WCBS-TV is the call sign for the flagship station of the CBS television network, broadcasting from New York City on digital channel 33, displayed as virtual 2.
The station started in 1931 as experimental W2XAB, was owned outright by CBS, and had a four-hour-a-day broadcast schedule. It shut down a year later but returned in 1940 with color broadcast capabilities. It was granted a commercial license as WCBW. It changed calls to WCBS-TV in 1946. Their radio counterparts are currently an all-news station at 880 on the AM dial and the so-called "Jack FM" at 101.5 FM.
WCBS's transmitter had been atop the World Trade Center building (along with the transmitters of several other New York stations). It was destroyed during the attacks of September 11, 2001, but WCBS had a back-up tower on top of the Empire State Building, which kept them on the air to report the event as it unfolded. They currently use that back-up tower for their main transmissions.
WCBS moved digital transmissions from channel 56 to channel 33, its post-analog shutoff selection, on June 12, 2009. The move is predicated on the fact that the digital broadcast spectrum encompasses channel 2 to channel 51. WCBS can be seen on DirecTV (channel 380 and 880) for viewers who cannot receive CBS adequately from their nearest market.
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