|Cedar / Traverse City /
|Branding||Mi TV 12 (general)
MI TV 12 News (WMNN-produced newscasts)
|Slogan||More Local. More Often.|
|Channels||Analog: 12 (VHF)|
|Affiliations||MyNetworkTV & Cozi TV|
|Owner||Freelancer Television Broadcasting, Inc.|
|Founded||December 12, 1996|
|First air date||January 2004|
|Call letters' meaning||XII is the Roman numeral for 12|
|Former callsigns||W51CS (1996–2001)
|Former channel number(s)||51 (UHF, 1996–2001)|
|Former affiliations||Urban America Television (2003–2006)
The Sportsman Channel (secondary, to 2009)
America One (2004–2015; secondary after 2008)
Retro TV (secondary, 2008–2015)
|Transmitter power||1.23 kW|
|Height||120 m (394 ft)|
|Public license information:||Profile
WXII-LP is the low-powered MyNetworkTV and Cozi TV-affiliated television station for the northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan that is licensed to Cedar. It broadcasts an analog signal on VHF channel 12 from a transmitter west of downtown Traverse City near Harris and Cedar Run roads. The station is owned by Freelancer Television Broadcasting. WXII-LP can be seen on Charter Spectrum channel 11 throughout the northern Lower Peninsula. Starting in 2010, the station was also carried on Charter in the eastern Upper Peninsula (including Sault Ste. Marie).
On December 12, 1996, a construction permit was issued for a low-power television station on UHF channel 51 in Pinconning, Michigan with the call sign W51CS. In 2001, the permit was moved to VHF channel 12 in Traverse City under call letters W12CX. In 2003, the call letters were changed to WLLZ-LP. From 1980 to 1996, the WLLZ calls were used by an album oriented rock FM radio station broadcasting on 98.7 in the Detroit area, nicknamed "Detroit's Wheelz" (later Smooth Jazz WVMV "V98.7" and now top-40 "AMP Radio" WDZH). After the FM station dropped the call letters, they were used for several years on an AM station in the market, and were picked up by Channel 12 after the AM station dropped them in 2003. WLLZ's owner at the time, P & P Cable Holdings, is known for picking up calls discarded by other Michigan radio and television stations for use on their own stations.
WLLZ-LP signed on in January 2004 as an affiliate of Urban America Television. It added America One programming to its schedule in Summer 2004. WLLZ became a full affiliate of the network in May 2006 when Urban America Television ceased operations.
In June 2008, the station was added to Charter digital channel 202 throughout the northern Lower Peninsula. It moved to the basic tier on channel 72 in December 2008 and has now moved to channel 11 in 18 counties on Charter cable. WLLZ picked up MyNetworkTV at the beginning of the 2008 TV season; the station branded as "My TV 12". Until then, there was no local affiliate in the northern Michigan market.
On May 15, 2009, WLLZ discontinued an affiliation with The Sportsman Channel (which was phasing out its over-the-air affiliations) and added RTV, with America One programming significantly reduced (though not entirely eliminated). Previously from 2007 until 2008, NBC affiliate WPBN-TV (channel 7) carried RTV on a second digital subchannel. This was dropped in favor of a simulcast of ABC affiliate WGTU (channel 29). Due to its low-powered status, WLLZ was exempt from switching to digital-only broadcasting on June 12, 2009. They currently have no plans to add a digital signal or switch through a "flash-cut".
The station discontinued their affiliation with America One in 2015, when it merged with Youtoo TV into Youtoo America, allowing a contractual out of that agreement. With the start of the 2015–16 season, WLLZ has wound down carrying nearly all of their syndicated programming, with Cozi TV being carried most of the day and MyNetworkTV in primetime.
On November 1, 2017 the Federal Communications Commission approved the sale of WLLZ-LP to Freelancer Television Broadcasting, Inc. On December 4, 2017, the sale to Freelancer Television Broadcasting was completed, making it a sister station to WMNN-LD; the station then modified its branding to "Mi TV 12". It changed its call sign to WXII-LP on December 21, 2017.
Until May 2009, WLLZ aired INN National News, a newscast produced by Independent News Network in Davenport, Iowa from America One. It also carried a video simulcast of an hour of radio station WMKT's morning show hosted by Greg Marshall. The simulcast was discontinued in early 2011.
In late 2017, following the station's callsign switch to WXII-LP, sister station WMNN-LD began producing 90-second news updates for channel 12 that aired during prime time over the first commercial break aired each hour. News programming expanded in March 2018, when WMNN-LD began producing hour-long 7:00 and 11:00 p.m. newscasts for the station each weeknight. The early newscast competes against a half-hour newscast produced by CBS affiliate WWTV (channel 9) that airs on Fox affiliate WFQX-TV (channel 32), while the 11:00 p.m. competes against longer-established late night newscasts on WWTV (and its Sault Ste. Marie satellite WWUP, channel 10), and WPBN-TV (and its Cheboygan satellite WTOM-TV, channel 4) as well as a pre-recorded broadcast on the latter's sister ABC affiliate, WGTU (and Sault Ste. Marie satellite WGTQ, channel 8).
- "WLLZ-LP TV Channel 12 Cedar/Traverse City". Michiguide.com. October 20, 2015. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
- CONSENT TO ASSIGNMENT Federal Communications Commission, November 1, 2017
- "Call Sign History (WXII-LP)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
- Roly Ortega (April 4, 2018). "WXII-LP, not WXII-TV, has added local news for the very first time". Changing Newscasts. Retrieved April 5, 2018.