WKBD TV Channel 50 Detroit

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Slogan: CW 50 Detroit

Web site: cw50detroit.com

E-mail: visit web site

Programming:

Power/Height: 180,000 watts / 883 feet, directional
- Service Area

Digital Channel: 14; PSIP maps to Ch. 50

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Call Sign History:

  • WKBD: 3/15/1984
  • WKBD-TV:

Call Sign Origin: Kaiser Broadcasting Detroit

Network Affiliation History:

  • 9/2006: CW
  • 9/1998: UPN
  • 1995: UPN & Fox Kids
  • 1986-12/11/1994: FOX

On Air Date: January 10, 1965

Owner: CBS

Telephone: (248) 355-7000

Notes/History:

  • 6/12/2009: Regular programming on analog channel 50 ends as the station moves to digital-only regular broadcasts on Channel 14. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display WKBD's virtual channel as 50.
  • 2/2006: Announced that the UPN and WB networks will be shutdown and merged as one new network to be called The CW starting with in Fall 2006. The new network will be owned by WKBD parent CBS and will get Detroit coverage on WKBD.
  • 12/2002: Station's self-produced 10pm newscasts are dropped after a long run and replaced by a news show provided by WXYZ-TV 7. This move would prove to be somewhat temporary and end by 2005, leaving Channel 50 without any newscast for the first time since the 1980s.
  • 1/2001: License granted for digital facilities
  • 10/1999: Construction permit granted to increase ERP to 5,000,000 watts from current 2,340,000.
  • 6/1999: Application filed for digital facilities, construction permit issued 2/17/00
  • 1995: Channel 50 becomes Detroit's affiliate for the newly launched UPN network.
  • 12/11/1994: FOX affiliation moves to Channel 2 (with the exception of FOX Kids programming).
  • 6/1993: Purchased by Paramount Stations Group, which later becomes part of Viacom and later CBS.
  • 1986: Channel 50 becomes Detroit's first FOX network affiliate as 'Fox 50'.
  • 1/30/1984: Purchased by Cox Communications.
  • 1978: Purchased by Field Communications. Field had previously purchased a small share of the station in 1972.
  • 1965: Original owner: Kaiser Broadcasting


Transmitter location:

Oakland County, 11 Mile and Inkster Rds (Southfield)

 


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