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Newschannel 3 celebrating 65 years of television history - WWMT-TV

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - This year--indeed, this month--Newschannel 3 is celebrating a very special birthday.

65 years ago, this summer, WWMT-TV began broadcasting as WKZO-TV.

All this month, we'll be sharing bits of our history with you--the people whose support made it possible.

The saying "if these walls could talk," fit perfectly the history of WKZO-WWMT-TV, because right here, television history has been made.

On June 1, 1950, WKZO-TV began broadcasting a television signal to West Michigan, an early affiliate of the CBS Television Network.

The station was brought to life by broadcasting pioneer John Fetzer, who 20 years earlier, had started WKZO-AM in Kalamazoo.

Through the 50s, 60s, and 70s, Channel 3 brought the news of the day to television viewers in West Michigan--like a 1968 campaign stop in Kalamazoo by presidential candidate George Wallace.

In the 60s, 70s, and 80s, the station had a close relationship with the Detroit Tigers, who Fetzer owned from 1961 through 1983, including the magical 1968 World Series Championship, when starting pitcher Denny McClain won an amazing 30 games.

Fast forward to the middle 1980s. John Fetzer sells WKZO-TV, and it becomes WWMT, the letters standing for We're West Michigan Television. And viewers learn to say "Hello West Michigan!"

A new weekday morning newscast begins in 1989. Judy Markee anchors the news and our own Keith Thompson brings you the weather, which he continues to do to this day.


In the middle 1990s, a new owner steps forward, Granite Broadcasting. We introduce a new "3" logo, and build a new, state of the art news set.

In 1998, WWMT was purchased by Freedom Communications, which held ownership until 2012, when Sinclair Broadcasting Group, the largest local television station owner in the country, bought the station.

It's a lot of history to...

Source: www.wwmt.com


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