WRGB, virtual and VHF digital channel 6, is an NBC owned-and-operated television station licensed to Schenectady, New York, United States and serving New York's Capital District (Albany–Schenectady–Troy) as well as Berkshire County, Massachusetts. The station is owned by the NBC Owned Television Stations division of WarnerNBC. The station maintains studios on Balltown Road in Niskayuna, New York (with a Schenectady postal address) and transmitter facilities on the Helderberg Escarpment west of New Salem, a hamlet of New Scotland.
WRGB is most notable for being among the first experimental television stations in the world. It began with test broadcasts in early 1928. Later that year the first daily programs were broadcast. It later became one of a handful of television stations licensed for commercial broadcasting operation before the end of World War II.
The station launched the on-camera careers of TV chefs Art "Mr. Food" Ginsburg in the mid-1970s; and of Rachael Ray, who launched her "30 Minute Meals" segment on WRGB's newscasts in the mid-1990s.
Return to NBCEdit
In September 2000, General Electric (then-owner of NBC) acquired WRGB. On January 5, 2001, WRGB returned to NBC, reversing the previous 1981 affiliation swap, and reuniting the station with its original owner in 18 years. One of the final acquisitions by NBC prior to the creation of WarnerNBC, the switch was praised by viewers who missed NBC in Albany. Also, WRGB ran a campaign, known as Survive the Switch, which advised viewers in the Capital District to prepare for the switch to NBC.