WKBD signed on the air in January of 1965, the pioneering days of independent UHF television. The original owners, Kaiser Broadcasting, selected a site in Southfield, just beyond the Detroit city limits, which is today a sprawling community of residential and business activities. Located on over fifty acres of land surrounding a 1,056-foot tower, WKBD is positioned near what is now the population center of the Detroit Metropolitan area. The station began telecasting as an all-sports station, preceding ESPN by more than fifteen years, and carried the Detroit Pistons, the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Tigers during the following four decades. Many popular locally-originated programs contributed to WKBD’s success through the years as well, including “The Lou Gordon Show” and “Bill Kennedy At The Movies.”
The studios and offices are located in a state-of-the-art facility covering 56,000 square feet including a 10,000 square-foot technical center. With 185 kilowatts of power, WKBD’s signal effectively covers the metropolitan area and is carried throughout and far beyond the DMA by numerous cable systems. The station broadcasts on DTV Channel 14, where programming is also telecast in high-definition when available.
Through the years, many of the most successful first-run and syndicated programs have been carried by WKBD, which has consistently ranked among the top-rated stations in the country. With current favorites like “The People’s Court,” Detroit’s own “Judge Mathis,” “The Simpsons,” “The King of Queens” and “Two and a Half Men” along with upcoming hits like “Family Guy” and “The Big Bang Theory,” WKBD continues to maintain its tradition of offering the very best in syndicated programming.
In 1986, WKBD was one of the initial stations to launch the fledgling Fox network and immediately became one of its most-successful affiliates, often ranking #1 in many key areas of performance. Then in 1995, WKBD was a major part of launching the United Paramount Network (UPN) and now carries The CW Network, the network owned by CBS and Warner Brothers (the origin of the letters “CW”) which was created by the merger of UPN and The WB network.
WKBD is part of the entertainment giant, CBS, Inc., which owns the CBS Network, the CBS Television Stations group, CBS Radio and CBS Outdoor, and is part-owner of the CW network. As part of CBS, WKBD is a sister station with WWJ-TV, the CBS network owned and operated station in Detroit, and both stations are now located in and operate out of WKBD’s Southfield office and studio complex.
26905 W. 11 Mile Road
Southfield, MI 48033