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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 an antenna that transmits WJR’s signal to its transmitter, along with the studios for WJR, WDVD and WDRQ.

As the world's traditional automotive center, Detroit, Michigan, is an important source for business news. The Detroit media are 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 owned by the Gannett Company. The Detroit News is owned by MediaNews Group. Other publications include weekly, monthly, and quarterly alternative media publications.




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Defunct publications[edit]


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

The Detroit television market is the 12th 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 CBS, Fox, The CW, Ion Television, Azteca América, and Daystar and two station duopolies owned by ViacomCBS and E.W. Scripps Company.

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

Local television stations[edit]

Network owned-and-operated stations are highlighted in bold.

Channel Callsign Affiliation Subchannels Owner Notes RF Channel
2.1 WJBK Fox

2.1 Fox
2.2 Movies!
2.3 Buzzr
2.4 Heroes and Icons
2.5 Decades

Fox Television Stations 7 (VHF)

4.1 NBC
4.2 This TV
4.3 MeTV
4.4 Cozi TV

Graham Media Group 45 (UHF)

7.1 ABC
7.2 Bounce TV
7.3 Laff
7.4 Court TV

E.W. Scripps Company 41 (UHF)
14.1 WHNE-LD Light TV

14.1 Light TV
14.2 Get TV
14.3 Corner Store TV
14.4 HSN2
14.5 SonLife
14.6 classic movies
14.7 Retro TV
14.9 NewsNet
14.12 Heartland

Tait Broadcasting Low-power. Originally located in the Flint market, but moved to the Detroit suburb of Oak Park. 20 (UHF)
18.1 WDWO-CD Azteca América 18.1 Azteca
18.2 Infomercials
18.3 Infomercials
18.4 TCT
18.5 3ABN
HC2 Holdings Had a low-power translator in Ann Arbor, Michigan on UHF 27 with the callsign WFHD-LP. This translator is still licensed, but is silent. 22 (UHF)
19.1 WUDL-LD see right

19.1 infomercials
19.2 SBN
19.3 Shop LC
19.4 Evine
19.5 QVC
19.6 QVC2
19.7 infomercials

King Forward, Inc. Low-power. 19 (UHF)
20.1 WMYD MyNetworkTV

20.1 MyNetwork TV
20.2 Antenna TV
20.3 Escape

E.W. Scripps Company 31 (UHF)
23.1 WUDT-LD Daystar 23.1 Daystar Daystar Low power. 23 (UHF)
28.1 WLPC-CD The Impact Network 28.1 Impact Glenn R. Plummer & Karin A. Plummer Very low power. 28 (UHF)
31.1 WPXD-TV Ion Television

31.1 Ion
31.2 Qubo
31.3 Ion Plus
31.4 iShop
31.5 HSN
31.6 QVC

Ion Media Networks, Inc. 50 (UHF)
33.1 WHPS-CD (WHPR) Independent 33.1 Independent

33.2 WHPR-FM simulcast

33.3 WVIE-FM simulcast

33.4 The Dream Network

R. J.'s Late Night Entertainment Corporation Low power 33 (UHF)
38.1 WADL Independent 38.1 Independent

38.2 Grit
38.3 Get TV
38.4 The Word Network

Adell Broadcasting Corporation 39 (UHF)
50.1 WKBD-TV The CW 50.1 The CW
50.2 Comet
50.3 Charge!
50.4 TBD
CBS Television Stations 34 (UHF)

56.1 PBS
56.2 PBS Kids
56.3 Create
56.4 PBS World

Detroit Educational Television Foundation 43 (UHF)

62.1 CBS
62.2 Start TV

CBS Television Stations 44 (UHF)

Canadian viewership[edit]

Most of Metro Detroit receives stations from Windsor, most notably, CBC Television owned-and-operated station CBET-DT. 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.

Out-of-market stations[edit]

Monroe County, southern Washtenaw County, and most Downriver communities in Wayne County also receive television stations from the Toledo market (WTOL, WTVG, WNWO-TV, WGTE-TV and WUPW-TV). WGTE recognizes Metro Detroit as part of its primary viewing area and prior to the magazine's discontinuation of local listings in 2005, the Detroit editions of TV Guide; along with TV inserts in the Sunday editions of The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press; listed the aforementioned Toledo stations as well. WGTE, however, is the only station from that market that is carried on cable systems in Wayne County. In the past, WTOL, WTVG and WNWO were carried on United Cable Television's systems in the Downriver communities of Gibraltar, Lincoln Park, Riverview, Trenton and Woodhaven, though WTOL and WTVG were dropped in the late 1980s, while successor company Tele-Communications Inc. continued to carry WNWO in these communities until 1997 when it was dropped due to requests from WDIV.

Eastern Monroe County and Downriver communities located closer to the Detroit River and Lake Erie may receive some stations from Cleveland (mainly former analog VHF stations WKYC, WEWS-TV and WJW) over-the-air during tropospheric propagation events as Cleveland stations (both analog and digital) otherwise only reach as far away as parts of Essex County, let alone Downriver, largely due to adjacent channel interference from Detroit and Windsor stations, while Toledo stations only provided city-grade analog signals as far north as Wyandotte and "Grade B" coverage up to the northern reaches of the city of Detroit.

Even though it was largely never listed in most Detroit TV Guide editions but was for a time in the News and Free Press inserts, much of Oakland County, Livingston County, Macomb County and St. Clair County were all within reception range of Flint station WCMZ-TV (as a result of that station's transmitter's location in far southern Genesee County) prior to its April 23, 2018 shutdown. The northernmost areas of Oakland and Livingston Counties along with Lapeer County and Sanilac County are also within range of another Flint station, WJRT-TV, which was in the News and Free Press inserts for a time as well. Lapeer and Sanilac Counties are also served by WSMH, also from Flint; Saginaw station WEYI-TV; and Bay City-licensed WNEM-TV.

Western Washtenaw County and western Livingston County are also within reception range of stations from the Lansing market, notably WLNS-TV, WILX-TV and WKAR-TV, and they were also once carried for a time in the News and Free Press inserts. East of those locations as far east as the Downriver communities in Wayne County, these stations can also be seen during favorable weather conditions, albeit with weaker signals (both analog and digital).

Local cable channels[edit]


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


Frequency Callsign Branding Format Owner
560 WRDT The Word AM 560 Christian talk and teaching Crawford Broadcasting
680 WNZK WNZK 690 Days, 680 Nights Ethnic, Talk (nighttime) Birach Broadcasting Corporation
690 WNZK WNZK 690 Days, 680 Nights Ethnic, Talk (daytime) Birach Broadcasting Corporation
760 WJR News/Talk 760 WJR News/Talk/Sports Cumulus Media
910 WFDF 910 AM Superstation News/Talk Adell Broadcasting
950 WWJ News Radio 950 WWJ All-news radio Entercom
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 Media
1090 WCAR SB Nation Radio 1090 Sports Birach Broadcasting
1130 WDFN Detroit’s BIN 1130 News/Talk iHeartMedia
1200 WMUZ WMUZ The Salt Inspirational Crawford Broadcasting
1270 WXYT CBS Sports Radio 1270 Sports talk Entercom
1310 WDTW La Mega 1310 Regional Mexican Pedro Zamora
1340 WCHB Glory 1340 Gospel Crawford Broadcasting
1400 WDTK News Talk 1400, The Patriot Conservative talk Salem Media Group
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 Media Group

Canadian stations[edit]

Frequency Callsign Branding Format Owner
580 CKWW AM580 CKWW Oldies Bell Media Radio
630 CFCO Country 92.9 & AM 630 Country Blackburn Radio
800 CKLW AM800 News/Talk Bell Media Radio
1550 CBEF Ici Radio-Canada Première News/Talk Canadian Broadcasting Corporation


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
88.1 WSMF Smile FM Christian contemporary Superior Communications
88.3 WSHJ Power 88.3 Urban contemporary Southfield Public Schools
88.3 WXOU 88.3 FM Variety Oakland University
88.3 WCBN-FM 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
90.3 KDTI Air1 Christian contemporary Educational Media Foundation
90.9 WRCJ 90.9 WRCJ Classical and jazz Detroit Public Schools
91.7 WUOM Michigan Radio Public radio University of Michigan
92.3 WMXD Mix 92.3 Urban adult contemporary iHeartMedia
92.7 W248AQ Faith Talk 1500 FM translator for WLQV Salem Media Group
93.1 WDRQ Nash FM 93-1 Country Cumulus Media
93.5 W228CJ Mix 92.3 (repeater of WMXD 92.3) Urban adult contemporary iHeartMedia
93.5 WHMI FM 93-5 Classic hits Krol Communications
94.3 WERW Dream 97-5 Adult contemporary-classic hits Monroe Public Schools
94.7 WCSX 94.7 WCSX Classic rock Beasley Broadcasting Group
95.5 WKQI Channel 9-5-5 CHR iHeartMedia
96.3 WDVD 96-3 WDVD Hot adult contemporary Cumulus Media
97.1 WXYT 97.1 The Ticket Sports/Talk Entercom
97.9 WJLB FM98 WJLB Urban contemporary iHeartMedia
98.3 WMIM 98.3 Nash Icon Country Cumulus Media
98.7 WDZH ALT 98.7 Alternative Entercom
99.5 WYCD Detroit's 99.5 WYCD Country Entercom
100.3 WNIC 100.3 WNIC Adult contemporary iHeartMedia
101.1 WRIF 101 WRIF: The RIFF Active rock Beasley Broadcasting Group
101.5 W268CN News Talk 1400, The Patriot FM Translator for WDTK Salem Media Group
101.9 WDET 101.9 WDET NPR/News/Talk Wayne State University
102.7 WDKL K-LOVE Contemporary Christian Educational Media Foundation
103.5 WMUZ-FM 103.5 WMUZ The Light Christian talk/Music Crawford Broadcasting
104.3 WOMC 104.3 WOMC Classic hits Entercom
105.1 WMGC-FM 105.1 The Bounce Classic hip hop Beasley Broadcasting Group
105.9 WDMK 105-9 KISS Urban Adult Contemporary Radio One
106.7 WLLZ 106.7 Detroit's Wheels Classic Rock iHeartMedia
107.1 WQKL Ann Arbor's 107-1 Adult Album Alternative Cumulus Broadcasting
107.5 WGPR Hot 107.5 Mainstream urban Radio One

Canadian stations[edit]

Frequency Callsign Branding Format Owner
88.7 CIMX Pure Country 88.7 Country Bell Media Radio
89.9 CBE CBC Radio 2 Public Radio Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
93.9 CIDR 93.9 Virgin Radio CHR Bell Media Radio
95.9 CJWF Country 95.9/92.7 Country Blackburn Radio
96.7 CHYR Mix 96.7 Hot adult contemporary Blackburn Radio
97.5 CBEW CBC Radio One Public Radio Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
99.1 CJAM CJAM 99.1 Campus Radio University of Windsor
100.7 CKUE-1 95.1/100.7 Cool FM Adult Hits Blackburn Radio
102.3 CINA 102.3FM CINA Radio Multilingual Neeti P. Ray
103.9 CJBC-1 Ici Musique Public Music Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
105.5 CBEF-2 Ici Radio-Canada Première News/Talk Canadian Broadcasting Corporation


Note: When counties are marked with an asterisk, it means that the station can be received in that county, but is not part of the primary service area.

Frequency Callsign Transmitter Location Counties Served
162.45 MHz WNG582 Sandusky, Michigan Huron, MI, Lapeer, MI, St. Clair, MI, Sanilac, MI, Tuscola, MI*
162.45 MHz WNG647 Adrian, Michigan Hillsdale, MI, Jackson, MI, Lenawee, MI, Monroe, MI, Washtenaw, MI, Fulton, OH*, Henry, OH*, Lucas, OH*, Wayne, MI*, Williams, OH*
162.55 MHz KEC63 Southfield, Michigan Lenawee, MI, Livingston, MI, Macomb, MI, Monroe, MI, Oakland, MI, St. Clair, MI, Washtenaw, MI, Wayne, MI, Genesee, MI*, Lapeer, MI*


Metro Detroit has multiple locally focused and locally owned websites and properties in a variety of digital media formats.

Callsign Branding Format Owner
Daily Detroit What to know and where to go in Metro Detroit Atlas Media Group
TDC The DetroitCast Detroit-centric streamed and podcast show Radio For One Studios
Detroit Sports Rag Detroit sports commentary Detroit Sports Rag
DetroitUnspun/TheHUB Covering the transformation of the city
IT in the D Detroit-centric and geek-centric podcast and local tech news website IT in the D
PD Podcast Detroit General and tech interest audio programming network Podcast Detroit
SRD Sports Radio Detroit Sports Talk and Digital Print Sports Radio Detroit, LLC
SRD PhocusTV Studios Photo /Video Production Studio Photos Videos Podcasts Vocal Recording @PhocusTV

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

iHeartMedia 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 Entercom

FM stations[edit]

  • FM radio stations airing traffic reports to the public include:
Frequency Callsign Branding Format Owner
93.9 CIDR 93.9 Virgin Radio CHR Bell Media
94.7 WCSX 94.7 WCSX Classic rock Greater Media
95.5 WKQI Channel 9-5-5 Pop/CHR iHeartMedia
98.7 WDZH 98-7 The Breeze Soft adult contemporary Entercom
100.3 WNIC 100.3 WNIC Hot adult contemporary iHeartMedia
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 Entercom
106.7 WLLZ 106.7 Detroit's Wheels Classic rock iHeartMedia

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 Fox 2.2
Heroes and Icons
Fox Television Stations
4.1 WDIV-TV NBC 4.2
This TV
Cozi TV
Graham Media Group
7.1 WXYZ-TV ABC 7.2
Bounce TV
Court TV
E.W. Scripps Company
20.1 WMYD MyNetworkTV 20.2
Antenna TV
E.W. Scripps Company
62.1 WWJ-TV CBS 62.2


Start TV


CBS Corporation

Media corporations[edit]

See also[edit]



  • Silas Farmer (1890). "(Newspapers)". History of Detroit and Wayne County and Early Michigan: a Chronological Cyclopedia (3rd ed.). Detroit – via HathiTrust.

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