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WBKB Footage Unearthed... At Last!

Covers all of Northern Lower Michigan (from Ludington to Tawas northward), as well as the Straits Area and Soo Region.
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WBKB Footage Unearthed... At Last!

Post by TVC_DX5678 » Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:11 pm

I can't believe I glossed over this. A couple of months ago, YouTuber Adam Schrohstein uploaded 1 partial and 4 full WBKB newscasts (commercials included) ranging from 1994-2008. Not much has been talked about the station around here, and for years we had very little older footage of the station. Now we have some on our hands.

Links:

12/5/1996: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xE-oJijaYaw

6/1/1994: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzycMP7w1eY

11/17/1994: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CCux1sRXPY

2/15/2008: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJgZNMy90gg

1/4/1994: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwo8Rc6E4I4



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Re: WBKB Footage Unearthed... At Last!

Post by bmw » Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:15 pm

Growing up in northern Michigan without cable TV in the 1990s, channel 11 was the only channel we could reliably receive. I have vivid memories of all of those weather graphics.

Nice find.



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Re: WBKB Footage Unearthed... At Last!

Post by organman95 » Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:18 am

Didn't know Adam was at WBKB before 7&4. He was probably quite happy to not have to do weather as well as news.

Great find!



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Re: WBKB Footage Unearthed... At Last!

Post by innate-in-you » Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:15 pm

It's interesting to see that the map behind her shows Bay County as being in their coverage area.

I wonder if the shift of CBS affiliation from WEYI (25) to WNEM (5, and a transmitter site further north, closer to Alpena) hurt WBKB.

Note that WBKB has a short tower and DA nulling the West. Was that a stipulation of WBKB having to protect WWTV and WWUP from competition for CBS viewers?



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Re: WBKB Footage Unearthed... At Last!

Post by organman95 » Sun Mar 24, 2019 4:22 pm

Doubt it was an issue for WBKB. My understanding of that area is that they take care of their own.

If I recall, the reason for the for the WNEM transmitter was for backup for WTOM back in the 70s/80s during tropo issues, if/when it lost signal from WPBN.

Likewise, I think WPBN used WOOD-TV as a backup when it lost the NBC signal.



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Re: WBKB Footage Unearthed... At Last!

Post by mocom70 » Sun Mar 24, 2019 7:44 pm

WPBN had no direct NBC feed until sat delivery. They had off air pickups at Morley for WOOD and near Barryton for WNEM, microwaved to the TX site. They would switch to whoever had the best signal. WTOM was fed by microwave from TC from the start. They did have off air pickup in case of microwave failure. This was related to me from a 30 year vet of GR engineering.



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Why Is It I Always Think This Thread Is About WLS-TV When I See The Title?

Post by CK-722 » Mon Mar 25, 2019 3:31 am

Why Is It I Always Think This Thread Is About WLS-TV When I See The Title? I keep thinking they found Bob Balaban's first childhood screen test amongst the old films.

Yes. The Channel 11 Allotment. It got kicked around for decades before signing on. So late that the WBKB-TV call letters were available when they signed on. So many entities were worried that it would take a piece of their pie, that it ended up more like a high power translator. The pattern was and is peanut shaped. This avoids wasting power over Lake Huron, and makes for a design that fully serves both North and South directions. A good signal was available off air from WEYI-TV not far from there. So was the WNEM-TV Michigan Cable TV SuperStation Microwave Relay, as well as the over the air backup. You may recall that 24 Hour Late Night Movie Channel WNEM-TV and Default ABC Cable Affiliate WJRT-TV were once on cable TV systems all the way up to Petoskey and Sault Ste. Marie. WBKB(-AB ) is once again an ABC affiliate, bumping then ABC-TV O and O WJRT, and coowned with WLS-TV at the time.

I wonder if there are any remnants left of the WNEM-TV 5 OTA head end 5.7 miles South of Chippewa Lake Rd. on the West side of the road? It was on a berm next to the farmer's driveway, and wasn't that tall. The 5 Element Channel Yagis were in disrepair when I saw them circa 1980.


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Re: Why Is It I Always Think This Thread Is About WLS-TV When I See The Title?

Post by ftballfan » Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:07 am

CK-722 wrote:
Mon Mar 25, 2019 3:31 am
Why Is It I Always Think This Thread Is About WLS-TV When I See The Title? I keep thinking they found Bob Balaban's first childhood screen test amongst the old films.

Yes. The Channel 11 Allotment. It got kicked around for decades before signing on. So late that the WBKB-TV call letters were available when they signed on. So many entities were worried that it would take a piece of their pie, that it ended up more like a high power translator. The pattern was and is peanut shaped. This avoids wasting power over Lake Huron, and makes for a design that fully serves both North and South directions. A good signal was available off air from WEYI-TV not far from there. So was the WNEM-TV Michigan Cable TV SuperStation Microwave Relay, as well as the over the air backup. You may recall that 24 Hour Late Night Movie Channel WNEM-TV and Default ABC Cable Affiliate WJRT-TV were once on cable TV systems all the way up to Petoskey and Sault Ste. Marie. WBKB(-AB ) is once again an ABC affiliate, bumping then ABC-TV O and O WJRT, and coowned with WLS-TV at the time.

I wonder if there are any remnants left of the WNEM-TV 5 OTA head end 5.7 miles South of Chippewa Lake Rd. on the West side of the road? It was on a berm next to the farmer's driveway, and wasn't that tall. The 5 Element Channel Yagis were in disrepair when I saw them circa 1980.
I saw where WBKB was originally supposed to be an ABC affiliate on the same tower as WCML, but WGTU stopped them. Speaking of the Microwave Relay, WKBD was also on that. WKBD was on most cable systems in the state (the only exceptions being far SW Michigan and the Ludington/Manistee area)



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