- This article is about the television station in Lansing, Michigan. For the religious network, see World Harvest Television.
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|Channels||Digital: 34 (UHF)
Virtual: 18 (PSIP)
|Owner||Venture Technologies Group, LLC
(operated through JSA by Young Broadcasting)
(Spartan TV, LLC)
|First air date||August 20, 1999|
|Call letters' meaning||TeleVision|
|Sister station(s)||WLNS-TV, WLAJ|
|Former channel number(s)||18 (UHF analog, 1999-2009)|
|Former affiliations||Bloomberg Television/
Jewelry Television (1999-2000)
|Transmitter power||185 kw|
|Transmitter coordinates||Old Transmitter Site:
New Transmitter Site:
WHTV is the MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station for the Central Lower Peninsula of Michigan. Licensed to Jackson, it broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 34 (or virtual channel 18.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter on M-52 in Lyndon Township. Owned by Venture Technologies Group, the station is operated through a joint sales agreement (JSA) by Young Broadcasting as a sister outlet to CBS affiliate WLNS-TV.
WHTV is also sister station to ABC/CW affiliate WLAJ although that outlet is technically operated by WLNS through a separate joint sales and shared services agreement. All three television stations share studios on East Saginaw Street/BL I-69/M-43 in Lansing's Eastside section (along U.S. 127). Syndicated programming on WHTV includes It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Friends, Two and a Half Men, and Judge Alex among others.
The station signed-on August 20, 1999 carrying programming from Bloomberg Television and Jewelry Television. It aired an analog signal on UHF channel 18 from a transmitter near Onondaga on the Ingham and Jackson County line. It became a UPN affiliate on October 16, 2000 and prior to this, programming from that network was seen on area cable systems from Detroit's WKBD. From 2002 until 2006, WHTV was housed at the studios of ABC affiliate WLAJ on South Pennsylvania Avenue in Lansing. It then relocated to the WLNS facility on East Saginaw Street. The station would later move its transmitter to Van Atta Road in Meridian Charter Township.
As a UPN affiliate, WHTV carried the CBS Sports feed of the U.S. Open Tennis Championship while WLNS aired the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon on Labor Day. This station also occasionally carried Saturday NCAA football games from ABC when they conflicted with WLAJ's commitment to broadcast the ESPN Plus college football and basketball packages which later ended with the launch of the Big Ten Network for the 2007-2008 season.
WHTV continues to air the U.S. Open Tennis Championship on Labor Day and, as a result of being in a twinstick with WLNS, may run CBS programming should the latter station preempt in the event of a local special or an emergency such as breaking news. On December 1, 2008, WHTV shut-off its analog signal and made the permanent switch to digital broadcasting. It was the first station in the Lansing market to go digital-only before the nationwide switch on June 12, 2009.
WHTV had a construction permit to substantially increase power and relocate its transmitter to a tower previously used by Detroit's Ion Television affiliate WPXD-TV in Lyndon Township. Essentially, the new transmitter would be located in the Detroit market but the station will continue to serve as a Lansing/Jackson market television outlet. The planned move date of its signal to the new antenna was scheduled to occur on November 1, 2012, but the parts delivery for the new transmitter was delayed until December 20th, achieving full coverage on the 21st.
On December 4, 2012, WLAJ was sold from the Sinclair Broadcasting Group to Shield Media, LLC (owned by White Knight Broadcasting Vice President Sheldon Galloway). Shield then entered into certain shared services and joint sales agreements with Young Broadcasting (owner of WLNS). At some point in February 2013, WLAJ moved from its separate offices and original studios on South Pennsylvania Avenue into the WLNS facility.
In addition, master control and most other internal operations of WLAJ moved from the studios of Sinclair-owned WWMT in Kalamazoo to WLNS' facility. In effect, the move reunited WHTV's intellectual unit with WLAJ since the former station was once housed at the ABC outlet's studios. However, WLNS technically operates WHTV through a separate outsourcing arrangement from WLAJ.
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