WJBK (branded Fox 2) is the Fox-owned and operated television station in Detroit, Michigan broadcasting on digital channel 7 (Virtual channel 2). Its studios and 1003-foot (305.7 m) tower are located in Southfield while its signal covers the Metro Detroit area.

WJBK
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Detroit, Michigan-Windsor, Ontario
Branding Fox 2 Detroit / Fox 2(general)

Fox 2 News (newscasts)

Slogan News that Works for You

(newscasts) So Fox 2 (general)

Channels Digital: 7 (VHF)Virtual: 2 (PSIP)
Subchannels
  • 2.1: Fox (O&O)
  • 2.2: Movies!
  • 2.3: Buzzr
  • 2.4: Heroes & Icons
  • 2.5: Decades
Owner Fox Television Stations, Inc.

(New World Communications of Detroit, Inc.)

First air date October 24, 1948
Call letters' meaning Jesus, Be Kind
Sister station(s) Fox Sports Detroit

The Fan WDTW

Former callsigns WJBK-TV (1948-1998)
Former channel number(s) 2 (VHF) (analog) (1948-2009)58 (UHF) (digital) (1999-2009)
Former affiliations Primary:CBS / DuMont (1948-1994)
Transmitter power 20 kW
Height 314 m (digital)
Facility ID 73123
Transmitter coordinates 42°27′38.3″N83°12′49.2″W
Website www.myfoxdetroit.com/

WJBK also serves as a Fox station for several other Canadian cable markets, including Cogeco Windsor, and Rogers Ottawa. In addition, it was one of five local Detroit TV stations seen in Canada on the Shaw Direct satellite provider. As of April 30, 2009, Shaw Broadcast Services (formerly CANCOM), is no longer transmitting the signal, replacing its signal with fellow Fox network affiliate Rochester, New York's WUHF.[1]

History

As a CBS affiliate (1948-1994)

WJBK-TV first signed on the air on October 24, 1948. It was the third television station to sign-on in Detroit and Michigan, after WWJ-TV (channel 4, now WDIV-TV) and WXYZ-TV (channel 7)—all of which have signed on in a 14-month timeframe. Despite Detroit being a major television market, it only accommodated three VHF allocations due to being shortspaced between Flint(channel 12) and Saginaw (channel 5) to the north; Lansing (channels 6 and 10) to the west; Toledo (channels 11 and 13) to the south; and Cleveland(channels 3, 5 and 8); Windsor, Ontario (channel 9); and London, Ontario(channel 10) to the east. For this reason, WJBK was assigned the final VHF channel in Detroit.

At sign on, the first program broadcast by WJBK was a presentation of Lucky Pup at 6:15 p.m. that evening. The station was originally an affiliate of both CBS and the DuMont Television Network. It was originally owned by Fort Industry Broadcasting, owned by George B. Storer and then based in nearby Toledo, Ohio. Fort Industry, which would later be renamed Storer Broadcasting, also owned WJBK radio (1500 AM, now WLQV, and 93.1 FM, now WDRQ). The station originally operated from Detroit's Masonic Templeuntil 1956, when its operations were moved to a purpose-built studio facilityon Second Avenue in Detroit's New Center section. WJBK-TV would eventually become an exclusive CBS affiliate by 1955, when Windsor, Ontario-based CKLW-TV (channel 9, now CBC O&O CBET-DT) became a DuMont affiliate. WJBK first broadcast in color around 1956. In 1970, the station moved to its current broadcast facilities on West Nine Mile Road in Southfield. Like most studio facilities built by Storer during that time, it resembles a Southern antebellum mansion.

The station went through a number of ownership and management changes with its parent companies in the 1980s and 1990s. In 1985, the equity firmKohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) acquired Storer Communications, Incorporated in a leveraged buyout. Storer spurned offers from Knight-Ridder Newspapers, Tele-Communications, Inc. and Scripps-Howard Broadcasting Co., though Scripps-Howard would successfully acquire cross-town rival ABC owned and operated station WXYZ-TV in 1986 after the ABC-Capital Cities Communications merger was approved by federal regulators. KKR then sold all of the Storer broadcast assets, including WJBK, to Gillett Communicationsin 1987, after an attempt to sell the stations to Lorimar-Telepictures in 1986 failed. When Gillett went bankrupt in 1992, it reorganized the ownership of its television stations into SCI Television. The following year, in 1993, a few other station owners—Federal Broadcasting, owners of WWJ (AM)/FM; Group W; and CBS—showed interest in the station. Scripps considered trading WXYZ back to ABC in order to bid for the Gillett stations as a group. But in 1993, SCI was acquired by the film and television production company New World Communications.

As a Fox station (1994-present)

In May 1994, News Corporation, then-parent of the Fox network, purchased a 20% ownership stake (amounting to a $500 million investment) in WJBK's owner New World Communications. Fox made the investment to comply with their winning bid for the broadcast rights to the NFL's National Football Conference. Fox outbid CBS for the NFL broadcast rights on the condition that it would improve the network's affiliate coverage in the larger television markets. As a result of Fox's investment, New World agreed to switch the network affiliations of most of the company's stations, including WJBK, to Fox.

WJBK became Detroit's new Fox affiliate on December 11, 1994, after the station's affiliation contract with CBS ended, ending its 45-year affiliation with that network. Despite a three-month interruption in coverage due to CBS losing the NFC rights (the games instead aired on WKBD-TV, channel 50, for the first three months of Fox's NFC telecasts), with the switch, the Detroit Lions' regular season games would continue to air on WJBK.

CBS found it difficult to find a new home in Detroit. WXYZ and Cleveland sister station WEWS-TV were both heavily wooed to become CBS affiliates, but the E. W. Scripps Company signed an affiliation deal with ABC in June 1994 that renewed the network's affiliations with both stations and resulted in three otherstations switching to that network. WDIV was not an option as that station was in the middle of a long-term affiliation contract with NBC at the time. As a result, CBS was forced to deal with the market's lower-rated UHF outlets, none of which had the kind of signal penetration that WJBK had. As a contingency plan, CBS signed a long-term affiliation deal with WTOL in Toledo, Ohio; which provides city-grade coverage to most of Detroit's southern suburbs and grade B coverage of Detroit itself. It also persuaded Mid-Michigan's longtime NBC affiliate, WNEM-TV, to switch to CBS; WNEM provided stronger coverage of Detroit's outer northern suburbs than did the market's longtime CBS affiliate, WEYI-TV. It also convinced WLNS-TV in Lansing to build a translator in Ann Arbor. The main WLNS signal provided at least grade B coverage to many of Detroit's western suburbs.

With just days to go before WJBK was due to switch to Fox, CBS faced the prospect of having to import WTOL, WNEM, and WLNS on area cable providers until it could find a replacement affiliate. CBS would end up purchasing low-rated UHF independent station WGPR-TV (channel 62, now WWJ-TV) in September 1994. The last CBS network program to air on WJBK was a first-run episode of Walker, Texas Ranger at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time on December 10, 1994; channel 2 officially became a Fox affiliate the next day, when the network's programming lineup moved to the station from WKBD; the first Fox network program to air on the station as a full-time affiliate was Fox NFL Sunday at noon that day, which led into that afternoon's NFL doubleheader: an early game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Los Angeles Rams and a mid-afternoon game between the San Francisco 49ers and the San Diego Chargers. Former Fox affiliate WKBD briefly became an independent station before becoming a charter affiliate of UPN in January 1995.

Until channel 62 built a new transmitter in 1999, WTOL served as the default CBS affiliate for most of the southern portion of the market, while WNEM served the northern portion and WLNS served the western portion.

As a result of the network switch, WJBK changed its branding from "TV 2" to "Fox 2" by the fall of 1995 (becoming one of the few New World stations that switched to the network to adhere to the network's branding conventions before Fox's buyout of New World). Fox Television Stations bought New World's ten Fox-affiliated stations, including WJBK, in July 1996; the purchase was finalized on January 22, 1997, with channel 2 becoming a Fox owned-and-operated station as a result.

On December 14, 2017, The Walt Disney Company, owner of WXYZ-TV's affiliated network ABC, announced its intent to buy WJBK's parent company, 21st Century Fox, for $66.1 billion; the sale, which closed on March 20, 2019, excluded WJBK as well as the Fox network, the MyNetworkTV programming service, Fox News, Fox Sports 1, the Big Ten Network and the Fox Television Stations unit, which were all transferred to the newly-formed Fox Corporation.

Digital television

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Name Programming
2.1 720p 16:9 WJBK Main WJBK-TV Programming/Fox
2.2 480p Movies! Movies!
2.3 4:3 Buzzr Buzzr
2.4 16:9 H&I Heroes & Icons
2.5 Decades Decades

WJBK also has a Mobile DTV feed of its subchannel 2.1.

Analog-to-digital conversion

WJBK began airing its digital high-definition feed, WJBK-DT, on UHF channel 58 starting on October 1, 1998. The station shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 2, 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. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition VHF channel 7 (which was formerly occupied by WXYZ-TV's analog signal, and was assigned to WJBK for its post-transition digital signal on May 7, 2007). Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers continues to display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 2.1. As of 2012, WJBK is the only American television station in the Detroit–Windsor television market that broadcasts its digital signal on the VHF band. CBET, broadcasting from Windsor is on VHF channel 9. All other Detroit–Windsor DTV stations are on the UHF band, currently channels 14 to 51, excepting 37 which is reserved for radio astronomy use.

As part of the SAFER Act, WJBK kept its analog signal on the air until June 26 to inform viewers of the digital television transition through a loop of public service announcements from the National Association of Broadcasters.

Programming

As a Fox O&O, WJBK clears the entire Fox schedule. Syndicated programs currently seen on WJBK include Judge Judy, Dish Nation, The Wendy Williams Show, TMZ on TV, and Extra, among others.

Local Programming

Some of WJBK's early productions included popular children's shows. Milky's Movie Party starring Milky the Clown, played by magician Clarence R. Cummings, Jr., was one of the station's first locally produced children's programs from 1950 to 1955. The program featured a mix of cartoons and westerns with Cummings performing magic tricks with other acts in front of a live audience. Cummings would eventually take the Milky character to WXYZ-TV and the former WWJ-TV (now WDIV).

Other original WJBK children's programs included a cowboy-themed show with Sagebrush Shorty, played by ventriloquist Ted Lloyd, with his sidekick dummy Skinny Dugan that aired from 1956 to 1960, featuring a mix of children's activities and various other characters that interacted with Lloyd. That program was followed by another WJBK children's favorite, Jungle-La with wildlife expert "B'wana" Don Hunt, that aired from 1960 to 1963. Hunt with his sidekick chimpanzee Bongo Bailey hosted cartoons and taught viewers about various wildlife. Hunt moved to Africa in 1964 and managed a wildlife preserve in Kenya responsible for saving some species from extinction. After airing first on the former WWJ-TV and CKLW-TV, performer Art Cervi would obtain the Bozo the Clown franchise for Detroit and perform the character at WJBK beginning in 1975. During its run at the station, the program would be syndicated from WJBK to cities including New York City, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Wichita, Kansas.

WJBK also produced one of Detroit's first morning talk shows, Ladies' Day with Chuck Bergeson, which aired from 1952 to 1959. The hour-long show included games, contests, and interviews with the biggest stars of the time including Lucille Ball and Red Skelton. Bergeson also hosted other WJBK shows in the 1950s including Your TV Golf Pro and The Name Game. From 1967 to 1983, Sir Graves Ghastly, played by actor Lawson J. Deming, hosted WJBK's assorted sci-fi and horror movies on Saturday afternoons; the humorous character became a popular figure in Detroit television. Deming had originally come to the station as a puppeteer and voice actor for the children's program Woodrow the Woodsman when that show moved from Cleveland's WKYC-TV to WJBK in 1966. In addition to playing the character in Cleveland, he also played Sir Graves on WTOP-TV in Washington, D.C. at the same time.

With This Ring was a nationally syndicated religious program produced at the studios of WJBK from the early 1970s through the mid-1990s. The weekly 15-minute show hosted by Roman Catholic priest Raymond Schlinkert featured lectures and advice about marriage and family life. The program was syndicated to several other U.S. commercial stations, usually shown immediately following the station's sign-on or before sign-off on Sundays.

WJBK would also produce Sunday public affairs/interview shows over the years including Focus Detroit, hosted by reporters Woody Willis and Beverly Payne in 1973; Sunday in Detroit, hosted by news anchor Kathy O'Brien, would air around 1980 and WJBK business reporter and news anchor Murray Feldman also hosted a Sunday business and financial program in the mid-1990s called Moneywise. WJBK produced a local version of the syndicated program PM Magazine from 1978 to the mid-1980s. The show changed titles over the years eventually becoming known as PM Detroit – it also had various hosts included Ronnie Klemmer, Lorrie Kapp, Gary Cubberly and Mattie Majors. The station was also the Detroit home and active participant for comedian Jerry Lewis' annual MDA Labor Day Telethon for several years.

From 1983 to 1986, popular WJR (760 AM) morning radio host J. P. McCarthy hosted an evening interview show with newsmakers and people of interest called JP, as well as a similar program in the early 1990s entitled In Person with J.P. McCarthy. He also previously hosted sports interview show specials through the 1970s. In 1995, former WXYZ-TV news anchor Bill Bonds hosted the 11 p.m. talk/interview show, Bonds Tonight. Bonds eventually would end up anchoring and reporting on WJBK's newscasts.

Past programming preemptions and deferrals

Even though WJBK was one of CBS' stronger affiliates, it would preempt or reschedule some network programs. As the flagship station of Detroit Tigers baseball from the 1950s to the 1970s, it would preempt network programming to televise games. From 1970 until the early 1980s, the station would air its own local morning newscast from 7 to 8 a.m. and then Good Morning, Detroit instead of the CBS Morning News. In 1992, it chose again not to air CBS This Morning in favor of its own local newscast. The station would regularly reschedule CBS' daytime game shows and it would also move the soap opera Guiding Light from its usual network airtime of 3 p.m. ET to 10 a.m., with episodes airing on a one-day delay. WJBK would also preempt the CBS late night schedule with syndicated reruns including Cheers and late night movies until the debut of the Late Show with David Letterman in 1993, when the station cleared the show at 11:35 p.m.

After the affiliation switch, WJBK maintained its existing schedule, with the exception of the expansion of its news programming including the move and conversion of its 11 p.m. newscast to an hour-long broadcast at 10 p.m. As Fox offered less network programming, especially during the daytime hours, WJBK would fill its schedule with more syndicated programs and off-network reruns. However, the station, like its fellow former New World stations, never ran the Fox Kids children's programming block. That block would remain on former Fox affiliate WKBD before eventually moving to WADL (channel 38) and then WDWB-TV (channel 20, now WMYD). In 2014, WJBK cleared Steve Rotfeld Productions' Xploration Station block, making it the first time the station has ever cleared Fox children's programming.

Sports programming

Detroit Tigers

From the 1950s to the 1970s, WJBK was a pioneer in Detroit sports broadcasting. In 1949, it was the first television station in Michigan to broadcast live Detroit Tigers baseball and Detroit Lions football games. From 1953 to 1974, WJBK served as the first flagship station of the Tigers Television Network with games broadcast on stations throughout Michigan, northern Indiana, and northwest Ohio. In the 1960s, longtime Tigers broadcaster and former player George Kell hosted the pregame show Tigers Warm Up on the field during batting practice. During the 2007 season, the station aired some regular season Tigers games produced by Fox Sports Detroit. Currently, the only Tigers games aired on WJBK are the Tigers' season home opener and national coverage presented by Fox; WJBK also aired select Tigers games featured on CBS' MLB coverage from 1990 to 1993.

Detroit Pistons

Detroit Red Wings NHL games, produced again by Fox Sports Detroit, would also be aired on the station from 2003 to 2007. In March 2007, WJBK began broadcasting Red Wings games in high definition. Previously the Red Wings aired on the station various times between 1956 and 1980 through broadcast rights held by CBS and again from 1995 to 1999 through Fox's contract with the NHL; this included the team's Stanley Cup Finals victories in 1997 and 1998.

Detroit Lions

WJBK has had a long-standing relationship with the NFL's Detroit Lions (first with CBS, now Fox), having carried most of its games since 1956, when CBS started airing NFL games. Except for the first three months of the 1994 season (before the affiliation switch took effect), it has been the unofficial regular-season "home" station of the Lions ever since. For the first 15 weeks of the 1994 season, the games aired on lame-duck Fox outlet WKBD. However, regular season home games were subject to the NFL's local television blackout policy. This occurred five times during the Lions' winless season of 2008 when five home games were blacked out due to low ticket sales. However, in 2015, the NFL decided to lift the blackout rules on an experimental basis, meaning that Lions games were shown on Channel 2 regardless of ticket sales; this policy was continued the next season in 2016 as well, and has continued indefinitely as of 2019.

In previous years, WJBK had also televised Lions preseason games as the flagship station of the Detroit Lions Television Network and produced pregame and postgame shows. Those preseason broadcast rights were then held by WWJ-TV and then WXYZ-TV until 2015, when WJBK once again became the official preseason station of the Lions as well.

As a CBS affiliate, WJBK aired the network's coverage of Super Bowl XVI, which was hosted locally at the Pontiac Silverdome.

WJBK's sportscasters have also been team play-by-play announcers through the years with Van Patrick doing Tigers, Lions and Notre Dame Football games. Ray Lane would be paired with Hall of Fame announcer Ernie Harwell on Tigers' radio broadcasts from 1967 to 1972; and current sports director Dan Miller performs radio play by play for the Lions.

News operation

WJBK currently broadcasts 68½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 11½ hours each weekday and 5½ hours each on Saturdays and Sundays); in regards to the number of hours devoted to news programming, it is the highest local newscast output among all broadcast television stations in the state of Michigan. In addition, WJBK produces a sports highlight program on Sunday nights following the 10 p.m. newscast called Sports Works (which is also the branding of the sports segments seen within its newscasts); the show is hosted by either WJBK sports director Dan Miller or sports anchor/reporter Woody Woodriffe, and typically features a roundtable discussion with members of the Detroit sports media including Sean Baligian, formerly of WDFN (1130 AM); Bob Wojnowski from the Detroit News; Pat Caputo from the Oakland Press and WXYT-FM (97.1) and Tony Ortiz from WXYT-FM.

WJBK operates a fleet of Ford E350 ENG vehicles with microwave transmission and video editing capabilities. The station also has (SNG) mobile satellite uplink capability. For aerial news coverage, WJBK shares a Eurocopter AS350BA A-star news helicopter with WXYZ-TV and WDIV-TV as part of a Local News Service agreement. The aircraft has HD video capability and goes by the call sign "Red Bird" (although WJBK brands the helicopter as "SkyFox"). In 2009, WJBK and WXYZ-TV expanded the LNS agreement to allow the sharing of local news video.

In an effort to cut expenses, WJBK and WXYZ's respective owners, Fox and the E. W. Scripps Company, established an LNS in all markets where both companies own stations. The stations pool newsgathering resources and share video during coverage of general news events. While the news department primarily focuses its local news coverage on southeastern Michigan, it also provides coverage of larger stories in southwestern Ontario, northern Ohio and the rest of Michigan.

TV-2 Eyewitness News

Through much of the 1960s and 1970s WJBK's TV-2 Eyewitness News dominated the newscast ratings in the Detroit market. This began with news anchor Jac LeGoff and grew when LeGoff was paired with newscaster John Kelly. Other popular longtime Detroit television personalities including Joe Weaver, Jerry Hodak, Van Patrick and Marilyn Turner would also be a part of WJBK's ratings success. The station's ratings would begin to wane in the mid-1970s after then-ABC O&O WXYZ-TV hired away WJBK's and WWJ-TV's top talent, including Kelly and Turner and eventually LeGoff and Hodak. WJBK's newscasts remained competitive in the 1970s with a new stable of talent including anchors Joe Glover, Robbie Timmons, Harry Gallagher, Murray Feldman and Terry Murphy. The station also had correspondents in bureaus at the Detroit City-County Building (Louis Miller), the Michigan state capital in Lansing and Washington, D.C. Nationally syndicated radio host George Noory was even a news producer at WJBK from 1974 to 1978, before becoming a news director at stations in Minneapolis and St. Louis. However, by 1980, the station's news ratings steeply declined with the growing dominance of WXYZ. Also by this time WDIV's new owners, Post-Newsweek Stations, were making aggressive changes to bolster its station's image and ratings from third place. By 1982, management at WJBK replaced most of the staff, which sank the station's news ratings further into third place, from where it would almost never recover.

With new management, WJBK's news department saw a resurgence by 1990 with new staff that included Sherry Margolis, Huel Perkins and the rehiring of former anchor Joe Glover. The station would also hire away news staff and talent away from top rated WXYZ including Rich Fisher, Dayna Eubanks, Catherine Lehan, Jerry Hodak and investigative reporter Vince Wade.The station revised its image with a new logo, graphics, music and news set and began airing Detroit's first 4 p.m. newscast as part of a three-hour evening news block with half-hour newscasts at 4, 5 and 6 p.m. At the same time, the station also became Detroit's first television station to launch a weekend morning newscast. Overall, WJBK's news ratings would not improve enough to surpass WXYZ and WDIV, which would continue to go head-to-head for first place. The station would also begin to simulcast its late newscast on WADL, which lasted until 1998. It would also be among the first television stations in the country to air obituaries in 1995 during the Detroit newspaper strike.

Fox 2 News

When WJBK switched affiliations from CBS to Fox in December 1994, the station adopted a news-intensive format. It has retained a news schedule similar to the one it had as a CBS affiliate. The 35-minute 11 p.m. newscast was moved to 10 p.m. and expanded to an hour, and the weekday morning newscast was also expanded. The weekend 6 p.m. newscasts would also be expanded to one hour. WJBK now had a late local newscast in first place as it immediately overtook the hour-long 10 p.m. newscast that WKBD had at the time in the ratings. Eventually, WJBK would drop the 4 p.m. newscast, but the station's profile and ratings for its morning and 10 p.m. newscasts would surge with it out of direct competition from its main competitors WDIV and WXYZ. In 1995, the station would hire news anchor Bill Bonds after his departure from WXYZ-TV. Bonds would fill the 11 p.m. timeslot with a news/interview show, Bonds Tonight.

The newscasts were branded as Fox 2 Eyewitness News until 1997, when Fox took full ownership of the station and rebranded its newscasts as Fox 2 News. By that time, the station would also release its previous WXYZ hires. At the same time, Fox's news management brought on new talent including Dan Miller, Alan Lee and Monica Gayle from Seattle. By 1998, the station would bolster its image by improving its investigative and consumer advocate unit and branding it as The Problem Solvers. It also adopted a slogan complimentary to Detroit's working class heritage, "News That Works for You". On September 24, 2007, WJBK relaunched an 11 p.m. newscast, using the NewsEdge format originally used by Fox Tampa station WTVT. It also changed its logo, graphics and news theme to an image that became standard on the Fox O&O stations. In April 2008, the station became the first Fox-owned station (and the third television station in Detroit) to broadcast its news programming in high definition.

On September 12, 2016, WJBK added an extra half hour to its 6 p.m. newscast.

Ratings

As of February 2012, WJBK's Fox 2 News Morning has consistently remained the Detroit market's highest rated local morning newscast (6–7 a.m., 4.5 rating/17 share). After years of faltering at a distant third against WDIV and WXYZ, WJBK began to make gains in its audience growth in other newscasts. While WDIV continued to have the most-watched evening and late newscasts, WJBK's 10 p.m. news (7.5 rating/12 share) remains the highest-rated prime time newscast in Metro Detroit. Its early evening 5 and 5:30 p.m. newscasts (6.0/13) have surpassed WXYZ-TV's longtime dominant 5 p.m. newscast (5.8/13) for second place. While WJBK's 6 p.m. newscast (5.1/10) has become a very close third moving within one rating point to WXYZ's newscast in that timeslot (6.1/12). Since debuting in 2007, WJBK's 11 p.m. newscast Newsedge has been in third place overall (5.0 rating/9 share).

News/station presentation

Newscast titles

  • 6 O'Clock Report/11 O'Clock Report
  • TV-2 Eyewitness News (19??–1976, 1978–1983 & 1988–1996)
  • TV2 News (1976–1978)
  • TV-2 Eyewitness NewsCenter (1978–?)
  • Channel 2 Eyewitness News (1983–1988)
  • Fox 2 Eyewitness News (1996–1997)
  • Fox 2 News (1997–present)

Station slogans

  • Your Picture Window on the World (1948–1956)
  • WJBK TV-2 in Color (1965–1971)
  • Your Eyewitness News Station in Color (1966–1971)
  • The Best is Right Here on TV-2/TV-2 is Easy on the Eyes (1973–1974; customized version of the CBS campaign)
  • See the Best...TV-2 (1974–1975; customized version of the CBS campaign)
  • Catch the Brightest Stars on TV-2 (1975–1976; customized version of the CBS campaign)
  • TV-2, We're the Hot Ones (1976-1977; customized version of the CBS campaign)
  • There's Something's In The Air on TV-2 (1977-1978; customized version of CBS campaign)
  • TV-2 is Yours/Your TV-2 (1977–1978)
  • TV-2, Turn Us On, We'll Turn You On (1978-1979; customized version of the CBS campaign)
  • We're Coming On (1979; customized version of the CBS campaign)
  • We're Looking Good, on TV-2 (1979-1980; customized version of the CBS campaign)
  • 2's the One (1980–1982)
  • Looking Good Together on TV-2 (1980-1981; customized version of the CBS campaign)
  • Reach for the Stars on TV-2 (1981–1982; localized version of the CBS promotional slogan)
  • Great Moments on TV-2 (1982–1983; customized version of the CBS campaign)
  • We've Got the Touch, You and Channel 2 (1983–1984; customized version of the CBS campaign)
  • You and Channel 2, We've Got the Touch (1984-1985; customized version of the CBS campaign)
  • We've Got the Touch on Channel 2 (1985–1986; customized version of the CBS campaign)
  • Share the Spirit on Channel 2 (1986-1987; customized version of the CBS campaign)
  • Us Viewing You (1986–1988)
  • Channel 2 Spirit, oh yes (1987-1988; customized version of the CBS campaign)
  • You Can Feel It on Channel 2 (1988-1989; customized version of the CBS campaign)
  • Detroit, Get Ready for TV-2 / Get Ready for TV-2 (1989-1991; customized verson of CBS campaign)
  • It Takes Two, TV-2 (1989–1994; WMAR-TV in Baltimore also used the slogan in 1998)
  • The Look of Detroit is TV-2 (1991–1992; localized version of the CBS promotional slogan)
  • This is CBS on TV-2 (1992–1994; used as a station ID during CBS programming)
  • TV-2, Its All Right Here (1993-1994; localized version of the CBS campaign)
  • Where the Facts Tell the Story (1994–1996)
  • Think News, Think Fox 2 News (1996–1998)
  • News That Works for You (1998–present)
  • So Fox 2 (2009–present; localized version of the Fox promotional campaign)

Newscast music

  • WJBK 1979 News Theme - Unknown composer (1979–1980)
  • WJBK 1980 News Theme - Unknown composer (1980–1983)
  • WJBK 1983 News Theme - Unknown composer (1983–1986)
  • WJBK 1986 News Theme (Us Viewing You) - Unknown composer (1986–1987)
  • WJBK 1987 News Theme - Unknown composer (1987–1988)
  • WJBK 1988 News Theme - Unknown composer (1988-1990)
  • Major Theme - Edd Kalehoff (?)
  • WJBK-Evening News - Edd Kalehoff (1990–1995)
  • Straight Talk (Theme created for WJBK's Sunday Night news program) - Edd Kalehoff (1992–1994)
  • Dayna - Edd Kalehoff (1990–?)
  • Eyewitness Primetime - Edd Kalehoff (1995–1996)
  • Fox '95 - Stephen Arnold Music (1996–1997)
  • Absolute News - Non-Stop Music (1997–2007)
  • Fox O&O News Theme - OSI Music (2007–2018)
  • Beyond - Stephen Arnold Music (2018–present)

On-air staff

Current on-air staff

Anchors

  • Amy Andrews - weekday mornings on “Fox 2 Morning News” (4-10 a.m.)
  • Taryn Asher - weeknights at 6:30pm and The Edge at 11
  • Deena Centofanti - co-host of “The Nine”, also "HealthWorks" reporter
  • Ryan Ermanni - host of “The Nine”
  • Murray Feldman - weeknights at 5:30 p.m.; also business editor, and "Job Shop" and "Money Works" feature reporter
  • Monica Gayle - weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
  • Josh Landon - weekday mornings on “FOX 2 Morning News” (4-10 a.m)
  • Sherry Margolis - weekday mornings at 11 a.m. and weeknights at 5:30 p.m.
  • Maurielle Lue - weekday mornings on “FOX 2 Morning News” (4-10am);
  • Jackie Paige - weekday mornings (4:30-5 a.m.); also traffic reporter and fill-in weathercaster
  • Huel Perkins - weeknights at 5, 6, 10 and 11 p.m.
  • Roop Raj - weeknights at 5:30 and 6:30pm
  • Robin Schwartz - weekends at 6 and 10 p.m.; also weeknight reporter
  • Dave Spencer - weekends at 10 and 11pm; also an reporter
  • Jay Towers - weekdays on “Fox 2 Morning News” (4-10am)

Fox 2 Weather Authority Team

  • Rich Luterman (AMS Seal of Approval) - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 6, 10 and 11 p.m.
  • Jill Washburn (AMS and NWA Seals of Approval) - meteorologist; weekdays on “FOX 2 News Morning” (4-10 a.m.)
  • Derek Kevera - meteorologist; weekends
  • Lori Pinson - meteorologist
  • Alan Longstreet (AMS Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekdays on “FOX 2 News Morning” (4-10am)
  • Michael Estime (AMS Seal of Approval) - fill-in meteorologist

Sports team

  • Dan Miller - sports director; Sunday-Thursdays at 6 and 10, and Monday-Thursdays at 5 and 11 p.m.; also SportsWorks host
  • Woody Woodriffe - sports anchor; Fridays at 5 and 11, and Friday-Saturdays at 6 and 10 p.m.; also Sunday-Thursday sports reporter
  • Ryan Ermanni - sports reporter; also fill-in sports anchor
  • Jennifer Hammond - sports reporter; also fill-in sports anchor

Reporters

  • Ronnie Dahl - general assignment reporter
  • Jessica Dupnack - general assignment reporter
  • Bill Gallagher - general assignment reporter
  • Hilary Golston - general aassignment reporter
  • Andrea Isom - general assignment reporter
  • Charlie Langton - general assignment reporter
  • Ingrid Kelley - general assignment reporter
  • Robin Murdoch - general assignment reporter
  • Kelli Rowe - traffic reporter
  • Simon Shaykhet - general assignment reporter
  • Lee Thomas - entertainment reporter; also "Fox 2 News Morning Extra" and 11 a.m. anchor

Problem Solvers Unit

  • Amy Lange - "Problem Solvers" investigative reporter
  • Rob Wolchek - "Problem Solvers" investigative reporter/"Hall of Shame" feature reporter

Former on-air staff

  • Kathy Adams - anchor (1983-1991)
  • Camille Amiri - reporter
  • Chuckie Bergeson - news director/host of Ladies' Day (1952-1959)
  • Bill Bonds - commentator/interviewer (1995-1998; deceased)
  • Otis Buchanan - reporter
  • Wes Callison - weekend meteorologist
  • Vic Caputo - anchorman/morning show host (1968-1980)
  • Carl Cederberg - news anchor/news editor (1960-1974)
  • Kenny Cline - news director/longtime booth announcer (1949-1978)
  • Mike Collins - reporter and weekend anchor (mid 1990s) - now fill-in anchor at WWJ-AM
  • Gary Cubberley - former host of PM Magazine/morning anchor (1980s-1992; died August 15, 1992 of an apparent heart attack in his car en route to his shift)
  • Sandy Dickson - anchor/reporter (1974-1983 and 1988-1993)
  • Jill Ditmire - morning anchor/reporter (1992-1996)
  • Anne Doyle - first female sports reporter in Detroit (1978-1983)
  • Lourdes Duarte - Reporter (Now at WGN TV)
  • Brad Edwards - reporter (2007-2010)
  • Sonny Eliot - weather anchor (1978-1982, now at WWJ-AM)
  • Dayna Eubanks - anchor (1988-1992)
  • Wyatt Everhart - weekend meteorologist (2004-2007), now news anchor at WMDT-TV
  • Rich Fisher - anchor (1990-1997; later at WKBD-TV and WWJ-TV; deceased)
  • Kenneth Ford - reporter
  • Johnny Fossen - sports anchor/reporter (1985-1988)
  • Chuck Gaidica - meteorologist (1982-1987, later at WDIV-TV; retired)
  • Harry Gallagher - reporter/anchor (1979 until death in 1982)
  • David Game - sports reporter (mid 1980s)
  • Sir Graves Ghastly, played by Lawson J. Deming - horror movie host (1967-1983)
  • Joe Glover - anchor (1978-1983 and 1987-1993) - now teaches journalism at the University of South Alabama
  • Nicole Grandberry - reporter
  • Gerald Harrington - anchor/reporter
  • Jerry Hodak - meteorologist/morning news anchor (1965-1977 and 1992-1996); later at WXYZ-TV; now retired)
  • Jennifer Howe - anchor/reporter (1991-1996, now at WTSP-TV in Tampa)
  • Frederick Heumann - sports anchor/reporter (1987-1994, now at WLNS-TV in Lansing, MI)
  • Bwana Don Hunt - kids' show host
  • Pallas Hupé - reporter/meteorologist (1999-2002, now at KOVR-TV in Sacramento)
  • Amy Jacobson - reporter (1994-1996, went to WMAQ-TV in Chicago, resigned following a scandal)
  • Monica Jackson - traffic reporter (1998 only, then to WXYZ-TV, now at KVVU in Las Vegas)
  • Virg Jacques - sports anchor/reporter/noon news anchor (1982-1993, now at WTTG in Washington, DC)
  • Red Jamison - sports director (1975-1976); later committed suicide on July 26, 1979[4]
  • John Kelly - reporter (1965-1972; later at WXYZ-TV; deceased)
  • Bruce Kirk - anchor (1984-1990)
  • Stuart Klitenic - sportscaster - now at CNN Headline News
  • Thomas Korzeniowski - reporter (1971-1978), semi-retired, working for WLS-TV Chicago.
  • Don Lark - anchor/reporter (1974-1976)
  • Ray Lane - sports anchor (1961-1982)
  • Lila Lazarus - anchor/health reporter
  • Cathy Leahan - reporter (1986-1996)
  • Jac LeGoff - anchor (1953-1959 and 1962-1974)
  • Scott Lewis - Investigative Reporter (1987-2009)
  • Joshua Littman - business reporter (deceased)
  • Teddy Lloyd - "Sagebrush Shorty" - kids' show host (1947-1949)
  • Kay Lowry - reporter (mid 1990s)
  • Teresa Lukenas - weekend anchor (1988-?)
  • Michael Lyons (meteorologist, now at West Palm Beach's WPBF-TV)
  • Micah Materre (1989-1997, now at WGN-TV in Chicago)
  • Jack McCarthy - anchor/reporter (1966-197x)- WXYZ-tv (197x-198x) - WJBK(198x-199x)"McCarthy's Menu"-Retired in Florida
  • Nancy McCauley - reporter (1975-2000), now with Ford
  • Jo-Jo Shutty-MacGregor - news/traffic/weather anchor (1978-1980), now reporter with WWJ, WJR and WOMC in Detroit
  • Fred McLeod - sports anchor/reporter (1981-1989, now at Fox Sports Ohio)
  • Robert Murphy - daytime host (1955-1967)
  • Terry Murphy - anchor/reporter (1974-1976)
  • John Noel - reporter (1993-1998, now at WNBC-TV in New York)
  • Lucy Noland - anchor (1997-2004; now at KHOU-TV in Houston)
  • Kathy O'Brien - former PM Magazine host/morning show host (late '70s-early '80s)
  • Van Patrick - sports director (1960-1974)
  • Don Paul - meteorologist (1979-1984, now at WIVB-TV in Buffalo)
  • Beverly Payne (Draper) - anchor/reporter (1973-1982) First female African-American anchor in Detroit (deceased).
  • Dr. Everett R. Phelps - meteorologist (1951-1958)
  • Charles Pugh - anchor/reporter (1999-2009) Left to run for public office. Now Detroit City Council president.[5]
  • Mike Redford - weekend anchor (now at WDCQ, host of Second Act: Life at 50+)
  • David Rogers - meteorologist (1987-1991. now at WVIR-TV in Charlottesville, VA)
  • Jeff Rossen - reporter (1998-2001, now at WABC-TV in New York)
  • Joy Redmond - general assignment and traffic reporter
  • Ron Sanders - anchor/reporter/PM Magazine co-host (1973-1979, now at WBZ-TV in Boston)
  • Ron Savage - weekend anchor, also weeknight reporter (1997-2017; deceased)
  • George Sells - anchor (1983-1986, later at WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge; now retired)
  • Martha Sharan
  • Jo-Jo Shutty-MacGregor - news reporter/weather anchor (1978-1981), once again one of the Detroit Traffic Reporters on radio & television
  • Steve Still - news reporter (1981-1987)
  • Fanchon Stinger - news anchor/reporter (1997-2008);
  • Ryan Smith - morning/noon anchor (2001-2007; now at WPVI-TV in Philadelphia)
  • Kenneth Thomas - anchor/reporter (1974-1976)
  • Lee Thornton - anchor (1982)
  • Robbie Timmons - anchor/reporter (1975-1981, now at WXYZ-TV)
  • Marilyn Turner - weathercaster (1959-1972), later at WXYZ-TV
  • Mike Tsolinas - reporter/morning meteorologist (1984-1989, now deceased)
  • Vince Wade - investigative reporter
  • Rhonda Walker - morning/noon anchor (1998-2003, now at WDIV-TV)
  • Joseph Weaver - anchor/reporter/special projects editor/program director/editorial director/writer/producer (1963-1994), he is still active on several community boards, including the Mental Illness Research Association (MIRA).
  • Mark Wilson - sports anchor/reporter (1992-1997)
  • David Wittman - anchor/reporter (early 1980s)
  • Dale Young - host "Pirate Pete" (1955-1956) - host "Detroit Bandstand" (1958-1959)
  • Eli Zaret - sports anchor (1988-1995)
  • Barry ZeVan - weathercaster

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Out-of-market cable coverage

WJBK is carried on most cable systems in Southeast Michigan, Southwestern Ontario, and Northwestern Ohio.

Coverage on cable systems outside the Detroit / Windsor market may be subject to syndex and network blackouts in the United States, and simsubbing in Canada.

See also

References

  • Inside Fox2: Did You Know That (2003, 2004). Fox2Detroit.com.
  • Kiska, Tim. From Soupy to Nuts: A History of Detroit Television. 2005. Momentum Books.

ISBN#18790-94703

  1. ^ Shaw announcement of termination of carriage of WJBK
  2. ^ FCC DTV status report for WJBK
  3. ^ Sir Graves Ghastly Official Site
  4. ^ Detroit Free Press article dated July 27, 1979
  5. ^ http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/dpp/news/Say_Goodbye_To_Charles_Pugh and http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/dpp/news/Charles_Says_Goodbye

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