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WCIU-TV, virtual channel 26 (UHF digital channel 23), is a CW-affiliated television station licensed to Chicago, Illinois, United States. It serves as the flagship television property, as well as the largest directly-owned property, of locally based Weigel Broadcasting, and is sister to independent outlet WMEU-CD (channel 48) and MeTV flagship WWME-CD (channel 23), both of which are simulcast on WCIU-TV's respective second and third digital subchannels. The three stations share studios on Halsted Street (between Washington Boulevard and Madison Street) in the Greektown neighborhood; WCIU-TV's transmitter is located atop the Willis Tower on South Wacker Drive in the Chicago Loop.

WCIU-TV is the third-largest CW affiliate by market size that is not owned and operated by either of the network's co-owners, ViacomCBS or AT&T's WarnerMedia, behind Nexstar Media Group-controlled stations WPIX in New York City and KTLA in Los Angeles.

Founded by John J. Weigel (the father of late Chicago sportscaster Tim Weigel),[1] the station first signed on the air on February 6, 1964, and has been owned by Weigel Broadcasting since its inception. WCIU has spent much of its history carrying multi-ethnic entertainment programming. At its sign-on, channel 26 operated as an independent station. Local businessman Howard Shapiro, who founded appliance store chain C.E.T. (Chicago Engineers for Television) with his brother Gene Shapiro, and held a minority interest in the station, took over Weigel Broadcasting and WCIU in 1966.[2]

From the late 1960s until 1985, WCIU carried religious programs during the early morning hours. The station ran The Stock Market Observer—a business news block similar in format to the present-day cable channel CNBC—from about 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each weekday; the service broadcast from the trading floor of the Chicago Board of Trade, with WCIU originally maintaining studio facilities at the top floor of the Chicago Board of Trade Building on West Jackson Boulevard. After 5:00 p.m. each weekday, the station ran Spanish language entertainment programming—including controversial bullfighting matches—from the Spanish International Network (the forerunner to Univision). During the weekend, WCIU ran a blend of religious programs, Spanish language programs, paid programming and various other ethnically-oriented shows.

From 1966 to 1970, the station aired Kiddie A-Go-Go, a children's puppet and dance program which was hosted by Elaine Mulqueen.[3] Several popular musical groups performed on the show, including The Four Seasons and New Colony Six.[4] In 1970, channel 26 became the birthplace of the groundbreaking African American music program Soul Train, hosted by its creator (and then-WCIU station employee) Don Cornelius. The show later entered into national syndication and moved production to Los Angeles the following year, although WCIU continued to produce a local version of Soul Train exclusively for the Chicago market until 1976, initially and simultaneously with the Los Angeles-based version, with Cornelius himself as host, succeeded by Clinton Ghent, the main producer under Cornelius.[5][6]

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