WPBN-TV Channel 7 Traverse City


Simulcast on WTOM-TV Ch. 4 Cheboygan

Slogan: TV 7&4

Web site: www.upnorthlive.com

E-mail: visit web site


Power/Height: 500,000 watts / 1289 feet, directional
- Service Area

Digital Channel: 47

DTV Translator (Ch. 50)

Power/Height: 15,000 watts / 1257 feet, directional
- Translator Service Area

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Call Sign History: WPBN-TV (12/4/1953)

Call Sign Origin: Paul Bunyon Broadcasting Network

Network Affiliation History:

  • 1971: NBC
  • 1954-91: NBC (primary) & ABC

On Air Date: Approx. 1954

Owner: Barrington Broadcasting

Telephone: (231) 947-7770


  • 11/2009: Construction permit granted for new digital facilities on Ch. 47. Ch. 50 translator will move to the former WPBN-TV transmitter location near Harrietta. License for Ch. 50 translator granted in June, 2010.
  • 8/2009: WPBN petitions the FCC to change its primary DTV allotment to channel 47 from channel 7. If approved, the station would operate from Channel 50 from the Harietta location and Channel 47 from Kalkaska county. This proposal is approved in October, 2009. License granted 3/2011.

  • 8/2009: Construction permit granted for DTV translator on Ch. 50 to better serve Traverse City.
  • 6/12/2009: WPBN ends analog broadcasting on channel 7 and switches to digital on Channel 7 from its main transmitter site near Harietta, MI. At that time, digital broadcasts ended on Ch. 50 from Traverse City. However, Ch. 50 was soon brought back on line as a translator for WPBN to give viewers in Traverse City better reception of the station.
  • 3/2006: Announced that Raycom will be selling station to Barrington Broadcasting as part of a larger deal involving several other stations across the country.
  • 19xx: Purchased by Raycom Media
  • 19xx: Purchased by Beam Broadcasting
  • 1980: Purchased by US Tobacco
  • 1954: Station signs on, owned by Les Beiderman.

Primary Ch.7 transmitter location:

Kalkaska County

Ch. 50 translator transmitter location:

Wexford County


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