WXYZ-TV first signed on the air on October 9, 1948, as the second television station in both Detroit and Michigan, over a year behind WWJ-TV (channel 4, now WDIV-TV) and 15 days ahead of WJBK-TV (channel 2). Channel 7 was also the third of ABC's five original owned-and-operated television stations to sign on, after WABC-TV in New York City and WLS-TV in Chicago, and before KGO-TV in San Francisco and KABC-TV in Los Angeles. WXYZ-TV was created out of ABC-owned radio station WXYZ (1270 AM, now WXYT).
In 1962, ABC commissioned designer G. Dean Smith to create a proprietary logo for its owned-and-operated stations, known as the "Circle 7". This logo has since expanded into use by many ABC stations not owned by the network. It predates Paul Rand's ABC logo by 4 months.
When Capital Cities announced its merger with then-owner ABC in 1985; in order to comply with the FCC ownership limits at the time, ABC opted to sell WXYZ-TV to The E.W. Scripps Company, who also planned on acquiring future ABC sister station WFTS-TV in Tampa–St. Petersburg from Capital Cities; despite the sale, the station has kept the ABC circle 7 logo to this day; it is now no longer proprietary to the network's owned-and-operated stations on channel 7.
In 2001, the Circle 7 was modified with a slightly thicker stroke.
Television stations serving Southeast Michigan and Southwest Ontario, including Detroit, Mount Clemens, Ann Arbor, Pontiac, Port Huron, Windsor, Sarnia and Leamington
NOTE: Networks highlighted in bold text indicate network owned and/or operated stations. A station that is owned and/or operated by its primary network of affiliation will also have that network and its call letters listed in bold text.
Defunct Stations and Networks
1 CHWI-DT also operates a satellite station, CHWI-DT-60 in Windsor, since CHWI's transmitters are located in Romney Township, about 40 miles southeast of Downtown Windsor.
Detroit and Windsor Locals on Cable, Satellite, IPTV and other pay television services
|NOTE: Only main stations are listed. Subchannels are NOT included.
Xfinity Dearborn/Mount Clemens
WOW! Taylor/Madison Heights
Spectrum Toledo, OH
Wyandotte Municipal Cable
University of Michigan Ann Arbor
MNSi Telecom Windsor
Bell Fibe TV Windsor