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|Mount Clemens - Detroit, Michigan|
|City of license||Mount Clemens, Michigan|
|Slogan||Detroit's TV Station|
|Channels||Digital: 39 (UHF)
Virtual: 38 (PSIP)
38.2 Antenna TV
38.3 The Word Network
|Owner||Adell Broadcasting Corporation|
|First air date||May 20, 1989|
|Call letters' meaning||A D E L L Broadcasting|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
38 (UHF, 1989–2009)
|Former affiliations||CBS/Fox Kids (1992–2002)
HSN Spree/America's Store*
Shop at Home*
* – all of the above networks had been seen on the station during the 1990s and 2000s (decade)
Universal Sports (2000s (decade)–2012)
|Transmitter power||1000 kW (digital)|
|Height||170 m (digital)|
|Public license information:||Profile
WADL, channel 38, is an independent television station licensed to Mount Clemens, Michigan and serving the Detroit television market. WADL is owned by Adell Broadcasting Company and broadcasts from a combined studio-transmitter facility in Clinton, Michigan.
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Early history 
WADL began operation in 1989, after having filed for a broadcasting license on September 25, 1985. The station was founded by the late Franklin Z. Adell. Its original programming blocks were filled with mostly Home Shopping Network programs, religious shows and other paid programming, classic movies and hourly blocks of the syndicated music video show Hit Video USA. In 1990, it began running several hours of syndicated shows.
WADL is considered "The 5 Million Watt Powerhouse" because it has one of the strongest signals in the area. Starting in 1992, it began running CBS shows preempted by then-CBS affiliate WJBK. Despite its relationship with WJBK, WADL barely registered as a blip on the Detroit television scene at first. Most of the stronger programming had been picked clean by Fox affiliate WKBD-TV (which, for all intents and purposes, was programmed as an independent) and independent WXON (now WMYD). There simply wasn't enough programming to go around, even for a market as large as Detroit. Channel 38 faced an additional problem in the form of CBET (channel 9), the CBC-owned station in Windsor, which owned the Detroit rights to other syndicated programs. It relied mostly on paid programming; the few entertainment shows on the schedule were barter programming.
In 1994, WJBK defected to Fox after that network struck a deal with its then-owner New World Communications. After being turned down by WKBD and WXON, CBS approached WADL for an affiliation, even though most Metro Detroit viewers hadn't even heard of the station before. However, Franklin Adell and CBS could not come to a mutual agreement. CBS eventually bought Detroit's other low-profile independent, WGPR-TV, changing its calls to WWJ-TV.
Picking children and NBC shows 
On August 31, 1998, WADL would pick up Fox Kids programming (later FoxBox and 4KidsTV) on weekdays and weekends with programs such as Power Rangers, Batman: The Animated Series, Goosebumps, among others. They also had several syndicated children's shows like Jumanji. It was thought that the station would gradually add stronger shows, but this did not happen. Previously, WKBD had aired Fox Kids even after losing its Fox affiliation. As Fox Kids ended its weekday airings on Fox in 2002, WADL continued running the revamped Fox Box until the fall of 2003, when Fox's 4Kids TV Saturday morning lineup moved to another cross-town station, then WB affiliate WDWB (now MyNetworkTV affiliate WMYD). During this time, WADL was the only other station besides WKBD and WMYD to continuously air children's programming (until October 2007). The station aired three cartoons produced by DiC Entertainment, all designed to meet federal E/I requirements:
- Archie's Weird Mysteries – Thursdays & Fridays at 7:00 am
- Inspector Gadget's Field Trip – Tuesdays at 7:30 am and Wednesdays at 7:00 am
- Sabrina's Secret Life – Mondays & Tuesdays at 7:00 am
In September 2007, WADL had begun to acquire popular syndicated shows, such as The Nanny, Mad About You, The Jeffersons and Good Times, though keeping many religious programs and a few infomercials as well, but eliminated the remaining animated shows. Through the years, WADL has made strides towards the fulfillment of being a voice of Detroit's urban community at large. Such programming aimed at Detroit's urban community includes a weekly feature with the Mayor of Detroit and former player for the Detroit Pistons, Dave Bing.
In the fall of 2007, WADL was relaunched as "Detroit's Urban Station" in order to appeal to the African-American community and picking up new syndicated programming, including The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Pimp My Ride, Cribs, American Chopper, Reno 911, The Montel Williams Show, The Daily Buzz (which WKBD replaced with Judge Judy), In the Heat of the Night, Chappelle's Show, Dance Party, A Different World, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, Magnum P.I., Sanford and Son and others. In 2009, shows like The Brady Bunch, I Love Lucy, Happy Days, M*A*S*H, The Jeffersons and Laverne and Shirley among others were added. WADL continues to provide religious broadcast Monday-Fridays 8 a.m.-12 noon and all day on Sundays. Saturday programming features a community block as well as "The Movie of the Week", Cheaters, Dance Party and American Chopper.
In fall 2009, WADL added The Brian McKnight Show and classic episodes of Batman, Lost in Space and Star Trek to the schedule. WADL's 2010 fall lineup included Curb Your Enthusiasm, Entourage, South Park and The Twilight Zone.
WADL has since cemented its standing as a major player in Detroit's television broadcasting community. WADL recognized the need to secure current programs as well as maintaining viewers that are fond of the classics. The station added to its programming lineup, Frasier, Hawaii Five-O, Deadliest Catch, Cash Cab and health and fitness guru Peter's Principles. The station also created a child and family friendly block in their Saturday rotation by adding The Three Stooges, The Addams Family, The Munsters, Curiosity Quest, Dog Tales, Animal Exploration with Jarod Miller and Animal Rescue.
As the station grows, some programming has been shelved or replaced such as Batman, Dance Party and The Brian McKnight Show.
WADL has continued the commitment made to the community by producing and airing locally relevant programming such as Real Talk with political activist Rev. Horace Sheffield, Detroit Wants to Know with Steve Hood.
Kevin Adell as an independent broadcaster continues to improve upon the station . In June 2012 Kevin Adell announced further enhancement of his daily and weekend lineup. The Sunday line eliminated Schwartz's Law, while the weekday line up beefed up its programming by adding very popular shows such as Girlfriends, The Parkers, One on One, and Everybody Loves Chris.
WADL announced on January 5, 2012 that it would begin airing half-hour newscasts at noon and 9 pm weekdays, produced by the Journal Register Company, owners of the Macomb Daily, Oakland Press and Southgate News-Herald, in association with the Independent News Network. After only four months, the station announced on May 23, 2012 that it would drop the 9 p.m. newscast in favor of syndicated programming.
In June 2012 WADL launched "The WADL News Breaks". The news breaks are produced locally and daily > The news break segments are five minutes each and air 4 times per day from early evening throughout the evening.
News/station presentation 
Newscast titles 
- (TV-2/Channel 2) Eyewitness News (1992–1994)
- WADL News @ 9 (2012)
- WADL News Breaks (2012–Present)
Present on-air staff 
- Dayna Clark (WADL News Break Reporter)
Former on-air staff 
WADL News @ 9
- Makenzi Henderson – anchor
- Eric Garlick – meteorologist
- Ryan Bass – sports reporter
Local program hosts 
- Joelle Lukasiewicz – Motor City Movie Night host
- Peter Nielsen – Peter's Principles host
Digital television 
Digital channels 
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|38.1||1080i||16:9||WADL-DT||Main WADL programming|
|38.3||The Word Network|
|38.4||Simulcast of 38.1|
WADL added Antenna TV on a second digital subchannel, replacing Universal Sports on October 1, 2011 (that network subsequently moved to a temporary digital subchannel 38.4 until its discontinuation as a broadcast service on January 1, 2012) While WADL is The Word Network's flagship (and is programmed from WADL), the network's satellite uplink system is located at the studios of ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV.
Analog-to-digital conversion 
WADL discontinued its analog operations on June 12, 2009, as part of the analog to digital conversion in the United States. The station remained on its pre-transition channel 39. Through the use of PSIP, WADL's virtual channel is displayed as "38.1".
Out-of-market cable coverage 
It is not currently seen on Cogeco Windsor, though the cable provider has expressed interest in adding the station to its digital cable lineups, pending CRTC approval. WADL 38.1 and its subchannel "The WORD Network" are available on GosfieldTel in Essex County, Ontario, as well as Cogeco Cable in some rural areas of Southwestern Ontario; this is from previous cable companies in the rural Southwestern Ontario areas that were purchased by Cogeco around 2000, and the station has remained on their lineups.
See also 
- "Contact Us." WADL. Retrieved on December 8, 2012. "© 2012 WADL Detroit ~ 35000 Adell Drive Clinton Township, MI 48035"
- "‘Detroit’s Urban Station’ to Debut Chopper, Cribs". Broadcasting and Cable. July 16, 2008.
- WJBK 5:30 Open 1984
- WJBK-TV2 Eyewitness News- Noon Open (1995)
- Antenna TV Affiliates
- WADL Detroit To Launch Antenna TV, TVNewsCheck, August 29, 2011.
- WADLDetroit.com - Official Website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WADL
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WADL-TV
- WADL information at fccinfo.com
- WADL TV Lineup and Demographic Data
- Broadcasting & Cable article from October 2007 on WADL's revamp