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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, 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.




TBD Magazine The HUB Detroit


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Defunct publications


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, TCT 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 NBC
4.2 This TV
4.3 Me-TV

Graham Media Group 45 (UHF)

7.1 ABC
7.2 Bounce TV
7.3 Laff

E.W. Scripps Company 41 (UHF)

14.1 LATV 14.2 Retro TV 14.3 Corner Store TV 14.4 Tuff TV 14.5 SonLife 14.6 Vibrant TV 20.2817 Duplicate of 14.6 (displays on some tuners as 20.817)

Tait Broadcasting Low-power. Originally located in the Flint market, but has since moved to the Detroit suburb of Oak Park. 20 (UHF)
18.1 WDWO-CD TCT 18.1 TCT SD
18.2 TCT Family HD
18.3 TCT Kids SD
Tri-State Christian Television 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. 18 (UHF)
20.1 WMYD MyNetworkTV

20.1 MyNetwork TV
20.2 Antenna TV
20.3 Escape

E.W. Scripps Company 21 (UHF)
23.1 (before going silent) WUDT-LD Silent LocusPoint Networks Was formerly a Daystar owned and operated station, until Daystar sold it to LocusPoint. However, Ion Media donated W48AV, formerly a repeater of WPXD to Daystar in 2015. W48AV is now a Daystar O&O, and W48AV now broadcasts on UHF 23, formerly WUDT's frequency, and now WUDT is silent. Low Power 23 (UHF) (before going silent)
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)
40.1 WLPC-CD The Impact Network 40.1 Impact Glenn R. Plummer & Karin A. Plummer Very low power. 40 (UHF)
47.1 WUDL-LD Ethiopian Satellite Network, aka ESAT on DT2, DT1 is blank 47.1 Blank
47.2 ESAT
47.3 Blank
47.4 Blank
47.5 Blank
King Forward Inc Very low power. Has applied to move from UHF channel 47 to UHF channel 19 and increase power to 15 kilowatts, coverage could expand to Woodhaven with a rooftop antenna. 47 (UHF)
48.1 W48AV Daystar 48.1 Daystar Daystar Low power. 23 (UHF)
50.1 WKBD-TV The CW 50.1 The CW
50.2 Comet
50.3 Charge!
CBS Corporation 14 (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 Decades

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. WTOL and WTVG are often received clearly with very strong indoor antennas, such as the Mohu Leaf 50 mile indoor antenna, as far north as Melvindale, Michigan. WGTE, WUPW-TV, and WNWO-TV require an attic antenna in cities north of Woodhaven and south of Melvindale, but it may be possible to receive them indoors on only a building's second floor in the Wyandotte area, and Southfield is likely the farthest north that Toledo stations can be received clearly. Washtenaw County, Oakland County, Macomb County, Sanilac County, St. Clair County, and Genesse County receive Flint and Lansing stations, however, it is possible during tropospheric propagation events to receive WLNS in the Downriver communities.

Eastern Monroe County and Downriver communities located closer to the Detroit River and Lake Erie can often get Cleveland stations, most commonly WEWS-TV, during instances of tropospheric propagation. In the Downriver area, during tropospheric propagation, it is possible to receive WSYM-TV, WLNS, WNWO, WLAJ, WEYI-TV, and even WBGU-TV, 87 miles away. These stations were received during events of tropospheric propagation in at least the cities of Melvindale and Wyandotte with a very advanced indoor antenna. In very rare instances in the city of Wyandotte, it is even possible to receive Fort Wayne, Indiana stations WANE-TV and WPTA.

Local cable channels


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 1130 The Fan Sports iHeartMedia
1200 WMUZ Silent 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

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 Greater Media
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 98-7 The Breeze Soft adult contemporary Entercom
99.5 WYCD Detroit's 99.5 WYCD Country Entercom
100.3 WNIC 100.3 WNIC Hot adult contemporary iHeartMedia
101.1 WRIF 101 WRIF: The RIFF Active rock Greater Media
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 Greater Media
105.9 WDMK 105-9 KISS Urban Adult Contemporary Radio One
106.7 WDTW Alt 106.7 Alternative 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

Frequency Callsign Branding Format Owner
88.7 CIMX 89X Alternative Bell Media Radio
89.9 CBE CBC Radio 2 Public Radio Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
93.9 CIDR 93.9 The River Adult Album Alternative 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, Genessee, 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
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 Morjoie 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,, 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. 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
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

  • 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 The Breeze Soft adult contemporary Entercom
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 Entercom
106.7 WDTW 106.7 The D Classic rock Clear 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-TV FOX FOX Television Stations
4.1 WDIV-TV NBC 4.2 This TV Network Post-Newsweek Stations
7.1 WXYZ-TV ABC 7.2 Bounce TV E.W. Scripps Company
62.1 WWJ-TV CBS 62.2 Decades Post-Newsweek Stations

Media corporations

See also


  1. ^ Nielsen Media Research Local Universe Estimates (9/24/05) Archived 2006-05-17 at the Wayback Machine. The Nielson Company
  2. ^ Market Ranks and Schedule (1-50) (2006).


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

External links

  • City of Detroit Culture
  • Knight Wallace Fellows at Michigan
  • List of Metro Detroit radio stations at guide2Detroit
  • No Kiddie Without a ChristmasWBGU-TV documentary about the Goodfellows and Old Newsboys Goodfellow Fund
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