Station History

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The station signed on in 1986 as WFTY, an independent station withoutnetwork affiliation. In 1993, the station was purchased by JasasCorporation and remained the last independent television station inWashington, DC. In the beginning of 1995, the station obtained anaffiliation with the Warner Brothers (WB) Network, and in August ofthat year, changed the call letters from WFTY to the moreappropriately- suited WBDC. This proved to be a big year for thestation because, in 1995, WBDC also became Washington's home for localsports teams such as the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Wizards and theWashington Capitals.

In 1996, still under the ownership of Jasas Corporation, TribuneBroadcasting of Chicago, Illinois, began managing the station. In 1999,Tribune purchased WBDC which afforded the station great new syndicatedprogramming like Bernie Mac, My Wife and Kids, Sex and the City andFriends. Tribune's commitment to public service also brought about theinnovative WB NOW and its successor, The Inner Loop. In 2006, WarnerBrothers and The CBS Corporation announced an unprecedented merger ofThe WB and UPN to form "The CW." Thus, in May of '06, the stationchanged its call letters to WDCW reflecting our commitment toWashington DC and our CW Network Affiliation.

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