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40 years of FOX 17

Posted at 6:55 PM, Mar 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-19 12:21:48-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Happy Birthday, FOX 17!

It's been 40 years since we first went on the air in March 1982. Back then, the station was under the call sign WWMA-TV. The following year it became WXMI, and four years after that, the station signed an affiliation deal with FOX Broadcasting Company. The rest, as they say, is history.

  • 1995: WXMI-TV launched
  • January 1999: FOX 17 News at 10 p.m. debuted.
  • August 2004: FOX 17 Morning News debuted.
  • 2009: becomes
  • April 2009: FOX 17 became the first station in the market to go HD.
  • September 2009: FOX 17 News at 6 p.m. debuted.
  • March 2011: The One Seven debuted, which later that year became FOX 17 News at 5 p.m.
  • February 2013: FOX 17 Weekend Morning News debuted.
  • June 2014: FOX 17 News at 11 p.m. launched.
  • September 2014: FOX 17 News at 4 p.m. debuted.
  • December 2014: FOX 17 Morning Mix launched.
  • September 2019: FOX 17 joins the E.W. Scripps Company. It’s a company focused on journalism since 1878.

Throughout the decades, dedicated and hardworking people have worked at FOX 17, from on-air talent to photographers, directors, news directors, producers, studio techs, salespeople, engineers, and many other supporting people behind the scenes.

FOX 17's General Manager Kim Krause provided the following statement:

"It's incredible to think about how far this station has come. What began as a relatively small, independent station on March 18, 1982, has blossomed into the station that provides more local news than any other station in the market. FOX 17's growth and impact on the community are a testament to every employee who's ever worked here. I'm very proud of the current FOX 17 team, and I know all of us feel a sense of pride and duty when we stop and consider that we're part of a larger group of people who have made FOX 17 the station it is today."

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