WJBK TV Channel 2 Detroit


Slogan: Fox 2 Detroit

Web site: www.myfoxdetroit.com

E-mail: visit web site



Power/Height: 27,200 watts / 1030 feet (CP), directional
- Service Area

Digital Channel: 7; PSIP maps to Ch. 2

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Call Sign History:

  • WJBK: 7/12/1998
  • WJBK-TV:

Call Sign Origin: Jesus, Be Kind

Network Affiliation History:

  • 12/1994: FOX, but not FOX Kids
  • 1950's: Aired some programming from DuMont
  • Sign on: CBS

On Air Date: October 24, 1948

Owner: News Corporation / FOX Broadcasting

Telephone: (248) 557-2000


  • 8/2010: License to cover granted for post-transition digital facilities.
  • 6/2009: Construction permit for digital facilities modified to 27,200 watts @ 1030 feet with a directional antenna.
  • 6/12/2009: Regular programming on analog channel 2 ends as the station moves to digital-only regular broadcasts on Channel 7. Prior to June 12th, WJBK broadcast its digital signal on Channel 58. WJBK continued to offer a 'nightlight' service on channel 2 for a short time after the digital transition date, but once that was stopped it marked the end of about 60 years of WJBK physically broadcasting on VHF channel 2. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display WJBK's virtual channel as 2.
  • 6/2008: Construction permit granted for digital facilities on Channel 7.
  • 8/2007: TheFCC's final digital channel assignment report shows that WJBK will be using Channel 7 once the conversion to all-digital broadcasts is completed on February 17, 2009.
  • 2/18/1999: License for digital facilities granted
  • 10/1/1998: Digital service is started
  • 1997: News Corporation, parent of the FOX network, purchases New World Communications making WJBK an owned and operated FOX station.
  • Fall 1995: Station rebrands as "Fox 2" after years of calling itself simply "TV 2".
  • 12/11/1994: As the first domino in Detroit's first major affiliate shakeup, New World/WJBK drops CBS programming in favor of the FOX network which will move from WKBD-TV 50. Detroit's CBS programming is picked up by WGPR Channel 62 after CBS fails to reach affiliation deals with many of the other Detroit TV stations. CBS eventually purchases WGPR-TV 62 (now known as WWJ-TV) and invests millions to upgrade the station's facilities. WJBK does not air FOX kids programming block, instead those shows remained on WKBD.
  • 1993: Purchased by New World Communications; drops CBS Morning News program in favor of local-only newscast.
  • 8/16/1992: Morning anchor Gary Cubberly dies of an apparent heart attack in his car on the way to his shift at WJBK's studios.
  • 1987: Purchased by Gillett Communications who later sells the station to SCI.
  • 1984: Storer sells station to KKR.
  • 1955: DuMont Network shuts down; WJBK-TV becomes a CBS-only affiliate.
  • 1948: Station first signs on, owned by Storer Broadcasting. Storer also owned WJBK-AM 1490, which later moved to AM 1500, and later WJBK-FM 93.1. WJBK-TV's primary affiliation is with CBS but also shows programming from the DuMont Network.

Transmitter location:

Oakland County, 9 Mile and Lodge Fwy/Northwestern Hwy (Southfield)

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