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|Branding||Fox 2 Detroit / Fox 2 (general)
Fox 2 News (newscasts)
|Slogan||News That Works for You (newscasts)
Fox 2 Working For You (general)
|Channels||Digital: 7 (VHF)
Virtual: 2 (PSIP)
|Owner||Fox Television Stations, Inc.
(New World Communications of Detroit, Inc.)
|First air date||October 24, 1948|
|Call letters' meaning||W
(former callsign of WLQV)
|Sister station(s)||Fox Sports Detroit
Big Ten Network
Fox Sports 1
|Former callsigns||WJBK-TV (1948-1998)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog: 2 (VHF; 1948–2009)
Digital: 58 (UHF; 1999–2009)
|Former affiliations||DuMont (1948–1955)
|Transmitter power||27 kW|
|Height||314 m (digital)|
|Public license information:||Profile
WJBK, virtual channel 2.1 (VHF digital channel 7), is the Fox owned-and-operated television station in Metro Detroit, Michigan. The station is owned by Fox Television Stations subsidiary of 21st Century Fox. WJBK's studios and transmitter are located in the Detroit suburb of Southfield. The WJBK signal covers the entire Metro Detroit and Windsor, Ontario areas and is carried on most cable television systems in southeast Michigan, southwestern Ontario and northwest Ohio. It is also carried on certain Canadian cable television providers.
- 1 History
- 2 Digital television
- 3 Programming
- 4 Sports programming
- 5 News operation
- 6 Out-of-market coverage
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
As a CBS affiliate
WJBK became Detroit's third television station to sign-on when it first aired on October 24, 1948. The station was originally an affiliate of both the CBS and DuMont television networks. The first program seen on the station on its first day of operation was a presentation of Lucky Pup at 6:15 p.m. that evening. It was originally owned by George B. Storer's Storer Broadcasting, along with WJBK-AM (now WLQV) and WJBK-FM (now WDRQ). Its original studios were in Detroit's Masonic Temple until 1956, when they moved to WJBK's own building on Second Avenue in Detroit's New Center area. In 1970, the station moved to its current broadcast facilities on West 9 Mile Road in Southfield. The station would eventually become an exclusive CBS affiliate by 1955 when Windsor, Ontario-based CKLW-TV became a DuMont affiliate. WJBK first broadcast in color around 1956.
Even though WJBK was one of CBS' stronger affiliates, it would pre-empt or reschedule some network programs. As the flagship station of Detroit Tigers baseball from the 1950s to the 1970s it would preempt network programming to televise games. From 1970 until the early 1980s, the station would air its own local morning newscast from 7-8 a.m. and then Good Morning, Detroit instead of the CBS Morning News. In 1992, it chose again not to air CBS This Morning in favor of its own local newscast. The station would regularly reschedule CBS daytime game shows and it would also move the soap opera Guiding Light from its usual network start time of 3 p.m. ET to 10 a.m. the next weekday. WJBK would also pre-empt the CBS late night schedule with syndicated reruns including Cheers and late night movies until the debut of the Late Show with David Letterman in 1993, when the station cleared the show at 11:35 p.m. ET.
The station went through a number of ownership and management changes with its parent companies in the 1980s and 1990s. In 1985, the equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) acquired Storer Communications Inc. in a leveraged buyout. KKR then sold all of the former Storer broadcast assets, including WJBK, to Gillett Communications in 1987, after an attempt to sell to Lorimar-Telepictures in 1986 failed. When Gillett went bankrupt in 1992, it reorganized the ownership of its television stations into SCI Television. The following year, SCI was acquired by the film and television production company New World Communications in 1993.
As a Fox station
In May 1994, the Fox network's parent News Corporation purchased a 20% ownership stake (amounting to a $500 million investment) in WJBK's owner New World Communications. Fox made the investment to comply with their winning bid for the broadcast rights to the NFL's National Football Conference. Fox outbid CBS for the NFL broadcast rights on the condition that they would improve their affiliates in the larger media markets. As a result of Fox's investment, New World agreed to switch most of their stations' affiliations, including WJBK's, to Fox.
WKBD-TV lost its Fox affiliation and WJBK ended its 45-year affiliation with CBS in favor of Fox on December 11, 1994 when the station's CBS affiliation contract ended. The switch also meant the Detroit Lions' regular season games would continue to air on WJBK. CBS was forced to scramble to find a home in Detroit and would end up purchasing low rated UHF station WGPR-TV (now WWJ-TV). As a result of the network switch, WJBK changed its branding from "TV 2" to "Fox 2" by the fall of 1995. In 1997, WJBK became a Fox O&O when Fox acquired New World Communications outright.
After the affiliation switch, WJBK maintained its schedule format, with the exception for the move of its 11 p.m. newscast to an hour at 10 p.m. As Fox offered less network programming, especially daytime, WJBK would fill its schedule with more syndicated programs and off-network reruns. However, the station, like its fellow former New World stations, never ran the Fox Kids children's programming block. That programming would remain on former Fox affiliate WKBD before eventually moving to WADL and then WDWB-TV. Other than this, WJBK as a Fox-owned station has almost consistently cleared the Fox network's entire schedule.
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As part of the transition from analog to digital television, WJBK shut down its analog transmitter on June 12, 2009. The same day, the station moved its digital signal from UHF channel 58 (as the FCC would reclaim channels 52-69 for public safety and advanced wireless services) to VHF channel 7. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers continues to display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 2. Prior to the transition, WJBK was assigned channel 7 on May 7, 2007 for its digital broadcasts, the channel formerly occupied by WXYZ-TV's analog signal. WJBK participated in the "Analog Nightlight" program until June 26, 2009. As of 2012, WJBK is the only American television station in the Detroit-Windsor television market that broadcasts its digital signal on the VHF band.
Some of WJBK's early productions included popular children's shows. Milky's Movie Party starring Milky the Clown, played by magician Clarence R. Cummings, Jr., was one of the station's first locally produced children's programs from 1950 to 1955. The program featured a mix of cartoons and Westerns with Cummings performing magic tricks with other acts in front of a live audience. Cummings would eventually take the Milky character to WXYZ-TV and the former WWJ-TV.
Other original WJBK children's programs included a cowboy themed show with Sagebrush Shorty, played by ventriloquist Ted Lloyd, with his sidekick dummy Skinny Dugan that aired from 1956 to 1960, featuring a mix of children's activities and various other characters that interacted with Lloyd. That program was followed by another WJBK children's favorite, Jungle-La with wildlife expert “B'wana” Don Hunt that aired from 1960 to 1963. Hunt with his sidekick chimpanzee Bongo Bailey hosted cartoons and taught viewers about various wildlife. Hunt moved to Africa in 1964 and managed a wildlife preserve in Kenya responsible for saving some species from extinction. After airing first on the former WWJ-TV and CKLW-TV, performer Art Cervi would obtain the Bozo the Clown franchise for Detroit and perform the character at WJBK beginning in 1975. During its run at the station, the program would be syndicated from WJBK to cities including New York City, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Wichita, Kansas.
WJBK also produced one of Detroit's first morning talk shows, Ladies' Day with Chuck Bergeson, which aired from 1952 to 1959. The hour-long show included games, contests, and interviews with the biggest stars of the time including Lucille Ball and Red Skelton. Bergeson also hosted other WJBK shows in the 1950s including Your TV Golf Pro and The Name Game. From 1967 to 1983, Sir Graves Ghastly, played by actor Lawson J. Deming, hosted WJBK's assorted sci-fi and horror movies on Saturday afternoons; the humorous character became a popular figure in Detroit television. Deming had originally come to the station as a puppeteer and voice actor for the children's program Woodrow the Woodsman when that show moved from Cleveland's WKYC-TV to WJBK in 1966. In addition to playing the character in Cleveland, he also played Sir Graves on WTOP-TV in Washington, D.C. at the same time.
With This Ring was a nationally-syndicated religious program produced at the studios of WJBK from the early 1970s through the mid-1990s. The weekly 15-minute show hosted by Roman Catholic priest Raymond Schlinkert featured lectures and advice about marriage and family life. The program was syndicated to several other U.S. commercial stations, usually shown immediately following the station's sign-on or before sign-off on Sundays.
WJBK would also produce Sunday public affair/interview shows over the years including Focus Detroit, hosted by reporters Woody Willis and Beverly Payne in 1973; Sunday in Detroit hosted by news anchor Kathy O'Brien would air around 1980 and WJBK business reporter and news anchor Murray Feldman also hosted a Sunday business and financial program in the mid-1990s. WJBK produced a local version of the syndicated program PM Magazine from 1978 to the mid-1980s. The show changed titles over the years eventually becoming known as PM Detroit – it also had various hosts included Ronnie Klemmer, Lorrie Kapp, Gary Cubberly and Mattie Majors. The station was also the Detroit home and active participant for comedian Jerry Lewis' annual Labor Day MDA Telethon for several years.
From 1983 to 1986, popular WJR morning radio host J. P. McCarthy hosted an evening interview show with newsmakers and people of interest called JP. He also previously hosted sports interview show specials through the 1970s. In 1995, former WXYZ-TV news anchor Bill Bonds hosted the 11 p.m. talk/interview show, Bonds Tonight. Bonds eventually would end up anchoring and reporting on WJBK's newscasts.
From the 1950s to the 1970s, WJBK was a pioneer in Detroit sports broadcasting. In 1949, it was the first television station in Michigan to broadcast live Detroit Tigers baseball and Detroit Lions football games. From 1953 to 1974, WJBK served as the first flagship station of the Tigers Television Network with games broadcast on stations throughout Michigan, northern Indiana, and northwest Ohio. In the 1960s, longtime Tigers broadcaster and former player George Kell hosted the pregame show Tigers Warm Up on the field during batting practice. During the 2007 baseball season the station aired some regular season Tigers games produced by Fox Sports Detroit. Currently, the only Tigers games aired on WJBK are the Tigers' season home opener and national coverage presented by Fox.
WJBK also televised Detroit Pistons games from the time that the team's relocated to Detroit from Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1957, until 1972 when the team's games began airing on WKBD-TV the following season. The Pistons would also air on WJBK during nationally televised games on CBS.
Detroit Red Wings
Detroit Red Wings NHL hockey games, produced again by Fox Sports Detroit, would also be aired on the station from 2003 to 2007. In March 2007, WJBK began broadcasting Red Wings games in high definition. Previously the Red Wings aired on the station various times between 1956 and 1980 through broadcast rights held by CBS and again from 1995 to 1999 through Fox's contract with the NHL.
With Fox's broadcast rights to the NFL's National Football Conference, most of the Detroit Lions regular season games air on WJBK. This was also the case prior to 1994 as a CBS affiliate when that network held those broadcast rights. However, regular season home games are subject to the NFL's local television blackout policy. This occurred five times during the Lions' 2008 season when five home games were blacked out due low ticket sales. In previous years, WJBK has also televised Lions preseason games as the flagship station of the Detroit Lions Television Network and produced pregame and post game shows. Those preseason broadcast rights are now held by WXYZ-TV.
WJBK's sportscasters have also been team play-by-play announcers through the years with Van Patrick doing Tigers, Lions and Notre Dame Football games, Ray Lane on Tigers' radio broadcasts and current sports director Dan Miller doing Lions radio play by play.
WJBK currently broadcasts 63½ hours of locally-produced newscasts each week (with 10½ hours each weekday and 5½ hours on Saturdays and Sundays); in regards to local news output, it is the highest in the state of Michigan and the second-highest in the United States (behind Cleveland's Fox affiliate WJW-TV, which carries 65½ hours weekly). In addition, WJBK produces a sports highlight program on Sunday nights following the 10 p.m. newscast called Sports Works (which is also the branding of its newscasts' sports segments); the show is hosted by either WJBK sports director Dan Miller or sports anchor/reporter Woody Woodriffe, and typically features a roundtable discussion with members of the Detroit sports media including Sean Baligian and Bob Wojnowski from the Detroit News, Pat Caputo from the The Oakland Press and WXYT-FM and Tony Ortiz from WXYT-FM.
WJBK operates a fleet of Ford E350 ENG vehicles with microwave transmission and video editing capabilities. The station also has (SNG) mobile satellite uplink capability. For aerial news coverage, WJBK shares a Eurocopter AS350BA A-star news helicopter with WXYZ-TV and WDIV as part of a Local News Service agreement. The aircraft has HD video capability and goes by the callsign "Red Bird" (although WJBK brands the helicopter as "SkyFox"). In 2009, WJBK and WXYZ-TV expanded the LNS agreement to allow the sharing of local news video.
In an effort to cut expenses, WJBK and WXYZ's respective owners, Fox and the E. W. Scripps Company, established an LNS in all markets where both companies own stations. The stations pool newsgathering resources and share video during coverage of general news events. While the news department primary focuses its local news coverage on southeastern Michigan, it also provides coverage of larger stories in southwestern Ontario, northern Ohio and the rest of Michigan.
TV-2 Eyewitness News
Through much of the 1960s and 1970s WJBK's TV-2 Eyewitness News dominated the newscast ratings in the Detroit market. This began with news anchor Jac LeGoff and grew when LeGoff was paired with newscaster John Kelly. Other longtime popular Detroit TV personalities including Joe Weaver, Jerry Hodak, Van Patrick and Marilyn Turner would also be a part of WJBK's ratings success. The station's ratings would begin to wane in the mid-1970s after then-ABC O&O WXYZ-TV hired away WJBK's and WWJ-TV's top talent, including Kelly and Turner and eventually LeGoff and Hodak. WJBK's newscats remained competitive in the 1970s with a new stable of talent including anchors Joe Glover, Robbie Timmons, Harry Gallagher, Murray Feldman and Terry Murphy. The station also had correspondents in bureaus at the Detroit City-County Building, the Michigan state capital in Lansing and Washington, D.C.. Nationally-syndicated radio host George Noory was even a news producer at WJBK from 1974 to 1978, before becoming a news director at stations in Minneapolis and St. Louis. However by 1980, the station's news ratings steeply declined with the growing dominance of WXYZ. Also by this time WDIV's new owners, Post-Newsweek Stations, were making aggressive changes to bolster its station's image and ratings from third place. By 1982, management at WJBK replaced most of the staff, which sank the station's news ratings further into third place, from where it would almost never recover.
With new management, WJBK's news department saw a resurgence by 1990 with new staff that included Sherry Margolis, Huel Perkins and the rehiring of former anchor Joe Glover. The station would also hire away news staff and talent away from top rated WXYZ including Rich Fisher, Dayna Eubanks, Catherine Lehan, Jerry Hodak and investigative reporter Vince Wade. The station revised its image with a new logo, graphics, music and news set and began airing Detroit's first 4 p.m. newscast as part of a three-hour evening news block with half-hour newscasts at 4, 5 and 6 p.m. At the same time, the station also became the Detroit's first television station to launch a weekend morning newscast. Overall, WJBK's news ratings would not improve enough to surpass WXYZ and WDIV, who would continue to go head-to-head for first place. The station would also begin to simulcast their late newscast on WADL, which lasted until 1998. It would also be among the first television stations in the country to air obituaries in 1995 during the Detroit newspaper strike.
Fox 2 News
When WJBK switched affiliations from CBS to Fox in December 1994, it kept its existing news programming intact, but moved its 35-minute 11 p.m. newscast to an hour at 10 p.m. and eventually expanded its morning newscast. WJBK now had a late local newscast in first place as it immediately overtook the hour-long 10 p.m. newscast that WKBD had at the time in the ratings. Eventually, WJBK would drop the 4 p.m. newscast, but the station's profile and ratings for its morning and 10 p.m. newscasts would surge with it out of direct competition from its main competitors WDIV and WXYZ. In 1995, the station would hire news anchor Bill Bonds after his departure from WXYZ-TV. Bonds would fill the 11 p.m. timeslot with a news/interview show, Bonds Tonight.
The newscasts were branded as Fox 2 Eyewitness News until 1997, when Fox took full ownership of the station and rebranded its newscasts as Fox 2 News. By that time, the station would also release its previous WXYZ hires. At the same time, Fox's news management brought on new talent including Dan Miller, Alan Lee and Monica Gayle from Seattle. By 1998, the station would bolster its image by improving its investigative and consumer advocate unit and branding it as The Problem Solvers. It also adopted a slogan complimentary to Detroit's working class heritage, News That Works for You. On September 24, 2007, WJBK relaunched an 11 p.m. newscast, using the NewsEdge format originally used by Fox Tampa station WTVT. It also changed its logo, graphics and news theme to an image that became standard on the Fox O&O stations. In April 2008, the station became the first Fox-owned station (and the third television station in Detroit) to broadcast its news programming in high definition.
WJBK had a tradition of producing its own morning news shows instead of airing CBS's morning news programs, beginning with a 7:30 a.m. newscast in 1969. The newscast would soon expand to an hour starting at 7 a.m. It became a mix of news, interviews and features and would be renamed Good Morning, Detroit and eventually moved to 8 a.m. During its run, Vic Caputo would co-anchor separately with Beverly Payne, Ken Ford and Kathy O'Brien. Payne would be the first African-American female news anchor in Detroit. Good Morning, Detroit eventually became Morning Magazine, hosted by Kathy O'Brien and Gary Cubberly. In 1982, Morning Magazine went off the air and briefly became Two's Company, also hosted by O'Brien and Cubberly. In 1992, the station preempted CBS' morning news again when WJBK rehired Jerry Hodak from WXYZ to co-anchor Eyewitness News Morning. Just prior to that, WJBK also debuted Detroit's first weekend morning newscast, which was first anchored by former PM Magazine host Gary Cubberly. Competitor WDIV would follow with their own weekend morning newscast, as did eventually WXYZ. Since then, the station has broadcast more morning news hours than any other Detroit television station. In September 2009, the morning newscast was expanded to 5½ hours, airing from 4:30–10 a.m. Since September 2011, Fox 2 News Morning now airs for 6½ hours from 4:30-11 a.m., where it joins the station's hour-long midday newscast at 11 a.m. WJBK has also had the longest-running midday newscast in the Detroit market with its noon newscast debuting in 1966 and having since been moved to 11 a.m.
As of February 2012, WJBK's Fox 2 News Morning has consistently remained the Detroit market's highest rated local morning newscast (6–7 a.m., 4.5 rating/17 share). After years of faltering at a distant third against WDIV and WXYZ, WJBK began to make gains in its audience growth in other newscasts. While WDIV continued to have the most-watched evening and late newscasts, WJBK's 10 p.m. news (7.5 rating/12 share) remains the highest-rated primetime newscast in Metro Detroit. Its early evening 5 and 5:30 p.m. newscasts (6.0/13) have surpassed WXYZ-TV's longtime dominant 5 p.m. newscast (5.8/13) for second place. While WJBK's 6 p.m. newscast (5.1/10) has become a very close third moving within one rating point to WXYZ's newscast in that timeslot (6.1/12). Since debuting in 2007, WJBK's 11 p.m. newscast Newsedge has been in third place overall (5.0 rating/9 share).
- Your Esso Reporter (1948–1953)
- Detroit Newsreel (1953–1958)
- TV-2 Eyewitness News (1966–1977, 1978–1983 and 1988–1995)
- TV-2 News (1977–1978)
- Glover/Gallagher Report (1978–1979, used for the 11 p.m. newscast)
- Channel 2 Eyewitness News (1983–1988)
- Fox 2 Eyewitness News (1995–1997)
- Fox 2 News (1997–present)
- "Your Picture Window on the World" (1948–1956)
- "WJBK TV-2 in Color" (1965–1971)
- "Your Eyewitness News Station in Color" (1966–1971)
- "TV-2 is Yours"/"Your TV-2" (1977–1978)
- "2's the One" (1980–1982)
- "Us Viewing You" (1986–1988)
- "It Takes Two, TV-2" (1989–1994)
- "Where the Facts Tell the Story" (1994–1996; news slogan)
- "Think News, Think Fox 2 News" (1996–1998; news slogan)
- "News That Works for You" (1998–present)
Current on-air staff
WJBK's primary news anchors are Huel Perkins and Monica Gayle (weeknights at 5, 6, 10pm and The Edge at 11pm); Murray Feldman and Sherry Margolis (weeknights 5:30pm); Amy Andrews (weekday mornings from 4:30-6 a.m.; also general assignment and feature reporter); Taryn Asher (Sunday mornings from 6:30-10 a.m.; also reporter); Kam Carman (Wednesday-Friday mornings from 9-11 a.m.; also fill-in weekend anchor and meteorologist); Jason Carr (weekday mornings from 9-11 a.m.; also general assignment and feature reporter; married to Taryn Asher); Deena Centofanti (Monday-Tuesday mornings from 9-11 a.m.; also "HealthWorks" reporter); Anqunette Jamison (weekday mornings from 6-9, and weekdays at 11 a.m.); Alan Lee (weekday mornings from 5-9 a.m.); Roop Raj (weekday mornings from 4:30-5 a.m.; also morning reporter); Ron Savage (weekends at 6 and 10 p.m.; also weeknight reporter); Robin Schwartz (weekends at 6 and 10 p.m.; also weeknight reporter and FOXe reporter covering green stories); and Jay Towers (weekend mornings from 6:30-10 a.m.; also feature reporter).
The station's Weather Authority team includes chief meteorologist Rich Luterman (AMS Seal of Approval; weeknights at 5, 6, 10 and 11 p.m.); meteorologists Kam Carman (weekends at 6 and 10 p.m.), Alan Longstreet (Wednesday-Friday mornings from 4:30-6:30, and Sunday mornings from 6:30-10 a.m. currently filling in weekdays 6:30 a.m.-noon until new meteorologist is hired) and Jessica Starr (Monday-Tuesday mornings from 4:30-6:30, and Saturday mornings from 6:30-10 a.m. and currently filling in weekdays 6:30 a.m.-noon until new meteorologist is hired.
The Sports Works team includes sports director Dan Miller (Sunday-Thursdays at 6 and 10, and Monday-Thursdays at 5 and 11 p.m.; also SportsWorks host); sports anchor Woody Woodriffe (Fridays at 5 and 11, and Fridays-Saturdays at 6 and 10 p.m.; also Sunday-Thursday sports reporter); and sports reporters Ryan Ermanni (also fill-in sports anchor) and Jennifer Hammond (also fill-in sports anchor).
Reporters are M.L. Elrick (investigative reporter); Andrea Isom (general assignment reporter); Amy Lange ("Problem Solvers" investigative reporter); Charlie Langton (legal analyst, panalist on Let it Rip); Jackie Paige (feature reporter; also fill-in anchor weather anchor and traffic anchor); Amy Robach (field reporter); Lee Thomas (entertainment reporter; also Fox 2 News Morning Extra anchor); and Rob Wolchek ("Problem Solvers" investigative reporter/"Hall of Shame" feature reporter). Charlie LeDuff serves as a contributing reporter and is host of Charlie Leduff, Off the Chain.
Notable former on-air staff
- Bill Bonds - news anchor and interviewer (1995–1998; was top anchor at WXYZ-TV from 1964–1995; also anchored at KABC-TV and WABC-TV)
- Lawson J. Deming - played horror movie host Sir Graves Ghastly (1967–1983; died 2007)
- Chris Edwards - meteorologist (1994-2008; now at WXYZ-TV)
- Sonny Elliot - weathercaster (1981–1982; previously at WDIV-TV since 1949, moved to WWJ-AM, retired in 2011 after 63 years in broadcasting, died November 16, 2012)
- Chuck Gaidica - meteorologist (1981-1986, now at WDIV-TV)
- Jerry Hodak - meteorologist (1965–1977) and news anchor (1992–1996; went to WXYZ-TV after each time as meteorologist and science editor, retired in 2010 after having forecasted weather longer than anyone in Detroit television)
- Ray Lane - sports anchor (1961–1982; became sportscaster at WKBD-TV and for Detroit Red Wings, Pistons and Tigers games)
- Jac LeGoff - news anchor (1953-1959 and 1962-1974), later anchored WXYZ-TV, (1959-1962, and 1974-1980) editorial director for WDIV-TV (1980-1990; died 2010)
- Jack "J.P." McCarthy - interview show host (occasionally from 1972-1986; morning show host on WJR; died 1995)
- Fred McLeod - sports anchor/reporter (1981–1989; moved to WDIV, now at Fox Sports Ohio)
- Terry Murphy - news anchor (1974–1975; became news anchor at WLS-TV/Chicago and host of A Current Affair)
- Van Patrick - sports director (1960–1974; died 1974)
- Charles Pugh - anchor/reporter (1999–2009; became Detroit City Council president)
- Jeff Rossen - reporter (1998–2001; moved to WABC-TV/New York, now an NBC News correspondent)
- Mark Wilson - sports anchor/reporter (1992–1997)
WJBK also serves as a Fox station for other Canadian cable providers, including on Rogers Cable in the Canadian capital of Ottawa. It was also one of five Detroit television stations seen in Canada on satellite provider Shaw Direct. As of April 2009, Shaw (formerly CANCOM) replaced WJBK's signal with Rochester, New York Fox affiliate WUHF. As a CBS affiliate, WJBK was carried on Cable Atlantic (now Rogers Cable) in Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia from 1985 until it affiliated with Fox in 1994. Both provinces are now served by Boston CBS O&O WBZ-TV.
When WJBK became a Fox station, Cadillac, Michigan Fox affiliate WGKI/WGKU (now WFQX-TV/WFUP) stopped simulcasting WKBD's 10 p.m. newscast in favor of WJBK's until WGKI began producing its own 10 p.m. newscast in 2000. In January 2007, WFQX began simulcasting WJBK's morning newscast from 6 to 8 a.m. under the title Michigan's Fox News Morning. The simulcasts were made possible with an agreement that offered northern Michigan businesses advertising opportunities during the newscast. WFQX would also air the second half of WJBK's 10 p.m. newscast following its own half-hour 10 p.m. newscast. WFQX would drop WJBK's newscasts altogether in October 2007, after the station was sold and CBS affiliate WWTV began producing its own 10 p.m. and morning newscasts for WFQX.
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