WXMI

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WXMI
WXMI 2009 Logo.png
Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo/
Battle Creek, Michigan
United States
City of license Grand Rapids, Michigan
Branding Fox 17 (general)
Fox 17 News (newscasts)
Slogan Our West Michigan
Channels Digital: 19 (UHF)
Virtual: 17 (PSIP)
Subchannels 17.1 Fox
17.2 Antenna TV
17.3 This TV
Translators W17DF-D 17 Muskegon
W42CB-D 42 Hesperia
30 Kalamazoo
Affiliations Fox
Owner Tribune Broadcasting
(WXMI, LLC)
First air date March 18, 1982
Call letters' meaning We're FoX MIchigan
(call sign predates network by three years)
Former callsigns WWMA (1982-1983)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
17 (UHF, 1982–2009)
Former affiliations Independent (1982–1986)
DT2:
The Tube (2006–2007)
Transmitter power 750 kW
Height 334 m
Facility ID 68433
Transmitter coordinates 42°41′15″N 85°31′57″W / 42.68750°N 85.53250°W / 42.68750; -85.53250
Website fox17online.com

WXMI, virtual channel 17 (UHF digital channel 19), is a Fox-affiliated television station located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States. The station is owned by the Tribune Broadcasting division of the Tribune Company. WXMI maintains studio facilities on Plaza Drive (near Michigan Highway 37) on the northern side of Grand Rapids, and its transmitter is located southwest of Middleville.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1]
17.1 720p 16:9 FOX17DT Main WXMI programming / Fox
17.2 480i 4:3 Antenna Antenna TV
17.3 This-TV This TV

From August 2006 to September 2007, The Tube aired on the station's second digital subchannel. In July 2010, the station reactivated the 17.2 digital subchannel to carry This TV, which moved to 17.3 on December 9 in anticipation of the December 31 launch of Antenna TV.

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WXMI shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 17, on June 12, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television.[2] The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 19,[3] using PSIP to display WXMI's virtual channel as 17 on digital television receivers.

Translators[edit]

In addition to its main signal, the station also operates two translators, mainly to provide clear service of the station to lakeshore cities with varying terrain blocking reception of the main signal, and to address interference in farther portions of the market by sister station WGN-TV from Chicago, which also broadcasts its digital signal on UHF channel 19. Both translators map their PSIP channels to channel 17 and carry WXMI's full digital subchannel lineup, thus it is possible for a digital television that receives all three signals to carry three different stations on channel 17 on their channel map.

W42CB channel 42 completed a flash-cut to digital-only broadcasting in November 2010. W52DB on analog channel 52 was replaced by a digital signal on channel 17 in December 2010. In late June 2011, W52DB calls became W17DF-D.[4]

Call letters Channel City of license Transmitter location
W17DF-D 17 Muskegon northeast of city and U.S. 31
W42CB-D 42 Hesperia south of village along M-120
WXMI 30 Kalamazoo WGVK's tower on the west side of Kalamazoo

History[edit]

WXMI logo used from 1999 to April 20, 2009.

The station signed on the air on March 18, 1982 as an independent station under the call sign WWMA. The call letters are said to have stood for "We're West Michigan Alternative". The station was originally owned by Heritage Broadcasting Company. Approximately a year after signing on, additional shareholders bought control of the station and changed the callsign to the current WXMI on August 15, 1983. The "XMI" at the time were said to stand for "EXtreme Michigan". In 1987, WXMI signed an affiliation deal to became the market's Fox affiliate, it joined the network on April 9, 1987 when Fox expanded its programming offerings to include primetime programming. In 1989, the station's stock was purchased by a New York-based company headed by Robert Dudley called Odyssey Television Partners.

Nine years later, WXMI was purchased by Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications, which traded the station with sister KTZZ in Seattle, Washington to Tribune Broadcasting in 1998 in exchange for FM station WQCD in New York City. In 2008, cartoons were dropped from WXMI's schedule with the discontinuance of 4KidsTV following a dispute between Fox and the block's lessee 4Kids Entertainment; the Saturday morning time period is currently split between the weekend edition of WXMI morning newscast, children's programming that fulfills the Federal Communications Commission's E/I guidelines, and Fox's Weekend Marketplace paid programming block; in September 2014 WXMI will be among the affiliates to take the new Xploration Station block which will likely replace Weekend Marketplace.

Programming[edit]

Syndicated programming featured on WXMI includes The Steve Wilkos Show, Two and a Half Men, The Arsenio Hall Show, The Simpsons and Divorce Court. WXMI is an affiliate of the Detroit Lions Television Network which airs pre-season games as well as the weekly syndicated show The Ford Lions Report during the regular season. Since it is outside of the team's local blackout area, it also airs all regular season games produced by Fox.

News operation[edit]

WXMI presently broadcasts 45 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with seven hours on weekdays and five hours each on Saturdays and Sundays); in regards to the number of hours devoted to news programming, it is the highest local newscast output of any television station in the Grand Rapids market.

On January 11, 1999, WXMI started its news department and launched the market's first primetime newscast at 10:00 p.m. It originally aired for 35 minutes on weeknights and for a half-hour on weekends. The program would expand to a full hour seven nights a week in 2004. On August 28, 2006, the station premiered the Fox 17 Morning News. Originally a two hour-long broadcast, it expanded to four hours (running from 5:00-9:00 a.m.) on September 15, 2008. On April 17, 2009, WXMI became the first station in West Michigan to begin broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition; at the time, NBC affiliate WOOD-TV and ABC affiliates WZZM (channel 13) and WOTV (channel 41) produced their newscasts in merely widescreen enhanced-definition (CBS affiliate WWMT, channel 3, became the second station in the market to upgrade to HD newscasts on April 16, 2011, followed by WOOD-TV/WOTV on October 22, 2011). On April 20, 2011 during the weekday morning show, the station officially unveiled a new logo, graphics, music package ("The Unexpected" by 615 Music), and set.

The 10 p.m. newscast currently competes with a WOOD-TV-produced half-hour newscast on MyNetworkTV affiliate WXSP-CD (channel 15) and a WWMT-produced half-hour newscast on CW affiliate WWMT-DT2. WXMI previously produced a weekly half-hour sports highlight program on Sunday nights called Sports Ticket, which aired at 10:30 p.m. The station currently produces Blitz, a weekly sports program focusing on high school sports that airs Friday nights at 10:45. During the fall, the program is known as the Friday Football Blitz to provider coverage of high school football games and during the winter it is retitled Basketball Blitz to focus on high school basketball. In the fall of 2008, a one-hour edition of Blitz was added on Friday nights at 5 p.m., replacing The Simpsons and King of the Hill on that night.

On September 21, 2009, WXMI debuted an hour-long newscast at 6 p.m. that competes against half-hour newscasts on WWMT, WOOD-TV, and WZZM and their national network evening newscasts.[5] On March 7, 2011, the station debuted an hour-long lifestyle program at weeknights 5 p.m. called The One Seven; the final broadcast of the program aired only five months later on August 19, 2011. It was hosted by Michele DeSelms and Tim Doty and featured lifestyle segments, art, entertainment stories, cooking segments and some local news.[6] The program was replaced by an traditional hour-long local newscast at 5:00 p.m. (which debuted without any promotion) on August 22, 2011. On March 2, 2013, WXMI debuted weekend morning newscasts, running for four hours from 5:00 to 9:00 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The station will add a nightly 11 p.m. newscast on June 2, 2014; a promo for the new newscast references the shift from the 10 p.m. newscast's original marketing of "at 10 it's news, at 11 it's history." WXMI will also launch a 4 p.m. newscast in the fall.[7]

News/station presentation[edit]

Newscast titles[edit]

  • Fox 17 News (1999–present)[8]

Station slogans[edit]

  • "Channel 17, Your Special Place" (1983–1990)
  • "At Ten It's News.....At Eleven It's History" (1999-2004)
  • "West Michigan's Fox" (2004–2010)
  • "It's Good to Know" (2010–2012)
  • "We're In It Together" (2012)
  • "Our West Michigan" (2012–2013)
  • "It's What We Do" (2014–present)
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On-air staff[edit]

Current on-air staff[edit]

Anchors
  • Janice Allen - weeknights at 10:00 p.m.; also occasional 6:00 p.m. reporter
  • Mike Avery - weekday mornings on Fox 17 Morning News (5:00-9:00 a.m.)
  • Sarah Brodhead - weekday mornings on Fox 17 Morning News (5:00-9:00 a.m.)
  • Michele DeSelms - weeknights at 5:00 and 6:00 p.m.
  • Tim Doty - weekend mornings on Fox 17 Morning News (5:00-9:00 a.m.)
  • Christian Frank - weeknights at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
  • Leigh Ann Towne - weekend mornings on Fox 17 Morning News (5:00-9:00 a.m.); also weekday morning reporter
Fox 17 Weather Team
Sports team (all are seen on Blitz)
  • Steve Amorose - sports anchor; weeknights at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m., also sports reporter
  • Mitch Fick - sports anchor; weekends at 10 p.m., also sports reporter
  • Bret Bakita - sports reporter for Blitz, also host of Bakita & Bentley on WBBL-FM
  • Jason Hutton - sports reporter
Reporters

Notable former on-air staff[edit]

References[edit]

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