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WWTV, virtual and VHF digital channel 9, is a CBS-affiliated television station licensed to Cadillac, Michigan, United States, serving the northern Lower and eastern Upper peninsulas of Michigan. The station is owned by Heritage Broadcasting Group, which also operates Cadillac-licensed Fox affiliate WFQX-TV, channel 32 (and its Vanderbilt-licensed full-time satellite, WFUP, channel 45) under a shared services agreement (SSA) with owner Cadillac Telecasting. The two stations share studios on Broadcast Way (near US 131) in Cadillac and transmitter facilities on 130th Avenue in unincorporated Osceola County, just northeast of Tustin.

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Cadillac/Traverse City, Michigan
United States
CityCadillac, Michigan
Branding9&10 News
Local 32 (on DT2)
SloganNorthern Michigan's News Leader
ChannelsDigital: 9 (VHF)
Virtual: 9 (PSIP)
Translators40 (UHF) Traverse City
WFUP-DT 45.2 (UHF) Vanderbilt
Affiliations9.1: CBS
9.2: Fox
9.3: MeTV
9.4: CW+
OwnerHeritage Broadcasting Group
(Heritage Broadcasting Company of Michigan)
First air dateJanuary 1, 1954 (65 years ago) (1954-01-01)
Call letters' meaningWater Wonderland TeleVision
Sister station(s)WFQX-TV / WFUP
Former channel number(s)Analog:
13 (VHF, 1954–1962)
9 (VHF, 1962–2009)
Digital:
40 (UHF, 2007–2009)
Former affiliationsABC (1954–1971)
DuMont (1954–1956)
(both secondary)
Transmitter power45 kW
Height497 m (1,631 ft)
Facility ID26994
Transmitter coordinates44°8′12″N 85°20′33″W / 44.13667°N 85.34250°W / 44.13667; -85.34250
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile
CDBS
Websitewww.9and10news.com
WWUP-TV
(satellite of WWTV)
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
United States
Brandingsee WWTV infobox
Slogansee WWTV infobox
ChannelsDigital: 10 (VHF)
Virtual: 10 (PSIP)
Affiliations10.1: CBS
10.2: Fox
10.3: MeTV
OwnerHeritage Broadcasting Group
(Heritage Broadcasting Company of Michigan)
First air dateJune 15, 1962 (57 years ago) (1962-06-15)
Call letters' meaningWater Wonderland's Upper Peninsula
Sister station(s)WFQX-TV / WFUP
Former channel number(s)Analog:
10 (VHF, 1962–2009)
Digital:
49 (UHF, 2007–2009)
Former affiliationssee WWTV infobox
Transmitter power25 kW
Height370 m (1,214 ft)
Facility ID26993
Transmitter coordinates46°3′36″N 84°5′57″W / 46.06000°N 84.09917°W / 46.06000; -84.09917 (WWUP-TV)
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license information
(
satellite of WWTV) Profile

(
satellite of WWTV) CDBS

Like other network affiliates serving this vast and mainly rural area, WWTV operates a full-time, full-power satellite in Sault Ste. Marie, WWUP-TV (virtual and VHF digital channel 10), whose transmitter is located approximately 30 miles (48 km) south-southeast of Sault Ste. Marie near Goetzville in southeastern Chippewa County (on a tower shared with ABC affiliate WGTQ). Aside from its transmitter, WWUP does not maintain any physical presence in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

Together, the two stations are known on-air as 9&10 News and serve the largest television market east of the Mississippi River: 23 counties in the northern Lower Peninsula and three counties in the eastern Upper Peninsula. In addition, WWUP's signal can be received by viewers in Northern Ontario including Sault Ste. Marie's Canadian sister city.

HistoryEdit

WWTV began broadcasting on New Year's Day in 1954. The station was on channel 13 and was owned by Jackson radio manufacturer Sparton Corporation. It was Michigan's first television station north of Lansing, predating Traverse City's WPBN-TV (channel 7) by several months. WWTV has been a CBS affiliate from its first day, but initially carried secondary affiliations with ABC and DuMont (the latter shut down in 1956). When WPBN signed on, WWTV shared ABC programming with that station until 1971, when WGTU (channel 29) signed on and became the area's ABC affiliate. WWTV aired some of ABC's soap operas and game shows while WPBN aired ABC's sports programming on the weekends.

In 1958, broadcast pioneer John Fetzer purchased WWTV. Fetzer also owned the Detroit Tigers and the purchase brought Tigers games to Northern Michigan for the first time. In 1961, a fire at the station's transmitter spread to the studio and destroyed the building. The building was quickly rebuilt, complete with new equipment. In 1962, WWTV swapped channel locations with WZZM in Grand Rapids and moved to its current location on channel 9. The move to channel 9 allowed WWTV to boost its broadcasting power to cover the entire northern half of the Lower Peninsula. On June 15 of that year, Fetzer signed on WWUP in Sault Ste. Marie as a full-time satellite of WWTV. The stations were known collectively as "TV 9&10" from 1962 to the late-1990s when the stations dropped "TV" from their name and began referring to themselves as "9&10" or "9&10 News".

In 1967, WWTV/WWUP broadcast in color for the first time (as CBS was the last network to convert to color broadcasting).[citation needed] In 1978, Fetzer sold WWTV/WWUP to Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson. In 1988, the stations were sold to Heritage Broadcast Group, headed by Detroiter Mario Iacobelli. WWTV/WWUP has long been one of the most technologically advanced small-market television stations in the country.[citation needed]

On May 10, 2007, it was announced that the area's Fox affiliate, WFQX-TV, was being sold by current owner Rockfleet Broadcasting to Cadillac Telecasting. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) gave regulatory approval in late October of that year. After the closing of the sale, Cadillac Telecasting entered into a shared services agreement (SSA) with WWTV and WWUP.

On June 12, 2009, WWTV and WWUP turned off their analog signals and moved their digital signals to the previous analog channels. On September 29, 2010, the FCC granted WWTV a construction permit for a digital fill-in translator on their pre-transition channel 40.[1] This translator will primarily serve the Traverse City area. This repeater began operation on December 1, 2011.[2]

On February 2017, the station moved its studios and offices from its transmitter location near Tustin to an imposing renovated office building in Cadillac.[3] On the night of August 30, 2018, the 1961 building caught fire and was destroyed, also compromising the transmitter portion of the building and forcing the station to scramble to bring its over-the-air and pay-TV signals back online in some form.[4] It took a couple of days for the channel to be available again to cable TV and satellite customers.[5] Streaming video of local newscasts is available.[6] The broadcast signal was restored in early September at reduced power until a new transmitter is installed.[7]

Digital channelsEdit

The stations' digital signals are multiplexed:

WWTV digital channelsEdit

Channel Video Aspect PSIP short name Programming[8]
9.1 1080i 16:9 WWTV-HD Main WWTV programming / CBS
9.2 720p WFQX-DT Simulcast of WFQX-TV / Fox
9.3 480i WWTV-ME MeTV
9.4 WFQX-CW Simulcast of WFQX-DT2 / The CW Northern Michigan[9]

WWUP-TV digital channelsEdit

Channel Video Aspect PSIP short name Programming[10]
10.1 1080i 16:9 WWUP Main WWUP-TV programming / CBS
10.2 480i WFQX-DT Simulcast of WFQX-TV / Fox
10.3 MeTV-DT MeTV

When atmospheric conditions are right, WWTV's signal can be picked up as far south as Lansing and the northern suburbs of Detroit (if CBET-DT in Windsor, Ontario is off the air), and as far southwest as the communities on Wisconsin's eastern shore of Lake Michigan (subject to interference by WAOW in Wausau).

Cable and satellite coverageEdit

WWTV is also available on cable television in much of Michigan north of Lansing as well as Charter cable systems in Midland.

Cable coverage in CanadaEdit

For many years, WWTV was seen on cable in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. However, local cable provider Shaw Communications switched its CBS feed to WWJ-TV from Detroit[when?]. For many years, WWTV was the only in-market station on cable from the American side of the locks as other American stations were fed from Flint and Detroit. Persona systems (now EastLink) in Sudbury, Ontario carried the station until around 2009 when it was replaced by Buffalo's WIVB-TV. WWTV was also originally seen on the Cablevision systems in Rouyn-Noranda and Val-d'Or, Quebec until the early-2000s when it was replaced with WBZ-TV from Boston, Massachusetts.

ProgrammingEdit

In addition to its CBS programming and local news, WWTV airs syndicated programming such as the talk shows Live with Kelly and Ryan and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the entertainment news program Extra, and syndicated reruns of Mike and Molly, The Big Bang Theory, Madam Secretary, and NCIS: New Orleans. Michigan-originated Sunday morning programs include the health/inspirational program MI Healthy Mind and sermons from the Gaylord E-Free Church.

News operationEdit

WWTV/WWUP has long been the highest-rated television station in the market, especially in news. WWTV/WWUP has always been well ahead of distant runner up WPBN/WTOM in the Nielsen ratings. This is mainly because its newscasts focus on the entire region, while WPBN/WTOM focuses mostly on Traverse City. The station has always made a large investment into its news department, resulting in a higher-quality product than conventional wisdom would suggest for what has always been a small market. All told, WWTV/WWUP produces and airs 42 hours of news every week, a very large amount for a station in the 120th market.

One of the station's best-known faces is John McGowan, who joined the station's on-air roster in 1977, and remained a station personality for 37 years, until suffering a stroke in 2014. McGowan served as sports director and anchor, and later served as the lead anchor the station's weekend newscasts. The longest serving on-air personality currently with WWTV/WWUP is anchor Michelle Dunaway, who debuted as a reporter in 2000, and has since anchored numerous 9&10 News programs, including her current co-hosting role on The Four. Other WWTV/WWUP alumni include WTVG weatherman Bill Spencer, Jeopardy! "Clue Crew" member Sarah Whitcomb Foss, WOOD-TV reporters Larry Figurski and Dee Morrison, and former KPSP anchor Trish O'Shea.

WWTV/WWUP courted controversy when it polled viewers asking if they wanted the station to air a CBS special about the career of CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather, who was stepping down from his broadcast. After much attention from both local and national press, the poll was dropped and the special was aired.

On October 31, 2007, WWTV/WWUP began producing a weeknight 10 o'clock newscast on new sister station WFQX. On January 7, 2008, CBS began requiring affiliates to carry The Early Show in its entirety. The third hour of Michigan This Morning, which had been running from 7 to 8 in the morning, was moved to WFQX and expanded to two hours. That evening on WFQX, WWTV/WWUP launched the market's first 7 o'clock newscast. In April 2013, WWTV and WFQX became the only television stations in the market to broadcast news in High Definition.

In addition to its main studios, WWTV/WWUP operates two news bureaus in Traverse City (located on Aero Park Drive, near Cherry Capital Airport) and Petoskey. During its weather forecasts, WWTV/WWUP uses live, NOAA National Weather Service radar data from several regional sites. This data is presented on-screen as the "Doppler 9&10 Radar Network". The main signal comes from the radar located at the NWS Local Forecast Office in Gaylord. Mondays through Thursdays after the 11 o'clock news, the station airs Sports Extra, an extended sportscast. During high school sports season, Friday night 11 o'clock newscasts devote over 20 minutes to Sports Overtime. Known as "the original big show", it regularly features highlights from more than a dozen area high school sporting events and has won numerous awards for the station. 9&10's website features video content from news and sports. It also offers the only wireless news website of the Northern Michigan television market.[citation needed]

On-air staffEdit

Notable former on-air staffEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://licensing.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/forms/prod/prefill_and_display.pl?Application_id=1326268&Service=LD&Form_id=346&Facility_id=26994
  2. ^ Per www.9and10news.com/.
  3. ^ https://www.9and10news.com/2017/02/14/moving-910-news-a-new-era-part-1/
  4. ^ Jacobson, Adam (31 August 2018). "Michigan CBS Affiliate Crippled By Transmitter Fire". Radio & Television Business Report. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  5. ^ https://www.9and10news.com/2018/08/31/former-9-temporarily-off-the-air/
  6. ^ https://www.9and10news.com/2018/09/01/engineers-working-on-channel-9-transmitter-after-thursday-night-fire/
  7. ^ https://www.9and10news.com/2018/09/08/update-stronger-over-the-air-signal-being-broadcast-on-channels-9-and-10/
  8. ^ http://www.rabbitears.info/market.php?request=station_search&callsign=WWTV#station
  9. ^ https://www.9and10news.com/about-us/reception-troubleshooting/
  10. ^ http://www.rabbitears.info/market.php?request=station_search&callsign=WWUP#station

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