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WBND originally signed on the air as W58BT, channel 58, in 1990. During its first five years, the station aired regular Fox programming until 1995, when it picked up the ABC affiliation from WSJV, who dropped the network for W58BT`s Fox affiliation. They also changed their call letters to WBND that same year. During the 1990s, the station picked up a secondary affiliation with UPN. In 2002 they switched channels to 57 due to WSJV occupying the channel 58 frequency for its DTV signal, and in 2003 they lost their secondary UPN affiliation to WSBT`s UPN Michiana (now SBT2) digital subchannel.
In January 2008 the station began running an 11 minute long, 11pm newscast nightly. The newscast is produced and anchored by staff at WDJT-TV in Milwaukee. Like WDJT, ABC-57`s newscast puts emphasis on providing an early weather forecast. WBND is the third Weigel station to carry a newscast produced by WDJT, the others being their sister stations WMLW-CA and WYTU-LP. Local video is shot by photographers in South Bend and then transmitted to WDJT via satellite.
In early August 2008, Weigel Broadcasting agreed to sell all three of its South Bend stations, including WBND, to Schurz Communications, the longtime owner of the local CBS affiliate WSBT-TV, for undisclosed terms. If this sale is approved by the Federal Communications Commission, WBND`s current newscast could be replaced by simulcasts of WSBT-TV`s newscasts since the station`s operations would move into WSBT`s new facility in Mishawaka (which opened in November 2008).Sponsor's Website