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WKBD-TV, virtual channel 50 (digital channel 14), (branded as CW 50) is an owned and operated station of the CW Television Network, based in Detroit, Michigan. The station is owned and operated by the CBS Corporation, and is one-half of a duopoly with sister station WWJ-TV (channel 62). Its studios and transmitters are located at 11 mile and Inkster Roads in Southfield, Michigan. It currently operates with a power of 180 kW from a tower 1,000 foot in height but has filed an application to increase it to 370 kW. The station can also be seen on Comcast cable channel 5 and HD channel 236 And WOW! cable channel 5 and HD channel 204.

WKBD-TV can be seen on most cable systems in south-east Michigan. It is carried as far north as Saginaw and Flint, and as far south as Findlay and Bowling Green, in Ohio. The WKBD-TV signal can be received over-the-air in the Flint and Lapeer areas. These areas are covered by WBSF Channel 46 (CW) in Flint and "CW 50". In the past it also operated on cable in the West Michigan area as well, namely Grand Rapids, Michigan.


An early BID fails

Channel 50 in Detroit was originally allocated to WBID-TV in 1955. Owned by Max Osnos' Woodward Broadcasting (who also owned WITI in Milwaukee), WBID planned on broadcasting from the Cadillac Tower in downtown Detroit. However, WBID never made it to the air—and neither did WTOH-TV in Toledo, Ohio, Channel 79, another proposed station owned by...
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