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WWMT  news 3 wwmt

WWMT (channel 3)news 3 wwmt is a television station licensed to the  Kalamazoo. Michigan, United States, serving. West Michigan as an a affiliate of the CBS and The CW. The station is own by a Sinclair Broadcast in a Group. and maintains studios on West Maple Street in a Kalamazoo. it is a transmitter is located in a northwest Yankee Springs. Township on Chief Noonday .Road/M-179 near Patterson Road.

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Contents news 3 wwmt

1 History
1.1 W W M T-D T 2
2 Programming
2.1 News operation
3 Technical information
3.1 Sub-channels
3.2 Analog-to-digital conversion
4 See also
5 References
5.1 Sources
6 External links

History  news 3 wwmt

The station signed on the air on June 1, 1950. as a W K Z O-TV. (the call letters standing for a “Kalamazoo”). It was West Michigan’s second television station to debut. after WLAV-TV. (channel 7, now WOOD-TV channel 8) and was owned by broadcasting pioneer.John Fetzer, along with WKZO radio. which Fetzer had owned.since 1930.

It carried programming from all four networks of the time.CBS, NBC, ABC and Du Mont. However, it has always been a primary CBS affiliate owing to its radio sister’s. longtime affiliation with the CBS Radio Network.

From the start. W K Z O-TV had reception problems. due to the presence of W T M J-TV across. Lake Michigan in Milwaukee. also on analog VHF channel 3. until a shake-up of channels in Chicago, Kalamazoo, and Milwaukee in 1953.

W T M J moved to channel 4. W B B M-TV in Chicago to move from channel 4 to channel 2 as a condition of its purchase by CBS. Although W S B T-TV in South Bend, Indiana. signed on in 1952. W K Z O-TV shared. the southwestern part of its viewing area with W S B T-TV to the detriment of the latter. until UHF reception was require on televisions.

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Channel 3 lost Du Mont in 1956. after that network shut down. Soon afterward. the W K Z O stations moved. their operations to an old car dealership on West Maple. Avenue in Kalamazoo. where the station remains based to this day. In 1960, Fetter built a new 1,100-foot .(335 m). transmitter near the northern edge of Gun Lake.

The tower was locate roughly halfway. between Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids. allowing it to provide city-grade coverage of Grand Rapids. while still being within 15 miles.(24 km) of Kalamazoo as required by Federal Communications Commission. (FCC) regulations. Soon after channel 3 activated its new tower. the FCC collapsed. West Michigan into one large television market. When the broadcast antenna was move from Kalamazoo. W S B T became the default CBS channel for Berries and Case counties. W K Z O then shared ABC with WOOD-TV until W Z Z M. (channel 13) signed on in 1962.

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Fetter also owned. the Detroit Tigers baseball team from 1956 to 1983. During this time. channel 3 frequently preempted prime time. CBS programming for Tigers baseball games. including preseason exhibitions.In 1985, Fetter retired and began selling off his vast broadcasting empire. which by this time included. among other holdings. W W T V in Cadillac. Michigan and K O L N-TV in Lincoln, Nebraska.

FCC had grandfathered existing radio-television clusters. when it barred common ownership of radio and television stations. but with Fetter’s announcement W K Z O-AM-TV lost.  its grandfathered protection. The Fetter television stations. were initially sold to Gillette Holdings.

However, due to FCC ownership limits in effect at the time. W K Z O-TV and K O L N-TV . were spun off to Buses Broadcasting. On December 5, 1985, per a since-repealed. FCC rule restricting TV and radio stations in the same market. but with different ownership from sharing. the same call-signs. Buses changed the station’s call letters to the current W W M T. (standing for “We’re West Michigan Television”). In 1995, Granite Broadcasting acquired the station. Freedom Communications purchased. W W M T in 1998 from Granite, along with sister station W L A J in Lansing.

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This W W M T is the second longest-tenured. CBS affiliate in Michigan. (behind only W L N S-TV in Lansing. which signed on one month earlier.); its logos have used the CBS logo since the mid-1990 s. In 2005, a company-wide consolidation of operations at Freedom’s stations resulted in the move of W L A J’s. master control and most internal operations to WW-MT’s facilities. This left behind a skeleton crew of six people out of what began with 80 staffers in Lansing.

Freedom announced on November 2, 2011 .that it would exit from television and sell its stations. including W W M T, to the Sinclair Broadcast Group.The group deal closed on April 2, 2012. As a result, W W M T and W L A J joined Fox affiliate .W S M H in Flint as two of the three Sinclair-owned television. properties in the state of Michigan. On February 16, 2016, upon the completion of the merger. between Schulz Communications and Gray Television. South Bend CBS affiliate W S B T-TV was spun-off to Sinclair in order to meet regulatory guidelines. allowing W W M T and W S B T to become sister operations to one another for the first time. outside of existing news video sharing agreements.

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May 8, 2017, Sinclair entered into an agreement to acquire Chicago-based Tribune Media. – which has owned W X M I since 1996. – for $3.9 billion, plus the assumption of $2.7 billion in debt. held by Tribune. Sinclair was preclude from acquiring W X M I directly. as both it and W W M T rank among. the four highest-rated stations in the Grand Rapids–Kalamazoo.–Battle Creek market in total day viewership and the market has too few. independently owned full-power stations to permit legal duopolies in any event.

On April 24, 2018, in an amendment to the Tribune acquisition. through which it proposed the sale of certain stations to both independent and affiliated. third-party companies to curry. the DOS’s approval, Sinclair announced. that it would sell W X M I and eight other stations. – Sinclair-operated K O K H-TV in Oklahoma City. W R L H-TV in Richmond. WOLF-TV (along with L M A partners W S W B and W Q M Y) in Scranton.Wilkes-Barre, K D S M-TV in Dee Monies and W X L V-TV in Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point, and Tribune-owned W P M T in Harrisburg. – to Standard Media Group. (an independent broadcast holding company formed by private equity firm. Standard General to assume ownership of and absolve ownership. conflicts involving the aforementioned stations.) for $441.1 million.

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Three weeks after.the FCC’s July 18 vote to have the deal reviewed by an administrative law judge amid “serious concerns”. about Sinclair’s forthrightness in its applications to sell certain conflict properties. on August 9, 2018. Tribune announced. it would terminate the Sinclair deal, intending to seek other M&A opportunities. Tribune also filed a breach of contract lawsuit in the Delaware Chancery Court. alleging that Sinclair engaged in protracted negotiations with the FCC and the D O J over regulatory issues. refused to sell stations in markets .where it already had properties. and proposed divestitures to parties with ties to Sinclair executive chair David D.

Smith that were reject or highly subject to rejection to maintain control. over stations it was require to sell. The termination of the Sinclair sale agreement places uncertainty for the future of Standard. Media’s purchases of W X M I and the other six Tribune.- and Sinclair-operated stations included in that deal. which were predicate on the closure of the Sinclair.–Tribune merger.

W W M T – D T 2  news 3 wwmt

April 4, 2006. W W M T announced it would affiliate with The CW on a new second digital sub-channel.

West Michigan is one of the largest television markets where The CW was not available through over-the-air analog broadcasts and W W M T is one of the few stations the new network was awarded that had not previously been affiliated with either The W B or U P N. W X S P joined My Network TV when the network launched on September 5 and W W M T did the same with The CW when it began on September 18. From that date through early-December, W W M T-D T 2 was brand as “West Michigan’s CW”. it has since changed its branding to “The CW 7”.

Programming  news 3 wwmt

Syndicated programs airing on WWMT include Live with Kelly and Ryan. The Kelly Clarkson Show. Dr. Phil, Wheel of Fortune, and Jeopardy!. the latter three shows are distribute by CBS Media Ventures.

News operation  news 3 wwmt

That W W M T at present broadcasts 34½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week. (with 5½ hours each weekday and 3½ hours each on Saturdays on Sundays). Originally, W K Z O was Western Michigan’s highest rated television station. but lost the lead to W Z Z M in the mid-1970 s. It has been a solid runner-up, first to W Z Z M and later W O T V/WOOD-TV. for most of the time since then.For a time in the mid-1990 s. even though most of W W M T’s . fellow CBS affiliates were in third place or worse. this station was very competitive with W Z Z M and WOOD-TV. often resulting in close Nielsen ratings. during sweeps periods.

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Since its city of license is Kalamazoo. the station has traditionally had a focus in the southern areas of the market. (Kalamazoo and Battle Creek). To assist in story gathering efforts in these areas. it operates a bureau on Michigan Avenue .West in downtown Battle Creek. On two occasions. W W M T ‘s existence prevented W O T V. the other major station based in the southern part of the market. from establishing a local news presence.W W M T also once operated a news. bureau near Grand Rapids Police headquarters. due to its secondary focus on the northern half of the market .(Grand Rapids and Muskegon). Veteran news anchor Tom Van Howe began filling-in for Jeff McAfee on July 28, 2008.

McAfee was on active duty serving as a commander with the United States Navy Reserve. Marketing director Mark Bishop told. the Grand Rapids Press. that “McAfee will be active in the Navy Reserve for a year or two.” In November 2008, Van Howe extended his contract to continue on W W M T until at least June 2009. He continued to co-anchor the station’s 5, 5:30 and 6 p.m. newscasts on weeknights. Weekday morning news anchor Jeff Earner .(participant in Survivor: The Australian Outback) moved to the weeknight broadcasts alongside Judy Marquee.

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September 18, 2008, W W M T began producing a nightly prime time newscast at 10 p.m. on its CW-affiliated second digital sub-channel. This established a third local news option in the time-slot.competing with Fox affiliate W X M I.(channel 17)’s longer-established hour-long 10 p.m. newscast and My Network TV affiliate W X S P’s half-hour 10 p.m. newscast produced by WOOD-TV. Known as News-channel 3 Live at 10 on The CW 7. this program currently airs for 30 minutes featuring a separate title opening, “CW 7” labeled microphones, and a “News-channel 3 on CW 7” bug in the bottom right hand corner of the screen.

April 17, 2009, W X M I became the first station in the market to begin broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition. Six months later, WOOD-TV upgraded its newscasts to 16:9 widescreen enhanced definition. (W Z Z M would do the same sometime in late 2009). Although not truly high definition, broadcasts matched the aspect ratio of widescreen television sets.W W M T remained the last major station in Western Michigan with pillar-boxed 4:3 standard .definition newscasts until April 16, 2011 when it became the second station in the market to upgrade its local newscasts to full high definition. (updated graphics were introduce along with the change).

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After WLAJ’s Lansing-based news operation was shut down on September 25, 2009. WWMT began producing a taped five-minute news and weather. brief weeknights at 11 p.m. on that station. Known as ABC 3 News Update. regional and state coverage was presente in the show.since WLAJ does not maintain any news personnel at its studios.

There were also recorded local weather cut-ins seen on that station weekday mornings. during Good Morning America. These productions were upgrade to high definition on April 16, 2011. After WLAJ came under the ownership of Shield Media on March 1, 2013. all news programming produced by WWMT ceased airing on the Lansing station and replaced by newscasts from WLNS-TV.

In June 2011, Andy Dominion. (who had previously served as the station’s morning anchor in the late 1990 s) and Kate Til-lot son. were appointee as anchors of the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts. On April 23, 2012, W W M T. became the first station in the market to expand.its weekday morning newscast to 4:30 a.m.On January 19, 2013. W W M T debuted weekend morning newscasts. airing for two hours from 6–8 a.m. on Saturdays and from 7–9 a.m. on Sundays.

Technical information  news 3 wwmt

Sub-channels news 3 wwmt

The station’s digital signal is multiplex: news 3 wwmt

Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming.
3.1 1080 i 16:9 CBS Main W W M T programming / CBS.
3.2 CW   W W M T-D T 2 / The CW.
3.3 48 0 i  T B D  T B D.

Analog-to-digital conversion news 3 wwmt

W W M T shut down its analog signal. over VHF channel 3, on June 12, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television. The station’s digital signal moved from its per-transition. VHF channel 2 to channel 8. (which was formerly used for the analog signal of WOOD-TV), using P S I P to display. the W W M T’s virtual channel as 3 on digital television receivers.

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