WSBT-TV, channel 22 is a television station in South Bend, Indiana. WSBT is the flagship television station of Schurz Communications, and is an affiliate of the CBS television network. It's studios are located in Mishawaka. Its transmitter is located in South Bend.
|South Bend, Indiana|
WSBT News (newscasts)
|Slogan||Your Local News Leader|
|Channels||Digital: 22 (UHF)|
22.2 SBT2 22.3 Stormtracker WX
|Affiliations||CBS Television Network|
|Owner||Sinclair Broadcast Group|
|First air date||December 21, 1952|
|Call letters' meaning||South
|Sister station(s)||WSBT (AM), WNSN|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
34 (1952-1957?); 22 (1957?-2009)
|Former affiliations||NBC/ABC/DuMont (1952-1954, all secondary)
UPN (DT2, 2003-2006)
|Transmitter power||266 kW|
|Transmitter coordinates||41°37′0″N 86°13′1″W / 41.616667°N 86.21694°W / 41.616667; -86.21694|
WSBT-TV first signed on in December 21, 1952 as another media outlet of the South Bend Tribune. It was the first UHF station in the country to produce a live telecast, which was five minutes of news. It was also the first on UHF to telecast a high school basketball tournament, which came from John Adams High School. In 1953, WSBT-TV had several sports related firsts. In the fall of that year, WSBT became the first TV station in the United States to present a closed-circuit telecast of a college football practice. This allowed Notre Dame coach Frank Leahy to direct the practice, as he was hospitalized at the time. WSBT-TV was also the first station in Indiana to broadcast in color, starting in 1954 in new studios designed by architect William Pereira. The station unveiled its new facility in Mishawaka on November 16, 2008, beginning with WSBT News at 10 on SBT2. With the relocation, WSBT became the first station in South Bend to produce and broadcast its local programming in high definition. The TV station joined the radio stations which began broadcasting from the new facility a few weeks earlier.
In 2003, WSBT launched UPN Michiana on digital channel 22.2. UPN Michiana became an independent in Fall 2006 when UPN programming merged into the new CW network. At that point, "UPN Michiana" became "SBT2". One of SBT2's new offerings include a weekday 10pm newscast, which began September 5, 2006.
WSBT Stormtracker Channel
The station also has an automatic looping weather station which airs over digital channel 22.3 and is also aired over Comcast systems in the area; Comcast also is the exclusive sponsor of the channel.
On August 4, 2008, WSBT announced plans to purchase Weigel Broadcasting's three stations in the market, ABC affiliate WBND-LP, CW affiliate WCWW-LP, and My Network TV affiliate WMYS-LP. Since the three stations are all low-power, they are not counted under FCC ownership rules. Alongside WSBT-DT's existing three channels, the purchase would have given Schurz Communications a total of six channels in the market, including two "Big Four" network affiliates. However, in the absence of action by the FCC, the deal was called off in August 2009.
WSBT-TV's broadcasts became digital-only, effective on February 17, 2009.
High definition newscasts
On Sunday, November 16, 2008, WSBT became the first station in South Bend to broadcast local news in high definition. With the switch to HD, WSBT moved from its old studios after 53 years in South Bend, to a new all-digital, state-of-the-art facility in Mishawaka. The move also came with a brand new studio, weather center and graphics.
- Kristin Bien - reporter
- Chad Damp - reporter
- Debra Daniel - anchor
- Todd Connor - anchor
- Diane Daniels - freelance reporter/anchor
- Ed Ernstes - reporter
- Clifton French - reporter
- Kirk Mason - anchor/reporter
- John Paul - reporter
- Alyssa Rossomme - reporter
Notable former staff
- Luke Choate, anchor (now retired)
- Jim Pinkerton (news), anchor (now works for the state of Indiana)
- Steve Baron, meteorologist, (now Vice President of Interactive Content at Local TV)
- Deborah Domine, anchor (now an Elkhart County judge)
- Bill Foster, Weekend Anchor, General Assignment Reporter
- Angela Ingram, reporter, (Now reporter at WKRC-TV)
- Mike Collins, anchor (retired November 30, 2007 )
- Charlie Adams, sports
- Dustin Grove - reporter (now at WTHR)
- Jon Shaner, meteorologist (Now morning meteorologist at WXMI)
- Vanessa Medina, reporter (Now reporter at WSVN-TV)
- Paul Silvestri, meteorologist
- Samuel King, reporter, (Now at NY1)
- Sam Scaman, Chief meteorologist (1989–1998)
- Rafael Sanchez - former reporter (1997-1998; left for WRTV, has been there ever since)
- Bruce Saunders, meteorologist
- Kate Sullivan, reporter (Now anchor at WBBM-TV)
- Cindy Ward - former longtime anchor (1985-2015)
- Mike May, puppeteer "Popeye Theater"
- The Early Report/The Late Report (19??–1970s)
- 22 Eyewitness News (1970s–1983)
- WSBT Eyewitness News (1983–1994)
- News 22 (1994–2007)
- WSBT News (2007–2011)
- WSBT 22 News (2011–present)
- Channel 22, Go for It! (1970s)
- Channel 22, Catch The Brightest Stars! (1975–1976; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
- Channel 22, You're Looking Good! (1980–1981; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
- Channel 22, spirit oh yes! (1987–1988; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
- Get Ready for Channel 22! (1989–1991; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
- Where News Comes First
- Your Hometown Station (1980s–1994)
- Michiana's NewsChannel/Live, Local, Latebreaking (1994–1997)
- Together, Making a Difference (1997–2007)
- Your Local News Leader (2007–2013)
- First, Fast, Accurate (2013–present)
- Official website
- SBT2 website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WSBT
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WSBT-TV
- ^ http://www.wsbt.com/news/local/32995139.html
- ^ Malone, Michael; John Eggerton (August 24, 2009). "WSBT South Bend Deal Fizzles Absent FCC Action". Broadcasting & Cable. http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/328731-WSBT_South_Bend_Deal_Fizzles_Absent_FCC_Action.php. Retrieved August 25, 2009.
- ^ Hughes, Andrew S. (2007-12-02). "Signing off". South Bend Tribune. http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/southbendtribune/access/1397662671.html?FMT=ABS. Retrieved 2008-07-21.