NBC Chicago is the Owned & Operated NBC station in Chicago. On October 8, 1948 the station, then called WNBQ-TV, transmitted its first telecast from the Merchandise Mart--the third game of the Indians-Braves World Series in Cleveland, Ohio. The station's current call letters, WMAQ-TV, were established in 1964. During NBC 5 Chicago's rich history, the station pioneered a number of television "firsts." On April 15, 1956 NBC Chicago became the world's first all color station. In September of 1986, NBC Chicago became the first Chicago commercial station to broadcast in stereo and 1989, the first Chicago station to present closed captioning of all local newscasts.
Currently, NBC Chicago airs 30 hours of local news per week. We are also the only station to air local news on Saturday mornings. NBC Chicago News has over 30 reporters and anchors covering the Chicago area. In addition, NBC Chicago has two specialized units; the Unit 5: the investigative team and the Target 5: consumer team. NBC is the proud home of all Olympic broadcasts for this decade including the Winter Olympics from Salt Lake City in February, 2002.