21.3 World) WNYE-TV
WNYE-TV
(25.1 Educ. Ind, 25.2 NYC gov, 25.3 CUNY TV) WEDW (49.1 PBS
PBS
/ CPTV, 49.3 CPTV Spirit) WNJN/WNJB (50.1/58.1 PBS
PBS
/ NJTV, 50.2/58.2 NHK World)

Low power stations

WEPT-CD (15.1 AMGTV, Newburgh) WNDT-CD (17.1 Universal affiliates network, 17.3 EICB) WDVB-CD
WDVB-CD
(23.1 ZUUS Country, 23.2 SSN, 23.3 SonLife) WASA-LD
WASA-LD
24.1/24.4 (Estrella TV, 24.2 ICN, 24.3 SinoVision english, 24.4 SinoVision (in Chinese)) W26CE (26) color bars WXNY-LD/ WNXY-LD (32.1/43.1 CGTN, 32.2/43.2 CCTV-4, 32.3/43.3CGTN Spanish, 32.4/43.4 Rev'n, 32.5/43.5 Retro TV, 32.6/43.6 Infomercials) WPXO-LD
WPXO-LD
34.1 (América Tevé) WNYN-LD
WNYN-LD
39.1 (AZA) WKOB-LD (42.1 IQRA TV, 42.2 (DS, 42.3 Peace TV, 42.5 Sonlife 42.6 (Almavision) WVVH-CD
WVVH-CD
(50.1 Yootoo, East Hampton) WBQM-LD (51.1 Spanish Independent, 51.2 LATV
LATV
51.3 COR) W41DO-D (60.1 HSN, 60.2 HSN 2)

Audio stations

WNYZ-LP 6 (Ind/Radio)

Local cable channels

BronxNet BCAT Caribbean
Caribbean
International Network FiOS1 MNN MSG MSG Plus NET News 12 Networks NY1 NY1
NY1
Noticias NY1
NY1
Rail and Road nyctv Queens Public Television SportsNet New York Staten Island Community Television Telecare YES Network

Defunct

MSG Metro Channels New Jersey
New Jersey
Network (PBS) WMBQ-CD 46 WMUN-CD 45 WNYJ-TV 66 WRNY WWPS-LP 9 WWOR EMI Service KC2XAK (NBC, Bridgeport, UHF/experimental)

New York State television Albany/Schenectady Binghamton Buffalo Burlington/Plattsburgh Elmira New York City Rochester Syracuse Utica Watertown

Pennsylvania broadcast television Binghamton, New York Buffalo, New York Elmira, New York Erie Johnstown/Altoona/State College New York City Philadelphia Pittsburgh Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Susquehanna Valley (Harrisburg) Washington, DC Youngstown, Ohio

See also Hartford/New Haven

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CBS
CBS
Network Affiliates in the state of New York

W CBS
CBS
2 (New York City) WKTV-DT 2.2 (Utica) WIVB 4 (Buffalo) WTVH
WTVH
5 (Syracuse) WRGB
WRGB
6 (Schenectady) WWNY 7 (Carthage) WROC 8 (Rochester) WBNG 12 (Binghamton) WENY-DT 36.2 (Elmira)

See also ABC CBS CW Fox Ion MyNetworkTV NBC PBS Other stations in New York

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CBS
CBS
Television Stations (a subsidiary of CBS
CBS
Corporation)

CBS/DEC O&O

KCBS KCNC KDKA KOVR KPIX KTVT KYW WBBM WBXI-CD WBZ WCBS WCCO WFOR WJZ WWJ

CW O&O

KBCW KMAX KSTW WKBD WPCW WPSG WTOG WUPA

Other stations

Ind.

KCAL KTXA WLNY-TV

MyNetworkTV

WBFS WSBK

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Owned-and-operated stations of the major television networks of the United States

Disney–ABC

ABC/Live Well (8):

KABC KFSN KGO KTRK WABC WLS WPVI WTVD

CBS
CBS
Corp.

CBS/Decades (14):

KCBS KCNC KDKA KOVR KPIX KTVT KYW WBBM WBZ WCBS WCCO WFOR WJZ WWJ

The CW
The CW
(w/WB) (8):

KBCW KMAX KSTW WKBD WPCW WPSG WTOG WUPA

21st Century Fox

Fox (17):

KDFW KMSP KRIV KSAZ KTBC KTTV KTVU WAGA WFLD WJBK WJZY WNYW WOFL/WOGX WTTG WTVT WTXF

MyNet (10):

KCOP KDFI KTXH KUTP WDCA WFTC WMYT WPWR3 WRBW WWOR

NBCU

NBC/Cozi (11):

KNBC KNSD KNTV KXAS WBTS & WYCN WCAU WMAQ WNBC WRC WTVJ WVIT

Telemundo/ TeleXitos
TeleXitos
(25):

KBLR KDEN KEJT-LP KHRR KNSO2 KSTS KTAZ KTDO KTLM KTMD KUAN-LD KVDA KVEA KXTX WKAQ WNEU WNJU WRDM-CD
WRDM-CD
& WDMR-CD4 WRMD-CD WRIW-CD WSCV WSNS WTMO-CD WWDT-CD WWSI WZTD-LD WZDC-CD4

Univision Comm.

Univision
Univision
(22):

KABE-CD KAKW KCEC1 KDTV KFTV KLUZ1 KMEX KTVW KUTH KUVE KUVN KUVS KWEX KXLN WFDC1 WGBO WLII/WSUR WLTV WQHS WUNI1 WUVC WUVG WUVP WVEA1 WVEN1 WXTV

UniMás
UniMás
(22):

KBTF KFPH KFSF KTFF KFTH KTFK KTFO KFTR KFTU KNIC KSTR WAMI WFPA-CD WFTY WFUT WTNC WXFT

Univision
Univision
owns the licenses to these stations but the stations themselves are operated by Entravision Communications
Entravision Communications
under LMA. NBC
NBC
Universal owns the license but the station is operated by Serestar Communications. Secondary affiliation; The CW
The CW
is the station's primary affiliation. ZGS Communications owns the license but the station is operated by NBC Universal.

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Major League Baseball on CBS

Related programs

Major League Baseball Game of the Week
Major League Baseball Game of the Week
(1955–1965; 1990–1993) Major League Baseball on CBS
CBS
Radio (1927–1941; 1976–1997) College World Series on CBS
CBS
(1988–2002, broadcasters) The Franchise (2011-2012)

Related articles

World Series television ratings Television contracts

1964 season

Baltimore Orioles Chicago
Chicago
Cubs New York Yankees Philadelphia Phillies St. Louis Cardinals

CBS
CBS
TV Stations

WJZ 13 (Baltimore Orioles, 1954) WBZ 4 ( Boston
Boston
Braves, 1948-1949; Boston
Boston
Red Sox, 1948-1954) W CBS
CBS
2 (Brooklyn Dodgers, 1946–1949; New York Yankees, 2002-2004) KPIX 5 (Oakland Athletics, 1975-1981; 1985-1992) WPTZ 3 (later KYW) (Philadelphia Athletics, 1947-1954) KDKA 2 ( Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Pirates, 1958-1995)

Sponsors

Falstaff Brewing Corporation

Commentators

All-Star Game ALCS NLCS World Series

Key figures

Red Barber Jack Buck Dizzy Dean Connie Desmond Bill Geist Greg Gumbel George Kell Gene Kirby Sean McDonough Don Robertson Dick Stockton Jack Whitaker

Color commentators

Buddy Blattner Frankie Frisch Gabby Hartnett Jim Kaat Tim McCarver Jim McKay Pee Wee Reese Frank Reynolds

Hosts & field reporters

James Brown Jerry Coleman Jim Gray Andrea Joyce Pat O'Brien Lesley Visser

Guest commentators

Johnny Bench Tommy Lasorda Steve Stone

World Series

1947 (Games 3-4) 1948 1949 1950 1990 1991 1992 1993

AL Championship

1990 1991 1992 1993

NL Championship

1990 1991 1992 1993

All-Star Game

1949 1990 1991 1992 1993

Lore

1951 National League tie-breaker series
1951 National League tie-breaker series
(Game 1) Nasty Boys (Cincinnati Reds) (1990) "And we'll see you tomorrow night!" (1991) "The Slide" (1992) "Touch 'em all Joe!" (1993)

Music

"The Boys of Summer" "The Famous Final Scene" "Famous Last Words" "Right Now"

Instrumentals

"Desert Ride" Jurassic Park (film score) "Overture" "The Walk Home"

Seasons

Early World Series coverage

1947 1948 1949

Initial Game of the Week era

1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 ( New York Yankees
New York Yankees
games only)

Exclusive network package

1990 1991 1992 1993

Website: MLB Baseba

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