21 Facts About WXYZ-TV


WXYZ-TV is a television station in Detroit, Michigan, United States, affiliated with ABC.

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WXYZ-TV was created out of ABC-owned radio station WXYZ, which produced the popular radio programs The Lone Ranger and The Green Hornet.

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WXYZ-TV was carried by the Cancom system from 1983 as the ABC station for Canadian cable television providers too distant to receive a border station's signal over-the-air, though later, Seattle station KOMO-TV was added to Cancom's offerings as a Pacific Time Zone alternative.

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ABC retained some of WXYZ-TV's assets, including the satellite uplink for its satellite news-gathering service ABC NewsOne.

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Under Scripps ownership, WXYZ-TV retained the ABC network affiliation and continued to use ABC's proprietary Circle 7 logo.

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WXYZ-TV is a partner in several charitable endeavors including the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, Operation Can Do and Detroit's annual children's immunization fair.

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WXYZ-TV became the first television station in Detroit to transmit an over-the-air digital signal, broadcasting on UHF channel 41 on September 29,1998.

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In 1974, WXYZ-TV launched and produced another successful children's show, the nationally syndicated Hot Fudge.

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WXYZ-TV has been involved in several Detroit traditions over the years, having aired special coverage of Detroit's Thanksgiving Day Parade, The North American International Auto Show Charity Preview, the annual Woodward Dream Cruise and the City of Detroit's celebrations of its 250th anniversary in 1951 and 300th anniversary in 2001.

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WXYZ-TV aired the Red Wings' 2002 Stanley Cup Finals series win, and the station provided local coverage of Super Bowl XL that was held at Ford Field.

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In 2011, WXYZ-TV replaced WWJ-TV as the new flagship of the Detroit Lions Television Network, assuming broadcast rights to the team's over-the-air preseason game telecasts.

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WXYZ-TV's newscasts had long been dominant in the Detroit market's news ratings partly due to the popularity of longtime lead news anchor Bill Bonds.

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WXYZ-TV assembled Detroit's most popular news anchors and reporters for its news staff such as John Kelly, Jac LeGoff, Al Ackerman, Marilyn Turner, Jack McCarthy, Jerry Hodak, Don Lark and Doris Biscoe.

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In 2002, WXYZ-TV entered into a news share agreement with Viacom, then-owner of WWJ-TV and UPN affiliate WKBD-TV to produce WKBD's 10 p m newscast; this resulted in WKBD shutting down its news department, while effectively cancelling the newscast it produced for WWJ-TV.

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In 2006, WXYZ-TV boasted the most veteran general assignment reporters in Detroit television with Cheryl Chodun, Bill Proctor, Mary Conway and Val Clark, each of whom worked at least 20 years at the station.

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On October 3,2012, Diana Lewis left WXYZ-TV after working at the station for a total of 32 years .

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On January 26,2014, WXYZ-TV discontinued the Sunday Sports Update in favor of expanding its Sunday 11 p m newscast to one hour.

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On June 16,2014, WXYZ-TV introduced a new 10 p m newscast for its new sister station, WMYD, under the name of 7 Action News at 10 on TV 20 Detroit.

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On September 8,2014, WXYZ-TV introduced a new 4 p m newscast called "The Now Detroit".

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On Wednesday, May 13,2020, WXYZ-TV upgraded its on-air graphics for its general programming and newscasts.

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WXYZ-TV was previously offered as the ABC affiliate on cable through Cable Atlantic in Newfoundland and Labrador including in St John's from 1985 to 1997 .

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