WOOD-TV Channel 8 Grand Rapids

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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

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More Technical Information:

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

Notes/History:

  • 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:

Barry County


Ch. 46 Muskegon transmitter location:

Muskegon County

 


 

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