Media in Detroit

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

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, owned by the Gannett Company, is the third largest circulating daily newspaper in the U.S., 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

Weekly

Monthly

TBD Magazine The HUB Detroit

Bi-Monthly

  • Ambassador

Quarterly

  • INSPIREbride

Periodical

Defunct publications

Television

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 CBS Corporation and E.W. Scripps Company.

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

Local television stations

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

Fox Television Stations 7 (VHF)
4.1 WDIV-TV NBC

4.1 NBC
4.2 This TV
4.3 MeTV

Graham Media Group 45 (UHF)
7.1 WXYZ-TV ABC

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 Life
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 Corporation 34 (UHF)
56.1 WTVS PBS

56.1 PBS
56.2 PBS Kids
56.3 Create
56.4 PBS World

Detroit Educational Television Foundation 43 (UHF)
62.1 WWJ-TV CBS

62.1 CBS
62.2 Start TV

CBS Corporation 44 (UHF)

Canadian viewership

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

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

Radio

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

AM

Frequency Callsign Branding Format Owner
560WRDTThe Word AM 560Christian talk and teachingCrawford Broadcasting
680WNZKWNZK 690 Days, 680 NightsEthnic, Talk (nighttime)Birach Broadcasting Corporation
690WNZKWNZK 690 Days, 680 NightsEthnic, Talk (daytime)Birach Broadcasting Corporation
760WJRNews/Talk 760 WJRNews/Talk/SportsCumulus Media
910WFDF910 AM SuperstationNews/TalkAdell Broadcasting
950WWJNews Radio 950 WWJAll-news radioEntercom
990WDEOAve Maria RadioReligious; Catholic-based talk/sermonsAve Maria Media Services
1030WUFL1030 Family Life RadioReligious/ChristianFamily Life Communications
1050WTKASports Talk 1050 WTKASportsCumulus Media
1090WCARSB Nation Radio 1090SportsBirach Broadcasting
1130WDFN1130 The FanSportsiHeartMedia
1200WMUZSilentCrawford Broadcasting
1270WXYTCBS Sports Radio 1270Sports talkEntercom
1310WDTWLa Mega 1310Regional MexicanPedro Zamora
1340WCHBGlory 1340GospelCrawford Broadcasting
1400WDTKNews Talk 1400, The PatriotConservative talkSalem Media Group
1440WMKMRejoice AM 1440Religious, urban inspirationalCommunicom Corp of America
1460WPONTalk'n Rare OldiesOldies
(currently internet only)
Birach Broadcasting
1500WLQVFaith Talk 1500Christian talkSalem Media Group

Canadian stations

Frequency Callsign Branding Format Owner
580CKWWAM580 CKWWOldiesiHeartMedia
630CFCOCountry 92.9 & AM 630CountryBlackburn Radio
800CKLWAM800News/TalkBell Media Radio
1550CBEFIci Radio-Canada PremièreNews/TalkCanadian Broadcasting Corporation

FM

Frequency Callsign Branding Format Owner
88.1WHPR88.1 FMUrban oldies-talkR.J. Watkins Late Night Entertainment
88.1WBFHThe BiffVarietyBloomfield Hills Public Schools
88.1WSDPThe ParkAdult contemporaryPlymouth-Canton Schools
88.1 WSMF Smile FM Christian contemporary Superior Communications
88.3WSHJPower 88.3Urban contemporarySouthfield Public Schools
88.3WXOU88.3 FMVarietyOakland University
88.3WCBN-FMWCBN-FMFreeformUniversity of Michigan
89.1WPHSThe People's RadioVarietyWarren Consolidated Schools
89.1WEMU89.1 WEMUJazz, blues, adult alternativeEastern Michigan University
89.3WBLDWest Bloomfield High School RadioVarietyWest Bloomfield School District
89.5WOVIVoice of the WildcatsVarietyNovi Community Schools
89.5WAHSThe Station for AlterationVarietyAvondale School District
90.3 KDTI Air1 Christian contemporary Educational Media Foundation
90.9WRCJ90.9 WRCJClassical and jazzDetroit Public Schools
91.7WUOMMichigan RadioPublic radioUniversity of Michigan
92.3WMXDMix 92.3Urban adult contemporaryiHeartMedia
92.7W248AQFaith Talk 1500FM translator for WLQVSalem Media Group
93.1WDRQNash FM 93-1CountryCumulus Media
93.5 W228CJ Mix 92.3 (repeater of WMXD 92.3) Urban adult contemporary iHeartMedia
93.5WHMIFM 93-5Classic hitsKrol Communications
94.3WERWDream 97-5Adult contemporary-classic hitsMonroe Public Schools
94.7WCSX94.7 WCSXClassic rockBeasley Broadcasting Group
95.5WKQIChannel 9-5-5CHRiHeartMedia
96.3WDVD96-3 WDVDHot adult contemporaryCumulus Media
97.1WXYT97.1 The TicketSports/TalkEntercom
97.9WJLBFM98 WJLBUrban contemporaryiHeartMedia
98.3 WMIM 98.3 Nash Icon Country Cumulus Media
98.7WDZH98-7 The BreezeSoft adult contemporaryEntercom
99.5WYCDDetroit's 99.5 WYCDCountryEntercom
100.3WNIC100.3 WNICHot adult contemporaryiHeartMedia
101.1WRIF101 WRIF: The RIFFActive rockBeasley Broadcasting Group
101.5W268CNNews Talk 1400, The PatriotFM Translator for WDTKSalem Media Group
101.9WDET101.9 WDETNPR/News/TalkWayne State University
102.7WDKLK-LOVEContemporary ChristianEducational Media Foundation
103.5WMUZ-FM103.5 WMUZ The LightChristian talk/MusicCrawford Broadcasting
104.3WOMC104.3 WOMCClassic hitsEntercom
105.1WMGC-FM105.1 The BounceClassic hip hopBeasley Broadcasting Group
105.9WDMK105-9 KISSUrban Adult ContemporaryRadio One
106.7WLLZ106.7 Detroit's WheelsClassic RockiHeartMedia
107.1WQKLAnn Arbor's 107-1Adult Album AlternativeCumulus Broadcasting
107.5WGPRHot 107.5Mainstream urbanRadio One

Canadian stations

Frequency Callsign Branding Format Owner
88.7CIMX89XAlternativeBell Media Radio
89.9CBECBC Radio 2Public RadioCanadian Broadcasting Corporation
93.9CIDR93.9 The RiverAdult Album AlternativeBell Media Radio
95.9CJWFCountry 95.9/92.7CountryBlackburn Radio
96.7CHYRMix 96.7Hot adult contemporaryBlackburn Radio
97.5CBEWCBC Radio OnePublic RadioCanadian Broadcasting Corporation
99.1CJAMCJAM 99.1Campus RadioUniversity of Windsor
100.7CKUE-195.1/100.7 Cool FMAdult HitsBlackburn Radio
102.3CINA102.3FM CINA RadioMultilingualNeeti P. Ray
103.9CJBC-1Ici MusiquePublic MusicCanadian Broadcasting Corporation
105.5CBEF-2Ici Radio-Canada PremièreNews/TalkCanadian Broadcasting Corporation

Weather

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 MHzWNG582Sandusky, MichiganHuron, MI, Lapeer, MI, St. Clair, MI, Sanilac, MI, Tuscola, MI*
162.45 MHzWNG647Adrian, MichiganHillsdale, MI, Jackson, MI, Lenawee, MI, Monroe, MI, Washtenaw, MI, Fulton, OH*, Henry, OH*, Lucas, OH*, Wayne, MI*, Williams, OH*
162.55 MHzKEC63Southfield, MichiganLenawee, MI, Livingston, MI, Macomb, MI, Monroe, MI, Oakland, MI, St. Clair, MI, Washtenaw, MI, Wayne, MI, Genessee, MI*, Lapeer, MI*

Internet

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
SRDSports Radio DetroitSports Talk and Digital PrintMorjoie Media

Traffic reporting

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

  • Current AM radio stations in the Detroit market that air traffic reports to the public include:
Frequency Callsign Branding Format Owner
760WJRNews/Talk 760 WJRNews/Talk/SportsCumulus Media
800CKLWCKLW — The Information StationNews/TalkBell Media Radio
950WWJNewsRadio 950, WWJAll-news radioEntercom

FM stations

  • FM radio stations airing traffic reports to the public include:
Frequency Callsign Branding Format Owner
93.9CIDR93-9 The RiverAdult album alternativeBell Media
94.7WCSX94.7 WCSXClassic rockGreater Media
95.5WKQIChannel 9-5-5Pop/CHRClear Channel Communications
98.7WDZH98-7 The BreezeSoft adult contemporaryEntercom
100.3WNIC100.3 WNICHot adult contemporaryClear Channel Communications
101.1WRIF101 WRIF: The RIFFActive rockGreater Media
101.9WDET101.9 WDETNPR/News/TalkWayne State University
104.3WOMC104.3 WOMCClassic hitsEntercom
106.7WLLZ106.7 Detroit's WheelsClassic rockClear Channel Communications

TV stations

  • 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
2.3
2.4
Movies!
Buzzr
Heroes and Icons
Fox Television Stations
4.1 WDIV-TV NBC 4.2
4.3
This TV
MeTV
Graham Media Group
7.1 WXYZ-TV ABC 7.2
7.3
7.4
Bounce TV
Laff
Court TV
E.W. Scripps Company
20.1 WMYD MyNetworkTV 20.2
20.3
Antenna TV
Escape
E.W. Scripps Company
62.1 WWJ-TV CBS 62.2 Start TV CBS Corporation

Media corporations

See also

References

Bibliography

  • 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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