WXMI: Wikis


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WXMI 2009 Logo.png
Grand Rapids / Kalamazoo /
Battle Creek, Michigan
Branding Fox 17 (general)
Fox 17 News (news)
Slogan West Michigan's FOX
Channel Digital: 19 (UHF)
Virtual: 17 (PSIP)
Subchannels 17.1 Fox
Translators W42CB 42 Hesperia
W52DB 52 Muskegon
Owner Tribune Company
(Tribune Television Holdings, Inc.)
First air date March 18, 1982
Callsign meaning FoX MIchigan
(call sign predates network by three years)
Former callsigns WWMA (1982-1983)
Former channels Analog: 17 (UHF, 1982-2009)
Former affiliations Independent (1982-1986)
The Tube (on DT2)
Effective power 750 kW
Height 334 m
Facility ID 68433
Antenna coordinates 42°41′15″N 85°31′57″W / 42.6875°N 85.5325°W / 42.6875; -85.5325
Website fox17online.com

WXMI, channel 17, is a Fox-affiliated television station in Grand Rapids, Michigan, owned by the Tribune Company. WXMI's studio and office facility is located in Grand Rapids, and its transmitter is based southwest of Middleville, Michigan.



The station signed on-the-air March 18, 1982 as a locally-owned independent with the call sign WWMA. The call letters are said to have stood for We're West Michigan Alternative. Approximately a year after signing on, additional shareholders bought control of the station and changed the calls to the current WXMI on August 15, 1983. The "XMI" at the time were said to stand for EXtreme Michigan. It became a charter affiliate of FOX after signing an affiliation deal in 1987. In 1989, the station's stock was purchased by a New York-based company headed by Robert Dudley.

Nine years later, WXMI was purchased by Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications which traded the station with sister KTZZ in Seattle, Washington to Tribune in 1998 in exchange for FM station WQCD in New York City. From August 2006 until September 2007, The Tube aired on a second digital channel. Three months later, cartoons were dropped from the WXMI schedule with the cancellation of 4KidsTV. WXMI became digital-only on June 12, 2009. [1] Their digital signal remained on channel 19 when the analog to digital conversion completed.[2][3]


In addition to their main signal, the station also operates two translators. W42CB channel 42 has a construction permit to perform a flash-cut to digital-only broadcasting. W52DB channel 52 has a construction permit to air a digital signal on channel 17.

Call letters Channel City of license Transmitter location
W42CB 42 Hesperia south of village along M-120
W52DB 52 Muskegon northeast of city and U.S. 31


Their logo used from 1999 until April 20, 2009.

On January 11, 1999, WXMI started a news department and launched the market's first prime time newscast FOX 17 News at 10. It aired weeknights for 35 minutes and weekends for a half-hour. This was unlike FOX which had no national nightly news. The program would expand to a full hour seven nights a week in 2004. On August 28, 2006, the station premiered FOX 17 Morning News. Originally a two hour-long broadcast, it expanded to four hours on September 15, 2008. On April 17, 2009, they began producing their local news in high definition. It was the first station and is currently the only one in West Michigan. The planning for the upgrade first started in December 2008. On April 20 during the weekday morning show, the station officially unveiled a new logo, graphics, music package (The Unexpected by 615 Music), and set.

The 10 o'clock news now competes with shows that air on MyNetworkTV WXSP-CA and CW affiliate WWMT-DT2. Sports Ticket is a weekly half-hour sports highlight broadcast that airs every Sunday night at 10:30. Blitz is a weekly sports program focusing on high school sports that airs Friday nights at 10:45. During the Fall, it is known as the Friday Football Blitz and during the Winter it is called Basketball Blitz. In Fall 2008, a one-hour edition of Blitz was added Friday nights at 5 replacing The Simpsons and King of the Hill. WXMI is an affiliate of the Detroit Lions Television Network which airs pre-season games as well as the weekly syndicated show The Ford Lions Report during the regular season. Also, since it is outside of the team's local blackout area, it also airs all regular season games produced by NFL on FOX. On September 21st, 2009 WXMI debuted FOX 17 News at Six, an hour-long newscast that competes against half-hour newscasts on WWMT, WOOD-TV, and WZZM and their national network evening newscasts.[4]


News/Station Presentation

Newscast Titles

  • FOX17 News (1999-present)

Station Slogans

  • It's on FOX 17! (1990-1992; localized version of Fox ad campaign)
  • West Michigan's FOX (2004-present)
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Current On-Air Talent

Current Anchors

  • Mike Avery - weekday mornings Fox 17 Morning News
  • Sarah Brodhead - weekday mornings FOX 17 Morning News
  • Michele DeSelms - weeknights at 6 and 10PM (also "Health Key" segment producer)
  • Christian Frank - weeknights at 6 and 10PM (also "Tech Trends" segment producer)
  • Lindsay Kus - weekends at 10PM (also reporter)


  • Carl Apple - general assignment reporter
  • Smita Kalokhe - general assignment reporter
  • Dan Krauth - general assignment reporter (also fill-in anchor)
  • Lisa LaPlante - general assignment reporter
  • Theresa Rashid - general assignment reporter
  • Emily Richett - weekday morning entertainment reporter
  • Christine VanTimmeren - general assignment reporter (also associate producer)
  • Robb Westaby - morning traffic reporter (also website producer)

FOX17 Weather Team

  • Peter Chan (AMS Seal of Approval) - Chief Meteorologist; weeknights at 6 and 10PM
  • Kevin Craig (CBM Seal of Approval) - Meteorologist; weekends at 10PM and fill-in
  • Jon Shaner (AMS Seal of Approval) - Meteorologist; weekday mornings "FOX 17 Morning News"

Sports Team (all are seen on Blitz)

  • Tim Doty - Sports Director; weeknights at 6 and 10PM (also Sports Ticket host)
  • Steve Amorose - Sports Anchor; weekends at 10PM (also sports reporter)
  • Tara Miller - sports reporter (also fill-in anchor)

Former personalities

  • Tracy Forner
  • Brent Ashcroft (now at WLAJ-TV in Lansing)
  • David Bailey (now at WOFL in Orlando; now at WWMT)
  • Mike Bloomberg (later at CLTV in Chicago and ESPN Radio)
  • Rachel Calderon (now at KTLA in Los Angeles)
  • Shelley Crenshaw (now at WBNS-TV in Columbus, Ohio)
  • Derricke Dennis (now at WDIV in Detroit)
  • Matt Kucinski (now Media Relations Manager of Calvin College)
  • Pat McGonigle (now at WHEC-TV in Rochester, New York)
  • Monty Torres (a.k.a. "Monty Knight") (later at WNCN in Raleigh, North Carolina; now at KMPH-TV in Fresno, California)
  • Amy Turner (now Communications Director for Early Childhood Commission)
  • Lindsey Zabor (now Associate Director of Strategic Alliances and Public Relations at Zondervan Publishing: Zonderkidz Division)


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