Media in Detroit

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The Fisher Building, a National Historic site in the City's New Center area, is home to the Fisher Theatre, with the WJR radio antenna

As the world's traditional automotive center, Detroit, Michigan, US is an important source for business news. The Detroit media is active in the community through such efforts as the Detroit Free Press high school journalism program and the Old Newsboys' Goodfellow Fund of Detroit. Wayne State University offers a widely respected journalism program.

Newspapers and magazines[edit]

The daily newspapers serving Detroit are the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News, both broadsheet publications that are published together under a joint operating agreement. The Detroit Free Press is the third largest circulating daily newspaper owned by the Gannett Company, after USA Today and The Arizona Republic. The Detroit News is owned by MediaNews Group. Other publications include weekly, monthly, and quarterly alternative media publications.

Daily[edit]

Weekly[edit]

Monthly[edit]

Bi-Monthly[edit]

  • Ambassador

Quarterly[edit]

  • INSPIREbride

Periodical[edit]

Defunct publications[edit]

Television[edit]

Wintergarden was turned into a makeshift studio for ESPN during their Super Bowl XL coverage.

The Detroit television market is the 11th largest in the United States;[1] and it has additional viewers in Ontario, Canada (Windsor and its surrounding area on broadcast and cable). Detroit is home to owned-and-operated stations of three major networks (CBS, Fox and The CW) and one station duopoly owned by CBS Corporation.

See also Media in Windsor, Ontario for Canadian stations that are received in Detroit.

Local television stations[edit]

Channel Callsign Affiliation Subchannels Owner Notes RF Channel
Channel Programming
2.1 WJBK Fox (O&O) 2.2
2.3
Movies!
Buzzr
Fox Television Stations 7 (VHF)
4.1 WDIV-TV NBC 4.2
4.3
This TV
Me-TV
Graham Media Group 45 (UHF)
7.1 WXYZ-TV ABC 7.2
7.3
Bounce TV
Laff
E.W. Scripps Company 41 (UHF)
14.1 WHNE-LD Soul of the South Network 14.2
14.3
14.4
14.5
Retro TV
The Bob (infomercials)
Tuff TV
Cornerstone TV
Tait Broadcasting Low-power. Originally located in the Flint market, but has since moved to the Detroit suburb of Oak Park. 14.1 was originally Soul of the South programming, but is now just the station's callsign in yellow text in a purple background with a picture of downtown Detroit as viewed from Windsor. The station's subchannels still show programming. 20 (UHF)
18.1 WDWO-CD TCT (O&O) 18.2
18.3
18.4
TCT-SD
TCT HD
TCT Family/TCT Kids
La Fuente (Spanish religious programming)
Tri-State Christian Television 18 (UHF)
18.1 WHTV MyNetworkTV Venture Technologies Group, LLC,
operated through JSA by Journal Broadcast Group
MyNetworkTV affiliate for the Lansing/Jackson market; transmitter located at WPXD's former site in Lyndon Township, Washtenaw County. 34 (UHF)
20.1 WMYD MyNetworkTV 20.2
20.3
Cozi TV
Escape
E.W. Scripps Company 21 (UHF)
23.1 WUDT-LD Daystar (O&O) Daystar Low Power 23 (UHF)
31.1 WPXD-TV Ion Television (O&O) 31.2
31.3
31.4
31.5
31.6
Qubo
Ion Life
iShop
HSN
QVC
Ion Media Networks, Inc. 50 (UHF)
33.1 W33BY-D (WHPR) Independent R. J.'s Late Night Entertainment Corporation Low power 33 (UHF)
38.1 WADL Independent 38.2
38.3
38.4
Grit
Get TV
Antenna TV
Adell Broadcasting Corporation 39 (UHF)
40.1 WLPC-CD Independent Glenn R. Plummer & Karin A. Plummer Very low power. Also WLPC-LP on analog channel 26. 40 (UHF)
47.1 WUDL-LD ESAT 47.1
47.2
47.3
47.4
47.5
Blank
ESAT
Blank
Blank
Blank
King Forward Inc Very low power. Has applied to move from UHF channel 47 to UHF channel 19. 47 (UHF)
48.1 W48AV Ion Television (O&O; repeater of WPXD-TV) Ion Media Networks, Inc. Low power. Also broadcasts on analog channel 48. 25 (UHF)
50.1 WKBD-TV The CW (O&O) CBS Corporation 14 (UHF)
56.1 WTVS PBS 56.2
56.3
PBS World
Create
Detroit Educational Television Foundation 43 (UHF)
62.1 WWJ-TV CBS (O&O) 62.2 Decades TV Network CBS Corporation 44 (UHF)

As a result of the many Canadian viewers within broadcast range of the Detroit television signals, the stations within Detroit consider them as part of their primary audience (such as WMYD and WTVS). News-wise, WDIV-TV and WJBK include the Canadian communities in Essex, Chatham-Kent, and Lambton Counties within their weather portions, with WJBK even granting the Ontario viewers equal prominence to the other Michigan communities in their county-by-county forecasts. In the past few years, the Detroit stations have also been stepping up their coverage of border-related and Windsor-related news as well. Most of Metro Detroit receives stations from Windsor. Monroe County, Lenawee County, southern Washtenaw County, and most Downriver communities in Wayne County receive Toledo stations. WGTE even recognizes Southeast Michigan as part of its primary viewing area and prior to the discontinuation of local listings in 2005, the Detroit edition of TV Guide listed most of the Toledo stations as well. Washtenaw County, Oakland County, Macomb County, Sanilac County, St. Clair County, and Genesse County receive Flint and Lansing stations.

Local cable channels[edit]

Radio[edit]

Detroit has the 11th largest radio market in the United States,[2] this ranking does not take into account Canadian audiences.

See also Media in Windsor, Ontario for Canadian stations.

AM[edit]

Frequency Callsign Branding Format Owner
560 WRDT The Word AM 560 Christian talk and teaching Crawford Broadcasting
680 WNZK Station of the Nations Ethnic, Talk (nighttime) Birach Broadcasting Corporation
690 WNZK Station of the Nations Ethnic, Talk (daytime) Birach Broadcasting Corporation
760 WJR News/Talk 760 News/Talk/Sports Cumulus Media
910 WFDF The Word Network Radio Religious/Christian The Word Network
950 WWJ NewsRadio 950, WWJ All-news radio CBS Radio
990 WDEO Ave Maria Radio Religious; Catholic-based talk/sermons Ave Maria Media Services
1030 WUFL 1030 Family Life Radio Religious/Christian Family Life Communications
1050 WTKA Sports Talk 1050 WTKA Sports Cumulus Broadcasting
1090 WCAR NBC Sports Radio 1090 Sports Birach Broadcasting
1130 WDFN 1130 AM WDFN The Fan Sports Clear Channel Communications
1200 WCHB NewsTalk 1200 WCHB News/Talk Radio One
1270 WXYT CBS Sports Radio 1270 Sports talk CBS Radio
1340 WEXL Glory 1340 Gospel Crawford Broadcasting
1400 WDTK News-Talk 1400 WDTK Conservative talk Salem Communications
1440 WMKM Rejoice AM 1440 Religious, urban inspirational Communicom Corp of America
1460 WPON Talk'n Rare Oldies Oldies
(currently internet only)
Birach Broadcasting
1500 WLQV Faith Talk 1500 Christian talk Salem Communications

FM[edit]

Frequency Callsign Branding Format Owner
88.1 WHPR 88.1 FM Urban oldies/Talk R.J. Watkins Late Night Entertainment
88.1 WBFH The Biff Variety Bloomfield Hills Public Schools
88.1 WSDP The Park Adult Contemporary Plymouth-Canton Schools
88.3 WSHJ Power 88.3 Urban contemporary Southfield Public Schools
88.3 WXOU 88.3 FM Variety Oakland University
88.3 WCBN WCBN-FM Freeform University of Michigan
89.1 WPHS The People's Radio Variety Warren Consolidated Schools
89.1 WEMU 89.1 WEMU Jazz, Blues, Adult alternative Eastern Michigan University
89.3 WBLD West Bloomfield High School Radio Variety West Bloomfield School District
89.5 WOVI Voice of the Wildcats Variety Novi Community Schools
89.5 WAHS The Station for Alteration Variety Avondale School District
90.9 WRCJ 90.9 WRCJ Classical/Jazz Detroit Public Schools
91.7 WUOM Michigan Radio Public radio University of Michigan
92.3 WMXD Mix 92.3 Urban adult contemporary Clear Channel Communications
92.7 W248AQ News/Talk 1400 The Patriot FM Translator for WDTK Salem Communications
93.1 WDRQ Nash FM 93-1 Country Cumulus Media
93.5 WHMI FM 93-5 Classic hits Livingston Radio Company
94.3 WERW Dream 97-5 Adult contemporary/Classic hits Monroe Public Schools
94.7 WCSX 94.7 WCSX Classic rock Greater Media
95.5 WKQI Channel 9-5-5 Pop/CHR Clear Channel Communications
96.3 WDVD 96-3 WDVD Adult Top 40 Cumulus Media
97.1 WXYT 97.1 The Ticket Sports/Talk CBS Radio
97.9 WJLB FM98 WJLB Urban contemporary Clear Channel Communications
98.7 WDZH 98-7 Amp Radio CHR CBS Radio
99.5 WYCD Detroit's 99.5 WYCD Country CBS Radio
100.3 WNIC 100.3 WNIC Hot adult contemporary Clear Channel Communications
101.1 WRIF 101 WRIF: The RIFF Active rock Greater Media
101.9 WDET 101.9 WDET NPR/News/Talk Wayne State University
102.7 WPZR Praise 102.7 Urban Gospel Radio One
103.5 WMUZ 103.5 WMUZ The Light Christian talk/Music Crawford Broadcasting
104.3 WOMC 104.3 WOMC Classic hits CBS Radio
105.1 WMGC-FM Detroit Sports 105.1 Sports/Talk Greater Media
105.9 WDMK 105-9 KISS Urban adult contemporary Radio One
106.7 WDTW 106.7 The D Classic rock Clear Channel Communications
107.1 WQKL Ann Arbor's 107-1 Adult album alternative Cumulus Broadcasting
107.5 WGPR Hot 107.5 Mainstream urban Radio One

Internet[edit]

Detroit has one locally owned and operated website, SportsRadioDetroit.com, that specializes in both internet broadcasting and digital print content.

Callsign Branding Format Owner
SRD Sports Radio Detroit Sports Talk and Digital Print Morjoie Media

Traffic reporting[edit]

Traffic reporting has been a primary focus in the Detroit area since CKLW, the 50,000-watt powerhouse radio station located in Windsor, Ontario, Canada but broadcasting to the Detroit, Michigan market (and 28 states and 6 Canadian provinces) helped with producing the concept of traffic reporting They launched their helicopter news and traffic reporting service in the late '70s with Jo-Jo Shutty on board. She became the first female helicopter news and traffic Reporter in North America and later married well-known Canadian/American news anchor Byron MacGregor, the voice of hit recording, "The Americans". These traffic reporting services are now primarily handled by a small variety of broadcasting companies and distributed through various media: radio, television, the Internet, and more recently through cell phones, in-vehicle navigations devices, and satellite radio (Sirius/XM). The larger companies having a direct presence in the Detroit market include Westwood One, Traffic.com, and Clear Channel Communications. They have established affiliate relations with most of the radio and television stations in the Detroit market to produce daily on-air traffic reports.

Westwood One owns and operates three different traffic reporting companies: Metro Networks, Shadow Broadcast Services, and SmartRoute Systems.

Traffic.com focuses primarily on the technology aspect of traffic reporting by producing traffic information for the Internet, radio, and television.

Clear Channel Communications is the largest owner of radio stations in the United States, and produces on-air traffic reports for its own radio stations, and traffic information for in-vehicle navigational devices. They produce their traffic reports under the trademark ‘Total Traffic.’

Most of these broadcasting companies also have working relationships with the local Department of Transportation (DOT), local and state police, and government agencies to gather and distribute traffic information through the various media listed above.

AM stations[edit]

  • Current AM radio stations in the Detroit market that air traffic reports to the public include:
Frequency Callsign Branding Format Owner
760 WJR News/Talk 760 WJR News/Talk/Sports Cumulus Media
800 CKLW CKLW — The Information Station News/Talk Bell Media Radio
950 WWJ NewsRadio 950, WWJ All-news radio CBS Radio

FM stations[edit]

  • FM radio stations airing traffic reports to the public include:
Frequency Callsign Branding Format Owner
93.9 CIDR 93-9 The River Adult album alternative Bell Media
94.7 WCSX 94.7 WCSX Classic rock Greater Media
95.5 WKQI Channel 9-5-5 Pop/CHR Clear Channel Communications
98.7 WDZH 98-7 Amp Radio CHR CBS Radio
100.3 WNIC 100.3 WNIC Hot adult contemporary Clear Channel Communications
101.1 WRIF 101 WRIF: The RIFF Active rock Greater Media
101.9 WDET 101.9 WDET NPR/News/Talk Wayne State University
104.3 WOMC 104.3 WOMC Classic hits CBS Radio
106.7 WDTW 106.7 The D Classic rock Clear Channel Communications

TV stations[edit]

  • There are also television stations that broadcast traffic reports to the public including:
Channel Callsign Affiliation Subchannels Owner
(PSIP) Channel Programming
2.1 WJBK-TV FOX FOX Television Stations
4.1 WDIV-TV NBC 4.2 This TV Post-Newsweek Stations
7.1 WXYZ-TV ABC 7.2 Live Well Network E.W. Scripps Company

Media corporations[edit]

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