CBS 2 Chicago WBBM

CBS 2 Chicago WBBM


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CBS 2 Chicago WBBM

Chicago, Illinois
United States
  • CBS 2 (general)
  • CBS 2 News (newscasts)
SloganExpect More (newscasts)
ChannelsDigital: 12 (VHF)
Virtual: 2 (PSIP)
  • .1: 1080i 16:9 CBS2-HD
  • .2: 480i 16:9 Decades
Translators26 (UHF) Chicago
WMEU-CD 32.3 and 32.4 (UHF)/ 48.3 and 48.4 (PSIP) Chicago
  • .1: CBS (O&O)
  • .2: Start TV
OwnerCBS Corporation
(CBS Broadcasting Inc.)
  • August 5, 1940 (1940-08-05)
  • (as experimental station W9XBK)
First air dateSeptember 6, 1946 (72 years ago) (1946-09-06)
Call letters’ meaningWorld’s Best Battery Maker
(Derived from former sister station WBBM (AM))
Former callsignsWBKB (1946–1953)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 4 (VHF, 1940–1953)
  • 2 (VHF, 1953–2009)
  • Digital:
  • 3 (VHF, 2003–2009)
Former affiliations
  • Independent (1946–1949)
  • Paramount (1949–1953)
Transmitter power8 kW
Height497 m (1,631 ft)
Facility ID9617
Transmitter coordinates41°52′44″N 87°38′8″W / 41.87889°N 87.63556°W / 41.87889; -87.63556Coordinates: 41°52′44″N 87°38′8″W / 41.87889°N 87.63556°W / 41.87889; -87.63556
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license information:Profile


Detailed Antenna Reception Information For CBS 2 Chicago WBBM


Virtual Channel2
RF Channel12
Effective Radiated Power (ERP)3.200000047683716 kW
Height Above Average Terrain (HAAT)497m
Radiation Center-above Mean Sea Level (RCAMSL)680m
Network AffiliationCBS
Contact Street 122 West Washington Street
Contact CityChicago
Contact StateIL
Contact Zip60602
Contact Phone312-899-2890
Additional DataFCC Station Information


CBS 2 is a TV station in Chicago, IL. It’s a local news and entertainment station that broadcasts a range of news, sports, entertainment and lifestyle programming. In addition to being known as CBS 2 Chicago WBBM, it’s also called simply by its FCC call sign WBBM. You can watch the station online via the CBS 2 live stream and its collection of videos, updated regularly.

Name: CBS 2 Chicago WBBM
Call Sign: WBBM
Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genre: Local News, Entertainment
Website: CBS 2 Homepage

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CBS 2 is owned by the CBS Corporation. It is an affiliate of the network CBS network. As an affiliate, Chicago WBBM tends to focus its original news coverage on local issues during the traditional morning, mid-day, evening and late-night news slots. To fill in the rest of its broadcasting schedule, the station airs national programs provided by CBS.

Contact the Station

If you’re a public relations rep, you may want to mail some promotional materials to the station or get in touch with a specific member of its team. If you’re a curious viewer, you might be interested in arranging a tour of the station’s facilities. In either case, in addition to the contact info above, here are some more ways to get in touch:
By mail: 22 W Washington St Chicago, IL 60602-1605. Phone: 312-899-2222. Fax: 312-849-7200. Email: