15 Facts About WCCB


WCCB is a television station in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States, affiliated with The CW.

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WCCB's studios are located just outside Uptown Charlotte, off Independence Boulevard, and its transmitter is located in Newell, an unincorporated area of Mecklenburg County just northeast of the Charlotte city limits.

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WCCB was forced to settle for a secondary affiliation with all three networks, airing most of the network shows that WBTV and WSOC chose to turn down.

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WCCB, which had a news department, was seen as the favorite; sources at NBC were said to see channel 36 as their last option, behind WCCB, with its stronger signal, and WBTV, which the network was trying to woo from CBS to no avail.

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WCCB carried on for almost a decade as a typical UHF general entertainment independent station.

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In 1986, WCCB became the last station in a top-50 market to join Fox as one of the upstart network's charter affiliates, since it was doing so well in the ratings as an independent.

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WCCB carried most Panthers regular season games during the team's first 18 seasons, and later acquired the local rights to the team's preseason games from WBTV.

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Cy Bahakel was an original partner in the NBA's Charlotte Hornets, and WCCB served as the team's flagship station for the Hornets' first four seasons in Charlotte from 1988 to 1992.

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In 2007, WCCB's website switched to Fox Interactive Media's "MyFox" platform, with the domain transitioning from foxcharlotte.

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WCCB was Charlotte's home of first-run episodes of The Simpsons from its December 1989 debut as a Christmas special until the station was forced to succumb its Fox affiliation to WJZY in 2013.

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WCCB remained home to Panthers preseason football games until losing them to WSOC-TV for the 2019 season.

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WCCB aired newscasts at various times between 1964 until it lost its ABC affiliation in 1978.

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Ironically, the WCNC-produced newscast on WCCB drew a larger audience at the time than the newscasts that actually aired on WCNC.

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WCCB is the only CW station in the Southeastern U S, and one of only three in the Eastern Time Zone, that maintains a standalone news department.

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In recent years, WCCB has been carried on cable in several areas outside the Charlotte television market, including on cable systems within the Asheville and Greensboro–Winston-Salem–High Point markets, the Columbia, South Carolina market, and the Tri-Cities market in Tennessee and Virginia.

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