For many years, it aired an afternoon movie hosted by Detroit legend Bill Kennedy. As a CBS O&O, WWJ-TV runs the entire CBS schedule. The final price tag was more a reflection of CBS' desperation than the actual value of the station.[14]. [25] The stations continue to air syndicated programming in place of traditional evening and late-night newscasts. [2] In 1953, WBID-TV was granted a construction permit for Channel 62. [15] Most of the community's ire was directed toward the Masons, who were criticized for agreeing to sell to a mainstream network broadcaster. As a result, WKBD briefly went independent again until UPN began operations on January 16, 1995. WGPR's situation changed in 1994, when New World Communications signed an affiliation deal with Fox under which twelve of its stations switched their affiliations to that network. The network's ratings in the market have never really recovered, and to this day channel 62 has been the weakest major-network station in Detroit. During the period in which they did have local newscasts, WWJ-TV was also the only owned-and-operated station of the four major American broadcast networks whose newscasts were not closed-captioned. 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Fox Kids stayed on WKBD until 1998, when it moved to WADL (channel 38). The Ghoul Show aired in Detroit on WKBD from 1971 to 1975; the show featured late-night horror movie host Ron Sweed in the title role and was produced by WKBD's Kaiser-owned Cleveland, Ohio sister station at the time, WKBF-TV. Shortly thereafter, the station dropped the -TV suffix from its call letters, becoming simply WKBD once again. The station shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 50, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. Other resolutions: 320 × 121 pixels | 640 × 243 pixels | 800 × 303 pixels | 1,024 × 388 pixels | 1,280 × 485 pixels. The station is carried on several Canadian cable providers, predominantly in Southwestern Ontario, and is one of five local Detroit television stations seen in Canada on satellite provider Shaw Direct. After the merger, WWJ-TV moved from its facilities in downtown Detroit to WKBD's Southfield studios. WKBD became a UPN O&O when Viacom purchased a 50% interest in the network in 1996;[14] in effect, becoming the second network O&O in Detroit (and the third overall, factoring WXYZ-TV, which ABC had owned from 1948 until the station's sale to the E. W. Scripps Company in 1986), predating the completion of WJBK's sale to Fox in 1997. WNEM's signal penetrated further into the northern portions of the Detroit market than the longtime Flint/Tri-Cities CBS affiliate, WEYI-TV. WWJ Newsradio 950 | Detroit and Michigan's only all-news station. Unlike other former independent stations and Fox affiliates that joined a Big Three network displaced due to Fox's affiliation deals with longtime major network stations, WWJ-TV did not invest in its own news department after it was acquired by CBS. However, Spectrum Detroit could not stop CBS from moving its programming from WJBK to WGPR on December 11, 1994; the first CBS program to air on channel 62 was that day's edition of CBS News Sunday Morning at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Facebook is showing information to help you better understand the purpose of a Page. Outside of the Detroit area, however, most programming on WKBD is subject to territorial syndication exclusivity restrictions placed on cable providers by the local broadcast rights holders to certain syndicated programs. Detroit's only all news radio station. [31] This was later accompanied by a new morning program on May 5, 2009, called First Forecast Mornings; while the program primarily focused on weather and traffic reports, news headlines were also included via a partnership with the Detroit Free Press, effectively marking WWJ-TV's return to airing a local newscast. 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