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This article is about WBKB-TV in Alpena, Michigan. For the stations in Chicago that formerly used the call sign, see WBBM-TVmarker and WLS-TVmarker.


WBKB-TV is the CBS-affiliated television station for the Alpenamarker area of Michiganmarker's Northern Lower Peninsula. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on VHF channel 11 from a transmitter south of Hubbard Lakemarker near M-72 in Alcona Countymarker. Owned by the Marks Radio Group, the station has studios on North Bagley Street in Alpena. Syndicated programming on WBKB includes: Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy!, Ellen, and Dr. Phil. They operate the area's primary Fox and secondary MyNetworkTV affiliate on a second digital subchannel but this has not yet been added on Charter systems. Syndicated programming on WBKB-DT2 includes: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Deal or No Deal, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, and The Dr. Oz Show. WBKB is the only commercial television station in one of the smallest media markets in the United States.

History

The station first went on-the-air September 22, 1975 as the first of two stations in Alpena to sign-on that year (the other being WCMU-TVmarker satellite WCML that launched in November). WBKB has always been a CBS affiliate. The Alpena market consists of Alpenamarker, Alcona, Presque Islemarker, and Montmorencymarker Counties and is the third smallest media market in the United Statesmarker. It is also served by portions of the Northern Michigan (Traverse Citymarker, Cadillacmarker, and Sault Ste.marker Mariemarker) as well as the Mid-Michigan (Bay Citymarker, Saginawmarker, Midlandmarker, and Flintmarker) markets.

The station originally aired a digital signal on VHF channel 13 from a transmitter west of downtown Alpena. After the switch to digital-only broadcasting on June 12, 2009, they moved it back to channel 11.

At some point in November 2009, WBKB added a new second digital subchannel to serve as the area's primary Fox and secondary MyNetworkTV affiliate. Details of this new channel, such as branding and logo, are currently unknown. WFUP in Vanderbiltmarker, which is a full-time satellite of WFQX-TVmarker in Cadillac, had been the default Fox affiliate for the Alpena area. WFUP served over-the-air viewers while WFQX was offered on Charter systems and these options are still available. At one point in time, that station even operated a repeater (W31BO channel 31) in the city. As for MyNetworkTV, WNEM-DT2marker in Bay City was and continues to be offered on Charter.

Legacy of WBKB call sign

The WBKB call letters originally belonged (from 1946 until 1953) to channel 4 in Chicagomarker. That station was owned by the Balaban and Katz Broadcasting subsidiary of Paramount Pictures and is now CBS owned-and-operated affiliate WBBM-TVmarker. WBKB then transferred to Chicago's ABC owned-and-operated station on channel 7 from 1953 to 1968 until it was renamed WLS-TVmarker.

Newscasts

Shortly after Stephan Marks acquired WBKB, a local newscast called UGN News ("UGN" meaning "Upper Great Lakes News Network") debuted originating from both this station and sister channels WBUPmarker / WBKPmarker in Marquettemarker. The broadcast featured news and weather from the entire Uppermarker and Northern Lower Peninsulas. In 2006, coverage was reduced to the Lower Peninsula and now only originates from WBKB. Local news currently airs weeknights at 6 and 11 as well as weekends at 11.

News team
  • Stephanie Parkinson - anchor weeknights at 6 and reporter
    • "Let the Sparks Fly" segment producer
  • Casey Coffee - anchor weeknights at 6 and 11
    • "Cooking with Casey" segment producer
  • Jeff Landers - weekend anchor and reporter
  • Kevin Phelps - weeknight meteorologist
  • Barry Wong - weeknight sports


Past personalities

  • Annamrie Ianetta - News Director and anchor weeknights at 6
    • "Star Studded Makeover" and "The Battle of the Bulge" segments producer
    • reporter and producer
  • Sarah Oskey - News Director seen weeknights at 6 and reporter
    • weeknight 6 o'clock producer
  • Anna Bulszewicz - anchor weeknights at 6 and reporter
    • host of Insights into Northeast Michigan
  • Sarah Oskey - anchor weeknights at 11 and producer
    • weekday reporter
  • Miriam Hobbs - anchor weeknights at 11
    • reporter and producer
  • Candace Burns - weekend anchor and reporter
  • Jeremy Noeson - Sports Director seen weeknights
  • Stephanie Porkinson - reporter and host of Insights into Northeast Michigan
  • Pat Thiede - now Sports Reporter/Anchor at WLNS in Lansing, MI
  • Brian Dorman - now main anchor KODE
  • Adam Bartelmay - now weekday morning and 11 A.M. anchor at WPBN-TV / WTOM-TVmarker
  • Larry Figurski - former News Director
    • now sports anchor and reporter at WOOD-TVmarker
  • Kristen Rath - deceased
  • Jason Fielder - now weekend sports anchor and sports reporter at WNEM-TVmarker
  • Courtney Rehmer - now reporter at WPBN-TV / WTOM-TV
  • Jason Carr - now reporter at WJBKmarker
  • Paola Giangiacomo - now at WNEP-TVmarker
  • Lisa Byington - now weekend sports anchor and sports reporter at WLNSmarker
  • Candace Burns - now reporter at WLNS
  • Stan Fracker
  • Beth Adubato
  • Laura Jevnikar
  • Kerri O'Brien
  • Raad Alawan
  • Al Emick
  • Robin Murdoch
  • Michael Benson
  • Monica Ott
  • Jeff Johnson
  • Darren Haynes
  • AnnaMarie Iannetta
  • Matt Fernandez
  • Paul Gallucci
  • Jennifer Kelleher
  • Jennifer DiDonato
  • Nicole DiDonato
  • Mark Kunz
  • Sarah Oskey
  • Anna Bulszewicz
  • Thomas Kippen
  • Curt Smith
  • Corey Blankenship
  • Adam Strohschein


References

  1. http://www.fox.com/links/region_mideast.htm#
  2. http://wbkb.titantv.com/apg/basic.aspx?siteid=1610


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