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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)
|Subchannels||38.1/4 Main programming
38.2 Antenna TV
38.3 The Word Network
|Owner||Adell Broadcasting Corporation|
|Founded||September 25, 1985|
|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
Universal Sports (2008–2012)
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
WADL, virtual channel 38 (UHF digital channel 39), is an independent television station serving Detroit, Michigan, United States that is licensed to Mount Clemens. The station is locally owned by the Adell Broadcasting Company, which is operated and owned by CEO Kevin Adell. WADL maintains studio and transmitter facilities located on Adell Drive in Clinton Township.
- 1 History
- 2 Digital television
- 3 Programming
- 4 Newscasts
- 5 Out-of-market cable coverage
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Although Adell Broadcasting filed for an application for the channel 38 license on September 25, 1985, it took four years for WADL to begin broadcasting, signing on the air for the first time on May 20, 1989. The station was founded by Kevin Adell and his father, 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 programs. WADL had long been considered "The 5 Million Watt Powerhouse", because it has one of the strongest broadcast signals in the Detroit market.
In 1992, channel 38 began running CBS shows that were preempted by that network's then-affiliate WJBK-TV (channel 2). Despite its relationship with WJBK, WADL was barely competitive in the ratings at first. Most of the stronger syndicated programs had been acquired by Fox affiliate WKBD-TV (channel 50; which, for all intents and purposes, was programmed as an independent as Fox did not carry a full week's worth of programming until 1993) and fellow independent station WXON (channel 20, now WMYD). There simply was not enough programming to go around, even for a market as large as Detroit. Channel 38 faced an additional problem in the form of CBC-owned CBET (channel 9) in Windsor, which owned the Detroit market rights to other syndicated programs. It relied mostly on paid programming; the few entertainment shows seen on WADL's schedule consisted of barter programming.
In May 1994, WJBK's then-owner, New World Communications signed a groupwide deal with Fox to switch the network affiliations of twelve of the company's 14 stations to Fox (two of which New World would sell to Fox outright as it could not keep them due to ownership conflicts). CBS then began approaching other Detroit area stations to become the market's new affiliate, after WJBK was named as one of the stations involved in the New World deal. After being turned down by WKBD and WXON, CBS approached WADL for an affiliation, even though most viewers in Metro Detroit had not even heard of the station before and despite the fact that it did not have a functioning news department. However, Franklin Adell and CBS could not come to a mutual agreement, the network cited that Adell made unreasonable demands. CBS eventually bought Detroit's other low-profile independent, WGPR-TV (channel 62), changing its calls to WWJ-TV and moved the network's programming there on December 11, 1994, months before its purchase was finalized.
On August 31, 1998, WADL began carrying children's programming from Fox Kids (later FoxBox and 4KidsTV), after picking up the rights to the block from then-UPN affiliate WKBD, which had continued to air the Fox Kids weekday and Saturday blocks even after losing its Fox affiliation to WJBK. The station also acquired several syndicated children's programs. After Fox discontinued the Fox Kids weekday block in 2002, WADL continued running the revamped Fox Box until the fall of 2003, when Fox's 4Kids TV Saturday morning block moved to then-WB affiliate WDWB (now MyNetworkTV affiliate WMYD). During this time, until October 2007, WADL was the only other station besides WKBD and WMYD to continuously air children's programming. From the program's 1999 debut until 2002, WADL also broadcast the NBC daytime soap opera Passions, which NBC affiliate WDIV (channel 4) originally declined to broadcast, before adding the serial to its schedule in the fall of 2002.
In September 2007, WADL began to cement its standing as a major player among the Detroit market's television stations with the acquisition of popular syndicated shows, including older series such as The Nanny, Mad About You, The Jeffersons and Good Times; the station also kept many religious programs and a few infomercials as well, and eliminated the remaining animated shows. Over the years, WADL began positioning itself as being a voice of Detroit's urban community, with local programs including 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 acquired syndicated programs such as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, American Chopper, Reno 911, The Montel Williams Show, In the Heat of the Night, Chappelle's Show, A Different World, Magnum P.I. and Sanford and Son. In 2009, the station added classic television series such as The Brady Bunch, I Love Lucy, Happy Days, M*A*S*H, The Jeffersons and Laverne and Shirley to its schedule. By this time, WADL began running a mix of both recent and older syndicated programs. WADL also increased its local public affairs programming with shows such as Real Talk (hosted by political activist Rev. Horace Sheffield) and Detroit Wants to Know (hosted by Steve Hood).
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|38.1||480i||4:3||WADL-DT||Main WADL programming|
|38.3||The Word Network|
WADL began carrying Antenna TV on its second digital subchannel, replacing Universal Sports on October 1, 2011 (Universal Sports subsequently moved to a temporary digital subchannel 38.4 until its discontinuation as a broadcast service and conversion to cable and satellite-only distribution 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 (channel 7).
WADL shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 38, 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 UHF channel 39. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 38.
Syndicated programs carried on WADL include Girlfriends, The Parkers, One on One, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Star Trek: The Next Generation and I Love Lucy. WADL continues to carry religious programming weekdays from 7-7:30 a.m. and all day on Sundays.
In 1992, WADL began airing a same-night rebroadcast of WJBK's 6 p.m. newscast, typically airing in primetime at 8 p.m.; this continued until that station switched from CBS to Fox in December 1994.
On January 5, 2012, WADL announced that it would debut half-hour newscasts at noon and 9 p.m. on weekdays, which were produced by the Journal Register Company (owners of the Macomb Daily, Oakland Press and Southgate News-Herald), in association with the Independent News Network. The station canceled the noon and 9 p.m. newscasts after only four months on May 23, 2012, filling the timeslots with syndicated programming. In June 2012, WADL began producing daily five-minute local news updates airing four times each day during the evening hours.
- (TV-2/Channel 2) Eyewitness News (1992–1994)
- WADL News @ 9 (2012)
- WADL News Break (2012–present)
Current on-air staff
- Dayna Clark - WADL News Break reporter
- Ingrid Kelly - WADL Special Features reporter
Out-of-market cable coverage
WADL is not currently available on Cogeco Cable in Windsor, Ontario, though the cable provider has expressed interest in adding the station to its digital tier, pending approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. WADL and its The Word Network digital subchannel are carried on GosfieldTel in Essex County, Ontario, as well as Cogeco Cable systems in some rural areas of Southwestern Ontario, primarily in areas formerly served by other cable providers that were purchased by Cogeco around 2000.
- "Contact Us." WADL. Retrieved on December 8, 2012. "© 2012 WADL Detroit ~ 35000 Adell Drive Clinton Township, MI 48035"
- Carter, Bill (May 24, 1994). "FOX WILL SIGN UP 12 NEW STATIONS; TAKES 8 FROM CBS". The New York Times. Retrieved October 22, 2012.
- Lowry, Brian (July 18, 1996). "New World Vision : Murdoch's News Corp. to Buy Broadcast Group". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 22, 2012.
- "‘Detroit’s Urban Station’ to Debut Chopper, Cribs". Broadcasting and Cable. July 16, 2008.
- RabbitEars TV Query for WADL
- Antenna TV Affiliates
- WADL Detroit To Launch Antenna TV, TVNewsCheck, August 29, 2011.
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- WJBK 5:30 Open 1984
- WJBK-TV2 Eyewitness News- Noon Open (1995)
- 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