WOOD-TV Channel 8 Grand Rapids
Slogan: WOOD TV8, 24 Hour News 8
Web site: www.woodtv.com
E-mail: visit web site
Programming: WOOD and WOOD-DT on TitanTV.com
Power/Height: 30,000 watts / 945 feet
- Service Area
Digital Channel: 7
DTV Translator (Ch. 46, Muskegon)
Power/Height: 3,100 watts / 432 feet, directional
- Translator Service Area
More web sites about WOOD-TV:
More Technical Information:
- engineering data
- station details
- Recnet Broadcast Query
- Tower photos, thanks Tom Bosscher
Analog translator station:
Call Sign History:
- WOOD-TV: 6/1/1992
- WOTV: 1972
- WOOD-TV: 10/19/1951
- WLAV: 1949
Call Sign Origin: Furnwood Broadcasting (original owner of WOOD-AM 1300)
Network Affiliation History:
- 9/2006: NBC & MyNetworkTV
- 200x: NBC & UPN (digital only)
- 1962: NBC
- 1960: NBC (primary), ABC
- 1949: NBC (primary), CBS, ABC
On Air Date:
- August 15, 1949 on Channel 7
- Moved to Channel 8 on December 8, 1953
Owner: LIN Television
Telephone: (616) 345-6421
- 8/2010: Construction permit granted for digital translator on Ch. 46 in Muskegon that would replace the analog one in operation since 2002; license to cover granted 1/2011.
- 9/2006: With the shutdown of UPN and WB and the creation of CW and MyNetworkTV, WXSP picks up affiliation for MyNetworkTV and WOOD-TV will continue to carry the simulcast of WXSP on one of its digital subchannels.
- 200x: WOOD-TV broadcasts a simulcast of UPN affilate WXSP-CA TV on one of its digital subchannels
- 5/2002: WOGC-LP 25 Grand Rapids is granted a CP to move to Holland. That station will drop UPN programming in favor of a rebroadcast of WOOD-TV due to interference from digital TV operations on channel 8 originating from Milwaukee, WI
- 2002: Translator added on channel 46 in Muskegon due to interference on channel 8. A Milwaukee station is using 8 for its digital signal.
- 8/15/1999: Digital broadcasting begins on channel 7, fifty years after the station first signed on Channel 7 (later moved to Ch. 8).
- 1992: Station receives permission to use the WOOD-TV call sign from WOOD-AM/FM owner. WOTV call sign moves to Channel 41.
- 1983: LIN TV purchases station from Time Inc.
- 1972: Ownership of WOOD-TV separates from WOOD-FM/AM and call sign of TV station changes to WOTV.
- 1950s: Likely carried some DuMont Network programs as a secondary affiliate
- 1957: Time-Life purchases station along with WOOD-AM.
- 1954: Becomes first Michigan station to operate at 316,000 watts.
- 12/8/1953: Moves from Channel 7 to Channel 8 to minimize interference with Channel 7 Chicago and increases power from 28,000 to 100,000 watts. Color broadcasts begin.
- 1951: Grandwood Broadcasting, a subsidiary of the Bitner Group, purchases the station for a reported $1.37 million. Grandwood also owns WOOD-AM and changes the call sign of WLAV-TV to WOOD-TV.
- 8/15/1949: Station signs on as WLAV-TV using Channel 7 becoming West Michigan's first TV station and Michigan's fourth. Owner is Leonard Adrian Verslius who also owned WLAV AM.
WOOD-TV transmitter location:
Ch. 46 Muskegon transmitter location: