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WKBD
Image:Cw50.png
Detroit, Michigan
Branding CW 50
Slogan Free to Be
Channels Analog: 50 (UHF)
Digital: 14 (UHF)
Affiliations CW
Owner CBS Corporation
Founded January 10, 1965
Call letters meaning W
Kaiser
Broadcasting
Detroit
(reference to original owner Kaiser Broadcasting)
Former affiliations Independent (1965-1986 and 1994-1995)
United Network (1967)
Fox (1986-1994)
UPN (1995-2006)
Transmitter Power 2.34 MW/293 m(analog)
58.7 kW/269 m (digital)
Website www.cw50detroit.com

WKBD-TV, channel 50, is an owned-and-operated station of the CW television network, based in Detroit, Michigan. The station is owned and operated by the CBS Corporation, and is one-half of a duopoly with sister station WWJ-TV (channel 62). Its studios and transmitters are located at Eleven Mile and Inkster roads in neighboring Southfield. WKBD broadcasts its signal from an antenna shared with PBS member station WTVS, which is 968 feet in height. Image File history File links Cw50. ... Nickname: Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (Latin for, We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes) Location in Wayne County, Michigan Coordinates: , Country United States State Michigan County Wayne County Founded 1701 Incorporation 1806 Government  - Type Strong Mayor-Council  - Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (D) Area  - City  143. ... A brand is a name, logo, slogan, and/or design scheme associated with a product or service. ... Look up slogan in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... In broadcasting, a channel is a range of frequencies (or, equivalently, wavelengths) assigned by a government for the operation of a particular broadcast station. ... Analog television (or analogue television) encodes television and transports the picture and sound information as an analog signal, that is, by varying the amplitude and/or frequencies of the broadcast signal. ... This article is about the radio frequency. ... Digital Terrestrial Television (DTTV or DTT) is an implementation of digital technology to provide a greater number of channels and/or better quality of picture and sound using aerial broadcasts to a conventional antenna (or aerial) instead of a satellite dish or cable connection. ... This article is about the radio frequency. ... An affiliate is a commercial entity with a relationship with a peer or a larger entity. ... The CW Television Network, casually referred to as The CW, or most recently as The New CW (due to it being a new network) is a television network in the United States launched during the 2006 television season. ... CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS) is an American media conglomerate focused on broadcasting, publishing, billboards, and television production, with most of its operations in the United States. ... January 10 is the 10th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ... Call sign can refer to different types of call signs: Airline call sign Aviator call sign Cosmonaut call sign Radio and television call signs Tactical call sign, also known as a tactical designator See also: International Callsign Allocations, Maritime Mobile Service Identity This is a disambiguation page — a navigational... Kaiser Broadcasting was short lived but very popular entity of broadcast television stations. ... An affiliate is a commercial entity with a relationship with a peer or a larger entity. ... The Overmyer Network was the product of a failed attempt to create a fourth national television network in the United States. ... The Fox Broadcasting Company, usually referred to as just Fox (the company itself prefers the capitalized version FOX), is a television network in the United States. ... UPN (which originally stood for the United Paramount Network) was a television network in over 200 markets in the United States. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The megawatt (symbol: MW) is a unit for measuring power corresponding to one million (106) watts. ... The metre (American English:meter) is a measure of length. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... The Crimson White, known colloquially as The CW, is the student-run newspaper of the University of Alabama. ... Nickname: Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (Latin for, We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes) Location in Wayne County, Michigan Coordinates: , Country United States State Michigan County Wayne County Founded 1701 Incorporation 1806 Government  - Type Strong Mayor-Council  - Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (D) Area  - City  143. ... CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS) is an American media conglomerate focused on broadcasting, publishing, billboards, and television production, with most of its operations in the United States. ... A true duopoly is a form of oligopoly where only two producers exist in a market. ... WWJ-TV (CBS Detroit) is the CBS-owned and operated station in Detroit, Michigan. ... Southfield is a city in Oakland County of the U.S. state of Michigan. ... Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ... WTVS, branded as Detroit Public Television, is the PBS member station in Detroit. ...


On cable, WKBD can be seen on channel five on Comcast Detroit and Bright House Livonia, on channel 60 on Cogeco Windsor, and on channel 10 on Comcast Southeast Michigan, and on channel five on Wide Open West Plymouth. Comcast Corporation, (NASDAQ: CMCSA) based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the largest cable company[1] and the second largest Internet service provider in the United States. ... The Bright House Networks logo. ... Cogeco (TSX: CGO) is a Canadian media and communications company. ... Comcast Corporation, (NASDAQ: CMCSA) based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the largest cable company[1] and the second largest Internet service provider in the United States. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...

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History

WKBD first went on the air on January 10, 1965, under the ownership of Kaiser Broadcasting, the broadcasting arm of Kaiser Aluminum. It started as an all-sports station, predating ESPN by almost 14 years. It eventually became a typical UHF independent station running cartoons, sitcoms and old movies; WKBD also was an affiliate of the short-lived United Network in 1967. For many years it had an afternoon movie hosted by Detroit legend Bill Kennedy. WKBD also produced a controversial weekly talk show, The Lou Gordon Program, which was seen during the late 1960s and most of the 1970s on all Kaiser stations (and a few non-Kaiser ones), until Gordon's death in 1977. However, sports remained a central part of WKBD's schedule, and it was the over-the-air home of the Detroit Red Wings and Pistons for many years, as well as the Tigers for a decade. January 10 is the 10th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ... Kaiser Broadcasting was short lived but very popular entity of broadcast television stations. ... ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... Ultra high frequency (UHF) designates a range (band) of electromagnetic waves whose frequency is between 300 MHz and 3. ... The Overmyer Network was the product of a failed attempt to create a fourth national television network in the United States. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... The Detroit Red Wings are a professional ice hockey team based in Detroit, Michigan. ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 2, 5, 6, 16, 23, 42 Name Detroit Tigers (1901–present) Other nicknames The Bless You Boys Ballpark Comerica Park (2000–present) Tiger Stadium (1912-1999) Briggs Stadium (1938-1960) Navin Field (1912-1938) Bennett...


Field Communications, which owned WFLD-TV in Chicago, bought a minority interest in Kaiser in 1972. Field bought the remainder of Kaiser's shares in 1978. Field Communications was a division of Field Enterprises, which owned the Marshall Fields department store chain. ... WFLD is an owned and operated station of the Fox Broadcasting Company network, based in Chicago, Illinois. ... Nickname: Motto: “Urbs in Horto” (Latin: “City in a Garden”), “I Will” Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country United States State Illinois Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ...


Over the years, WKBD was the leading independent in Detroit, running a typical schedule of cartoons, off network sitcoms and old movies. Channel 50 was carried on cable systems throughout Michigan. At one point in the early 1980s, WKBD was the only independent station running a full time schedule of entertainment.


In 1982, Field put all its stations up for sale. However, Field had a difficult time selling WKBD for the amount of money it wanted. As a result Field was forced to hold onto channel 50, which at the time was one of the country's top-rated independents. In late 1983, Cox Enterprises offered to buy the station. On January 30, 1984, Cox acquired the station. The programming remained the same as before, with one notable exception: in the late 1980s WKBD began airing Late Night with David Letterman when NBC affiliate WDIV (channel 4) refused to clear it. Cox Enterprises is the successor to the publishing company founded at Dayton, Ohio, by James Middleton Cox, who began with the Dayton Daily News. ... is the 30th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ... Late Night with David Letterman was a nightly hour-long comedy talk show on NBC hosted by David Letterman. ... The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... WDIV (Local 4) is the NBC television station based in Detroit, Michigan. ...


The station retained its title as the leading independent station in the Detroit market until 1986, when it became a charter affiliate of the Fox network, later adopting the name Fox 50. Channel 50 was later sold to the Paramount Stations Group in June 1993. The Fox Broadcasting Company, usually referred to as just Fox (the company itself prefers the capitalized version FOX), is a television network in the United States. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into TVX Broadcast Group. ...


Even though WKBD was one of Fox's strongest affiliates, it lost the Fox affiliation to WJBK-TV (channel 2), Detroit's longtime CBS affiliate, on December 11, 1994. This was a result of WJBK's owner, New World Communications, making a group deal with Fox to switch the affiliation of nearly all of its stations to Fox. WJBK (FOX2) is the Fox-owned and operated television station in Detroit, Michigan. ... December 11 is the 345th day of the year (346th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... New World Pictures logo from the late 1980s; New Worlds other divisions used similar logos New World Communications was a major television production company and television station owner in the United States from the late 1980s to the mid-1990s. ...


WKBD briefly went independent again until January 1995, when it became Detroit's UPN owned and operated station. Its programming from its days as a Fox affiliate was unchanged except for prime time programming. Eventually, the older sitcoms were replaced with more first-run syndicated talk or reality shows. Fox Kids stayed on WKBD until 1998, when it moved to WADL-TV (channel 38). WKBD continued to maintain a morning cartoon block that became the "UPN Kids Disney Block." In the television industry (especially in North America), an owned and operated station (frequently abbreviated as O&O) is a television station that is owned by the network with which it is associated. ... In the television industry (as in radio), syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast programs to multiple stations, without going through a broadcast network. ... WADL 38 is a commercial independent television station licensed to Mount Clemens, Michigan, and serving the Detroit, Michigan, market. ... Walt Disney Television is a United States-based television production company, and is a division of The Walt Disney Company. ...


In 2000, Paramount's parent Viacom acquired CBS, a move that united channel 50 with WWJ-TV (which CBS acquired in 1995 in the wake of losing its contract with WJBK). After the merger, WWJ-TV moved from its facilities in downtown Detroit to WKBD's Southfield studios. Viacom (NYSE: VIA) (NYSE: VIAb) is an American media conglomerate with various worldwide interests in cable and satellite television networks (MTV Networks and BET), and movie production and distribution (the Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks movie studios). ... WWJ-TV (CBS Detroit) is the CBS-owned and operated station in Detroit, Michigan. ... Southfield is a city in Oakland County of the U.S. state of Michigan. ...


UPN ended cartoons in the Fall of 2003. Today, WKBD has a format primarily of first-run syndicated talk, courtroom, and reality shows, some recent off-network sitcoms, CW first-run programming, and some drama shows.


On January 24, 2006, the UPN and WB networks announced they would merge into a single network called the CW, to be owned jointly by CBS and the Warner Bros. Television unit of Time Warner. WKBD was chosen as the CW's Detroit affiliate, and the station continued to carry UPN programming until September 15, 2006. The CW commenced operations on September 18, 2006. January 24 is the 24th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... The Warner Bros. ... The CW Television Network, casually referred to as The CW, or most recently as The New CW (due to it being a new network) is a television network in the United States launched during the 2006 television season. ... Warner Bros. ... Time Warner Inc. ... is the 258th day of the year (259th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... September 18 is the 261st day of the year (262nd in leap years). ...


Logos

Newscasts

For much of its existence, WKBD produced a single newscast, at 10 p.m. (for a brief time, it also had a noon newscast). In December 2002, the newscast was cancelled after nearly 15 years on the air. Afterwards, the station's 10 p.m. newscast was produced by WXYZ-TV, Detroit's ABC affiliate. The station hired some of the former WKBD staff, but many simply lost their jobs. As of 2005, the station is no longer broadcasting news. It was replaced with mostly off-network syndicated shows, such as repeats of sitcoms like The King Of Queens and According to Jim. However, WKBD now airs one hour of the morning show The Daily Buzz live. WXYZ-TV, channel 7, is the ABC affiliated television station in Detroit, Michigan, USA. It is owned by The E.W. Scripps Company and is Scripps largest TV station. ... The King of Queens is an Emmy nominated, American comedy series that ran for nine seasons, from 1998 until 2007. ... According to Jim is an American situation comedy television series originally broadcast by ABC. The show premiered with little publicity in October 2001, following the surprise hit comedy My Wife and Kids. ... The Daily Buzz is a nationally syndicated morning news program produced in Orlando, Florida by ACME Communications. ...


Tara Wall, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, is a former WKBD news reporter and former host of the public affairs program "Street Beat". The Republican National Committee (RNC) provides national leadership for the Republican Party of the United States. ...


Former Anchors

Joe Glover


Amyre Makupson This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Pallas Hupe


Tara Wall


Sports

Main article: WKBD Sports

On occasion (and regularly during preseason games), WKBD produced broadcasts of Detroit Lions football games, as well as Detroit Pistons basketball games, until the late 1980s when the Pistons decided to produce and distribute the games itself, with WKBD responsible for advertising. Both were simulcasted to other stations across Michigan, on a select list of affiliate stations. // WKBD produced and broadcast Red Wings Hockey games from 1965 to 2003 with a 2 year hiatus in the 80s when they were on another station. ... City Detroit, Michigan Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ...


Syndex, and Statewide Coverage on Cable

Outside of the Detroit area, however, most programming on WKBD is subject to Syndex territorial restrictions placed on cable systems by the local TV rights holders. During the affected programming, cable systems either switch to another channel, or place a text notice on the screen that says something like: "This channel is being blacked out due to FCC regulations." [1] Syndication Exclusivity also known as SyndEx is a Federal Law designed to protect a local television stations rights to syndicated television programs by granting exclusive rights to the station for that program in the local market. ...


(Example: In the Lansing-Jackson market, UPN and some syndicated programs rights are owned by WHTV and WSYM and must be blacked out on local cable systems.)


A notable exception to the rule is the Flint-Saginaw-Bay City, Michigan television market. Although most syndicated programs seen on WKBD are contracted locally to WSMH, most of WKBD's schedule is cleared in the Flint-Tri-Cities TV market because the market does not have a UPN affiliate (however, at 5 p.m. daily, blackouts do occur on the Tri-Cities Charter cable system, when WKBD shows My Wife and Kids). In September 2006, WKBD was dropped from Charter's Tri-Cities and Alpena systems (where it was seen on cable 6), to make room for WNEM-TV's "My 5" channel. WKBD's fate on other systems, including Comcast cable channel 9 in the Flint area, is unknown at present. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Saginaw redirects here. ... Bay City is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan located near the base of the Saginaw Bay on Lake Huron. ... WSMH (Channel 66/Digital channel 16), known on-air as Fox 66, is the Fox television affiliate for the Flint-Saginaw-Bay City, Michigan television market. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles accessible from a disambiguation page. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Alpena is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... WNEM-TV, TV 5, is the CBS television affiliate for the Mid-Michigan (Flint - Saginaw - Bay City - Midland, Michigan) television market. ...


In 1995, when Fox switched in Detroit from WKBD to WJBK, many Michigan cable systems outside the Detroit area replaced WKBD with WGKI from Cadillac, in order to keep Fox available in the Upper Peninsula. However, in areas where Fox was already available locally, mainly in the southern and central Michigan markets (especially the Tri-Cities), much of WGKI's programming was blacked out. In 1996, some systems that dropped WKBD for WGKI brought WKBD back. WFQX (Fox 33), based in Cadillac, Michigan, is the Fox and UPN television affiliate in northern Michigan. ...


Following the launch of The CW, WKBD began to be dropped from cable systems outside of the Detroit market, in favor of local or nearest CW or MyNetworkTV affiliates. In addition to Tri-Cities and Alpena, Comcast in Jackson dropped WKBD in favor of "CW 5", the new CW channel operated by WLAJ. However, that change did not occur until December 8, 2006 -- almost three months after The CW began. Comcast Corporation, (NASDAQ: CMCSA) based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the largest cable company[1] and the second largest Internet service provider in the United States. ... Nickname: Location of Jackson within Jackson County, Michigan Country United States State Michigan County Jackson Government  - Mayor Jerry Ludwig Area  - City  11. ... WBL-TV Lansings CW5 is The CW affiliate for the Lansing, Michigan television market. ... WLAJ is the ABC television affiliate serving the Lansing/Jackson, Michigan market of the United States. ...


For many years, WKBD was also available on basic cable in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, on Cable 4.


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