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Old 02-11-2019, 11:42 PM
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Originally Posted by dieseljeep View Post
It looks like Detroit got TV almost a year before Milwaukee did, May 1948.
When we got a TV, I was about 4YO. The local programs weren't that great and programing first started at 3:00 PM. One channel carried all the programing from the various networks, NBC, Dumont etc.
Earlier than that even. WWDT signed on temporarily in October of 1946, conducted unpublicized, but frequent, tests in November and December of 1946, went dark for January 1947, then resumed tests in February for a planned March 1947 introduction of regularly scheduled programs 5 to 7 days a week.

This didn't pan out due to techincal issues. Tests continued through May, and finally in June 1947, WWJ started regular, daily programming.

I consider the station to have brought television to the city in October of 1946, as at least some members of the public purchased recievers in advance of the test as reported by the newspapers, and thus could have, and likely did, see the October telecast from the comfort of their living rooms.
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Old 02-12-2019, 12:00 AM
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I've also found FCC applications from 1945 for TV licenses in Detroit. The city was originally to have 7 VHF allocations: 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13. Among the applicants were United Detroit Theaters and members of the Hudson and Grinell families. Why so many VHFs? Remember that in 1945-1946, Detroit was still either the fourth or fifth largest city in the nation, behind NYC, Chicago, and Philly, and either ahead of or behind Los Angeles depending on the population estimates you choose to believe.

Channel 9 was quickly given to the Canucks and would become CKLW many years later.

Channel 5 was sent up to the Tri-Cities, and WNEM would sign on in 1955.

Channel 13 was sent down just past the state line and WSPD signed on in Toledo, Ohio in 1948.

That left 2, 4, 7, and 11 for Detroit. The FCC declined to assign a station to 11, and eventually that allocation was given to Toledo instead. This was in large part due to the slow withdrawal of FCC applications in early 1946. With only three applicants left by mid-to-late 1946, there was nobody to assign 11 to.
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Old 02-14-2019, 07:41 PM
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I'm disappointed that I couldn't watch the film, but, thank you for a most interesting history, and, a wonderful job done. Speaking of first., We were the first family on Woodcrest, in Harper woods, to own a 1950 RCA Victor 6T74 16" TV. All the neighbors used to come to watch it. Years later, someone gave me just the tv guts for the rare combination 10" tv AM-FM table model tv. That's how I first found out they made such a set...
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