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Originally headquartered at the Congress Square Hotel (hence the call letters "CSH"), WCSH-TV began broadcasting on Sunday afternoon, December 20, 1953. Founded by the Rines family, owners of the Congress Square Hotel and WCSH Radio, the television station was a natural addition. In 1977, under the leadership of Mary Rines Thompson WCSH 6 was moved to One Congress Square, where we continue to operate today.
WCSH 6 has produced many favorite local programs including Romper Room, Weekday, Youth Cavalcade and The Dave Astor Show as well as Bill Green's Maine and 207.
Community service is a key part of the success of WCSH 6. Former projects have included: Teens Who Care, Alive & Well, and the Sidewalk Art Festival. Current projects include 6 Who Care, Coats & Toys for Kids, Feed Maine, Project Heat. Many additional events are the result of successful partnerships with nonprofit organizations and community-minded businesses. In the mid-90's, WCSH 6 expanded program delivery to include WCSH6.com.
Under the ownership of Murray Carpenter, the station signed on the air September 12, 1954 as WTWO, broadcasting from the same building on Mount Hope Avenue in Bangor as it does today. Since the station was not affiliated with a network, most programs were locally-produced and live, including the quirky Eddie Driscoll. The station also brought the Bangor area its first live children's program Aunt Edna's Lollypop Shop.
Early in the summer of 1958, William Rines took over WTWO, renaming it WLBZ. Soon after, the station joined the networks of NBC. As the station grew, local news became a priority, as did the commitment to community. Over the years, WLBZ 2 adopted numerous initiatives like the Jefferson Awards, and created the 2 Those Who Care Awards, which recognize and show appreciation for volunteerism and community service.
In the mid-90's, WLBZ 2 expanded program delivery to include WLBZ2.com.
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In 1998, the Rines Thompson family sold WCSH 6 and WLBZ 2 to Gannett Co., Inc. In 2015, Gannett spun its publishing properties from its broadcast and digital properties, making WCSH and WLBZ part of TEGNA Media, one of the largest, most geographically-diverse broadcasters in the United State. In September 2015, WCSH 6 and WLBZ 2 fully combined news forces and began broadcasting all newscasts statewide.
January 2018 marks the latest step in unified as a local media organization focusing on Maine rather than individual markets, with the merging of all remaining platforms (website, social, apps) and taking on the name NEWS CENTER Maine. All products, all events, sponsorships regardless of location, and promotion are housed under this one umbrella and will work towards the goal of helping to make life better for Mainers.
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