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WCHI

Location

Chicago, IL

Branding

BIG 50
BIG 50 Action News

Slogan

Chicago's STILL SUPER NEW NETWORK!

Channel(s)

Analog: 50 (UHF)
Digital: 51 (UHF)

subchannel(s)

50.1 WCHI-BIG
50.2 MeTV

Affiliation

The Big Network

First air date

September 17, 1948

Former call letters

none

Former channel number

62 (UHF, 1948-1961)

Former Affiliation

ABC (pirated) (1948-2015)

Owner

BIG Media Group

WCHI is a Big Network affiliate that serves the Chicago, IL area. It broadcasts on channel 50. It is owned by the BIG Media Group.

Newscasts

Its newscasts now have a Chinese side-audio track.

Current Staff (Year Joined in Parenthesis)

Jake Marques - News Director

  • Melissa Diaz - anchor; weekday mornings "BIG 50 News Takes on the Morning" (2015)
  • John Quarters - anchor; weeknights at 6 and 10 (2015)
  • Jake Stevens - anchor; weeknights at 6 and 10 (2015)
  • Maria Sanchez  - anchor; weekend evenings (2015)

StormTeam 50 Meteorologists

  • Jake De Zio - meteorologist; weekday mornings "BIG 50 News Takes on the Morning" (2015)
  • John Walkers - chief meteorologist (AMS Seal of Approval); weeknights at 6 and 10 (2015)
  • Thomas Colex - meteorologist; weekend evenings (2015)

Sports Team

  • Dougie "The Doug Luckie" Martinez - sports director; weeknights at 6 and 10 (2015)
  • Ching Ti Zao - sports reporter; weekend evenings (2003)

Current On-Air Reporters

  • Wang Xiuying Ching - general assignment reporter (1999)
  • Nick Colex - general assignment reporter (2015)
  • John Zhang Wei - general assignment reporter (2012)
  • Qiangguo Sima Qian - general assignment reporter (2005)
  • Jake Fang Quen - general assignment reporter (2014)
  • Mike Fernendez - general assignment reporter (2015)

Signal Translators

As of 1/1/2015, WCHI now has translators.

WCHI broadcasts on two different translators to widen its broadcast area: 

W82FC-D BELLE PRAIRIE CITY IL (POWER OF 300W, SERVES VIEWERS IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE TOWN DUE TO FOREST BLOCKAGE)

W34RQ-D BUNKER HILL IL (POWER OF 700W, SERVES MACOUPIN COUNTY DUE TO FOREST BLOCKAGE)

Experiments

WCHI, now a part of the BIG Network, currently experiments with it's channel. Most notably, during a Syndicated rerun of The Monkees, they flashed the words "Go to market and get some Mountain Dew" during a scene in the episode. WCHI and other news stations later reported that sales of Mountain Dew in Chicago increased by 57.8%.

Gallery









Television stations in the Chicago area
WCVF 2 (Ind)

WJSZ 3 (CBS)
WCGO 4 (ABC-TV)
WACH 5 (ABC)
WKKL 6 (IND)
WCHS 7 (ABN)
KFUF 8 (SLN)
WQCO 9 (Acme)
WKDA 10 (RKO)
WMAQ 11 (NBC)
WCID 12 (DBC)
WLUK-TV 13 (QTV)
WKRU 14 (KTV)
WUCH 15 (UBN)
WGNX 16 (Ind)
WCLI 17 (WB TV Network)
WCHP 18 (UPN)
KCHGG 19 (Q)
WIOQ 20 (MyTV/Antenna TV)
WCHG 21 (UDC)
WFXC 22 (FOX)
WCIL 23 (ABS)
WCHJ 24 (JFN)
WCQU 25 (TNT)
WJHT-DT 26 (CW)
WCRD 27 (RDN)
WCUU 28 (IND)
WCNLN 29 (New Line)
WQGC 30 (TBS)
WPC-DT 31 (PBC)
WARE-TV 32 (YesNet)
WCRB-TV 33 (RBC)
WCMY 34 (MNTV)
WETV 35 (PBS)
WPAC-TV 36 (Paramount)
WIUN 42 (PBS)
WEIG 44 (IND)
WCKT 46 (KTTV)
WCHI 50 (The Big Network)
WNSN 55 (Telemundo)
WUVC 56 (Univision)
WCAE 58 (PBS)
WFPJ 68 (IND)

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