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Marquette, Michigan
Branding TV 6 (general)
TV 6 News
Fox UP (on DT2)
Slogan Upper Michigan's Source
Channels Digital: 35 (UHF)
Subchannels 6.1 NBC
6.2 Fox
Translators W07DB 7 Marquette
W14CE 14 Escanaba
Affiliations NBC
Fox(Primary on DT2)
America One
(secondary on DT2)
Owner Barrington Broadcasting
(Barrington Marquette License, LLC)
Founded April 28, 1956
Call letters’ meaning LUCky 6 (former sister
station to WLUK-TV)
Former callsigns WDMJ-TV (1956-1964)
Former channel number(s) 6 (VHF analog, 1956-2009)
Former affiliations CBS (1956-1992)
ABC (secondary, 1956-1992; primary, 1992-1995)
NBC (secondary, 1956-1969 and 1992-1995)
Fox (secondary, 1992-1995)
Transmitter Power 83 kW
Height 262 m
Facility ID 21259
Transmitter Coordinates 46°20′12.6″N 87°50′56.7″W / 46.336833°N 87.849083°W / 46.336833; -87.849083

WLUC-TV is the NBC-affiliated television station for the Central Upper Peninsula of Michigan that is licensed to Marquette. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 35 from a transmitter southeast of Republic. Owned by Barrington Broadcasting, the station has studios on US 41/M-28 in Negaunee. Syndicated programming on WLUC includes: Friends, Oprah, Dr. Phil, and Ellen.

They operate the area's Fox affiliate on a second digital subchannel. Known on-air as Fox UP, this can also be seen on DirecTV channel 7, Charter channel 11, and Dish Network channel 35. WLUC-DT2 airs America One as a secondary affiliate and Universal Sports programming overnight. Syndicated programming on the channel includes: Two and a Half Men, My Name Is Earl, and Star Trek: The Next Generation.



Digital programming

Their signal is multiplexed.

Video Aspect Programming
6.1 1080i 16:9 main WLUC programming / NBC HD
6.2 480i 4:3 WLUC-DT2 "Fox UP"


WLUC is seen on two translators in order to extend its primary signal. W07DB channel 7 is used for areas of Marquette that get a poor reception from the station's main transmitter. It use to operate a network of translators serving Calumet, Iron Mountain, L'Anse, Pewabic, and White Pine.

Call letters Channel City of license
W07DB 7 Marquette
W14CE 14 Escanaba


It signed-on as WDMJ-TV on April 28, 1956 as the Upper Peninsula's first television station. They carried programming from all three networks but was a primary CBS affiliate. WDMJ was owned by the Daily Mining Journal along with WDMJ-AM 1320. Their studios were on the top floor of the Mining Journal building on Washington Street in downtown Marquette. The station quickly outgrew its facilities in downtown Marquette. In 1959, the station moved into its current facilities in Negaunee.

In 1964, the station was sold to Post Corporation, owners of WLUK-TV in Green Bay, Wisconsin, who changed the calls to the current WLUC-TV to match its moniker at the time "Lucky 6" (though some locals would say it meant With Luck You C TV). WLUC first aired network programs in color in 1963, and with the purchase of color video tape equipment, they began broadcasting all locally produced programs in color in 1969. The station moved its transmitter to Republic in 1980 and dismantled the original near their current studios in Negaunee.

WLUC has been affected several times by television shakeups in Green Bay since rival station WJMN-TV in Escanaba is a semi-satellite of Green Bay-based WFRV-TV. For example, it dropped NBC programming in 1969 when WJMN signed-on. When CBS bought WFRV in 1992 and switched it from ABC, WLUC became a primary ABC station with secondary NBC affiliation. It became solely NBC in 1995 when WLUK and WGBA-TV exchanged affiliations. As a result, it is one of the few stations in the country to have been an affiliate of all of the big three networks. WLUC also carried some Fox programs in the early-1990s before WLUK switched to the network and opened a low-power repeater in Marquette.

In late-2005 following Raycom Media's purchase of The Liberty Corporation, the company announced that WLUC would be sold along with the NBC affiliate serving the Northern Lower and Eastern Upper Peninsula, WPBN-TV and its full-time satellite WTOM-TV. The sale was necessary to help meet FCC restrictions on station ownership. On March 27, 2006, Raycom sold twelve of its stations (including WLUC) to Barrington Broadcasting of Barrington, Illinois. That company bought the station as part of a multi-station deal from Raycom. The FCC approved the deal in June 2006 and it closed August 11. WLUC joined WPBN / WTOM, Saginaw's WEYI-TV, and Toledo, Ohio's WNWO-TV as part of Barrington's family of stations in and around Michigan. Like many other Barrington owned stations including WTOM, WLUC operates a rather low powered (83 kW) UHF station that has a much smaller digital coverage footprint than the former analog station. WLUC's over the air digital signal covers less than half of the designated market area (DMA). WLUC relies on cable and satellite carriers DirecTV and Dish Network to distribute programming to the entire DMA.

After the analog television shutdown on June 12, 2009, WLUC remained on its current pre-transition channel number 35 using PSIP to display their virtual channel as 6. In July, WLUC announced that they would begin carrying Fox on their second digital subchannel starting August 17. It replaced Universal Sports which became relegated to late-night hours while programming from America One was also added. This replaced WZMQ (formerly WMQF) as the area's Fox affiliate after that station temporarily suspended programming. That station is now back on-the-air after switching to This TV and moving MyNetworkTV to a new second digital subchannel. Although subject to blackout restrictions, WLUC-DT2 is scheduled to carry twelve Green Bay Packer and eight Detroit Lions football games.

Finland Calling

With 16% of the area's population of Finnish descent (down from about 25% in the 1960s), WLUC produces the only Finnish-language program in the United States, Finland Calling ("Suomi kutsuu" in Finnish). The station started the show on March 27, 1962 at the suggestion of a local travel agent who sought to boost travel to Scandinavian countries. Since its beginning, the show has been hosted by Carl Pellonpaa, then a newsman at the station. Pellonpaa has since retired but still hosts the show. Early editions of the show were produced live and featured books, photographs, and Finnish music. Camera operators had to learn a few words of Finnish just to be able to follow the show.

The one-hour weekly Sunday morning program regularly features Finnish visitors to the region including two Presidents of Finland, the Prime Minister, a number of Ambassadors, Consul Generals of Finland, members of the country's Parliament, numerous entertainers, choirs, teachers, and students among others. Pellonpaa has hosted 22 tours to Finland and dozens of dances featuring Finnish music. In 1988, he was awarded the Order of the White Rose from then President Mauno Koivisto for hosting the program and for the number of tourists that the program inspired to visit Finland.

Their previous logo.

WLUC used the same multicolored "6" logo for many years from as early as the early-1990s until September 2008. From about 1989 until 1992, a similar metallic-looking "6" was used with a rainbow slash underneath. The rainbow, while used with on-air promos and the news open, was never used on mic flags during this time. From the time WLUC went on-the-air in 1956, network logos were always separate from the channel logo. That changed in 1992 when the ABC ball was lodged inside the "6".

When the station switched to primary NBC in 1995, it simply replaced the ABC logo with the letters "NBC" rather than place the network's peacock alongside the "6" as many NBC affiliates do. From this point until abandoning the rainbow "6", one may have accidentally thought WLUC was an ABC affiliate. On September 8, 2008, it phased out its "multicolored" 6 logo and went with the letters "TV 6" inside an oval tilted to the right. They also changed their longtime slogan from "Someplace Special" (used since 1992) to "Upper Michigan's Source".

News operation

Unlike most NBC affiliates in the Eastern Time Zone, it does not air local news during the weekday Midday or weeknight 5 o'clock hours. However, a weekday morning show airs for ninety minutes beginning at 5:30. In addition to their main studios, the station operates bureaus in Escanaba (on Ludington Street), Iron Mountain (on South Stephenson Avenue or US 2/US 141), and Houghton (on Sheldon Avenue or US 41). The Iron Mountain Bureau also serves Kingsford and the Houghton Bureau also serves Hancock.

When WLUC-DT2 first signed-on it offered INN National News, a nationally syndicated newscast produced by the Independent News Network in Davenport, Iowa, weeknights at 6:30. This has since been dropped for syndicated programming. Starting September 8, the channel began airing a local weeknight prime time broadcast (known as Fox UP News in Primetime) from a new secondary set. New features such as viewer feedback and daily polls are shown. There is no regular sports segment seen in this newscast although an update is given on teams with local and regional interest.

Station slogans

  • "We Light Up Marquette" (1986–1992, as CBS affiliate)
  • "Someplace Special" (1992–2008)
  • "Upper Michigan's Source" (2008–present)

News team


  • Vicky Crystal - weekday mornings
  • Steve Asplund - weeknights at 6
  • Greg Trick - weeknights at 7 and 11
  • Elizabeth Peterson - weeknights at 10
  • Natalie Jovonovich - weekends

Weather Center 6 Meteorologists

  • Karl Bohnak (AMS Seal of Approval) - Chief seen weeknights
  • Phil DeCastro - weekday mornings
  • Meagan Quigley - weekends and news reporter


  • Mike Ludlum - weeknights at 6, 7, and 11
  • Mike Bedard - weekends and sports reporter


  • Ashley Palumbo - Houghton / Hancock Bureau
  • Aaron Martin - Iron Mountain / Kingsford Bureau
  • Beth Jones - Escanaba Bureau
  • Brad Soroka - weeknights at 10 and fill-in news anchor
  • The Fat Man - "On the Town With the Fat Man" segment producer and heard on WUPT-FM 100.3
  • Jeni Jewell
  • Noel McLaren
  • Kelly Gibbs

Past personalities


  • Samantha Liebman - 2006-2008
    • now anchor and reporter at NY1
  • Sally Phillips - 2005-2007
    • now reporter at WFMJ
  • Kathy Kuretich - 2005-2007
  • Kelly Imrick - 2003-2004
    • now weekend anchor and reporter at WZVN-TV
  • Jackie Chandonnet - 2001-2005


  • Bill Roth - weekday mornings (2005–2008)
  • Tara Hastings - now meteorologist at WTOL


  • Charlie Marlow - 2004-2006
    • now sports reporter and producer at KTVI
  • Hakem Dermish - 2004-2005
    • now sports reporter and producer at WRC-TV
  • Justus Cleveland - weekends (2006–2008)
    • now sports anchor and reporter at WGBA


  • Pooja Lodhia - now at WFTX
  • Don Ryan - Ryan Report host (2003–2008)
  • Liz MacFarland - 2006-2008
    • now weekday morning anchor at WEYI
  • Roxann Sebest - 2004-200
  • Emily Lampa - 2005-2007
  • John Tramontana - Iron Mountain Bureau (2005–2006)
  • Alex Reed - 2004-2006
    • now anchor and reporter at WCNC-TV
  • Lori Dougovito - 2002-2003
  • Mike Lyon

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