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|Branding||My TV20 (general)
My TV20 News at 10
|Slogan||News Straight to the Point|
|Channels||Digital: 21 (UHF)
Virtual: 20 (PSIP)
|Subchannels||20.1 MyNetworkTV HD
20.2 Cozi TV SD
|Owner||Granite Broadcasting Corporation
(WXON License, Inc.)
|First air date||September 15, 1968|
|Call letters' meaning||MYNetworkTV Detroit|
|Former callsigns||WXON-TV (1968–1997)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
62 (UHF, 1968–1972)
20 (UHF, 1972–2009)
|Former affiliations||Independent/ONTV (1968–1993)
The WB (1995–2006)
4Kids TV (2003–2008)
DT2: Universal Sports (2007–2008)
|Transmitter power||500 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
WMYD is the MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station located in Detroit, Michigan. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 21 (PSIP virtual channel channel 20) from a transmitter on Eight Mile Road in Oak Park along the Oakland and Wayne County line. The station can also be seen on Comcast channel 3 and in high definition on digital channel 235. Owned by the Granite Broadcasting Corporation, the station's studios are located at the American Center Building in Southfield.12 Master control and some traffic responsibilities for WMYD originate from centralcasting facilities at the studios of sister stations ABC affiliate WPTA and NBC affiliate WISE-TV on Butler Road in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
- 1 Digital television
- 2 History
- 3 Programming
- 4 News programming
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|20.1||720p||16:9||WMYD-HD||Main WMYD programming / MyNetworkTV|
WMYD formerly carried the Universal Sports on a second digital subchannel from October 15, 2007 until August 2008 (shortly after its re-branding to World Championship Sports Network to Universal Sports). A standard definition simulcast of the station's main channel was later carried on subchannel 20.2. The subchannel was eventually deleted altogether, though it was reactivated on September 12, 2011 as an affiliate of TheCoolTV.3 On September 19, 2012, TheCoolTV was dropped from WMYD-DT 20.2, due to a payment dispute. From that time, until March 8, 2013 when it was replaced with Cozi TV, 20.2 once again ran a simulcast of WMYD's main channel in widescreen standard definition.
Since the station qualified for the nightlight clause in the DTV Delay Act,4 it was required to keep its analog signal on for two weeks to inform viewers of the digital television transition. WMYD discontinued its analog signal on February 17, 2009, with its digital signal remaining on its pre-transition UHF channel 21, however the station's virtual channel is displayed as "20.1" through the use of PSIP; this made WMYD the only major station in Detroit to terminate its analog signal before June 12, the date which Congress chose to reschedule the completion of the digital transition. From February 17 to March 4, 2009, the analog signal consisted of a loop of public service announcements for the transition to digital television. Prior to the digital switchover, WMYD transmitted its signal from a 1,000 foot tower at the intersection of Eleven Mile and Inkster Roads in Southfield along with WTVS and WKBD. Today, only the latter and WPXD broadcasts from that tower.citation needed
The station first took to the air on September 15, 1968 as WXON-TV, broadcasting on UHF channel 62. It moved to channel 20 in 1972 after two short-lived stations abandoned the frequency in the 1950s and 1960s. WPAG-TV in Ann Arbor was first assigned to channel 20 and started broadcasting in April 1953.5 Little is known about WPAG except that it was owned by the same people (Washtenaw Broadcasting) who operated WPAG radio (now WTKA) and that it suspended operations in December 1957 in a futile attempt to get an allocation for channel 12.6 That station may have also been a DuMont affiliate.7 In 1967, WJMY-TV in Allen Park was awarded a construction permit for channel 20 but never made it to the air except for a brief test signal one night in 1968. This consisted merely of a card displaying its calls and city of license. Finally in November 1972, WXON took over WJMY's construction permit and shifted to channel 20 for good. WGPR-TV (now CBS O&O WWJ-TV) took over the channel 62 frequency in 1975.
WXON initially operated from studios in the Oakland County town of Walled Lake, but later moved to its present location in Southfield. Through the 1970s, WXON aired cartoons, lower-rated sitcoms, off-network dramas, old movies, religious shows and the annual Variety Club of Detroit telethon hosted by Soupy Sales. It offered English-dubbed versions of live action Japanese sci-fi kids shows such as Ultraman, Johnny Sokko and Space Giants. WXON also brought the infamous late-night horror movie cult favorite The Ghoul Show back to Detroit television after WKBD had cancelled it in 1975. In addition, the station broadcast the anime series, Robotech, initially as a 1985 summer replacement series with two consecutive episodes, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, each weekday. Continuing much as channel 62 had earlier, WXON also often aired a package of films primarily sourced from American International Pictures and heavily balanced toward 1950s and early 1960s horror and science-fiction features.citation needed
In 1979, WXON began to carry subscription television programming provided by a service called ON-TV, which aired daily after 8 p.m. The ONTV broadcasts were encrypted, requiring a rented set-top box to decode WXON's signal during hours when the station ran ONTV programming; the service was not cheap at $22.50 a month (equivalent to $70.32 in 2011 adjusted for inflation8). Many people, especially those living across the river in Windsor, Ontario, built their own decoder boxes and watched ON-TV for free. The network carried uncut movies, concerts and local sporting events. However, since many games began before 8 in the evening, fans missed the start of many contests. In one famous incident, the Detroit Red Wings racked up a 5–0 lead in a game against the Calgary Flames before ON-TV began its coverage.9
In 1982, WXON began airing ON-TV on weekend afternoons and faced a challenge from In-Home Theatre, which aired 24 hours a day on what is now WPXD in Ann Arbor. Still lagging far behind WKBD-TV in the ratings, WXON dropped ON-TV on March 31, 1983 and resumed a full-service entertainment format full-time. It added a number of movies to its lineup. It also acquired several barter cartoons as the children's programming business peaked between 1984 and 1985. As the 1980s progressed, the station began acquiring stronger off-network sitcoms. It got a significant boost after WKBD became a Fox charter affiliate on October 9, 1986. Channel 20 was an established independent station by 1991 and was unaffected by the network affiliation swaps at the end of 1994. Until that year, the station went off-the-air early each morning from 1 to 5 a.m.; the station has generally broadcast a 24-hour schedule ever since although it has signed-off and signed back on periodically during the late 1990s.
On January 11, 1995, WXON became a charter affiliate of the upstart WB Television Network. Granite Broadcasting Corporation bought WXON two years later in January 1997 and on October 14 of that year, the station's call letters were changed to WDWB-TV. In 2004, the station shocked the Detroit media by becoming the new over-the-air broadcast home of the NBA's Detroit Pistons, taking the rights from the team's longtime broadcast home, WKBD and was the broadcast home for 15 to 20 Detroit Tigers baseball games produced by Fox Sports Detroit. WDWB carried the full WB network schedule, but after joining the network it frequently preempted programming that it rescheduled or did not air in favor of programming such as movies, Big Ten Conference basketball, the Pistons, the Tigers, and since 1999 the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon. Like the baseball and basketball games, the annual MDA telethon is broadcast live, but since the station has no studios to accommodate the local telethon segments, it is produced out of WTVS' studios in the New Center area of downtown Detroit.
In September 2005, Granite announced its intention to sell WDWB and its San Francisco sister station KBWB (now KOFY-TV) to AM Media Holdings, Inc. (a unit of Acon Investments and several key Granite shareholders) for a price rated, on WDWB's end, to around $97 million. The low price (Granite had purchased the station for $175 million) was largely out of Granite wanting to cut down its debt load while keeping control of the stations. On February 15, 2006, Granite announced the restructuring of the sale considering the changing conditions of the station10 but the sale eventually fell apart. In May 2006, DS Audible announced its intent to purchase the stations for about $84 million on WDWB's end. On July 18, 2006, this sale also fell apart and Granite announced its intention to retain the station.11 In November, Granite Broadcasting announced that it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy but would continue to operate its stations including WMYD.
On January 24, 2006, Time Warner and the Warner Bros. unit of CBS Corporation announced that they would respectively shut down The WB and UPN and merge into a new combined network that would be called The CW, with WKBD-TV become the network's Detroit affiliate through a group affiliation deal involving CBS Corporation's 11 UPN stations.1213 One month later on February 22, News Corporation announced that it would start up another new network that would be operated by Fox Television Stations and its syndication division, Twentieth Television called MyNetworkTV, which would be a sister network to Fox.14 MyNetworkTV was created in order to give another option for stations affiliated with UPN and The WB that were not mentioned as becoming CW affiliates besides becoming independent, and to compete against The CW.
Like many stations about to lose The WB or UPN affiliation due to The CW, WDWB changed its on-air logo to remove the "WB" logo; its new logo was introduced during a Pistons-Minnesota Timberwolves basketball game on February 1. The station had also announced that it would no longer promote any WB programing. The station changed its call letters to the current WMYD on May 7 in recognition of its future affiliation. On July 29, 2006, the new WMYD logo was introduced during a Tigers-Minnesota Twins baseball game in preparation for its switch; the station was then re-branded as "My TV 20". During the time before the actual launch, WMYD covered up all WB branding during programming and did not carry network promos. It became a MyNetworkTV affiliate on September 5 and WKBD joined The CW on September 18.
Occasionally as time now permits, WMYD may carry network programming from Fox, NBC or ABC should either WJBK, WDIV or WXYZ-TV preempt any shows for special programs, or extended breaking news or severe weather coverage; as of now, it has not done so. In April 2008, WMYD began airing Wolfman Mac's Nightmare Sinema (now known as Wolfman Mac's Chiller Drive-In), a ninety-minute comedic "horror host" series hosted by "Wolfman" Mac Kelly featuring vintage sci-fi and horror films, skits and cartoons. It is the first original locally produced show of its kind to be seen in Detroit in over a decade. The program stopped airing on February 14, 2010 three months after Chiller Drive-In made a deal with the Retro Television Network (RTV) to show reruns as well as new episodes.15
Syndicated programming on WMYD includes: Family Guy, The Office, Friends, Tyler Perry's House of Payne, The 700 Club and Private Practice. It also carries Fox's Saturday morning infomercial block, Weekend Marketplace, which is preempted by the network's owned-and-operated station WJBK.
During its days as a carrier of ON-TV, WXON carried games by Detroit's major league teams. However because ON-TV signed on at 8, WXON did not broadcast the early portions of many games. In 2006, WMYD began carrying more sporting events on its schedule involving local teams including Detroit Tigers baseball (produced by Fox Sports Detroit) and Detroit Pistons basketball, although in 2007 the Tigers moved to WJBK and both the Pistons and Tigers moved exclusively to Fox Sports Detroit beginning in 2008.
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, the station aired various live news updates. In the 1990s, it had a short-lived weekly show called NewsWrap which aired late Sunday nights. It also carried programming from the All News Channel during the overnight hours. On July 14, 2008, WMYD launched a weeknight prime time newscast produced by the Independent News Network (INN) in order to compete with WJBK. Known as My 20 News at 10, it aired for thirty minutes from INN's facilities on Tremont Avenue in Davenport, Iowa.
Although news anchors, meteorologists and sports anchors were provided by the centralized news operation, WMYD maintained two locally-based reporters that contributed to the show. In late 2008, the Independent News Network filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy and would end all news productions (including those for WMYD) by January 9, 2009.16 All broadcasts were then planned to be reinstated under the production of Fusion Communications, also based in Davenport.
In September 2009, Granite terminated the agreement with INN, and shifted production of WMYD's newscast (which became My TV20 News at 10) to WISE-TV in Fort Wayne, Indiana (which is part of Granite's Indiana's NewsCenter operation). The switch came after Granite's Fort Wayne stations became a master control hub for the company's Midwestern stations. As with the previous INN production, the newscast is produced in advance using anchors based in Fort Wayne, along with reporters based in Detroit.17
- My 20 News at 10 (2008–2009)
- My TV20 News at 10 (September 2009–present)
Current on-air staff18
- Melissa Long - weeknights at 10:00 p.m.
- Curtis Smith (AMS Seal of Approval) - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 10:00 p.m.
- Jorge Avellan - multimedia journalist
- Dave Leval - multimedia journalist (also seen on WPTA/WISE-TV)
- Sharon McClendon - community affairs director
- Kristin Pierce - multimedia journalist
- Greg Russell - entertainment reporter and host of Movie Show Plus
- "Contact TV20 Detroit." TV20. Retrieved on December 8, 2012. "27777 Franklin Road, Suite 1220 Southfield, MI 48034"
- "ENERGY STAR Labeled Building Profile American Center Building 27777 Franklin Rd. Southfield, MI 48034." Energystar.gov, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Retrieved on December 8, 2012.
- Granite Adds CoolTV in Detroit Broadcasting & Cable September 15, 2011
- FCC.gov Appendix B All Full Power Station By DMA, Indicating Those Terminating Analog service On Or Before February 17, 2009
- St. Joseph Herald Press, March 4, 1953, p. 5
- Ironwood Daily Globe, December 28, 1957, p. 2
- As calculated by the US Bureau of Statistics' CPI Inflation Calculator
- This was on October 29, 1981, at Detroit: the Red Wings won, 12-4.
- 'Gilmore Girls' meet 'Smackdown'; CW Network to combine WB, UPN in CBS-Warner venture beginning in September, CNNMoney.com, January 24, 2006.
- UPN and WB to Combine, Forming New TV Network, The New York Times, January 24, 2006.
- News Corp. Unveils My Network TV, Broadcasting & Cable, February 22, 2006.
- Macon Telegraph: "Future of Macon TV station’s nightly newscast uncertain", 1/5/2009.
- "Good evening, Detroit". KPC Media Group, Inc.
- News Team