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For the ABC-owned station which formerly also used the WBKB-TV callsign, see WLS-TV.
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Contents

1946–1951 1951–1953 1953–1956 1956–1959 1959–1965 1965–1972 1967–1972
1946–1951 1951–1953 1953–1956 1956–1959 1959–1965 1965–1972 1967–1972
1972–1973 1973 1973–1974 1974–1975 1975–1987 1976 1987–1991
1972–1973 1973 1973–1974 1974–1975 1975–1987 1976 1987–1991
1991–1995 1995–1997 1997–2001 2001–2002 2002–2016 2016–present
1991–1995 1995–1997 1997–2001 2001–2002 2002–2016 2016–present

WBKB-TV

1946–1951

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WBBM-TV traces its history to 1940, when Balaban and Katz, a subsidiary of Paramount Pictures, signed on experimental station W9XBK, the first all-electronic television facility in Chicago. On September 6, 1946, the station received a commercial license as WBKB (for Balaban and Katz Broadcasting) on VHF channel 4, becoming the first commercial station located outside the Eastern Time Zone; it was also the sixth commercial TV station in the United States, behind WNBT (now WNBC), WCBW (now WCBS-TV), WABD (now WNYW) all in New York City; WRGB in Schenectady, New York; and WPTZ (now KYW-TV) in Philadelphia.

1951–1953

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WBBM-TV

1953–1956

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In February 1953, United Paramount Theaters merged with the American Broadcasting Company (ABC), which already owned WENR-TV (channel 7). As the newly merged entity could not keep both stations since FCC regulations forbade the common ownership of two television stations licensed to the same market, WBKB was sold to CBS for $6.75 million. On February 12, one day after the merger was finalized, the station changed its call letters to WBBM-TV, after WBBM radio (AM 780 and FM 96.3), which CBS had owned since 1929. The WBKB call letters were subsequently assumed by channel 7 (that station would eventually change its callsign to WLS-TV in 1968, and the callsign now resides at a CBS-affiliated station in Alpena, Michigan).

1956–1959

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1959–1965

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1965–1967

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1967–1972

WBBM - 1967.svg

1972–1973

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1973

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1973–1974

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1974–1975

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1975–1987

WBBM - 1975.svg

1976

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1987–1995

1987–1989

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1989–1991

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1991–1995

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1995–1997

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1997–2001

WBBM 1.svg

2001–2002

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This logo is similar to the one used by WNCN at the time.

2002–present

2002–2016

WBBM CBS2 logo.svg

2016–present

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