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WBBM-TV digital channel 12 (virtual channel 2) is the CBS owned and operated television station in Chicagomarker, Illinoismarker. WBBM-TV's main studios and offices are located within the CBS 2 Broadcast Center located in The Loop at 22 W Washington Street. The facilities are part of the development at 108 North State Street also known as Block 37marker. WBBM-TV transmits from the Willis Towermarker.

Since the analog-to-digital transition was completed in June 2009, WBBM-DT is the largest CBS affiliate or O&O whose over-the-air signal is on VHF.


WBBM-TV traces its history to 1940 when Balaban and Katz, a subsidiary of Paramount Pictures, opened experimental station W9XBK. Balaban and Katz was already well known for owning several theaters in Chicago. On September 6, 1946[106775], it received a commercial license as WBKB-TV (meaning Balaban and Katz Broadcasting) on channel 4, the first commercial station outside the Eastern Time Zone, airing some of the earliest CBS programing, including the debut in 1947 of Junior Jamboree (renamed Kukla, Fran and Ollie after moving to NBC in 1948). Starting in 1948, WBKB shared the CBS affiliation in Chicago with WGN-TVmarker. Balaban & Katz was renamed United Paramount Theatres (UPT) in 1950 after Paramount was forced to divest it. The Balaban and Katz trademark is now owned by the Balaban and Katz Historical Foundation.

WBKB played an indirect role in the demise of the DuMont Television Network. Paramount owned a stake in DuMont, and the FCC considered WBKB a DuMont "O&O" (owned and operated) station even though WGN-TV was Chicago's DuMont affiliate. Paramount also owned KTLA-TVmarker in Los Angeles. As DuMont already owned WABD (now WNYWmarker) in New York, WTTGmarker in Washingtonmarker and WDTV in Pittsburghmarker (now KDKA-TVmarker), the FCC's decision meant DuMont could not acquire any more stations. Paramount even launched a short-lived "Paramount Television Network" in 1949, with KTLAmarker and WBKB-TV as its flagship stations. The programming service never gelled into a true television network.

In 1953, United Paramount Theaters, then-owner of WBKB which CBS was already primarily affiliated with, merged with ABC, who already owned WENR-TV on channel 7. ABC couldn't keep both stations under FCC regulations of the time, so it sold WBKB to CBS for $6.75 million.

On February 12, one day after the merger took effect, channel 4 took the WBBM-TV calls (after WBBM-AMmarker, which CBS had owned since 1929). Hence, WBKB-TV became WBBM-TV, while ABC's existing O&O, WENR-TV was renamed WBKB-TV in a related call letter change. In addition, all CBS programming that had been airing on WGN-TV was moved to the new WBBM-TV, after a 2-month cancellation clause, leaving WGN-TV with the quickly crumbling DuMont as its only network affiliation.

As a further condition of the merger, WBBM moved to channel 2 on July 5 to eliminate interference with WTMJ-TVmarker in Milwaukee, Wisconsinmarker which itself moved to channel 4 from channel 3 to avoid interference with Kalamazoo, Michiganmarker's channel 3, WKZO-TV (now WWMTmarker). In 1956, WBBM-AM-FM-TV moved to a renovated arena on North McClurg Court, where the television station remained until September 21, 2008 (early in 2006, the radio stations moved into new studios within Two Prudential Plazamarker). The WBKB-TVmarker call letters currently reside on channel 11 in Alpena, Michiganmarker, which is also a CBS affiliate.

The WBBM-TV Studios at Washington Blvd and Dearborn St, across from Daley Plaza.
April 6, 2005, the station announced that it had reached an agreement to move its facilities to the vacant "Block 37" near the Daley Centermarker in downtown Chicago. The new facility will be an all-digital HD facility with a street-level windowed studio, similar to that of sister station KYW-TVmarker in Philadelphiamarker. On January 18, 2006, the station announced that it had purchased new Sony XDCAM HD optical-disk cameras and recorders for news acquisition, which were to be delivered in March 2006. WBBM launched its newscasts in HDTV during the 10 pm news on September 21, 2008 during their move to its new facilities in the "Block 37marker" studio. This move made channel 2 the fourth station in Chicago to make the switch to HD newscasts (after WLS-TVmarker, WMAQ-TVmarker and WGN-TVmarker).

For the past decade or so, WBBM has been one of CBS's weakest O&O stations, generally rating behind ABC O&O WLS-TV, NBC O&O WMAQ and at times behind CW affiliate WGN-TV and UHF Fox O&O WFLDmarker, despite the popularity of CBS's daytime and prime-time shows. The station made some viewership gains during 2009 but has remained in a distant third place in the local viewership ratings.

In May 2007 WBBM-DT filed a last-minute request with the FCC to broadcast with high power on channel 12, after analog shutdown in June 2009. The station has filed a request to run 13.8 kW at 520 m above ground level from the Sears Towermarker. As of the digital transition, WBBM is one of only three CBS O&Os to broadcast on the VHF dial (the other two are KTVTmarker in Dallas-Fort Worth and WJZmarker in Baltimoremarker); however, one of these three (KTVT) has been granted FCC approval to permanently move to a UHF frequency due to reception problems which adversely affected viewership.

Digital television

WBBM-TV digital broadcasts are on channel 12, but through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display WBBM-TV's virtual channel as 2.1.

Currently, WBBM-TV is one of two major Chicago stations (along with rival WLS-TV) which broadcast digitally on the VHF band. However, with WLS-TV's proposal to move its digital broadcasts back to UHF in order to alleviate reception problems, WBBM-TV will eventually become the only "full-power" VHF digital television station in Chicago (as it was prior to the June 2009 digital transition).

Some viewers have had trouble picking up VHF signals since the June 12 transition, so a low-power analog nightlight is airing newscasts. In addition, WBBM-TV has applied for a construction permit to build a low-power fill-in repeater on UHF channel 26 (formerly the analog home of WCIU-TVmarker).

News operations

In the late 1970s, WBBM-TV surged past WMAQ-TVmarker for first place in the Chicago news race. It became one of the most respected local news operations in the country and was considered a bastion of serious journalism. Led by anchors Bill Kurtis and Walter Jacobson, weatherman John Coughlin and sports director Johnny Morris, WBBM dominated the news ratings in the late 1970s and early 1980s. At one point, its dominance was so absolute that it called its 10 pm newscast simply THE Ten O'Clock News.

In 1975, Chicago jingle composer Dick Marx wrote a theme for WBBM-TV based on an old folk song, "I Love Chicago, Chicago My Home." This theme, known simply as "Channel 2 News," became very popular in Chicago during WBBM-TV's glory days. WBBM-TV has used this theme and several variations on it for all but six years since then. The tune has also been adopted by several other stations across the country, mostly CBS stations. It has become the de facto official local news theme music for CBS's O&Os. From 1994-1997, 2000-2001, and 2002-2008, WBBM-TV used an updated version called The CBS Enforcer Music Collection by Frank Gari. A synthesized version of the original theme, it was especially written for the station. From 2006 to 2008, WBBM-TV used an updated version of the theme, composed by Frank Gari's son Christian. For their high-definition news debut, WBBM-TV commissioned a new theme composed by In The Groove Music, which has done theme music for sister stations WCCO, WBZ and ATV.

Kurtis and Jacobson were first teamed together in 1973 by general manager Robert Wussler and news director Van Gordon Sauter, who introduced a hard-news format and began using the newsroom as the set for all newscasts. Kurtis became known for his "Focus Unit" in-depth reports, Jacobson for his "Perspective" commentaries. Among the others who were known for their work with WBBM-TV in this period were film critic Gene Siskel, police and crime reporter John "Bulldog" Drummond, women and consumer issues reporter Susan Anderson, feature reporter Bob Wallace, investigative reporter Pam Zekman, medical reporter Roger Field, political reporter Mike Flannery and reporter/weekend news anchor Mike Parker. Bob Sirott and Phil Ponce, later hosts of the WTTWmarker program Chicago Tonight, were also reporters for WBBM-TV during this period. Zekman, Flannery and Parker are still on WBBM-TV, and Drummond also still contributes occasional reports.

In 1982, Kurtis left WBBM-TV to anchor the CBS Morning News in New Yorkmarker and was replaced by Don Craig, formerly of WMAQ-TVmarker. When Kurtis returned three years later, he was teamed with Craig for the hour-long 6 p.m. news, and Harry Porterfield, who had been the co-anchor of that newscast for several years, was demoted to a weekend shift. Porterfield later left for WLS, but the Rev. Jesse Jackson began a boycott of WBBM-TV after Porterfield, who is African-American, was demoted. WBBM-TV later hired African-American news anchorman Lester Holt, later of MSNBC to replace Porterfield. Kurtis left WBBM permanently in 1996.

In March 1986, WLS-TV, which had been a strong third for many years, overtook WBBM for the lead. In 1990, WBBM hired Bill Applegate, who had taken WLS to first place as news director, as general manager. Applegate took Jacobson off the anchor desk (Jacobson eventually left for WFLDmarker in 1993) and made the newscasts much flashier than they had previously been. The reporting staff during this time was impressive. It included Elizabeth Vargas now at ABC news, Rob Stafford, now at NBC, Jim Avila, now at ABC, Larry Mendte, most recently a main anchor at CBS in Philadelphia and Dawn Stenslandmarker, now a main anchor at Fox in Philadelphia. They were on the streets in addition to Jay Levine, Mike Parker and Pam Zekman. It was enough for a rebound to a first-place tie with WLS-TV by 1993. The momentum did not last as Vargas, Aliva, Mendte, Stafford and Stensland all left the station within a short time. By the mid-1990s, WBBM-TV had crashed to last place. For most of the next decade, WLS and WMAQ fought it out for first, while WBBM-TV's once-proud news division often trailed syndicated reruns on WFLD.

The station has gone through several different on-air branding schemes—from its longtime brand of Channel 2 News to 2 News, News 2 Chicago, The News on CBS 2 Chicago (which is still being said out loud in opens, minus "Chicago"), and finally the present CBS 2 News. A good example of this is in 2002, when the station eliminated its year-old computer-intensive graphics and "newsplex" studio in favor of a simpler studio and corresponding graphics set.

Since 2002, however, WBBM has recovered some of its former glory. That year, it signed Diann Burns, who had recently departed from WLS-TV, and hired Antonio Mora from Good Morning America. Burns and Mora became WBBM's new main anchor team. In January 2006, WBBM-TV passed WMAQ for second place at 5 p.m. While still far behind WLS, it was WBBM-TV's best finish at 5 p.m. in 13 years. It is still in last place at 10 p.m., but was the only late newscast to gain audience share in the first month of the new year. WBBM-TV also finished second sign-on to sign-off (from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m.), leapfrogging from fourth for its best monthly performance in 23 years. That performance was short-lived, however: In August 2006, WBBM-TV added Rob Johnson as co-anchor of the 5:00 p.m. newscast alongside Diann Burns, while Antonio Mora still co-anchored with Burns at 6 and 10. Johnson has previously worked at WLS-TVmarker as weekend anchor since 1998. In May 2007, WBBM-TV slipped to fourth overall (from sign-on to sign-off) behind WLS-TV, CW affiliate WGN-TVmarker and NBC station WMAQ (in descending ratings order), and just barely ahead of Fox station WFLD. And in the July 2007 ratings period, WBBM's reporting of the Amy Jacobson fiasco resulted in the station's newscasts falling further behind in the Nielsen ratings.

CBS 2 made more anchor changes in 2007, replacing Antonio Mora on the 10:00 p.m. newscast with Rob Johnson. Mora continued as co-anchor of the 6:00 p.m. newscast and host of Eye on Chicago. After these changes, the ratings dropped 30%. Mora left WBBM-TV in January 2008 to co-anchor evening newscasts at CBS O&O WFOR-TVmarker 4 in Miami, Florida. Johnson then added the 6:00 p.m. newscast to his duties.

On March 31, 2008, it was announced that Diann Burns' contract would not be renewed. She, along with medical editor Mary Ann Childers, sports director Mark Malone, and reporters Rafael Romo and Katie McCall would no longer be with the station, as part of a nationwide effort by CBS Corporation to cut costs; the job cuts also affected other on-air personnel at CBS's television and radio stations throughout the country. When WBBM announced the hiring of Anne State, this fueled speculation of this. Also, when WBBM announced the hiring of Ryan Baker from WMAQ, this fueled the thought that he would replace Mark Malone. On April 2, 2008, CBS 2 News Director Carol Fowler announced a new set of anchor lineups to take effect on April 14, 2008. (see link to news team)

On February 20, 2009, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that WBBM was signing its personalities on contracts that were "as short as possible", and the rumored possibility of discontinuing newscasts altogether due to the current economic crisis.

On April 30, 2009, WBBM-TV laid off at least seven -- but fewer than 18 -- personnel. Those furloughed included reporter and fill-in anchor Joanie Lum, entertainment reporter and film critic Bill Zwecker, sports reporter and anchor Howard Sudberry, assistant news director Todd Woolman, producer Liz Johnson, news writer and producer Shelly Howell, and camera man Chris Cangilla. Along with the layoffs, WBBM-TV cancelled its weekend morning newscasts and the very late night rebroadcasts of its 10 o'clock news (replacing them with infomercials in the process) and restructured its weeknight 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts to use a solo anchor (Rob Johnson now anchors the 6 and 10 o'clock newscasts solo).

Harry Porterfield returned to WBBM-TV with a very warm welcome after 24 years at WLS-Channel 7 on Monday, August 3, 2009, to anchor the 11AM news with Roseanne Tellez, and also to continue "Someone You Should Know," the series he began at WBBM in 1977.

On November 13th, 2009 Bill Kurtis and Walter Jacobson returned to the anchor desk one last time to anchor the 10pm Newscast.

The 10 p.m. news experiment

The most notable of many changes WBBM-TV has made to its news operation occurred in 2000, when it revamped its 10 p.m. newscast by ditching the traditional news format in favor of in-depth "hard news" features, a staple of its glory days. Anchored by Carol Marin, former longtime anchor at WMAQ, the newscast was hailed as a return to quality in-depth journalism in the best CBS tradition at a time when tabloid journalism and "soft news" were becoming the norm in broadcast news. However, plummeting ratings led to the newscast's cancellation in October after being on the air for only nine months.

Station trivia

  • WBBM-TV's investigative reporter Pam Zekman, police reporter John Drummond,chief correspondent Jay Levine, and then evening anchor/reporter Lester Holt appeared in the final scenes of the 1993 film The Fugitive, playing themselves. Holt also briefly appeared in the 1998 sequel U.S. Marshals.

  • WBBM-TV also served as home to syndicated programs Donahue from 1982-85 and Siskel & Ebert from 1986 to the late 1990s.

  • Between the late 1940s and early 1970s, Columbia Records housed an office and recording studio in the building.

Current On-Air Talent


  • Rob Johnson - Weeknights 5:00PM, 6:00PM & 10:00PM
  • Don Schwenneker - Weekdays 5:00AM/Fill-In Meterologist
  • Harry Porterfield - Weekdays 11:00AM/Someone You Should Know
  • Anne State - Weeknights 5:00PM/Reporter
  • Roseanne Tellez - Weekdays 5:00AM & 11:00AM
  • Mai Martinez - Weekends 5:00PM & 10:00PM/Reporter
  • Jim Williams - Weekends 5:00PM & 10:00PM/Reporter


  • Steve Baskerville - Weeknights 5:00PM, 6:00PM & 10:00PM
  • Ed Curran - Weekdays 5:00am-7:00am & 11:00AM
  • Rick DiMaio - Fill-In
  • Mary Kay Kleist - Weekends 5:00PM & 10:00PM; Weekday Fill-In Anchor


  • Ryan Baker - Weeknights 5:00PM, 6:00PM & 10:00PM
  • Megan Mawicke - Weekends 5:00PM & 10:00PM; Weekday Field Reporter


  • Susan Carlson - Weekdays 5:00AM

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  • Kris Habermehl- Weekday Main Photojournalist
  • Bart Shore - Weekday Fill-In Photojournalist
  • Skipp Hann - Weekday Fill In Photojournalist


  • Derrick Blakley - General Assignment
  • Mike Flannery - Political Editor
  • Vince Gerasole - Features
  • Kristyn Hartman - General Assignment
  • Pamela Jones - General Assignment
  • Dana Kozlov - General Assignment
  • Jay Levine - Chief Correspondent
  • Mike Parker - General Assignment
  • Dorothy Tucker - Evening General Assignment/Consumer
  • Suzanne Le Mignot - General Assignment
  • Mike Puccinelli - General Assignment

2 Investigators

  • Dave Savini - Weeknights 10:00PM
  • Pam Zekman - Weeknights 10:00PM


  • Lisa Dietlin - Philanthropy
  • John Drummond - Organized Crime (Semi-Retired)
  • Chris Jones - Theater
  • Bill Kurtis - Cold Case Minutes
  • Irv Miller - Legal

Former On-Air Talent

  • Jim Acosta - general assignment reporter (2000-2001, now at CNN)
  • Mike Adamle - sports anchor (2001-2004, now at WMAQ-TVmarker)
  • Tom Alderman - weather forecaster (1976-1977)
  • Susan Anderson - women's issues reporter/anchor (1971-1986 and 1989-1998)
  • Terry Anzur - anchor/reporter (1981-1985)
  • Rich Apuzzo - weather forecaster (mid-1990s)
  • Adele Arakawa - anchor (1989-1993, now at KUSA-TVmarker in Denver)
  • Jim Avila - reporter (1984-1994, now Senior Law and Justice Correspondent for ABC News)
  • Michael Ayala - reporter/anchor (2001-2004, now owner of MIA Media Group)
  • Stephen Bardo - sports anchor/reporter (2003-2006, now at ESPN)
  • Jim Berry - sports anchor/reporter (1994-1996)
  • Varen Black - reporter (part-time) (1996-2000)
  • Katherine Bliss - anchor/reporter (1998-2002)
  • Chris Boden - sports reporter (1996-2003, now at Comcast SportsNet Chicago)
  • Markina Brown - weather forecaster (2002-2003, now at KTLAmarker in Los Angeles)
  • Diann Burns - anchor (2003-2008)
  • Dr. Michael Breen - medical reporter (1995-2002)
  • Cyndy Brucato - reporter (1975-1978, now at KSTP-TVmarker in Minneapolis)
  • Tom Burse, Meteorologist (now at SNN6 in Sarasota, Fla.)
  • John Callaway - reporter (1971-1974, later at WTTW-TVmarker, deceased)
  • Gwen Castaldi - reporter (early -1980s)
  • Mary Ann Childers - anchor/medical editor (1994-2008, now Senior Consultant at Res Publica Group)
  • Lauren Cohn - anchor/reporter (1998-2004, now at WFLD-TVmarker )
  • Chuck Coppola - reporter (per diem) (2001)
  • Jodine Costanzo - reporter (1996-1998, now at WPXI-TVmarker in Pittsburgh)
  • John Coughlin - longtime weatherman (1953-1989, deceased)
  • Don Craig - anchor (1982-1987)
  • Frank Currier - anchor/reporter (1979-1982)
  • Penny Daniels - anchor/reporter (1993-1994)
  • John Davis - anchor/reporter (1982-2003)
  • Steve Deshler - weather anchor (1997-2002)
  • Paul Douglas - meteorologist (1994-1997, most recently at WCCO-TVmarker in Minneapolis)
  • Christine Doyle - (1994-1998) (per diem from 1994-1996)
  • John Drury - anchor/reporter (1962-1967, deceased)
  • Stacia Dubin - morning news anchor (2000-2004)
  • Jon Duncanson - anchor/reporter (1992-1995 and 2003-2006, now president of Aviana Productions)
  • Jerry Dunphy - sports reporter (1950s, deceased)
  • Bob Faw - reporter (1971-1977, now Washington correspondent at NBC News)
  • Renee Ferguson - reporter (1977-1981)
  • Giselle Fernandez - anchor/reporter (1987-1989)
  • Roger Field - science/technology reporter (1970s-1986)
  • Fahey Flynn - anchor (1952-1967, deceased)
  • Judie Garcia - reporter (per diem) (2002, now at WGN-TVmarker)
  • Chuck Gomez - reporter (1970s-1985)
  • Sylvia Gomez - anchor/reporter (1994-1996 and 2003-2006, now runs Aviana Productions)
  • Lauren Green - reporter (1993-1996, now at Fox News Channel)
  • Holly Gregory - reporter (per diem) (2006)
  • Alita Guillen - anchor/reporter (2002-2007)
  • Terri Hamilton - medical reporter (1993-1995)
  • Chris Hernandez - reporter (2002-2004, now at KSHB-TVmarker in Kansas City)
  • Burleigh Hines - reporter (1968-2001, deceased)
  • Lester Holt - anchor/reporter (1986-2000, currently a co-host on NBC's Weekend Today)
  • I.J. Hudson - technology reporter (1982-1985)
  • Chelsea Irving - reporter (per diem, 2001-2005, 2008; full-time, 2005-2006)
  • Walter Jacobson - longtime anchor/reporter/commentator (1963-1971 and 1973-1993, 2009)
  • Bob Jamieson - reporter (1968-1970, now at ABC News)
  • Dan Jiggetts - sports reporter (1989-1991, now at Comcast SportsNet Chicago)
  • David Kerley - anchor (1998-2002, now a Washington correspondent for ABC News)
  • Lisa Kim - reporter (1995-1996, now at KNTVmarker-TV in San Jose, Californiamarker)
  • Emery King - reporter (1976-1981, now at Detroit Medical Center)
  • Rich King - sports anchor (1987-1991, now at WGN-TVmarker)
  • Alissa Krinsky - reporter (1999-2000)
  • Kyung Lah - reporter (2000-2003, now at CNN Newsource in Washington)
  • Janet Langhart - weekend weather forecaster (1960s-1970s)
  • Steven Lattimore- reporter (2000-2003)
  • Joan Lovett - anchor/reporter (1993-1999)
  • Sarah Lucero - reporter (1996-1998, now at KENS-TVmarker in San Antonio)
  • Joanie Lum - reporter/fill-in anchor (2003-2009)
  • Linda MacLennan - anchor/reporter (1987-2003, now runs Linda MacLennan Photography)
  • Mark Malone - sports anchor (2004-2008, now a Color Commentator at Westwood One)
  • Carol Marin - anchor/reporter (1997-2000, now at WMAQ-TVmarker)
  • Anita Malichi - reporter (1991-1994)
  • Katie McCall - reporter (2006-2008, now at KTRK-TVmarker in Houstonmarker)
  • Jennifer McLogan - reporter (1989-1993, now at WCBS-TVmarker in New York)
  • Corey McPherrin - sports anchor (1991-1995, now at WFLD-TVmarker)
  • Larry Mendte - anchor/reporter (1990-1996, most recently at KYW-TVmarker in Philadelphia)
  • Judi Moen - reporter and talk-show host (1981-1994)
  • Antonio Mora - anchor/Eye On Chicago host (2002-2008, now at WFOR-TVmarker in Miami)
  • Geoff Morrell - reporter (1996-2000)
  • Jeannie Morris - sports reporter (1975-1988)
  • Johnny Morris - longtime sports anchor (1964-1968 and 1975-1994)
  • Jim Mullen - disability reporter (2003-2008)
  • Carolyn Murray - consumer reporter (2001-2003)
  • Brent Musburger - sports anchor (1968-1975, now a sportscaster for ABC/ESPN)
  • Mary Nissenson - reporter and substitute news anchor (1987-1988)
  • Phil Ponce - reporter (1982-1991, now at WTTWmarker)
  • Kathryn Pratt - health and science reporter (1980s)
  • Dave Price - weather anchor (1996-1998, currently on The Early Show on CBS)
  • Hank Price - General Manager (1996-2000)
  • John Quinones - reporter (1978-1982, now at ABC News)
  • Robin Robinson - reporter (1984-1987, now at WFLD-TVmarker)
  • Rob Roblin - weekend weather anchor on a per-diem basis (1987, now at WBAL-TVmarker)
  • Rafael Romo - reporter (2004-2008, now at Univision)
  • Brian Rooney - reporter (1985-1987, now Western U.S. Correspondent for ABC News)
  • Jodi Saeland, weather forecaster (July 1996 - November 1996)
  • Randy Salerno, Morning News and 11AM Anchor, (2004-2008, deceased)
  • Cynthia Santana - anchor/reporter (2002-2003, now a Producer/Writer/Narrator at Morgan Howard Productions)
  • Terry Savage - business reporter (1982-1991)
  • Warner Saunders - Common Ground host (1972-1982)
  • Mark Schaefer - feature reporter (1987-1990)
  • Janet Shamlian - anchor/reporter (now at NBC News)
  • Steve Shepard - reporter (1970s)
  • Bob Sirott - lifestyle/entertainment reporter (1980-1985)
  • Gene Siskel - film critic (1974-1999, deceased)
  • Anita Smith - reporter, 1993-1994 (left to join WCIX-TV in Miami (now WFOR-TVmarker); immediately prior had been at WFTV-TVmarker in Orlando)
  • Rob Stafford - reporter (1992-1996, now at WMAQ-TVmarker)
  • Dawn Stenslandmarker - reporter/anchor (1991-1994, now at WTXF-TVmarker in Philadelphia, also wife of Larry Mendte)
  • Howard Sudberry - sports anchor/reporter (1984-2009)
  • Elaine Tack - reporter (1990-1991)
  • Tony Tantillo - fresh grocer (2005-2009, now at WGN-TVmarker)
  • Jeff Taylor - meteorologist (2006-2007)
  • Jim Tilmon - afternoon meterologist (2002-2005) and aviation analyst (2005-2006, 2007, 2008)
  • Tracy Townsend - anchor/reporter (2001-2003, now at WBNS-TVmarker in Columbus, Ohio)
  • Mike Tsolinas - meteorologist (1989-1992), now at KTNVmarker-TV
  • Elizabeth Vargas - anchor/reporter (1989-1993, now at ABC News)
  • Carmen Velez - reporter (1998-2000)
  • Harry Volkman - weatherman (1978-1996)
  • Bob Wallace - reporter (1970-1992)
  • Phil Walters - reporter/anchor (1976-1986, deceased)
  • Monty Webb - meteorologist (1998-2002, now at WHAS-TVmarker in Louisville, Kentucky)
  • Jenniffer Weigel - feature and entertainment reporter (1999-2002)
  • Tim Weigel - sports anchor (1995-2001, deceased)
  • Bill Zwecker - entertainment reporter/film critic (2003-2009)

News/Station Presentation

Newscast titles

  • Channel 2 News (1961-1994)
  • Channel 2: The Six O'Clock/Ten O'Clock News (late 1970s-1980s)
  • 2 News (1994-97)
  • News 2 Chicago (1997-2000)
  • The News on CBS2 Chicago (February-October 2000)
  • CBS 2 News (October 2000-present)
  • CBS 2 News HD (September 22, 2008-present)

Station slogans

  • Nobody Does It Better (1977; not to be confused with the Carly Simon song of the same name but it was transferred to ATV from Hong Kong in 1986 until 1987 with the different theme.)
  • The Team to Watch (1980)
  • Experience In Action (1983)
  • We've Got the Touch, You and Channel 2 (1983-1986; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Chicago's #1 News (mid-late 1980s)
  • The Look of Chicago is Channel 2 (1991-1992; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Chicago's News Team (early 1990s-1995)
  • Just Turn to 2 (1995-2008)
  • CBS 2 Works for You (2001-2002; this was also a short-lived image campaign composed by Joe Hogue with a theme performed by R&B singer Debelah Morgan)
  • The Heart of Chicago (2008-present)

News Music Packages

  • WBBM Channel 2 News (1975-1986)
  • WBBM 1986 News (1986-1988)
  • WBBM 1988 News (1988-1991)
  • WBBM 1991 News (1991-1992)
  • WBBM News Theme (1992-1994)
  • CBS Enforcer Music Collection (1994-1997)
  • WBBM 1997 News Theme (1997)
  • WBBM News (1997-2000)
  • WCBS News (1999-2000)
  • CBS Enforcer Music Collection (2000-2001)
  • Works For You (2001-2002)
  • The CBS Enforcer Music Collection (2002-2008)
  • Heart of Our City (2008-present)


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