WRC-TV Washington, DC

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WRC-TV Washington, DC

WRC-TV Washington branded as NBC 4 is an American news station affiliated with NBC and owned by NBC owned Television stations, a division of NBCUniversal which in turn is a subsidiary of Comcast. WZDC, a Class Telemundo affiliate and NBC Sports Washington are the siblings of the channel. It shares its headquartering facility with WZDC-CD on Nebraska Avenue in the Tenleytown neighborhood of northwest Washington. The facility used by WRC is also a home to NBC News Washington Bureau, headquarter for longstanding Meet the Press also. Comcast Xfinity and Cox Communications are the prime cable carriers of the service.

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Catchphrase: Working 4 You | Washington’s News Leader

Sub-Channels: 4.1: WRC-HD

4.2: COZI

Sisters: NBC Sports Washington

WZDC-CD

Website: www.nbcwashington.com

 

History

The history of the channel dates back to the launch of W3XNB in 1939; it was launched by Radio Corporation of America, the founder of NBC. On Dec 23, 1941 it was assigned its first commercial call: WNBW along with the approval of a construction permit however, NBC requested for the cancellation of the permit on June 29, 1942 and consequently the original Ch 3 slot was granted to Harrisonburg, Virginia.

The channel once again obtained the license and was launched on June 27, 1947 as Ch 4, only second to WTTG in the state that was launched six months earlier in Jan 1947. It was also second among the five original NBC channels only behind New York City station and succeeded by Chicago, Cleveland and Los Angles stations. WRC 930 AM was the radio sister of the channel.

The calls were changed to WRC-TV on Oct 18, 1954 in order to align its identity with the radio sisters. The call letters at that time also signified the owner, Radio Corporation of America.

It hosted the second presidential debate between Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy on Oct 7, 1960. WRC produced its first videotape on May 22, 1958. It was also one of the two fully-NBC-owned services; WTTG being the other one. Following the closure of DuMont in 1956, the channel for the next three decades was the only NBC O&O service in the Washington market. Things however, changed when the network decided to sale WTTG to News Corporation where it became a charter affiliate of the upstart network Fox in 1986. It then shared its journey with WDCA, a UPN affiliate which was sold to Fox in 2001. The three network owned stations operating in the Washington market at present are WRC owned by NBC and WDCA and WTTG, the latter two owned by Fox Network.

Telemundo Affiliation

NBC in Sep 2017 revealed their plans to set up a Telemundo O&O service. In order to materialize its plans, the network acquired WZDC-CD from ZGS Communications on Jan 1, 2018.

Programming

The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Access, and Steve are among the notable syndicated programs run by the station however, it does not carry the newsmagazine program Extra which is aired by its Fox-owned competitor WTTG in the market. Being under the ownership of the NBC, it clears all of NBC’s programming. Meet The Press produced by WRC is the longest running program in US broadcast history since its debut on Nov 6, 1947 while It’s Academic is the longest-running show in the television history since its inception in 1961.

The channel serves as a flagship station to Washington Redskins since 2009 and airs their preseason fixtures, training sessions and other activities. At present, the channel broadcasts 45 hours and 25 min of local news-bulletins weekly with 7 hours and 35 min of each weekday and 3.5 hours on Sat and 4.5 hrs on Sun.

Personalities

Doreen Gentzler Jim Handly Angle Goff Eun Yang
Leon Harris Aaron Gilchrist Doug Kammerer

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