Simulcast ID with then-NBC affiliate WPTF-TV (UHF channel 28, now WRDC a MyNetworkTV affiliate) and then-independent station WFCT-TV (UHF channel 62, now WFPX-TV, a Ion-owned station relaying Court TV)
WNCN originally signed on the air in 1988 as WYED-TV, an independent station owned by the Beasley Broadcast Group, their first and only television station in their history. In 1994, the station was sold to the Outlet Company.
ID (April 1995)
Screenshot from first newscast of WNCN on September 4, 1995, featuring news logo
The station joined The WB network in January 1995 upon its launch. At the same time, it changed its call letters to the current WNCN, which stood for North Carolina's News. The WB affiliation did not last long. In September of that year, it became the new NBC affiliate for the Raleigh area, replacing WRDC, which joined UPN. The WB meanwhile, went to newly-launched WRAZ. WNCN also debuted the tagline, A Whole New NBC! on WNCN.
In 1996, the station was sold (with the other Outlet stations) to NBC, and WNCN became an NBC owned-and-operated station. WNCN then later rebranded as NBC 17.
Placeholder logo used to promote WNCN's 2/29/2016 switch to CBS.
In 2013, the station retired the "NBC 17" brand, adopting their call sign as their primary on-air branding.
CBS North Carolina News logo
In 2016, WNCN swapped network affiliations with WRAL-TV: WRAL rejoined NBC, while WNCN joined CBS and rebranded as CBS North Carolina. This was due to CBS and WRAL parting ways after 30 years, WNCN's new affiliation deal with CBS improved the network's reach in North Carolina.
Nexstar Media Group
On March 15, 2018, WNCN changed its branding from "CBS North Carolina" to "CBS 17." The station also adopted a slightly modified version of the logo introduced by Spartanburg, South Carolina sister station WSPA-TV in 2016.
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%.