About WCBD 2WCBD-TV, the NBC affiliate in Charleston, South Carolina, signed on the air on September 25, 1954 as WUSN-TV. The station was originally owned by Drayton Hastie and aired an analog signal on VHF channel 2. It was initially an NBC affiliate with a secondary ABC affiliation, but became a full-time ABC affiliate in 1962 when WCIV signed on and took the NBC affiliation. In 1971, the station was sold to State Telecasting Company and adopted its current call letters, WCBD, which stands for Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties, the three counties in the Charleston metropolitan area. In 1983, Media General bought the station from State Telecasting and it remained the market's ABC affiliate until 1996, when it swapped affiliations with WCIV and became an NBC affiliate again as part of an affiliation deal between ABC and WCIV's owner, Allbritton Communications.
During the late 1950s, WCBD was also briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network. The station is known for its strong local news coverage and has won numerous awards for its reporting. In addition to its main studios in Charleston, WCBD operates a bureau in the nearby city of Georgetown.