WCSC-TV began broadcasting on June 19, 1953. Originally operating from studios located on East Bay Street in downtown Charleston, it was the second television station in South Carolina and the oldest continuously broadcasting channel in the state (the first was WCOS-TV in Columbia, now WOLO-TV). It is the only station in Charleston to keep its original network affiliation since sign-on. The channel aired an analog signal on VHF channel 5 and was originally owned by WCSC, Inc., which was headed by the Rivers family, along with WCSC radio (AM 1390 now WSPO, and 96.9 FM now WIWF).
The Microgramma "5" logo was also used by WTVF and WFRV-TV.
Logo with callsign
"You and TV-5, We've Got the Touch" ID (1984–1985)
"TV-5 Spirit" ID (1987–1988)
The Rivers family sold WCSC-TV to Crump Communications of Houston in 1987 while the radio stations were sold to Ralph Guild of New York City. Crump kept the station until they sold channel 5 to the Jefferson-Pilot Corporation in 1994.
Jefferson-Pilot merged with the Lincoln Financial Group in 2006 with its broadcast properties assuming the new corporate name of Lincoln Financial Media. On November 12, 2007, Lincoln Financial Media entered into an agreement to sell WCSC-TV and the company's two other television stations (WBTV in Charlotte, North Carolina and WWBT in Richmond, Virginia) and Lincoln Financial Sports to Raycom Media for $583 million. Raycom took ownership of the station on April 1, 2008. This made channel 5 sister stations with WIS in Columbia, WTOC-TV in Savannah, Georgia and WMBF-TV in Myrtle Beach. Between them, the four stations cover the eastern two-thirds of South Carolina.
Variant used since 2010.
On June 25, 2018, Gray Television announced its intent to acquire Raycom for $3.65 billion, pending regulatory approval. The sale was completed on January 2, 2019.