WLNS-TV Channel 6 Lansing


Slogan: WLNS 6; Your News Leader

Web site: www.wlns.com

E-mail: visit web site


Power/Height: 984,000 watts / 945 feet
- Service area

Digital Channel: 36; PSIP maps to Ch. 6

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Call Sign History:

  • WLNS-TV: 7/16/1984
  • WJIM-TV:

Call Sign Origin: Lansing

Network Affiliation History:

  • 1959: CBS
  • 1958: CBS, NBC
  • 5/1/1950: CBS, NBC, ABC, DuMont

On Air Date: May 1, 1950

Owner: Young Broadcasting

Telephone: (517) 372-8282


  • 6/2011: License to cover granted for digital facilities.
  • 6/12/2009: Regular programming on analog channel 6 ends as the station moves to digital-only regular broadcasts on Channel 36. Prior to June 12th, WLNS broadcast its digital signal on Channel 59. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display WLNS's virtual channel as 6.
  • 3/2008: Construction permit granted for post-transition digital facilities on Channel 36.
  • 1/2007: License for TV translator W67AJ Ch. 67 Ann Arbor is canceled; translator was owned by Eastern Michigan University and at one time was used to provide an alternative frequency for WLNS in Ann Arbor because of possible interference with Eastern's WEMU-FM.
  • 4/2002: Digital facilities licensed
  • 1/28/2001: Digital services begin (for Super Bowl XXXV)
  • 11/1999: Application filed for digital facilities on channel 59.
  • 1986: Backe Communications communications sells the station to Young Broadcasting.
  • 1984: WJIM-TV is sold by Harold Gross to Backe Communications which changes the station's calls to WLNS.
  • 1981: FCC orders the station's license revoked on the grounds it violated fairness doctrine by being too selective in allowing airtime for political figures. WJIM-TV appeals and wins a reprieve in 1982 and ends up paying a cash settlement in 1984 to the ACLU which first filed the challenge to the station's license in 1973.
  • 1959: WILX-TV 10 signs on and becomes Lansing's NBC affiliate; WJIM-TV becomes only a CBS affiliate.
  • 1958: ABC programming is dropped when WJRT-TV 12 Flint signs on. WJRT was the principle ABC affiliate in Lansing until 1990 when WLAJ took to the airwaves.
  • 5/1/1950: Station signs on as WJIM-TV, owned by Harold F. Gross who also owned WJIM AM 1240 at the time. WJIM-TV is the Lansing market's oldest television station and the second oldest Michigan station outside of Detroit. Primariy affiliation at sign-on was with CBS, although the station did carry some shows from NBC, ABC, as well as possibly from the DuMont Network.

Transmitter location:

Ingham County


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