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Bay City / Saginaw / Flint, Michigan
United States
Branding TV 5[1]
My 5 (DT2)[1]
Slogan Coverage you can count on
Channels Digital: 22 (UHF)
Virtual: 5 (PSIP)
Subchannels 5.1 CBS
5.2 MyNetworkTV
Affiliations CBS (1995-present)
MyNetworkTV (DT2; 2006-present)
Owner Meredith Corporation
First air date February 16, 1954 (1954-02-16)
Call letters' meaning NorthEastern Michigan Corporation[2]
Former channel number(s) Analog:
5 (VHF, 1954-2009)
Former affiliations Primary:
NBC (1954-1995)
ABC (1954-1958)
DuMont (1954-1956)
UPN (1995-2006) [2][3][4]
The WB (1995-2000) [2]
Transmitter power 1,000 kW
Height 275.3 metres (903 ft)
Facility ID 41221
Transmitter coordinates 43°28′14.6″N 83°50′35.6″W / 43.470722°N 83.843222°W / 43.470722; -83.843222
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website wnem.com

WNEM-TV is the CBS-affiliated television station for the Flint/Tri-Cities market in Michigan. It is licensed to Bay City, and broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 22 (PSIP virtual channel 5). Owned by the Meredith Corporation, the station has studios on North Franklin Street in downtown Saginaw, as well as a second newsroom in downtown Flint. Its 1,000 kilowatt, 275.3 metres (903 ft) high transmitter is located on Becker Road in Robin Glen-Indiantown, in Buena Vista Township, east of Saginaw.

The station also operates the area's MyNetworkTV affiliate, "My5", on a second digital subchannel. WNEM-TV is the only station in the Flint/Tri-Cities market headquartered in the city of Saginaw, and in turn focuses its local news stories on Saginaw, Bay City, and Midland, with a secondary focus on Flint.[citation needed]


Saginaw skyline as seen from the Bearinger Building with WNEM-TV's studios in the foreground.

WNEM-TV was founded by the NorthEastern Michigan Corporation, hence the call letters, on February 16, 1954 as a NBC affiliate.[2] Originally, its main studios were located on rented space at Bishop International Airport in Flint with auxiliary studios in its city of license, Bay City.[citation needed] In the 1960s, it moved its main studios to the transmitter site in Indiantown.[citation needed] During its first four years, WNEM-TV had a secondary affiliation with ABC[2] sharing programming from that network with WKNX-TV (channel 57, now WEYI-TV channel 25)[citation needed] until 1958 when WJRT-TV signed-on and took that affiliation.[2] WNEM-TV also aired programming from DuMont until that network dissolved.[citation needed]

James Gerity's, a professional violinist, Gerity Broadcasting bought the station in 1961 and sold it to the Meredith Corporation[5] in 1969.[2] In the mid-1980s, the station moved its primary studios to their current location in downtown Saginaw. The Becker Road studios would later be used for the Buena Vista campus of Delta College; today, the complex is home to a boat repair business, Invision Boatworks,[6] though the complex still houses WNEM-TV's transmitter. By the late 1980s, mirroring a trend in many other television markets, WNEM-TV was the dominant station in Mid-Michigan, helped by NBC's then-dominant prime time lineup.[citation needed]

On January 16, 1995, WNEM-TV and WEYI swapped networks, and WNEM-TV became a CBS affiliate (announced June 30, 1994).[2][7] The move came because Detroit's longtime CBS affiliate, WJBK, had switched to the Fox network, and CBS was unable to get WXYZ-TV or WDIV to switch networks. Eventually, the network landed on WGPR-TV (now WWJ-TV) which did not have an adequate signal to much of the Detroit market until a signal upgrade in 1999. WNEM's signal penetrated further into the northern portion of the Detroit market than did WEYI. Channel 5 provides city-grade coverage in Lapeer County and grade B coverage in St. Clair, northern Oakland, and extreme northern Macomb as well as Sarnia, Ontario. Until 1999, the outer parts of the market relied on WNEM-TV, WLNS-TV in Lansing, and WTOL in Toledo, Ohio for CBS programming.[citation needed]

Also on January 16, 1995, WEYI took on secondary affiliations with both UPN [3][4] and The WB and aired programming from the two networks late at night.[2] The station relinquished the secondary WB affiliation in October 1999 to WEYI.[8] It dropped CBS's daytime soap opera Guiding Light in 1996 due to low ratings which made it one of two CBS stations in the nation that did not carry the program for what would turn out to be its final 13 years (the other was KOVR in Sacramento, California).[citation needed] However, by 2007 the show was aired instead on My5 at 10am, and stayed there for the rest of its run.[citation needed] WNEM now clears the entire CBS daytime lineup on their primary channel, having moved Guiding Light's replacement Let's Make A Deal over from My5 in 2012. It currently airs at 10am.

On September 10, 2007, the station dropped its 9 AM show, "Tyra Banks", for "Better Mid Michigan", hosted by "TV Wake Up" co-anchor Jocelyn Connell and meteorologist Mike Cameron.[9]

As of April 1, 2011, Comcast Cablevision subscribers in Holly, MI and surrounding areas recently had WNEM-TV replaced with WWJ-TV as the main CBS network affiliate. My5 was also replaced with WMYD as the main MyNetworkTV affiliate. In August, WNEM-TV began airing its syndicated programming in high definition. While Fenton, Holly and areas are much closer to Flint than Detroit (15 miles compared to 45), they are in the far northern portions of Oakland County, which is technically part of the Detroit television market.[10] Using zip codes 48442 and 48430, which cover Holly, Fenton, Clarkston and Springfield Charter Township, all in the northern fringes of Oakland County

On November 21, 2011 WNEM-TV aired allegations of sexual abuse against US Representative Dale Kildee that were criticized as politically motivated and a breach of journalistic ethics. An attorney for the station said that the broadcast was protected as it involved a public official and that no actual malice was intended.[11] On March 23, 2015, WNEM-TV announced it was adding COZI TV to its signal, occupying what will become 5.3 at some point in the spring of 2015.[12]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP short name Programming
5.1 1080i 16:9 WNEM-HD Main WNEM-TV programming / CBS
5.2 480i 4:3 WMEN-D2 MyNetworkTV
5.3 480i 4:3 WNEM-D3 COZI TV

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WNEM-TV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over VHF channel 5, 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 22,[13][14] using PSIP to display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 5. However, channel 5 analog did remain on-the-air for a short period afterward with a nightlight slide with phone numbers and information about the switch.[citation needed]

Sports programming[edit]

WNEM-TV televises regional and national sports from CBS Sports. Local sports include games of the Michigan Wolverines and Michigan State Spartans men's basketball teams (via the College Basketball on CBS contract), and Detroit Lions home games vs AFC opponents (via the NFL on CBS contract).[citation needed] The station is also an affiliate of the Detroit Lions Television Network which airs preseason games. Since WNEM-TV's normal coverage area reaches within 75 miles of the Lions' home Ford Field, it is part of the Lions' blackout area; this applies to both preseason and regular season games.[15] Channel 5 has also televised three home games of the local Ontario Hockey League hockey team the Saginaw Spirit.[when?][citation needed]

News operation[edit]

WNEM broadcast news at 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. and 11 p.m.[16]

On April 24, 2006, WNEM-TV entered into a news share agreement with Fox affiliate WSMH for their existing nightly prime time broadcast at 10 on that station. This came about after that station's owner, the Sinclair Broadcast Group, shut down its News Central operation as well as WSMH's news department. Originally entitled TV 5 News at 10 on Fox 66, the WNEM-TV-produced program recently added new graphics and was renamed Fox 66 News at 10. On Monday nights during the newscast, the "Fugitive Files" segment airs.[citation needed]

In August 2009, the station began carrying obituaries following its weekday morning, Noon and 6 o'clock shows. This service began after local major newspapers in the region including The Bay City Times, The Saginaw News, and The Flint Journal reduced publication to three times a week in June 2009. At first a free service when it was launched, WNEM-TV began charging $100 per obituary in September 2009. As of October 19, 2009, over 700 obituaries appeared on the channel and its website "obitmichigan.com".[17] WNEM-TV became the second television in both Michigan and the United States, after WJBK, to air obituaries on a daily basis.[citation needed]

WNEM-TV produced news segments for then-sister radio station WNEM 1250;[citation needed] this ended after that station adopted a Catholic-based format under new owners.

In addition to its main facilities, the station operates a Genesee County Bureau at the Wade Trim Building on Saginaw Street in Downtown Flint. This had been located in Mundy Township's Gateway Center until December 2008.[citation needed] The channel airs a local lifestyle magazine show called Better Mid-Michigan, locally hosted by Katie O'Mara, weekday mornings at 9[16] with a replay on My5 weeknights at 6. On weekday mornings, that station airs the nationally syndicated morning show The Daily Buzz from 6 to 9. My5 also rebroadcast the main channel's weeknight 6 o'clock newscast at 7, but this has since been replaced by a LIVE newscast at 7.[18] WNEM-TV operates their own weather radar, known as "First Warn 5 Doppler", on the eastern side of MBS International Airport which is also streamed live on its website.[citation needed]

On October 14, 2010, WNEM-TV began broadcasting its newscasts in a 16:9 standard definition widescreen format; becoming the second station in the market to do so behind WJRT. The WSMH shows were not included in the upgrade because they are broadcast from an older secondary set that currently lacks widescreen-capable cameras. In addition, WSMH lacks a high-definition-capable master control at its separate studios to transmit the newscast in widescreen.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "Digital TV Market Listing for WNEM-TV". RabbitEars.info. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "WNEM-TV Channel 5 Bay City". Station Listings. Michiguide.com. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "UPN Network Affiliates". parentstv.org. Parents Television Council. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Michigan". Affiliate listings. UPN. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  5. ^ White, Sue (March 6, 2011). "Memories of Saginaw's 'Beautiful Music' spark WGER 102.5 FM Historical Society". The Saginaw News. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  6. ^ http://www.invisionboatworks.com/
  7. ^ "Meredith Shifts Stations to CBS. New York Times June 30, 1994; p6
  8. ^ "WEYI-TV Channel 25 Saginaw". Station Listings. michiguide.com. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  9. ^ Pullen, Doug (August 3, 2007). "On Media: Asher exits WJRT, WNEM adds news mag". The Flint Journal (Mlive Media Group). Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  10. ^ Source: Comcast XFinity TV Listings
  11. ^ Decades-old claims against Kildee don't hold up, Jack Lessenberry, Toledo Blade, November 25, 2011
  12. ^ http://www.tvnewscheck.com/article/83934/cozi-tv-diginet-adds-eight-stations
  13. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  14. ^ FCC.gov - Appendix B: All Full Power Television Stations by DMA, Indicating Those Terminating Analog Service on or before February 17, 2009
  15. ^ Preseason TV Detroit Lions official site
  16. ^ a b Dodson, Andrew (February 13, 2015). "WNEM TV5 anchor Katie O'Mara takes leave of absence due to blood disease". Bay City Times (Mlive Media Group). Retrieved February 19, 2015. 
  17. ^ Steinberg, Brian (October 19, 2009). "Local TV Garners Revenue From Obituaries". adage.com. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  18. ^ WNEM has news at 7:00 p.m. for DT2 viewers. The Changing Newscasts Blog, August 17th, 2014.

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