The station signed on the air as WUSN-TV on September 25, 1954. The station was originally owned by Drayton Hastie. It aired an analog signal on VHF channel 2 and was originally an NBC affiliate with a secondary ABC affiliation. Hastie sold the station to Reeves Telecom in 1960. It shared ABC programming with WCSC-TV until 1962, when WCIV signed on and took the NBC affiliation. WUSN then became a full-time ABC affiliate.
with Call letters
In 1971, Reeves then sold Channel 2 to State Telecasting Company, based in the state capital of Columbia. On November 8, 1971, the station adopted its current call letters, WCBD-TV standing for Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties (the three counties in the Charleston metropolitan area), calls also taken to coordinate with new sister station KCBD in Lubbock, Texas.
It's a Living promo (November 1980)
Channel 2 News promo (Fall 1980)
WCBD-TV Newscast Title from early 1981.
"Come On Along with Channel 2!" ID (1982)
alternate variation with "Charleston"
"That special feeling on Channel 2!" ID (1983–1984)
"You'll love it on Channel 2!" ID (1985–1986)
WCBD TV-2 Eyewitness News Brief from 1985
WCBD-TV 2 Promo for Off-Network Reruns of Trapper John, M.D. in 1985
Media General purchased channel 2 from State Telecasting in 1983.
On August 19, 1996, WCBD switched network affiliations with WCIV and its original NBC affiliation returned back to channel 2 for the first time since its sign-on.
On January 27, 2016, Media General announced that it had entered into a definite agreement to be acquired by Nexstar Broadcasting Group for $4.6 billion. The combined company would be called Nexstar Media Group and own 171 stations (including WCBD-TV). The deal was completed on January 17, 2017.
1Nexstar operates these stations owned by Mission Broadcasting. 2Nexstar operates this station owned by Cunningham Broadcasting. 3Nexstar operates this station owned by White Knight Broadcasting through an SSA. 4Nexstar operates this station owned by Vaughan Media. 5Predecessor company of LIN Media. 6Currently a repeater for WWLP. 7Joint venture with Discovery, Inc., in which Nexstar owns 31% while Discovery owns the remaining 69%.