That’s why we’ll have members of the LIVE 5 WCSC on standby, answering phones just in case you lose our signal and aren’t sure why. The camera can detect a “phony” a mile away. In 2004, Jefferson-Pilot management effectively forced out Warren Peper (who had been with the station since 1974) by offering him only a one-year extension of his contract with no renewal option. WCSC is the local outlet for Atlantic Coast Conference basketball and Southeastern Conference football which have been produced by its parent company since the 1980s. Eventually, an hour long morning show on weekdays called The Fox 24 News at 7 also produced by WCSC launched on WTAT. In 2004, Jefferson-Pilot management effectively forced out Warren Peper (who had been with the station since 1974) by offering him only a one-year extension of his contract with no renewal option. “He grabbed my hand while I was still putting gas in the car,” Hall said. But twenty years ago, despite more primitive forecast technology, LIVE 5’s legendary Charlie Hall remained at the forefront of covering Hugo’s approach and the possibility of a direct hit. We will miss his honest, integrity and just plain decency. In 2004, it added a thirty minute newscast weeknights at 4 now totaling two hours of local broadcasts between 4 and 6:30. Sharpe recalled reporting to work at the facility to do a radio simulcast and being stopped by National Guardsmen who were patrolling to keep looters away. “Channel 5 is now alive” are the words the legendary Charlie Hall used 55 years ago when WCSC-TV signed on for the first time. WCSC and ABC affiliate WCIV are the only stations in the area to offer news in this time slot. Search for other Television Stations & Broadcast … This resulted in a nightly prime time broadcast known as The Fox 24 News at 10 to debut. Copyright 2017 WCSC. It aired the Cooper River Bridge Run from 1986 until 1990 and resumed the telecasts in 2004. In 1997, the station moved to newly built studios on Charlie Hall Boulevard in the West Ashley section of Charleston. So be sure to join us tomorrow morning at 6:00am during LIVE 5 NEWS and watch history happen. The main building in the condo complex looked ruined, and we could see daylight right through the body of the hotel. “I’ve never seen him that upset.”. But when it became more and more clear that the storm was headed for the Lowcountry, LIVE 5’s legendary Charlie Hall became more and more determined to stay at his post to report critical information to his audience. 1928), “The one duty we owe to history is to rewrite it.”—Oscar Wilde (1854–1900). “‘God help us all,’ and I think he felt that way,” he said. Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems; we are continuing to work to improve these archived versions. Hall still struggled with being forced off the air, even if only a few hours early. MOBILE USERS : Click here for historic photos. ''You know the place they call the washout? There is a high definition signal offered on Comcast digital channel 433, Time Warner digital channel 810, and Knology digital channel 902. Jefferson-Pilot merged with the Lincoln Financial Group in 2006 with its broadcast properties assuming the new corporate name of Lincoln Financial Media. So, with a little nostalgia, we decided to borrow from his immortal phrase to introduce this endeavor:   an all-new blog about the programming side of Live 5 WCSC. “I think it’s possibly because of just being so interested in the story. Peper went to Media General's WCBD-TV after a one-year non-compete agreement in the market expired. Afterwards, the road where the station is located was named in his memory. This has happened to us before.''. On November 12, 2007, Lincoln Financial Media entered into an agreement to sell WCSC and the company's two other television stations (WBTV in Charlotte, North Carolina and WWBT in Richmond, Virginia) and Lincoln Financial Sports to Raycom Media for $583 million. After Fox requested its affiliates to air local news in the early-1990s, WTAT-TV (then owned by Act III Broadcasting) entered into a news share agreement with WCSC. On September 29, 2008, WCSC set another broadcasting benchmark in the area when it became the first to offer newscasts in high definition. Every day I'd found myself scanning newscasts for familiar buildings, familiar landscapes, and calling my family with questions. The implication was, there’s nothing we can do, Sharpe said. Jefferson-Pilot merged with the Lincoln Financial Group in 2006 with its broadcast properties assuming the new corporate name of Lincoln Financial Media. We parked the car where a piece of the road had been washed out and went sightseeing through the debris of people's lives. Crump kept the station until selling it to the Jefferson-Pilot Corporation in 1994. On the eastern end of Folly Beach there is a sharp curve in the highway where, at high tide, waves break against the rocks guarding the road. There are visible ''earthquake rods'' in houses that survived the quake of 1886. 5 Reviews (843) 402-5555 Website. It was only afterwards when I saw the tape that I realized how scared I was! With these projects, the values of the flimsy properties on Folly went up. I missed the entry ramp to the interstate because the sign was gone and the landscape looked different. “Channel 5 is now alive” are the words the legendary Charlie Hall used 55 years ago when WCSC-TV signed on for the first time. Walter Cronkite at his desk on his last day as anchor of the CBS Evening News. [citation needed] The station had the same two news anchors weeknights at 6:30 from the mid-1970s until 1991 and the same three news anchors were together until 1997. For many news viewers over the years, there were few friends more definite than Walter Cronkite. Prior to this, the national news aired at 7. Its broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 47 (PSIP channel 5.1) from a transmitter in Awendaw. The Medical University of South Carolina says they will be hosting their annual Angel Tree Lighting Ceremony over Facebook Live. The road is named for the station's original personality who died just months before its relocation to the current facilities. Al Stone, formerly of WGAR in Cleveland, Ohio, hosted an American Bandstand-like dance show for local teens. Live 5 WCSC is the oldest continuously-broadcast ed television station in South Carolina. My family and friends were physically unhurt. One of the most popular shows from the early days, and one we still get a lot of mail about, was The Happy Raine Show, a kids program. In 1997, the station moved into a brand new facility in West Ashley at a location, Charlie Hall Boulevard, named after the station's legendary weatherman and personality, who passed away that same year. And this guy was dead serious,” Hall said. After all,  I was about to meet and be a part of a promotion shoot with a man whom I had seen in my living room for years as I was growing up in Charleston. This made WCSC sister to WIS in Columbia. ‘Look, I know you to want to stay on as long as you can. The WTAT broadcasts were initially not included in the new HD production because that station was not yet equipped to broadcast local or syndicated programming in high definition. I remember he made some suggestion to let me know he was going to look after me! In fact, today, members of our staff are going through special training to be sure we’re all able to answer your DTV questions should problems appear. A satellite truck that had been used to broadcast images as Hugo first approached landfall was taken to the transmitter site so that directors could switch from camera to camera and get information on the air faster. “So they got duct tape and taped a camera down to a camera shipping box on wheels.” That was how they were able to shoot anchors like Bill Sharpe who appeared in street clothes, unshaven, relaying information as it came in to the makeshift newsgathering center. In less than 48 hours, crews were broadcasting from a makeshift studio set up at the station’s transmitter site in Awendaw, a small facility hardly outfitted to look like a television studio. All rights reserved. WCSC-TV was the first local station to broadcast live in the field during newscasts and was also first to use satellite technology to broadcast live remotes from around the globe. 792 posts, read 1,500,213 times Reputation: 352. “So, they got duct tape and taped a camera down to a camera shipping box on wheels.” That was how they were able to shoot anchors like Bill Sharpe who appeared in street clothes, unshaven, relaying information as it came in to the makeshift newsgathering center. Charleston is a city in love with its own history, its own myth of gracefulness and restoration in the eye of destruction. ''The day will come,'' my grandmother used to say, ''when the Folly River and the Atlantic Ocean will meet, and Folly Beach will exist no more.''. WCSC-TV is the CBS-affiliated television station for South Carolina's Lowcountry area licensed to Charleston. Although I left home at the age of 18 and have lived in California, Boston, Vermont and New York City, the world, in many ways, has merely continued to divide, for me, into South Carolina and not-South Carolina. This also includes Independent station WJXT out of Jacksonville, Florida. The popular anchor, who had handled both news and sports during his time at WCSC, was also the play-by-play announcer for the station's live coverage of college basketball and the Cooper River Bridge Run. Like them, I still can't. Leave a sympathy message to the family on the memorial page of Charlie Hall to pay them a last tribute. Al Stone, formerly of WGAR-FM in Cleveland, Ohio, hosted an American Bandstand-like dance show for local teens. Ross is a native Charlestonian and she grew up downtown in the ''historic'' area, where many houses are hundreds of years old and there is a distinctive style of architecture. ''People had been calling the station all day asking, 'Where is Hugo going to hit?' Ross and I both hold the opinion that Charleston has been overdeveloped and overrestored. We resent not only the outside developers but the careful grooming of the downtown area. ''It's not going to hit us,'' I said to my friends, forgetting, briefly, where I was. Family and friends can send flowers and condolences in memory of the loved one. The channel has often shared weather radars with fellow Raycom stations since the practice started after being purchased by Jefferson-Pilot. For some reason, he's got a strange reluctance to start Yelping. The adrenaline pumps a little faster, and as a matter of fact, you couldn’t drag me away from a running story if I’ve got an opportunity to do it.”.