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WNAM-TV

1954–1955

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The predecessor of WFRV-TV is WNAM-TV, a UHF station (Channel 42) owned and operated by the Neenah-Menasha Broadcasting Company and serving as a sister station to WNAM radio.

WFRV-TV

Pre-launch

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By 1954, Valley Telecasting Company was preparing to launch WFRV-TV (Channel 5), promoting its efforts in trade ads such as that shown here. Fearing that a third VHF signal in the Green Bay/Fox Cities TV market would doom its UHF outlet, WNAM-TV's owners suspended the station's operations at the beginning of 1955 and merged with Valley Telecasting.

1955–1959

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WFRV-TV formally commenced programming on Channel 5 in May 1955, using the studios and facilities of the former WNAM-TV.

1959–1969

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WFRV switched affiliations from ABC to NBC in 1959.

1969–1973

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1973–1976

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In the mid-1970s, WFRV would use a logo in the same Microgramma typeface as those of WCSC-TV/Charleston and WTVF/Nashville.

1976–2001

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In 1976, WFRV and satellite WJMN-TV adopted logos that utilized the Verona Serial Heavy font used by fellow Orion Broadcasting stations in Louisville (WAVE), Cedar Rapids (WMT-TV), and Evansville (WFIE).

1976–1983

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1983–1992

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On April 18, 1983, WFRV rejoined ABC after 24 years away. The "5" became enclosed in a circle.

1992–1996

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After its owner Midwest Radio and Television was purchased by CBS, WFRV-TV became a network owned-and-operated station on March 15, 1992 (with WBAY-TV taking over the ABC affiliation). With the switch came an exit of the "5" logo from its ABC-era circle.

1996–2001

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Early 2001–Late 2001

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This short-lived logo was the last to incorporate the Orion-era "5" logo.

2001–present

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2001–2003

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2003–2006

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2006–2012

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CBS sold both WFRV and WJMN to Liberty Media in 2007, who in turn would sell them to Nexstar Broadcasting Group in 2011.

2012–present

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