WMYD TV Channel 20 Detroit

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Slogan: My TV20 Detroit

Web site: www.tv20detroit.com

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Power/Height: 500,000 watts / 1063 feet, directional
- Service Area

Digital Channel: 21; PSIP maps to Ch. 20

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Call Sign History:

  • WMYD: 5/7/2006
  • WDWB: 8/15/1997
  • WXON: 5/30/1980
  • WXON-TV:
  • WXON: 1968

Call Sign Origin: My Network TV, Detroit

Network Affiliation History:

On Air Date: September 15, 1968 on Channel 62

Owner: Granite Broadcasting

Telephone: (248) 355-2900

Notes/History:

  • 2/17/2009: WMYD ceases regular analog programming on Ch. 20 but continues a "nightlight" service for two weeks providing viewers with information about the station's digital transition. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display WMYD's virtual channel as 20.

  • 8/2007: The FCC's final digital channel assignment report shows that WMYD will be using Channel 21 once the conversion to all-digital broadcasts is completed on February 17, 2009.
  • 11/2006: Granite Broadcasting files for bankruptcy but plans to continue operations while it is restructuring.
  • 7/2006: Granite announces that it is backing out of the sale of WMYD to DS Audible and instead will keep ownership of the station.
  • 6/2006: FCC approves sale from Granite to DS Audible
  • 5/2006: Announced that the sale of the station to AM Media Holdings has been terminated. A new sales agreement has been reached to sell the station to DB Audible Detroit LLC for $84,250,000 pending FCC approval and closing.
  • 5/2006: Calls change from WDWB, "Detroit's WB", to WMYD reflecting the station's new network affiliation with My Network TV which will launch in September 2006.
  • 2/2006: After it is announced that the WB and UPN networks will merge to become the 'CW' in the fall, the closing of the sale from Granite to AM Media appears in jeopardy. Detroit's CW affiliation will be on CBS-owned WKBD-TV 50, leaving Channel 20 without a network affiliation once the WB closes up in the summer. Station repositions from WB-20 to TV-20.
  • 10/2005: FCC approves sale of WDWB from Granite Broadcasting to AM Media Holdings
  • 9/2005: Announced that Granite Broadcasting has sold the station for $97.5 million to AM Media Holdings pending FCC approval and closing.
  • 4/2005: License to cover granted for changes to analog facilities (see 1/24/2000 entry) and license granted for digital facilities.
  • 2004: Most local "free-TV" Detroit Pistons broadcasts land on Channel 20, moving from Channel 50. Pistons broadcasts are produced and sold by Palace Sports Entertainment which essentially is buying the time slots on TV 20. Some locally produced Pistons games also clear on Channel 4.
  • 12/2003: Analog construction permit modified to specify directional antenna
  • 1/24/2000: The FCC approves a construction permit for the station's antenna to move to WWJ-TV's new tower located near Meyers and 8 Mile. The CP is also for increased HAAT from 293 to 324 meters and increase ERP from 1.2 million to 1.5 million watts.
  • 8/1998: The FCC denies the station's application to increase power to 5,000,000 watts ERP.
  • 1/1997: Purchased by Granite Broadcasting.
  • 1/12/1995: Station begins affiliation with new WB network, ending the station's days as an independent station, at least for evenings.
  • 3/31/1983: ON-TV stops operations and TV 20 returns to full time unscrambled programming.
  • 1982: ON-TV expands to include daytime programming on weekends
  • 1979: "ON-TV", available to subscribers only begins running evenings starting at 8:00 p.m. For a monthly subscription fee, a descrambler box was provided access to live sporting events, movies, and concernts. Piracy of ON-TV was prevelant with knock-off boxes being sold for much less than the $22.50 monthly subscription fee.
  • 11/1972: Moved to channel 20 after WJMY, previous CP owner for ch. 20, never made it on the air except for one day of testing in 1968.
  • 9/15/1968: WXON signs on channel 62


Transmitter location:

Oakland County, 8 Mile and Meyers Rds (Oak Park)

 


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